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Free Speech and Association

November 08, 2019

Seattle homeowners ask Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of “Democracy Vouchers”

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation asked the Supreme Court of the United States to grapple with the constitutionality of Seattle's new-fangled campaign finance scheme, known as the "Democracy Voucher." "Democracy Vouchers" impose a special property tax levy, then give the revenue to private citizens in the form of vouchers, which they can use only ...

November 07, 2019

The NCAA’s new rule lets athletes get paid; some athletes should have been allowed all along

On October 29, 2019, the NCAA shocked the sports world when it announced it was modifying its rules to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their names, images, and likenesses "in a manner consistent with the collegiate model." This is an about-face for the organization that, for decades, has banned student athletes ...

November 04, 2019

The Hill: Free speech rights don’t stop at the voting booth

Voters across the country know tomorrow is Election Day. But what they probably don't know is that when they go to vote, they'll be subject to stringent restrictions on their freedom of speech from the moment they arrive at their polling place. Free speech may be one of our nation's bedrock civil liberties under the ...

October 31, 2019

Government unions are trying to trap employees into paying union fees for life

Last summer, the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME affirmed that it is unconstitutional to force state employees to pay a public employee union simply to keep their job. Workers may choose for themselves if they want to join and pay a union. Unfortunately, Janus isn't stopping government unions from trying to trap state workers ...

October 28, 2019

Trick-or-treating bans violate the First Amendment

What is the scariest thing about Halloween? How about the possibility that trick-or-treaters out after 8 p.m., or teenagers trick-or-treating at any time can be thrown in jail? Unfortunately, that nightmarish scenario is a reality in some parts of the country. For instance, in at least six towns in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, ...

October 09, 2019

The Daily Caller: Don’t expect diversity of thought at University of California

The University of California, Davis, advertises itself as a place "to freely hear, express, and debate different ideas and points of view." But as this new semester progresses, students may begin to wonder why every professor seems to be teaching from the same ideological textbook. To understand why, just look at the California university system's ...