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Maybe Money Can’t Buy Elections

Maybe Money Can’t Buy Elections

A rallying cry of the left in recent years has been the denunciation of money in politics. Particularly after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. FEC which found that political spending is 1st amendment protected free speech. The right decision, I think. Why shouldn’t we be able to spend our money promoting the ideas

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Can A City Commission Block Someone From Speaking Because Of What They Might Say?

Over at Watchdog today I write about a situation in Valley City where city officials prohibited a man from speaking to the city commission because of what he might say. What local businessman Bob Drake wanted to tell city commissioners is that Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson should be terminated immediately, instead of being

Valley City Bans Citizen From Addressing City Council

I think the folks leading the City of Valley City need to look up what the term “prior restraint” means. According to this report in the Fargo Forum, a local citizen who wants to disband the city’s police department and fire the police chief immediately was prohibited from addressing the city council because of what he might have

What If Colleges Aren’t Expanding Minds But Narrowing Them?

Attending college is hugely expensive these days. Between tuition, books, and room and board it is a major financial commitment. If you asked a representative sample of Americans what aspects of colleges justify that commitment they’d probably talk about things like career advancement, earning potential, and the experience of being on a campus and exposed

Feminist Hate Monger Jessica Valenti’s NDSU Event Will Likely Expose A Free Speech Double Standard

Extreme left-wing feminist activist Jessica Valenti is slated to speak at North Dakota State University later this week. That Valenti is a disgusting sort of misandrist seems obvious to me. But even so, I’m not interested in seeing her event blocked even though that seems to be the fashionable thing to do of late. That’s because

Grand Forks City Leader Trying To Walk Back Opposition To Free Speech

In today’s Grand Forks Herald city councilor and University of North Dakota professor Bret Weber tries to walk back comments he made about inhibiting free speech in his community. Weber, you might remember, organized a meeting of city leaders last week in an effort aimed at prohibiting or at least inhibiting future speeches in the

Grand Forks Councilman Summons Theater Owners To A Meeting Over Controversial Anti-Islam Speaker

UPDATE: Per KNOX radio host Ryan Cunningham, “No one from the Empire Arts Center will attend today’s meeting.” He adds that “The EAC has invited Bret Weber to their noon meeting next Wednesday to speak his piece, and that meeting will be open to the media.” At the University of Jamestown earlier this week campus officials

Irony: North Dakota University Home To Free Speech Legislation Moves Homosexuality Event Off Campus

Here’s some irony. During the legislative session earlier this year students and faculty from the private University of Jamestown successfully pushed for a bill that creates more free speech protections for campus journalists. Steve Listopad, one of the organizers of that effort who now works at Valley City State University, has even been awarded the Hugh Hefner

The Politics Of Shallow Gestures

It is de rigueur in modern America that any tragedy elevated to national headlines will be shaped and crammed into the narratives of our left/right political dynamic. Usually mass shootings are pitched into the morass that is our national debate over gun control policy, but because perpetrator of the shooting at a historically black church in Charleston was

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