Watchdog Podcasts: Say it Loud, Say it Proud — Free speech, Marquette University and Louie CK

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Accountability, Censorship, Education, Issues, Podcast, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Wisconsin Reporter’s Matt Kittle to discuss the ongoing free speech issues at Marquette University. John McAdams, a professor at the school, has been suspended since November for defending a student who argued against same-sex marriage in a philosophy class.

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

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Censorship, 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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The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Censorship, National, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Part 10 of 9 in the series Sunshine Week

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
This may be Sunshine Week for anyone seeking transparency in government, but for the feds — especially the intelligence agencies — it’s anything but.
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama made it official that his office is exempt from information disclosure. And former Secretary […]

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Lawmakers move to guarantee New Mexicans right to comment at public meetings

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, State Government  /  No Comments

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Citizens have the right to attend and listen at public meetings in New Mexico, but not to speak. Rep. Jim Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, are trying to change that, guaranteeing New Mexicans the right to speak their mind before any public body in the state.

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College investigating instructor who threatened boycott over GOP signs

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Labor, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Milwaukee Area Technical College is investigating a nursing instructor who threatened financial harm against Quality Healthcare Options owner Sally Sprenger because she displayed GOP campaign signs at her business.

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National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Censorship, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, Regulations, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

Photo by Marjorie Haun

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

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