BSU, Center for Defense of Liberty reach accord on revising school’s First Amendment policies

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2014 Information Contact: Geoffrey Talmon (208) 258-2280 ext. 213 The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Center for Defense of Liberty has reached an agreement with Boise State University concerning the university’s First Amendment policies. Beginning in late June, the Center expressed its concerns with several speech policies the university was enforcing, specifically relating to the Center’s client, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) at Boise State University. YAL brought a speaker, Dick Heller, to the campus to discuss his successful lawsuit challenging a gun registration law in Washington, D.C., and to express his support for Second
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Liberty can be messy, but you have to break some eggs to make an omelet

The 17th century Englishman John Milton wrote, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” Those words in Milton’s “Areopagitica” were published in defiance of his government’s law that required publishers be licensed, a law that gave the government broad authority to confiscate and destroy books and jail their authors. The notions contained in Milton’s work, while not so moving as to eliminate England’s Licensing Order of 1663—the censorship regulation remained in place until 1694—it is often considered one of most compelling defenses of the free press, an inspiration for
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For now, Luna legacy is about his failed education reforms

During the next several months, we’ll get a chance to evaluate Tom Luna’s record as superintendent of public instruction. As a prelude to that evaluation, it’s important to recall that Luna made accountability, local control and education choice the central themes of his 2006 election bid. While not included in his campaign rhetoric of 2010, Luna’s “education reform” was the mission in 2011, concluding with the failure of three education reform measures at the ballot box in November 2012. It’s easy to conclude that his education reform plans were well intentioned, but poorly scripted. He has acknowledged that he didn’t
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Some Idaho municipalities violating state preemption law

Like many states, Idaho has what is called a “preemption law” that prohibits municipalities from infringing on the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. Specifically, Idaho Code, section 18-3302J, states that “Except as expressly authorized by state statute, no county, city, agency, board or any other political subdivision of this state may adopt or enforce any law, rule, regulation, or ordinance which regulates in any manner the sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, transportation, carrying or storage of firearms or any element relating to firearms and components thereof, including ammunition.” The only exception to this law is the discharge
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Body cameras good for the police, good for the citizens

With the advent of cameras in phones and cameras that you just point and shoot has come an increase in film and audio interactions between citizens and the police. The circumstances in Ferguson, Mo., ironically, might not have become as volatile as it has if there had been a filmed record of what occurred between Michael Brown and the officer who shot him. What were the actions and reactions that resulted in the death of Brown? No one truly knows now except the officer, thus resulting in a blame game between the two sides. Which brings me to the decision
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