First Amendment

Did Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Break the Law?

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Blog, Cal State Pay Scandal, California Politics, Featured Post, First Amendment | 0 comments

Did Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Break the Law?

The City of Fresno has denied a public records request to hide Swearengin’s involvement in a secret meeting.

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First Amendment Center on Music, Politics & Free Speech

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Blog, First Amendment | 1 comment

First Amendment Center on Music, Politics & Free Speech

There are several great organizations that monitor First Amendment issues. One of the best is the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. In a recent post, Ken Paulson, the Center’s president, compares the developing Hank Williams Jr. incident to the Dixie Chicks scandal from a few years back. I agree with Paulson’s analysis: these aren’t First Amendment questions, but demonstrate how you interpret free speech issues. An excerpt of Paulson’s post is below. You can read the entire piece by clicking here. Here’s a quick two-step self-test of how you really feel...

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Obamacare in Supreme Court Spotlight

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in First Amendment | 0 comments

Obamacare in Supreme Court Spotlight

New technology, warrantless searches, property rights and free speech – even this term’s undercard will be exciting to watch.

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Guest Post: Susan Kang Schroeder on Irvine 11 Case

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Blog, California Politics, Featured Post, First Amendment | 0 comments

Guest Post: Susan Kang Schroeder on Irvine 11 Case

“When conservative, tough prosecutor DA Tony Rackauckas, who led the recall against liberal CA Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird, & lifelong ACLU member Professor Alan Dershowitz are on the same page, either hell has frozen over or there is merit to their position.”

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Irvine 11 Case: Upon Closer Examination…

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Blog, California Politics, Featured Post, First Amendment | 0 comments

Irvine 11 Case: Upon Closer Examination…

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas issued a clever and well-argued rebuttal to my piece on the Irvine 11. His office has also published their entire case file on their website. Kudos to open government. Did the DA’s evidence or arguments change my mind?

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Huffington Post: Dead Poets Society Lied

Posted by on Sep 25, 2011 in Blog, Featured Post, First Amendment | 0 comments

Huffington Post: Dead Poets Society Lied

Hollywood lied to us. In real life, when eleven students challenged an Israeli ambassador, they didn’t make a movie celebrating the protest, they were convicted of misdemeanors.

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