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VICTORY: St. Louis County Can No Longer Ban Minor Parties, Independent Candidates From Ballots

VICTORY: St. Louis County Can No Longer Ban Minor Parties, Independent Candidates From Ballots

St. Louis County officials may no longer ban minor parties and independent candidates from special election ballots. In an important victory for voters and candidates dissatisfied with the two major political parties, U.S. District Judge Ronnie White has signed an order that permanently prohibits the county and its election officials from enforcing a charter provision that limited voters’ choices to only candidates representing the two major political parties. Last January, the Constitution Party of Missouri attempted to nominate St. Louis…

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VICTORY: Federal Judge Will Rule On Whether St. Louis County May Block Minor Parties, Independent Candidates From Ballot

VICTORY: Federal Judge Will Rule On Whether St. Louis County May Block Minor Parties, Independent Candidates From Ballot

A few weeks after the Freedom Center filed suit against St. Louis County for denying Cindy Redburn and the Constitution Party of Missouri a place on a recent special election ballot, the County and its Board of Election Commissioners jointly agreed to a court order that would put Redburn and the Constitution Party on the ballot and would also allow the plaintiffs’ First Amendment challenge to go forward. Curiously, however, just ten days after signing on to that agreed order,…

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U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Important Victory for Free Speech

U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Important Victory for Free Speech

Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of the most important Free Speech cases in recent memory.  The case seems simple on its face – a town imposed a range of restrictions on the types of signs citizens could put up, where those signs could be placed, and for how long they could be posted, with different restrictions applying to different types of signs.  Both the district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that the sign…

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VICTORY: St. Louis County Officials Add Redburn, Constitution Party to Special Election Ballot

VICTORY: St. Louis County Officials Add Redburn, Constitution Party to Special Election Ballot

  P.O. Box 693        Mexico, Missouri      www.mofreedom.org      (314) 604-6621   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                CONTACT:  Dave Roland February 13, 2015                                                                              …

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POLITICAL INSIDERS ONLY: Freedom Center Sues St. Louis County for Excluding Third-Parties, Independent Candidates from Election

POLITICAL INSIDERS ONLY: Freedom Center Sues St. Louis County for Excluding Third-Parties, Independent Candidates from Election

For Immediate Release:                                                          Contact:  Dave Roland ​January 30​, 201​5 ​ONLY POLITICAL INSIDERS WELCOME:  Freedom Center Sues St. Louis County For Banning Independent and Third-Parties From Election  St. Louis, Missouri—Democracy in the United States is frequently described as a “two-party” system, but it is both common and necessary for the health and integrity of our political system…

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VICTORY: Court of Appeals Rejects Secretary of State’s Unlawful Power Grab

VICTORY: Court of Appeals Rejects Secretary of State’s Unlawful Power Grab

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, a three judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Secretary of State Jason Kander overstepped his authority by refusing to list Natalie A. Vowell as a candidate to serve the 78th District in the Missouri House of Representatives. The appellate ruling reversed a trial court’s decision dismissing Vowell’s case. Vowell has lived in St. Louis since July 2010, and has been working with non-profits trying to advance social justice. But despite…

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VICTORY: Trial Judge Acquits Ron Paul Supporter of Bogus Criminal Trespass Charges

VICTORY: Trial Judge Acquits Ron Paul Supporter of Bogus Criminal Trespass Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                CONTACT: Dave Roland August 1, 2012                                                                                …

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Three Looming Questions in St. Peters

Three Looming Questions in St. Peters

One week from today Brent Stafford will go to trial in the St. Peters Municipal Court, facing charges of criminal trespassing stemming from his arrest in the wake of the St. Charles County Republican Caucus on March 17, 2012. Several things about this case are perfectly clear.  First, it is clear that those committee members who were in charge of handling the caucus had made plans in advance to try and disregard the will of caucus attendees, which led to…

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Freedom to Peaceably Assemble

Freedom to Peaceably Assemble

Everyone knows that the First Amendment protects Americans’ freedom of speech, but it also protects our freedom to gather together for political purposes. On March 17, 2012, when citizens all over the state were gathering to choose delegates for Missouri’s state Republican convention, the St. Charles County Republican Caucus adjourned improperly without choosing delegates. Following Robert’s Rules of Order and acting with the assistance of the head of the Missouri Association of Parliamentarians, Brent Stafford attempted to convene a “rump”…

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