Will Trump supporters publicly endorse his quotes?

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As a late-stage millennial, I have nearly 2,400 Facebook friends. Everyone I’ve met in my life is connected to me on social media one way or another, and they’re of all political stripes. My cadre of Facebook affiliates ranges from Donald Trump supporters to people who are not insane. Yesterday, I engaged in a little experiment. My hypothesis: Even the most ardent supporters of Donald Trump …

Is it illegal to take a ballot selfie? The answer may surprise you.

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Is it illegal to take a picture of your own ballot? As a free speech lawyer, I get asked this question every election day. In short, no. It’s not illegal.  Look closely at the articles that say otherwise. They’re either completely devoid of supporting information (like this CW6 piece), or they concede that the laws they’re complaining about have never been enforced …

You’ll never guess who just sued UC San Diego in federal court.

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UCSD’s most notorious student-run humor newspaper just sued the school for free speech violations stemming from the student government’s decision earlier this year to revoke funding from every independent campus media organization. Named as defendants are Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, former student government president Dominick Suvonnasupa, and former financial controller Tristan Britt, all sued in their official capacity. The lawsuit, The Koala v. Pradeep Khosla, et. …

There’s a big problem with the “free speech” zones outside San Diego’s Trump rally

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Sdpd releases tentative map designating “free speech zones” for Trump visit. #NBC7pic.twitter.com/6JpvhDN412 — Matt Rascon (@mattnbcsd) May 25, 2016 It’s not too hyperbolic to say that Donald Trump’s candidacy is the biggest threat to the First Amendment since the McCarthy hearings. But he’s not going it alone. With the help of the San Diego Police Department, America’s finest city has apparently established “free speech …

Politics 101 on the 101

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This found its way into the Smiling Inbox today regarding the Encinitas Special Election known as Prop A. The election date is June 18: Inbox:“How about a ROSTRA posting about how the Yes on A proponents are illegally littering the public ROW w/ signs costing the Taxpayers money to remove them?” TSS: It’s true that in Encinitas one is not …

Good Order and Discipline and Tea

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Sgt. Gary Stein created the Facebook page “Armed Forces Tea Party” in 2010. He has been stationed here in San Diego. As you might expect, he eventually made comments critical of the President on Facebook. He is now facing discharge from the Marine Corps (pronounced “core” for the pronunciation challenged) for Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Discipline. He argues …