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Free Speech

Marquette strikes against professor-blogger’s academic and expressive freedom

The university is continuing to review your conduct and during this period–and until further notice–you are relieved of all teaching duties and all other faculty activities, including, but not limited to, advising, committee work, faculty meetings and any activity that would involve your interaction with Marquette students, faculty and staff. Should any academic appeals arise…

Seeing Ferguson through Tom Wolfe’s eyes

Last week during a sympathy march in Madison (of course) for the Ferguson rioters, one civic-minded businessperson told Bring It! “I swear I heard this chant when stuck in traffic because of the protestors … ‘Pants up. Don’t loot.’” My friend, you didn’t hear that in Madison! Via Mau-mauing the Ferguson police to feed the…

Campaign speech

On October 23, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson made a $650,000 donation to the Republican Party of Wisconsin. That same day, the GOP transferred $450,000 to Walker’s campaign account. Adelson wasn’t the only billionaire taking advantage of the Randa ruling. The Republican Party also received $1 million from Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, with whom Walker was…

He prefers his own precedents

In today’s order, Randa declared that Citizens for Responsible Government was likely to succeed in the case, citing his own decision in O’Keefe v. Chisholm — the same ruling reversed by the 7th Circuit last month. He ordered the GAB and Chisholm not to enforce the coordination rules…. Via Randa Redux: Federal Judge OK’s Dark…

Corruption probe as war on speech

The idea that a Democratic partisan launched a more or less unconstrained and unending series of investigations of a Republican looks bad. The appearance of impropriety is heightened by the fact that some of the legal theories that the prosecutors are pushing are highly questionable and the tactics employed – pre-dawn raids and leaning on…

Paying for an exercise of rights

Why should the Journal Sentinel or WTMJ or Fox News or MSNBC be able to establish themselves as partners with a political perspective or candidate, while others – who may have to buy time or curry favor with these outlets –  may not? Via Free speech for thee and for me @ Shark and Shepherd.

Yes, Paul Soglin, fair use includes parodies even of you

In affirming dismissal of Kienitz’s suit, the court found the t-shirt made fair use of Kienitz’s photo of the mayor. Judge Frank Easterbrook starts his seven-page opinion with this gem: While a student at the University of Wisconsin in 1969, Paul Soglin attended the first Mifflin Street Block Party, whose theme (according to Soglin) was…

Tuesday, 9.9.14, in Chicago

Tuesday afternoon, September 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will hear oral arguments slated to begin at 2:30 on several cases related to the John Doe probe including whether documents will be released, and whether U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa erred when Randa halted the probe on May 6 this year….…

Another day, another protest

The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change announced it would shadow Paul Ryan at each stop on his three-day, nine-city tour in Florida. This is big news at The Capital Times, your progressive vuvuzela. A group of protesters showed up at a book signing at a Pensacola Barnes & Noble on Friday, with signs…

Left gets ready

Fighting Bob Fest number 13 is now just three weeks away, September 13, 2014, at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo. This year’s slate of excellent speakers includes Chris Hedges, Karen Lewis, Mike Wiggins Jr., Will Durst, Michael Copps, Robert McChesney, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Mark Pocan, and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke… Via Fighting…

Not Just Wisconsin

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C., has just published an article on alleged coordination between political campaigns and outside groups that cites Wisconsin as a prime example. The article, “How cozy can candidates be with political groups?,” also looks at alleged coordination in Michigan, Connecticut, Minnesota and…

Critical free speech

So I think the float used the iconography of poverty to express the point of view that Obama is utterly lacking in achievement worthy of a presidential library. Maybe you could build an argument that because so many black people have been poor, any depiction of a black person as poor is intended to associate…