Wisconsin Supreme Court shuts down John Doe investigation, affirms First Amendment

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Free Speech, Issues, Judiciary, News, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In a ruling issued Thursday morning, the high court ordered an end to the politically-motivated investigation into conservative groups in Wisconsin that has been dragging on for more than three years.

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Lawsuit claims PA teachers union stomps First Amendment rights

By   /  June 23, 2015  /  Education, Free Speech, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

NOT SO FREE?: Critics say a proposed "Respectful Campus and Freedom of Expression" policy at a New Mexico college is too vaguely worded.

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org
A veteran Pennsylvania school teacher is taking on the biggest teachers’ union in the state because she feels her First Amendment rights are being trampled by the organization.
Linda Misja has been teaching French and English for 37 years and has rejected union membership all that time because she does not believe in […]

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Watchdog Podcast: Say It Loud, Say It Proud — Who is a journalist?

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


After a local radio host tracked down a city official and knocked on his front door to get some answers about the city budget, the town slapped him with a restraining order for stalking. Yes, really.

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School district waves white flag, allows patriotic flags on student’s truck

By   /  May 15, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, South Carolina, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments


A high school in South Carolina took student Peyton Robinson’s American flag and POW/MIA flag off of his truck at school. With the community standing behind him, the school is retreating.

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Prison walls lock in offenders, but don’t keep free speech out, federal judge rules

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, center, signs the Re-victimization Relief Act as Maureen Faulkner, widow of police officer Daniel Faulkner, and Pa. State Rep. Mike Vereb look on Oct. 21, 2014 in Philadelphia. Corbett signed into law the measure he says is intended to curb the "obscene celebrity" he says is cultivated by convicts like Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Daniel Faulkner.  (AP Photo/Michael Sisak)

A federal judge has quelled state lawmakers’ attempts to silence criminals, saying First Amendment rights don’t end where prison walls begin.

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Watchdog Podcast: Say it Loud, Say it Proud — Latest developments in Wisconsin’s secret war on free speech

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Free Speech, Podcast, Watchdog Radio, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Ben Yount checks in with Wisconsin Reporter bureau chief Matt Kittle about the latest developments in the ongoing battle over free political speech in the Badger State.

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