County commissioners want to shrink public participation policy

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Crawford County Board of Commissioners is considering ways to restrict its public participation policy — including requiring advance notice to comment and banning people for 30 days for “improper conduct.”

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Nursing instructor remains on job as school investigates alleged threat

By   /  January 9, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A nursing instructor accused of threatening financial harm to a business owner for displaying GOP campaign signs will keep working as her employer, a public technical college, investigates.

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Insiders craft speech rules to trap outsiders

By   /  December 29, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 5 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception

 
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The Texas Ethics Commission recently approved new political speech regulations aimed at “dark money.”
The commission and the media have presented the new rules as a corrective by sensible moderates forcing shady political extremists to operate in the light […]

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Illinois’ eavesdropping proposal aims to protect cops, government first

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Audio, Free Speech, Illinois, Media, Video, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Calling Illinois’ proposed eavesdropping law a push to protect privacy is like calling a triple bacon cheeseburger a light snack.

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Does the First Amendment allow comparisons to Hitler?

By   /  December 2, 2014  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

FREE SPEECH OR LIES ON A BUS? Philadelphia-area transit authority SEPTA is trying to prevent ads like this from being placed on their buses and trains. The American Freedom Defense Initiative is asking a federal judge to force SEPTA to allow the ads.

A controversial ad comparing Islamic fundamentalists to Adolf Hitler could soon be appearing on buses and trains in the Philadelphia area.

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Mississippi campaign finance laws burdensome to some, not others

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Free Speech, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A federal court upheld Mississippi’s campaign finance regulations on “political committees.”

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