Nanny ST8 of the Week: Anti-government messages not allowed on license plates

By   /  July 6, 2015  /  Censorship, Connecticut, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, Pennsylvania, State Government, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

SOME STATES: Some states have strict rules about what can appear on a license plate. Others, like Hawaii, apparently give zero....well, you know.

It’s the NANNY-ST8 for your license plate.

In addition to outright vulgarity and racism, some states prohibit messages viewed as being “anti-government” on vanity license plates.

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Nanny of the Week: Will babies confuse beer for their binkies?

By   /  June 8, 2015  /  Censorship, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, National, New Hampshire, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Image via Flickr (Mike Mozart)

Keith Murphy runs Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, New Hampshire, but he’s not allowed to serve certain beers to his customers.

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

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  Censorship, 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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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


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 |
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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