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Author: Daniel Ortner

April 22, 2019

PLF to Supreme Court: Choose freedom rather than religious discrimination

Few people would argue that parents shouldn't be able to decide how and where to educate their children. But the state of Montana is doing just that. When Kathy and Jerry Armstrong's son entered middle school, they felt their local public schools did not adequately nurture the values and character traits they wanted for their ...

April 22, 2019

San Antonio Express-News: S.A. and Chick-fil-A shows why free speech matters

This article was originally published by San Antonio Express-News on April 21, 2019. The foundations of freedom of speech are under relentless assault. A case in point: the San Antonio City Council recently voted to exclude Chick-fil-A from the city's airport because the restaurant chain's Christian owners have donated to organizations that champio ...

February 08, 2019

PLF to the City of Boston: Let Freedom Fly!

The residents of Boston come from a diverse array of cultural, ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. To help celebrate and commemorate the City's diversity, Boston allows private groups to fly flags on one of the City's flagpoles next to Boston's City Hall building. The City has allowed a wide array of groups to use the ...

January 08, 2019

Grassroots political participation is under attack in Utah and GOP is fighting back

Originally published by The Hill, January 8, 2019. If you want to understand the importance of grassroots volunteers in a democracy, spend some time working political campaigns and party activities at the state and local levels. I experienced this lesson firsthand when I got involved with the Utah Republican Party as a law student. But ...

December 18, 2018

PLF urges Supreme Court to keep government hands off the internet in free speech case

If you care about issues like free speech and private property rights, keep an eye on the case of Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, PLF, along with TechFreedom, filed a brief before the Supreme Court in the case, supporting the principle that private property remains private ...

November 13, 2018

Grassroots political participation under attack in Utah

Anyone who's ever been involved in state or local political campaigns and party activities understands the vital importance of grassroots volunteer activity. I experienced this lesson firsthand when I got involved with the Utah Republican Party as a law student. But in Utah, that grassroots model, based on a system of caucuses and conventions, is ...