The Police States of America: Five stories that prove we’ve lost the battle against police

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Censorship, First Amendment, Issues, Louisiana, Maryland, National, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

THESE ARE THE COPS: Illinois Gov. Quinn may send State Troopers to Chicago.

t’s the land of the not so free and the home of the heavily armed.

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A ‘freedom of expression’ policy comes under fire at a NM college

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Censorship, Free Speech, New Mexico, News  /  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.

It sure sounds agreeable on the surface: Officials at Northern New Mexico College are about to adopt what’s called a “Respectful Campus and Freedom of Expression policy” for students and staff.

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UW journalism center defends involvement in ‘inappropriate’ FCC study

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  Censorship, Issues, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


By M.D. Kittle |Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Under fire for its involvement in a controversial — and now suspended — Federal Communications Commission study criticized for First Amendment creeping, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has issued a statement on behalf of its Center for Communication and Democracy, presumably to clear the air about its part in the study.
The statement, [...]

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‘Independent review’ of US spying policy not subject to open-records law

By   /  October 24, 2013  /  Accountability, Censorship, Federal Government, Issues, Journalism, National, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Attorney general in Iowa faces conflict of interest over dueling roles.

A special committee ordered by President Obama to review the legality of the National Security Agency’s spying programs will not be subject to government transparency laws.

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Too hot for teens and taxpayer money, parents pan praised novel

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Censorship, Education, Minnesota, News, Uncategorized  /  5 Comments


Literary critics lavished high praise on Rainbow Rowell’s novel “Eleanor & Park,” a hot new teenage love story.

A little too hot, maybe, at least in terms of getting public — taxpayer — support.

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Nonprofit investigative journalists at center of political battle?

By   /  June 6, 2013  /  Censorship, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Andy Hall, executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, under fire in the legislature.

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — Andy Hall is in the business of getting answers to his often pointed questions.
But the veteran investigative reporter said he’s received nothing but silence from the Republican members of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Committee on Finance, which very early Wednesday pushed through a motion that would boot Hall’s Center [...]

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