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Arizona teacher’s lawsuit alleges retaliation for opposing Common Core

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 5:15pm
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Common Core is generating a lot of concerns around the country, and teacher input without fear of retaliation is essential.

The reality is, however, that teachers critical of Common Core may be intimidated by school district and state officials into silence.

That is what a teacher is alleging in a lawsuit (

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In Connecticut, no First Amendment protections for discussing the public record

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4:47pm
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The relationship between the media and Connecticut courts is about to get very, very ugly.

The Connecticut Law Tribune has come forward with information showing that New Britain Superior Court Judge Steven Frazzini has enjoined the newspaper from publishing a story based on court documents entered into the public record and...

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SCOTUS considers Facebook rants in free speech case

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:00am
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Both parties in the high-profile Elonis vs. United States had their day before the Supreme Court yesterday, and lawyers and analysts alike aren’t sure what to make of the Court’s reaction to oral arguments.

Elonis (described in detail here) is shaping up to be a real barn burner because it tackles a...

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SCOTUS tackles free speech vs. true threats in Facebook posts

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8:30am
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In the 2003 barnburner Virginia v. Black, the Supreme Court held unconstitutional a statute that in part stated that the act of burning a cross constituted prima facie evidence of an intent to intimidate a person or group. Writing for the majority, Justice O’Connor said that “just as a State may...

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“Saying mean things about Democratic Presidents is not news.”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Last Sunday, we told you about the Democratic Party’s attempt to use the Federal Elections Commission to regulate free speech on the internet.

Bill Whittle has put perspective on the issue in a new video from Truth Revolt.

Here’s an excerpt:

This smiling, normal-looking woman is Ann Ravel. She heads the FEC — the...

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Berkeley on offense for Bill Maher

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:14pm
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We wrote previously about UC Berkeley students’ attempt to block comedian Bill Maher from speaking at the university’s commencement ceremonies. Students circulated a petition citing “hateful” statements like the one contained in the tweet below as reasons why Maher should not be allowed to speak at the ceremony.

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UC Berkeley students organize to block Bill Maher from speaking on campus

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:30am
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Back in September, Prof. Jacobson asked How long before Bill Maher is banned on campus?

It turns out the answer is… about a month.

Greg Piper of...

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You’re not paranoid, Dems actually do want FEC to silence internet speech

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:58am
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This is just another case of Democrats doing something they would be outraged about if Republicans tried it.

In this instance, they want to use the power of government to silence opposition.

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Houston Mayor uses lawfare against local churches

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:30pm
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Houston’s summer was marred by a battle over religious liberties and overreaching government.

Sparring over a city ordinance that would force businesses, among other things, to allow transgendered clientele the use of opposite sex restrooms or risk discrimination suits, Bayou City area clergy and the government aren’t exactly on the best of terms.

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Twitter sues to permit more disclosure of government snooping

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:30pm
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Turns out Twitter is also fed up with this administration’s war on transparency.

Last month, Twitter released a report detailing how they’d been banned from reporting the extent of government surveillance on the platform. In that report Twitter explained:

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How long before Bill Maher banned on campus?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:32pm
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Because of this:

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and this:

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Senate Dems Fail, Free Speech Prevails

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:33pm
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Senate Republicans have crushed Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts to advance a Constitutional amendment that would greatly restrict free speech and association in America.

Reid needed 60 votes to end the measure, but the votes fell 54-42 across the party line.

Via the Hill:

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans...

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Senate Dems Bear Down on Attacking Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:30am
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Yesterday was another heated day on the floor of the Senate, as Republicans took to the podium to lambaste SJR 19, Democrats’ latest effort to control the content and flow of political speech in America.

As we discussed Monday, SJR 19 proposes a Constitutional amendment that would give Congress the right...

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Senate Democrats Renew Push to Gut Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00pm
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Congress is back in Washington, and Senate Democrats have wasted no time in bringing forward their proposal for a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the right to set limits on how much money can be raised for and spent in federal political campaigns.

Senate Joint Resolution 19 is sponsored by...

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TX Supreme Court protects identity of anonymous blogger

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 6:33pm
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As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey once put it, “there is no jackass exception to the First Amendment.” Many bloggers toe the line between defamation and free expression, and enjoy their constitutional protections to...

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16 Year Old Arrested for Writing About Killing a Dinosaur for School Project

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:00am
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Legal Insurrection has covered the new zero tolerance policies in American schools before, but this is a case you may have missed last week.

Sixteen year old Alex Stone of Virginia was given a writing assignment on the second day of school. When he wrote an obviously fictional account of killing his...

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Chancellor issues campus-wide email explaining Salaita decision (Update: Trustees and officials support)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:23pm
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Prior to a few minutes ago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had not commented publicly about the reasoning behind the decision not to complete the hiring process for Professor Steven Salaita.

There was a lot of protest, including a petition and academic boycotts, meant to pressure the university into changing its...

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