First Amendment

Free speech and Fidel Castro in Florida

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The First Amendment protects your right to say just about anything, but doesn't insulate you from the consequences. And there's a difference between the right to free speech and the responsibility to be held accountable for saying something truly offensive.Read more »

States push back on Citizens United ruling

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With the upcoming anniversary of the Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations to make unlimited campaign contributions, California Assembly member Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is pushing a bill to ensure that corporate entities making political donations are required to at least disclose those contributions.Read more »

Lee backs crackdown; Avalos: "I stand with Occupy SF"

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Mayor Ed Lee has just released a statement on last night's police raid of the Occupy San Francisco encampment – claiming to basically support the movement but also support the harsh police crackdown and seizure of tents, food, and other personal property – that offers a sharp contrast to the position of his mayoral rival, John Avalos, who is condemning the SFPD's actions.Read more »