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Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland


As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week.

“The key change could make it so that groups of 50 or more planning to demonstrate on county property have to give officials at least 48 hours’ notice, but the proposal did not go over well with many commissioners.”

Durham leaders worry policy requiring advanced notice of protests could stifle free speech, WRAL

“Lawrence Willson was ticketed in June for having three political signs in his yard, the suit says. After the ACLU contacted the city, an official promised to rescind the ordinance, but city officials changed it to apply to all signs, not just political signs, the suit says.”

Bel-Nor man risks jail, fine over political yard signs, ACLU suit claims, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Sasse has in the past defended the First Amendment and criticized censoring news, and appeared to take a swipe at President Trump in the video, saying that it’s not helpful to call the press 'the enemy of the American people.' ”

GOP senator defends First Amendment and 'shared facts' in New Year's Day video, The Hill

“Recently, Trump administration officials reportedly told employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to use terms in 2018 budget documents that include words like ‘evidence-based,’ ‘science-based,’ ‘vulnerable,’ ‘entitlement,’ ‘diversity,’ ‘transgender,’ and ‘fetus.’”

CDC gag order is fair game under First Amendment — and that’s scary, The Hill

“The Washington Post’s constant recalling of the days of fame and glory of the Pentangon Papers and the later Watergate incident has become overbearing. But even if some liberties are taken with the movie ‘The Post,’ it’s an important moment in history to remember.”

A legendary First Amendment fight worth retelling, The Seattle Times

“…the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has repeatedly refused to decide a First Amendment challenge to a New York statute that restricts merchants’ ability to inform their customers of credit-card surcharges.”

Second Circuit Appeals Court Improperly Ducks Important First Amendment Issues, Forbes

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