Posts Tagged ‘first amendment’

Op-Ed – Kansas Web site ‘Kaw and Border’ defends Ben Hodge after false KC Star column

Monday, March 14th, 2011

From Kaw and Border.  Re-printed with permission:

Steve Rose, chief mouthpiece for the Dick Bond-wing of Johnson County politics, has largely been off our radar for the past few months. The largest reason is that due to some kind of contractual issue, his column was removed from the front of the Johnson County Sun and with it, his automatic access to tens of thousands of Johnson County residents who received the Sun in their mailboxes or driveways the past 20+ years. (more…)

WSJ – Court Tosses Out FCC Rules to Curb Indecent Speech

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

A three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policies violate the First Amendment and are “unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here.”

Op-Ed: Transcript and YouTube audio, Ben Hodge and Kathy Brown interviewed by KMBZ 980′s Darla Jaye about free speech at JCCC under college leaders Terry Calaway and Jon Stewart

Monday, May 31st, 2010

The transcript follows after the YouTube audio.  This is from the Darla Jaye program on Kansas City’s KMBZ 980 AM.  Originally aired on Friday, May 28, 2010.  Four parts, total length 32 minutes.

To learn more, visit Red County.

The transcript follows after the fold:


Congressman Keith Ellison concerned by anti-Islam film screening at Capitol

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The Hill:

The hosting of a controversial Dutch politician and his allegedly anti-Islam film at the Capitol this evening is concerning and disappointing, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the sole Muslim in Congress, said Thursday.

“I am a strong an advocate of First Amendment free speech. However, this is not about free speech, but rather an issue of propriety, timing and venue,” Ellison said of Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) invitation to Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders to screen his short film “Fitna” for audiences in the Capitol this evening. Critics have accused the film of being anti-Islamic. (more…)

Meadowlark: More Info on Van Meteren ‘Free Speech’ Ethics Case

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Kansas Meadowlark:

A recent Meadowlark article, “Free Speech” May Cost Kansas Citizen $7500, gave details from a civil fine hearing held by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission in January, which was decided at their February meeting.

Kris Van Meteren brought a complaint to the Ethics Commission several months ago, and then talked to the press about his signed complaint. Van Meteren then found himself the subject of an ethics complaint for breaking confidentiality about his own complaint, and was later fined $7500.

This article shows the actual complaint filed against Van Meteren by the Ethics Commission, as well as the Commission’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (see below).

After the secret Executive Session held to discuss this case, which is part of Kansas Law, Commissioner Gerald Goodell made a motion to fine Van Meteren $2500 for violation of the first count, and $5000 for violation of the second count.  Van Meteren is facing a fine of $7500 for what he considers was “free speech” on his part.