Posts Tagged ‘free speech’

It’s Campaign Season: What Are the Rules About What City and County Officials May Say and Do?

Monday, October 30th, 2017

May a county commissioner make a personal statement during a board meeting to endorse a candidate who is running for a seat on the commission? May she call a press conference on her front lawn to endorse that candidate? May the register of deeds fire a deputy register who is supporting her challenger in the […]

Signs of the Times: The Regulation of Political Signs

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Earlier this year it was reported in an Arizona newspaper that a prominent community activist (Ms. Smith) might face misdemeanor charges after witnesses saw her stealing campaign signs that Ms. Smith said were illegal and “negative” in their message. It seems that the signs made reference to the husband (Mr. Abbott) of an incumbent town […]

Getting Your Message Across: What Can Public Officials Say In Support of Pending Policies or Proposals?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

After a grueling budget season, the county board of commissioners has cut, and cut, and cut. The board members have come to the conclusion that, to avoid serious diminution in services, they must increase revenue. The next step is to put the local option sales tax on the ballot and hope that they can convince […]

Free Speech Rights in Government Social Media Sites

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Government agencies are increasingly recognizing the need to communicate with their constituents and to promote citizen participation in government programs and issues. Government web sites have become standard fare, providing information and mostly one-way communication from the government to the public. Government use of more interactive “social media,” such as Facebook and Twitter, raises questions […]

Limited Public Forum Analysis Revisited

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

When it comes to litigation involving freedom of expression in public places, the three-part forum analysis is, by now, pretty familiar. There’s the traditional public forum, the nonpublic forum, and the limited (sometimes called “designated” or “quasi”) public forum.  Courts consistently use these categories to analyze what kinds of restrictions government can impose without impinging […]