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This tenured professor is fighting for her right to free speech after university tried to “cancel” her

May 05, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Dr. Elizabeth Weiss is a fully tenured professor of anthropology at San Jose State University.   When you speak with her, the passion she feels for her work as a scholar and a lecturer is reflected in her radiant smile.   She is well-spoken and calmer than you’d expect one to be while discussing how her … ...

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City Journal : Silencing parent advocates

March 03, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

A new regulation would prohibit New York City education councils from debating important policies. Around midnight on December 22, the New York City Panel for Education Policy wrapped up a seven-hour meeting by passing policy D-210, billed as a measure to combat harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, the regulation risks chilling the speech ...

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Free speech v. the Beer-eaucrats

February 09, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

What do beer and free speech have in common? As it turns out, a lot. Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland, has always had a passion for beer, economics, and free speech. It may not have ever occurred to him, though, that all three would someday become intricately intertwined and lead to … ...

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Federal judge re-affirms free speech victory, invalidating Connecticut’s unconstitutional donor privacy and fundraising registration laws

January 27, 2022 | By DANIEL ORTNER

This week, Connecticut put the final nail in the coffin of a state law that violated the free speech of charity fundraisers. The First Amendment covers a lot of ground that may not be immediately obvious. Most probably understand that it protects people’s right to peacefully protest, their right to express their opinion, and even … ...

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Oregon’s ban on real estate love letters sparks free speech challenge

December 23, 2021 | By DANIEL ORTNER

Imagine you’ve decided to venture into the world of homeownership for the first time and find yourself locked in a tight bidding war—an all-too-common scenario in today’s overheated housing market. If only there were some way you could differentiate your offer and stand out for special consideration in the seller’s eyes…. It t ...

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Daily Journal : Washington agency boots Santa-clad right-to-work advocates

October 18, 2021 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

The Washington Department of Ecology allows public employee union representatives to communicate with workers in the building’s public lobby but enacted a new policy that bans the Freedom Foundation, right-to-work advocates who also want to communicate with workers in the lobby about their First Amendment rights related to union membe ...

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When are T-shirts considered prohibited electioneering?

October 06, 2021 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

Elections end, but T-shirts can live forever. Until last week, Texas law prohibited voters from wearing an Obama or Reagan T-shirt in polling places, even when neither past president was on a present ballot. In fact, the law prohibited voters from wearing anything that an election worker deemed “electioneering” for or against any candid ...

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Redding, California, must allow tattoo studios to open downtown

September 23, 2021 | By CALEB TROTTER

Delia Fields lost everything in the Camp Fire in 2018. After fleeing the fire in her old pickup truck with nothing but her two dogs and the clothes on her back, she sought temporary shelter in a Walmart parking lot in Chico, California. From there, she located some friends she could stay with until she … ...

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The Oregonian : Oregon gives a cold shoulder to love letters

September 15, 2021 | By DANIEL ORTNER

Don’t even think about sending a love letter. If you are buying a home in Oregon, that is. In today’s very competitive real estate market, buyers’ love letters are a common practice to try to get a little more attention and sympathy from a seller. Buyers can tell sellers what they really love about the … ...