Stories tagged: free speech
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019
What might have been a pertinent, evenhanded examination of the notion of free speech on today’s college campuses wastes little time in exposing an overwhelmingly right-leaning bias in the disappointingly …
Mon., Nov. 4, 2019
While Facebook surely deserves the scorn it has received, one wonders whether Twitter’s absolute ban is not overkill.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates
As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without …
Tue., Aug. 27, 2019
Ismail Ajjawi touched down at Boston Logan International Airport on Friday night, prepared to begin his freshman year at Harvard University. The 17-year-old Palestinian student never left the airport. The …
UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019
‘Give me a call’: How Spokane-area politicians deal with uncivil comments on their social media accounts
In the wake of a federal court ruling that President Donald Trump was in violation of the First Amendment when he blocked a critic on Twitter, local politicians said they …
UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019
A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon.”
Tue., May 21, 2019
Returning World War I soldiers warned the Spokane City Council that they would use violence to stop “the speeches of radicals in Spokane who are insulting the flag and American …
UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding.
Sun., March 3, 2019
President Donald Trump says he will soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want to get federal resources.
Sat., March 2, 2019
President Donald Trump says he will soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal resources.
Mon., June 18, 2018
The University of Washington has settled a lawsuit with the UW College Republicans club over $17,000 in security fees the university planned to charge the club for holding
Mon., June 11, 2018
University of Michigan policies prohibiting harassment and bullying on campus are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, the Justice Department said Monday in siding with a free speech group that has …
Tue., June 5, 2018
Federal officers in Spokane were pleased with a new amendment to the espionage act, which would allow them to arrest and prosecute people engaging in all kinds of “seditious” speech.
UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018
A federal court ruling in a case involving President Donald Trump and his Twitter account could affect state and local officials throughout the country, said legal experts who study cases …
UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018
Attorneys for a neo-Nazi website publisher and a Montana woman asked a judge Tuesday to decide whether the white nationalist had a First Amendment right to unleash a “troll storm” …
Mon., April 2, 2018
Kathy Griffin says she hopes to make her U.S. comeback by laughing about the disturbing photograph that got her in hot water with the feds and almost killed her career. …
Tue., March 27, 2018
Dishwasher Andy Kernochan, 41, was having breakfast at the Electric Kitchen cafe when he treated customers to his views about America’s involvement in the war. But he did so a …
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
A bill to protect high school and college students’ rights to publish and speak freely in school-sponsored media has passed the Washington Senate.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018
Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017
The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn’t like Nazis.
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
The Supreme Court is stepping into a free speech fight over California’s attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman
It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected …
Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
WSU President Kirk Schulz said it will take a lot more work to heal the campus after what has been a tiring and tumultuous year.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
College students across the country have staged protests and spoken out against controversial speakers on their campuses, but often those speakers have represented far-right political views. A different kind of …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
She grew up amid the church bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, of the 1960s – and went on to study at the Sorbonne. She was fired by the University of California …
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017
While the only real damage Kaepernick can do is screwing with our Sunday afternoons, this U.S. Army officer poses a threat to the government.
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017
It is essential for colleges to protect and promote all viewpoints, ensuring that universities welcome a wide range of contributions to the marketplace of ideas.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017
Black Lives Matter is a social movement, like the tea party or the civil rights movement, and therefore can’t be sued, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
Decrying what he sees as political correctness run amok, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday the Justice Department will support students who sue universities claiming their free speech rights were …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
They called it a “free speech rally.” A better description of the gathering at WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall might have been “Alt-Right Melodrama,” starring Washington’s most famous bigot bro: James …