Wyoming Liberty Group
When Kim Love, owner of Sheridan Media, took out a radio ad attacking Wyoming Rep. Mark Jennings through the organization Citizens for Good Government (CGG) a few weeks ago, political advertising hit a low point. The ad states:
There’s a philosophy here in Wyoming known as ‘the Wyoming Way.’ State Representative Mark Jennings and his supporters thing the Wyoming Way is to strap someone to the front of a pickup truck and to play chicken while the person is strapped to the pickup because that person is gay, or that it is the Wyoming Way to put feces in someone’s lunchbox because that person is gay. But that is not the Wyoming Way. If you see Mark Jennings, tell him that isn’t the Wyoming Way. Paid for by Citizens for Good Government.
The United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a town’s sign regulations in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona because the regulations violated the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. In so doing, the Court reminded Americans and their local governments that First Amendment free speech rights are foundational to our society and government. The court explicitly reiterated that local governments cannot impose sign regulations that treat signs differently based upon what message the sign conveys. Simply put, if someone has to read a sign in order to decide what rules or regulations apply to the sign, then the sign law is presumptively unconstitutional.
In what can only be seen as a very strange case in Cody, WY, a small group of parents and public school teachers have sent out a letter to the local elected school board demanding their fellow citizens be denied the right to participate in a proposed public hearing.
The entire episode centers on a decision soon to be made by the school board to purchase a number of reading curriculums for grades K-7 at a cost of around $200,000 to the district taxpayers.
Amy Edmonds spoke with Chuck Gray on KVOC about the Curious Case of Free Speech in Education. May 7, 2015
DALLAS, TX – The Texas Fifth Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in Cary v. Texas that evidence presented by state prosecutors to convict David Cary of bribery, money laundering and engaging in organized criminal activity was legally insufficient. The state brought the case against David Cary and others, arguing that a campaign funding system for a judicial candidate was instead a bribery scheme. Late last year, Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief in the case detailing numerous constitutional problems with the state’s theory.
MADISON, WI – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief in the Wisconsin Supreme Court today in Three Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson, a case consolidated with two others in what has become known as the “Wisconsin John Doe Investigation.” The prosecution in each case alleges illegal campaign finance coordination between political groups and ostensibly members of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign. WyLiberty’s brief argues that Wisconsin law governing coordination is unconstitutionally overbroad, and the latest effort to criminalize political participation.