Tag: free speech

Trump and Clinton dampen Free Speech Week

It’s Free Speech Week, but how can we possibly celebrate with the presidential election looming?

Panhandling as free speech? Suit challenges Waynesboro law

You might not think of panhandling as free speech. A Charlottesville attorney does, and he has a Waynesboro law banning panhandling in his crosshairs.

Free speech is social justice

A recent Pew Research Survey found 40% of Americans from ages 18 to 34 support the notion that the government should limit speech that is offensive to minorities.

Petersburg settles in free speech case

The City of Petersburg and its mayor have agreed to a settlement in the case of a resident who was denied the right to speak at a city council meeting because he had not paid an unrelated fine to the city.

Kirsten Powers to speak at VMI on free speech

Political analyst and author Kirsten Powers will talk about efforts to limit free speech on college campuses around the country when she speaks at Virginia Military Institute’s academic convocation Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 11:15 a.m. in Cameron Hall.

Bob Goodlatte: Colleges, universities should protect free speech

The First Amendment prohibits the government, including public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of religion. The Founders of our country clearly understood this to be one of our fundamental freedoms as Americans.

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ACLU: Fine owed to Petersburg no excuse for curtailing free speech rights

On February 5, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Petersburg City Attorney Brian Telfair demanding that Petersburg Resident Linwood Christian be permitted to speak during public comment portion of City Council meetings.

Study: Are hands-free systems in cars a distraction?

With three out of four drivers believing that hands-free technology is safe to use, Americans may be surprised to learn that popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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GOP partisans: McDonnell is not guilty, or they’re all guilty

Conservative waterboy Bart Hinkle has the Bob McDonnell appellate case all figured out: blame Obama. Or to take it to the extreme, indict Obama, because really, why not?

Robert Sarvis slams Mark Warner on vote on First Amendment issue

Following the cloture vote in the U.S. Senate on S.J. Res 19, the proposed constitutional amendment to amend the First Amendment, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Sarvis released the following statement.

Litmus test for Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign.

ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley

At the ACLU of Virginia, we are often faced with cases, like this one, where it is necessary to protect what appears to be two competing constitutional rights.

ACLU raises issues with free speech protections in Richmond park deal

The ACLU of Virginia expressed concern that the 30-year lease between the City of Richmond and the Monroe Park Conservancy (MPC) does not contain explicit protections for free speech in the park.

ACLU to governor: Capitol Square demonstration regulation is unconstitutional

The regulation governing demonstrations on Capitol Square is “riddled with constitutional problems,” the ACLU of Virginia wrote today in a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The letter called upon the Governor to take swift action to revise the regulation.

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Randy Forbes: Banning the American flag?

In 2010, five students went to school at their public high school in California wearing T-shirts that displayed the American flag. That sentence seems anything but newsworthy. In fact, it seems extremely ordinary in a nation where citizens proudly display our flag on apparel, outside our homes, on our cars, inside our schools, and across our towns.

ACLU: Virginia community college policy on campus demonstrations is unconstitutional

On Friday, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to the Chancellor and Board of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) informing them that VCCS’s policies limiting the right to protest on Virginia’s community college campuses violate the First Amendment.

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Does the IRS really want to target groups for politics? Robert Hurt votes on partisan bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Va.) voted in favor of H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, which sponsors say would prohibit the Department of Treasury and the IRS from finalizing regulations that seek to curb the speech of groups in a politically-motivated fashion.

Bob Goodlatte: Honoring the sacrifices of America’s heroes

The soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, saw some of the most intense fighting of World War II. Among them on D-Day was Sergeant Robert L. Sales of Madison Heights, a member of the Virginia National Guard Company B, 116th Infantry.

Update: Why A&E caved on Duck Dynasty

You’ve no doubt heard the breaking news: Phil Robertson is back on A&E’s Duck Dynasty. If you’ve been reading my columns on the Duck Dynasty story, you knew this was coming, because you knew that this was a manufactured controversy.

Politics Beat: No free speech for Virginia legislators?

Republicans are falling all over themselves to protect the free speech rights of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson. But if a Senate Democrat dares to say anything that a Republican considers to be out of line, well, no free speech for Democrats. “I’m not targeting anybody. I’m targeting behavior,” said State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa.

John P. Reisman: Free speech gone wild

Rush Limbaugh, in a grand gesture to challenge the edge of what can be considered wise, if not merely palatable in his extreme rhetoric, attacked Sandra Fluke calling here a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her position on contraception. This all in the context of the continuing healthcare debate. Limbaugh was unapologetic, until of course […]

ACLU: Sidewalk in front of Roanoke City Market is public forum

The ACLU of Virginia on Friday informed the Chairman and the Legal Counsel for the Market Building Foundation that it cannot ban demonstrations from the sidewalk in front of the Roanoke City Market Building. The Foundation, which leases the property from the City of Roanoke, recently voted to deny all requests to assemble on the […]

The Rant | They Listen, Sometimes

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Waynesboro School Board listened. Citizens said, Slow down!, to the proposed elementary-school redistricting, and the School Board is slowing down. Waynesboro City Council could listen, literally, to complaints from the AFP and the Waynesboro Citizens for Responsible Spending about its new rules for public comments at City […]

The Rant | Watch what you say

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net You’d better watch what you say in Waynesboro, where the City Council doesn’t mind hearing from local citizens as long as it decides that what you have to say meets its approval. Funny thing, free speech, editor Chris Graham says in today’s Rant. It’s either free, or it’s […]