Free Speech

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

by Steve MacDonald September 20, 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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Where Colleges Ignore Free Speech Violations and the Legal System Helps

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2018

I’ve had a few things to say about free speech. More than a few. Campus “speech” is one of the more common places to land. The inclusion and diversity movements (hypocritically) invest so much time and energy limiting speech to a very narrow set of approved words and ideas that the fruit is heavy and very […]

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Corporations are ‘People’ Too!

by Steve MacDonald September 6, 2018

The left works hard on their corporate speech, corporations aren’t people, campaign finance reform song and dance narratives. But here’s a quick and easy way to explain to friends and family why it’s all just a bunch of left-wing hooey. Are corporations – which are just a bunch of people working collectively toward a shared interest- subject […]

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The New Old ‘Speech Police’

by Steve MacDonald August 30, 2018

You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Connections. Networking. The insiders game. How about, “it’s not what you’ve done but who you follow?” Could who you track on social media, regardless of whether you just lurk or engage, get you excluded from things in the real world like jobs or […]

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Free Speech on Campus In Our Lifetime? Not If They Can Help It.

by Steve MacDonald August 26, 2018

I stumbled across an article by Fred Lucas titled, “Supreme Court decisions could curb campus censorship.” Lucas shares some insights into recent court decisions that might reach their tendrils into the collection and use of student activity fees and the relationship between those expenditures and viewpoint discrimination. Fingers crossed but every path leading to that goal will […]

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“Tolerant” Left Goes After Queer Eye Star Who Says ‘Not All Republicans Are Racist’

by Steve MacDonald August 17, 2018

It cannot be emphasized enough that liberal governance will be a reflection of its priorities. To bring that point home consider the recent plight of a homosexual Democrat television personality (HDTP) who dared to suggest that the left shouldn’t go too far left. Van Ness noted that “luckily” more than a few “extreme right people won yesterday,” which he […]

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If the Internet is a ‘Public Utility’ You Can’t Just Ban Alex Jones

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2018

I don’t pay any attention to Alex Jones. It’s not a value judgment he’s just not anywhere in my top-ten, twenty, or perhaps even 100 (500?) political talkers, writers, or thinkers for whom I make time. I am aware of him but not overly familiar. Others think he’s the bee’s knees. I’m not here to […]

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Maybe it’s Sununu who should resign

by Ian Underwood August 5, 2018

On Friday, Governor Sununu called for the resignation of state senator Jeff Woodburn, saying: [His] morally reprehensible, violent behavior has no place in public service, or anywhere else. Domestic violence will not be tolerated in New Hampshire. Senator Woodburn must resign. Immediately. The problem, of course, is that Senator Woodburn has been accused of violent […]

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“I’m so angry that he put us in this situation. I’m in no mood to help him right now.”

by Skip July 21, 2018

That from an ally over NH Gov. Chris Sununu signing HB1319, the latest Bathroom Bill (aka “today I feel like a women even without the lady bits so I’m going into the ladies room”) and HB587 (gotta let gays be gays and no talking them out of it) which is a sop to the gay lobby […]

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ANTIFA Invokes “Rights” for Itself It Would Deny To Everyone Who Disagrees With Them

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2018

Progressive arguments for campaign finance reform (see also, the false getting money out of politics narrative) have nothing to do with transparency or money. They are about exposing donor lists to intimidation by left-wing thugs to suppress donations, and the speech they would afford political opponents. Alternately or should I say Alt-Lefternately, Antifa, one of the […]

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

by Steve MacDonald July 11, 2018

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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Kathy Sullivan tells us her Democrat Party’s don’t stink

by Skip July 4, 2018

Normally I either bypass her Op-Eds in the Union Leader completely or just glance through them.  They generally are the usual drivel that would come from a former NH Democrat Party chair (and a DNC vice-chair). Don’t worry, I generally think JHo’s (former NH GOP chair) to be similar screeds.  In this case, though, I […]

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Liberal So-Called ‘Campaign Finance’ Group Backs Whiny GOP RINOs To Silence Speech

by Steve MacDonald June 30, 2018

The digital ink was barely dry on this post when what to my wandering eyes did appear but a mysteriously funded left-leaning campaign finance “reform” group attacking AFP-NH for what amounted to following Campaign Finance Laws. Open Democracy(OD) is a left-leaning affair pushing the left-leaning policy ideas of leftists activist groups and just happens to be an […]

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

by Skip June 28, 2018

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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Janus vs. AFSCME – a personal take

by Skip June 27, 2018

UPDATE: As the Supreme court just decided for Janus and against the unions, this post is appropriate.  Best news? SCOTUS rules that public sector union MUST be opt-in for payments.   Essentially, this returns freedom to individuals over the unions; no more paycheck protection for unions. ************ “Live Free or Die” – that’s our state motto and […]

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Seven New Hampshire House Republicans Try To Silence Political Speech They Don’t Like

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2018

American’s for Prosperity in New Hampshire has been doing some issues advocacy. Alerting the residents of seven House Districts held by sitting (r)epublicans that their elected officials opposed Right to Work. The seven “Republican” House Reps are mad at AFP for daring to let voters, who might not otherwise notice, know how they voted. So […]

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One More Wack At Dartmouth and the Ruling Class Elite

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2018

A recent survey of Dartmouth Students got ample attention from me here and here, but Jack Kerwick, writing at Townhall.com, combed through it here and I wanted to share his conclusion because it distills the noisy narratives down to a moment of clarity. In summary, the Dartmouth survey establishes the truth of three propositions: (1)Republican […]

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NY Senate Advances Speech Suppression Bill Disguised As Anti-Bullying Legislation

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2018

The New York State Senate, under cover of protecting under-eighteen year-olds from ‘cyberbullying’ have advanced a bill that presents the government with a far-reaching tool to silence a wide range of speech it decides has violated their law. I’ll let you explore Eugene Volokh’s examination of potential issues for speech suppression here, but I wanted […]

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Justice Thomas Defends Free Speech in Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado…

by Steve MacDonald June 7, 2018

Hopefully, Ellen cleared up the “narrowness” of the decision in the SCOTUS Masterpiece Cake Shop LTD v. Colorado Human Rights Commission. The verdict was narrow not the vote. And while it was a victory for religious conscience, it was not a sweeping defense of Free Speech. We do, however, find advocates for free speech in concurring […]

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Exeter NH Police Chief Arrests Resident for Social Media Comment

by Steve MacDonald June 3, 2018

In a story that went wide yesterday, Exeter Police Chief William Shupe had Robert Frese arrested for an online comment in which he said: “Chief Shupe covered up for a dirty cop.” I may have my differences with the NH ACLU, but we’ve consistently agreed on one thing. Free Speech. Shupe is a public official. As such he […]

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UNH Professor Gloats About Disrupting Conservative Speaker

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2018

From Campus Reform, A disruptive heckler who was filmed harassing Dave Rubin during a speech at the University of Hampshire on May 1 turns out to be a Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies at UNH. Rubin, a well-known gay, Democrat online talk show host, has recently gained popularity among young conservatives for his willingness to […]

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From Feb. 2016 to Feb. 2018 the global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C

by Steve MacDonald May 21, 2018

Aaron Brown, writing at Real Clear Markets reports that, according to NASA Data, “the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred.” How could you have missed that news? It sounds a lot like Climate Change. The Climate changed, measurably, and historically, on the altar of the same NASA Climate Temple as […]

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FIRE Gives UNH “Green Light” for Free Speech (Say What!)

by Steve MacDonald May 16, 2018

Greg Moore took me by surprise with a tweet about how the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) had given UNH it’s highest rating for free speech. Say what? As a regular critic, I commend @UofNH for revising their speech code, civility code and "bias incident protocol" to finally begin embracing free speech on campus. […]

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The Coalition for Open Democracy Isn’t Very Transparent

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2018

The Coalition for Open Democracy was founded by New Hampshire’s Granny (D) Haddock to fight big money in politics. All based on the idea that wealthy special interests are warping the process. Granny D left our world in 2010 and since then, or more specifically in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Open Democracy racked in a total […]

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Yeah, looks about right

by Skip May 9, 2018

(H/T: Powerline)

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The Press, Corporations, Campaign Finance, and The First Amendment

by Steve MacDonald May 5, 2018

Eugene Volokh is writing a series of articles on Free Speech and freedom of the press over at Reason. In this installment, he looks at exceptions afforded to a special class of corporate ‘speakers’ the professional press. Under any sensible accounting scheme, an editorial supporting a candidate would cost a lot in labor costs and the […]

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Has the Professional Left Silenced You? They Will if You Dare to Disagree

by Steve MacDonald May 1, 2018

Democrats don’t know what they don’t know and they only have themselves to blame. Why are so many Democrats shocked when a Republican is elected president? Because, as they themselves say, they “don’t know anyone” who voted for the Republican. The primary reason for this is the people in their life who voted for Donald […]

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UNH Institutes Anti-Free Speech ‘Social Media Policy’

by Steve MacDonald April 30, 2018

The Univerity of New Hampshire has added a Social Media Policy to its Student’s Rights, Rules, and Responsibility code of conduct. It’s a Big Brother chill-blanket on free speech that allows anyone to report anyone else whenever they think their feelings have been hurt or the feelings of others might be hurt. What could go […]

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NH Senate Passes Gag Order on Therapists, Pastors, and Others. Will Gov. Sununu Sign It? [Updated]

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2018

Yesterday, by a vote of 14-10, the New Hampshire State Senate passed HB587, a lawyer-up bill so badly written that it will not just compel speech. It will place a gag order on therapists, counselors, nurses, clergy, coaches, and anyone who might be consulted (even tangentially) for guidance on the issue of sexual attraction, even as Amended. […]

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Republicans Against Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2018

Carolyn McKinney’s rebuttal to “some Republicans” pushing to remove the word ‘traditional’ as a qualifier to the word ‘marriage’ in the New Hampshire Republican State Platform is brilliant. It’s so good those Republicans don’t want you to read it. (If you have problems with the above link the piece is also cross-posted here.) Somone or perhaps a few […]

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