First Amendment

Quick Thought – seeking redress should not require police escorts for elected Representatives!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. While TEA Party folks like myself did protest and assembled …

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Dartmouth’s Ideological Free Speech Divide: Why Democrats Need to Lose Again in 2018

Reposted: Originally Published May 30, 2018 A few days ago, we reported on a survey of Dartmouth student’s that questions their tolerance and diversity when it comes to dating, befriending, or just interacting with someone who has opposing political beliefs. There were no surprises. Democrats shunned the idea while Republicans were much more accepting. Further down …

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Apparently, Vicki Schwaegler didn’t like the information I included in rejecting the Biomass veto effort

That would be here due to the news that she actively politicking on overriding Gov. Sununu’s veto override on SB 365 and SB 446 instead of recusing herself from the efforts due to her family’s landholding. I was told that she decided to run again (originally she wasn’t) in no small amount due to getting the …

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Jeff Day – candidate for NH State House, Hillsborough County District 6 (Goffstown)

Hello, fellow Goffstown residents, Exciting news! I’ve decided to run for state representative. By way of introduction, I am Jeff Day, and I am vying for one of the 5 seats in the NH House representing the town of Goffstown. I am a Goffstown native. I am your neighbor, your friend, your classmate. My kids have gone to school with your …

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When a Group that Claims to Defend the 2nd Amendment Steps on the 1st

The crossfire continues over the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition’s survey with the “fine print” declaration that failing to return that survey would brand you as anti-gun. Skip took them to the woodshed here, pointing out that it is both ridiculous and unproductive, and while Skip inferred it he never actually says it. They are attempting …

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh has ruled that Net Neutrality violates the First Amendment.

Ken White at Popehat has a detailed breakdown of important decisions written by longtime circuit court judge Brett Kavanaugh. The point being, not to advocate but to explore for the purpose of summarizing where a Justice Kavanaugh is likely to come down on future First Amendment cases. I found them all interesting but one, in particular, caught my attention and …

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Janus vs AFSCME – it’s personal (although it’s not AFSCME, it’s NH SEIU’s local chapter 1984)

UPDATE and bumped: Yay!  It looks like the NH Administration is taking this seriously (emphasis mine, reformatted): The Union Leader obtained a memo Attorney General Gordon MacDonald sent to Administrative Services Commissioner Charles Arlinghaus making it clear that as of the next payroll on July 6 all state workers must give permission to have any fees …

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Breaking News: Mandatory Union Dues Violate First Amendment

Boom! For these reasons, States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union; employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, neither an agency fee nor any other form …

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SCOTUS Says CA Law Forcing Pro-Life Facilities to Promote Abortion is Compelled Speech

California passed a law that forced licensed non-profit pro-life groups to include information about abortion services on their premises. Today the Supreme court ruled in NIFLA v. Becerra that this creates a burden on protected speech. It imposes a government-scripted, speaker-based disclosure requirement that is wholly disconnected from the State’s informational interest. It requires covered facilities to …

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NIFLA v. Becerra: Pro-Life Agencies Need Not Market Abortion

In today’s NIFLA v. Becerra decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that pro-life pregnancy care centers may not be compelled by a state to advertise for abortion. The margin: one vote. Apparently, abortion providers in California are so hard up for business that they thought they ought be able to drag pro-lifers into helping out …

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