Surprise: Survey finds conservatives and liberals differ on free speech

December 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent survey from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute shows that a vast majority of Americans think that political correctness is suppressing conversations about critical issues facing our society.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, recently issued the results of a national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, which found a great divide between Democrats and Republicans on what should be allowed as free speech.

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Parker Asks That Judicial Canon Limiting Speech Be Declared Unconstitutional

October 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday October 25, 2016, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) has asked the Federal court to rule on the merits of his constitutional challenge to Judicial Canon 3(A)(6) and the automatic removal provision requiring that any judge charged by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry.

The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Justice Parker while he was campaigning for Donald Trump in Hoover.

APR asked Justice Parker if he was happy that the Judicial Inquiry Commission’s (JIC) dismissed the complaint against him on Friday. Parker said that he was, but added, “It should have happened six months ago.”
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“Silent Cal” Said A Lot

October 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Ninety years ago, President Calvin Coolidge addressed many of the problems we face today, from widespread fear and intolerance to the threats against free speech, freedom of the press and equal protection under the law.

For a man whose nickname was “Silent Cal,” he wrote volumes about our great Nation and how best to live in it with dignity, honor and service.

Coolidge, an intellectual Republican leader, was a champion of smaller government and laissez-faire economics. He foresaw the consequences of radical disunion and the intolerance that so easily leaves countries in tatters.
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Is Justice Parker Next?

October 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) won a major victory when the Court of the Judiciary suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore through the remainder of his term.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) may have already picked out its next conservative jurist to purge: Associate Justice Tom Parker.

The SPLC has filed a complaint against Justice Parker claiming comments he made on the American Family Radio talk show regarding the US Supreme Court’s controversial marriage opinion, violated Canon 3(A)(6) of the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics.
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Republicans Want to Limit Spending, Fundraising, Free Speech

March 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Twin bills in the Alabama House and Senate would severely limit the First Amendment and the spirit of Citizens United, by limiting funds raised or spent on campaigns and issues.

SB356 and HB404 Sponsored respectively by Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Mike Jones would, “regulate the disclosure, raising, and spending of money to influence elections and governmental actions.”

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Alabama’s own Shaun McCutcheon, a hero to many in the State and nation, fought the FEC over campaign giving and won in the 2014 US Supreme Court ruling “McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission,” believes full disclosure is right, but to limit how much money can be raised or spent is unacceptable.
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McCutcheon Defends Private Money in the Political Process

December 3, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 30, the Reformers Caucus released a statement warning that, “The power of excessive money in our political system threatens the integrity of our democracy.” This message conflicts with those who oppose limits on money, which they view as limits on Free Speech. The Alabama Political Reporter spoke about this with Shaun McCutcheon who went all the way to the United States Supreme Court to fight limits on the number of congressional races he could contribute to (and won).
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