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First Amendment

Oct 11, 2019

Evers will kill plan to punish UW free speech disrupters

Gov. Tony Evers will kill a contentious plan to punish students who disrupt free speech on University of Wisconsin System campuses, his spokeswoman said Friday as system regents took another step toward implementing the policy.

Sep 11, 2019

Court strikes down Montana law barring political robocalls

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Montana can't ban political robocalls in response to their content alone, marking the latest in a string of court decisions against U.S. states that are trying to restrict automated phone calls promoting political campaigns.

Aug 7, 2019

Conservative think tank sues Wisconsin’s Evers over access (UPDATE)

A conservative think tank has filed a federal lawsuit against Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, alleging that he violated the First Amendment rights of staff members who were denied access to a press briefing and kept off an advisory list sent to other reporters.

Feb 5, 2019

Tomah School Board bans Confederate flag

Tomah is joining seven other schools in the Mississippi Valley Conference that are banning displays of the Confederate flag.

Nov 25, 2018

School district: Free-speech protects those in viral photo

Officials with a Wisconsin school district say free-speech rights would make it difficult to discipline students who appeared in a photograph that showed several high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

Jun 14, 2018

SCOTUS strikes down voter clothing law

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that barred voters in the state from wearing a wide range of political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls.

Apr 3, 2018

State to pay $30,000 to settle sign theft lawsuit

State taxpayers will pay $30,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed against a lawmaker who stole a sign from a protester referring to President Donald Trump as "sadistic," ''racist" and a "serial groper."

Dec 5, 2017

Kennedy wrestles with wedding cake case at Supreme Court (UPDATE)

The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a highly anticipated case involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Oct 3, 2017

Democrat Evers opposes UW free speech resolution

State superintendent Tony Evers on Tuesday spoke out against a resolution pending at the University of Wisconsin that could lead to students being expelled for protesting at campus events and speeches.

Sep 21, 2017

Mother says profanity toward son is free speech

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether a mother's profane tirade against her 14-year-old son for burning popcorn amounts to free speech.

Jul 18, 2017

US Supreme Court abolishes ban on offensive trademarks

The clause was ultimately found to violate First Amendment free-speech rights. The decision is already making itself felt.

Jan 26, 2016

Appeals court upholds university library porn citation

An Eau Claire man didn't have a constitutional right to view pornography on a university library computer, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.


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