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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 10:38 AM

Free Speech Is Starting to Dominate the U.S. Supreme Courts Agenda

•Court now has six First Amendment cases in nine-month term
•Speech cases cover abortion, elections, unions, wedding cakes

By Greg Stohr
November 14, 2017, 4:00 AM EST

The U.S. Supreme Court building stands in Washington, D.C. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
To get the U.S. Supreme Court’s attention these days, try saying your speech rights are being violated.

Whether the underlying topic is abortion, elections, labor unions or wedding cakes, the First Amendment is starting to dominate the Supreme Court’s agenda.

The court on Monday granted three new speech cases, including a challenge to a California law that requires licensed pregnancy-counseling clinics to tell patients they might be eligible for free or discounted abortions. The nine-month term now features six cases, out of 44 total, that turn on the reach of the Constitution’s free speech guarantee.

Several will be among the term’s most closely watched. They include a high-profile fight over a Colorado baker who refuses to make cakes for same-sex weddings and a challenge to the requirement in some states that public-sector workers pay for the cost of union representation. Both of those cases offer the prospect of ideological divides that could put the court’s five Republican appointees in the majority, backing free speech rights.

Free speech also plays a central role in what could be a watershed case involving partisan voting districts. The court’s liberals could join with Justice Anthony Kennedy to allow legal challenges to partisan gerrymanders for the first time. During arguments in October, Kennedy suggested those challenges would be based on the First Amendment’s protections for speech and free association.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-14/listen-to-this-free-speech-dominates-at-u-s-supreme-court

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 10:50 AM

1. Still Smarts that your favorite Propaganda for Russia TV had to register as a Foreign Agent Huh?

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 10:57 AM

2. Not at all. They are still broadcasting and providing reports on situations that our corporate MSM

refused to cover here in the U.S.

Makes my life much easier, indeed.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 11:03 AM

3. But now everyone knows they are lackeys for little vlad and russia

Like goebbels was for adolf and you know what people who believed goebbels in the USA were thought as

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 11:25 AM

5. I look at it as the court recognizes free speech is more free for

some but not so much for others. Free speech is slowly being whittled down. imho

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 11:05 AM

4. Liberals are all about free speech and free thought

As long as they agree with what you say and what you think.

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