The ‘Elephant Man’ wins again in New Mexico court

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Education, Free Speech, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Ched “The Elephant Man” MacQuigg has won another round in his battle with the Albuquerque Public School Board, which has tried to ban him from meetings.

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Disclosure regs a Trojan horse to kill political speech, expert says

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, New York, News  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

MADISON, Wis. – Keep your mouth shut.

That’s what the New York State Board of Elections is effectively demanding with the enactment of its “emergency regulations,” rules wearing the guise of increased campaign disclosure while slitting the throat of free speech, according to a national campaigns and elections expert.

And while New York’s restrictions on free speech may be among the more egregious, they are merely part of a national effort to control who says what, according to Scott Blackburn, research fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics.

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Obama protester: Town has ‘track record of stifling free speech when it suits them’

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Police in Town of Campbell blocked off a street in 2011 to make it easier for union-organized demonstrators to protest outside the home of former Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, who lost a recall election later in the year because of his support for Gov. Scott Walker’s signature law restricting collective bargaining for government employees.

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Double whammy! Home-care workers sue to stop labor union election

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Uncategorized, unions  /  No Comments

DOUBLE WHAMMY! Gov. Mark Dayton faces a second lawsuit from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of home care workers opposed to a union.
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Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.
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Home care assistants from throughout Minnesota sued Gov. Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union, asking the federal court for an injunction against a controversial 2013 state law authorizing organized labor to target providers for collective bargaining.

“I’m just looking for the union to stay out of my house and not take money out of my wages,” said Scott Price, a plaintiff whose daughter receives care for cerebral palsy.

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MN child care providers declare victory with Harris v. Quinn ruling

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Free Speech, Minnesota, unions  /  No Comments

HIGH COURT GETS HIGH 5: MN child care providers were overwhelmed by the probable impact by today's SCOTUS ruling prohibiting compulsory union dues for non-government employees.

Minnesota licensed providers declared victory after a landmark Supreme Court ruling Monday, which comes after nine years spent fending off a union drive while operating their family child care small businesses.

The decision strikes down compulsory “fair share” union dues for Illinois home care workers who care for individuals receiving government subsidies but are not full-fledged state employees.

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Holder’s ‘terrorism committee’ targets America

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Attorney General Eric Holder says the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee will help law enforcement "share information" nationwide.

Think the National Security Agency is doing enough snooping in “The Homeland”? A federal spying coalition aims to drill deeper under the Orwellian title, Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee.

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