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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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Rally for Common Sense

Rally for Common Sense

The Freedom Center of Missouri would like to invite our friends to attend an exciting event coming up on May 19th – the Rally for Common Sense!  Our director of litigation, Dave Roland, is looking forward to being one of a very diverse array of nationally-promienent speakers, all of whom are passionate about constitutional principles.  That list includes: Former Presidential candidate, Herman Cain Radio host (and friend of the Freedom Center), Dr. Gina Loudon Former diplomat and politician, Dr. Alan…

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VICTORY: St. Charles Drops Charges Against Signature Gatherers

VICTORY: St. Charles Drops Charges Against Signature Gatherers

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2012 Victory for Petition Circulators: St. Charles Drops Charges, Acknowledges First Amendment Right to Gather Signatures St. Louis, Missouri—In response to pressure from the Freedom Center of Missouri, St. Charles City Attorney Mike Valenti announced this morning that the City will drop charges against two petition circulators who were cited last weekend for gathering signatures on the city’s public sidewalks. This controversy was sparked in the early hours of January 15, when two volunteers with…

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Freedom Center Stands Up for Right to Gather Signatures

Freedom Center Stands Up for Right to Gather Signatures

Last weekend, police in St. Charles, Missouri, detained and cited two people simply for gathering signatures on public sidewalks in support of a ballot initiative that would allow voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana and regulate it in a manner similar to the way alcohol or tobacco are regulated. At the time, the officers claimed that the petitioners were unlawfully “soliciting without a permit,” and they actually confiscated some of the petitions. Gathering signatures in support of a ballot…

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Supreme Court Filing Exposes MREC Duplicity

Supreme Court Filing Exposes MREC Duplicity

The Freedom Center of Missouri has asked the United States Supreme Court to consider whether the First Amendment allows the Missouri Supreme Court to presume that government restrictions on speech are constitutional and to require the speaker to prove the law unconstitutional. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office responded to our Petition by trying to mislead the justices about the First Amendment arguments the Freedom Center has made and also by trying to pretend that the Missouri Supreme Court’s explanation for…

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Cato Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation Support Kansas City Premier Apartments

Cato Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation Support Kansas City Premier Apartments

On December 1, 2011, two venerable organizations in the Freedom Movement – the Cato Institute and Pacific Legal Foundation – joined forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to consider our Kansas City Premier Apartments case. We are extremely honored that these organizations believe in the importance of our case and that they were willing to devote time and resources to advancing our cause.