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May 15, 2023

Jewish teacher arrested for threatening students who drew swastikas, police say

A Jewish middle school teacher in Wisconsin was arrested for making terrorist threats toward students who drew swastikas on a paper in his classroom, police said.

Wisconsin DEI
May 12, 2023

Free speech, racial equity battles are playing out on Wisconsin campuses

The fight over racial equity and free speech on Wisconsin college campuses is intensifying, mirroring a national battle as Republicans work to close campus diversity offices and demand that students and faculty treat conservative speakers with respect.

Feb 9, 2023

Editorial: Mixed results from student speech survey

There’s reason to be concerned about some of the responses in the UW System’s survey of student views on free speech, but we’re not convinced the results are as revealing as some might claim.

Dec 7, 2022

US Supreme Court signals sympathy with web designer opposed to same-sex marriage in free speech case

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court justices on Dec. 5 was 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis – a major case regarding LGBTQ rights and free speech.

Aug 3, 2022

Is Alex Jones’ trial about free speech rights?

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrived at a Texas courthouse for his defamation trial for calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack a hoax with the words "Save the 1st" scrawled on tape covering his mouth.

Apr 13, 2022

Free speech fumbles at UW

What to make of the current University of Wisconsin System brouhaha over a free speech survey? It sure doesn’t feel like all the facts are known yet. A handful of details are clear. The system planned to send students a survey asking their thoughts on how free speech rights are handled on campus. Jim Henderson, […]

Mar 16, 2022

Public access isn’t negotiable

National Freedom of Information Day isn’t a holiday. But there can be no doubt today’s reminder of how important government openness and transparency are is something Americans should mark well.

Sep 24, 2021

Teenager wins lawsuit over COVID social media post

A Wisconsin high school student on Friday won a federal lawsuit she brought against a sheriff who threatened her with jail time early in the COVID-19 pandemic if she didn't remove social media posts saying she had the virus.

Jul 15, 2021

Judge: Man who harassed officers was exercising free speech (UPDATE)

An appellate judge on Thursday dismissed disorderly conduct charges against a man who stood outside a police garage in Wisconsin and insulted off-duty officers, saying he was exercising his free speech rights.

Jun 23, 2021

Justices rule for cursing cheerleader over Snapchat post

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Pennsylvania public school wrongly suspended a student from cheerleading over a vulgar social media post she made after she didn't qualify for the varsity team.

May 7, 2020

Lawsuits test limits of political speech

President Trump, through his campaign, is suing television station WJFW-TV in Rhinelander for airing a political ad that allegedly defamed him.

Feb 11, 2020

Assembly passes punishments for disrupting campus speeches

Republican lawmakers continued their drive Tuesday to punish students who disrupt conservative speakers on college campuses, pushing through the state Assembly a bill that calls for suspensions and expulsions.

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