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Ron Calzone Explains Our Citizen Activist Speech Case

Ron Calzone Explains Our Citizen Activist Speech Case

In the above video, Ron Calzone explains in his own words the basis and critical importance of our Citizen Activist Free Speech case.  This case involves a Missouri statute that requires citizen activists to register as lobbyists and (under threat of huge fines and criminal penalties) to file regular reports with the government regarding efforts to talk to government officials about public policy – even if no one is paying the activist to speak on their behalf.  The Missouri Ethics…

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The Freedom Center Is Swinging For The Fences!

The Freedom Center Is Swinging For The Fences!

Dear Friend of the Freedom Center, As I write this I am both exhausted and exhilarated. Last Thursday Ron Calzone and I were at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, where the Freedom Center argued in favor of a very simple constitutional principle: The Fourth Amendment prohibits law enforcement officers from pulling people over unless the officer has an articulable and reasonable suspicion that the vehicle or its occupants are in violation of a law. This idea shouldn’t be…

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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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St. Louis County Court WILL Decide If Cities May Ban Kid-Run Concession Stands

St. Louis County Court WILL Decide If Cities May Ban Kid-Run Concession Stands

We were pleasantly surprised that a St. Louis County judge quickly rejected the City of Hazelwood’s Motion to Dismiss, stating that the court will address the question of whether cities may prohibit kid-run concession stands. The judge’s three-page opinion, which clearly states that a city’s police powers may be broad they are not unlimited, may be seen below: We are also thrilled that this story has caught the attention of the Huffington Post, one of the most popular news websites…

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The Principal Office of Government

The Principal Office of Government

On January 4, 2012, Dave Roland gave this speech (text version may be found below) at the state capitol in Jefferson City, explaining the historical context for Article I, Section 2, of the Missouri Constitution. That provision reads: “All constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; all persons are created equal and…

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Economic Liberty and Occupational Licensing

Economic Liberty and Occupational Licensing

In this presentation, which took place while Dave and Jenifer were still working for the Show-Me Institute, Dave explains the origins and outcomes of occupational licensing laws. As the title of the presentation says, “If You Aren’t Outraged, You Aren’t Paying Enough Attention.”

If You Don’t Know Anything About The Freedom Center…

If You Don’t Know Anything About The Freedom Center…

Jenifer and Dave recently gave a presentation for a Concerned Women for America meeting at which they explained what the Freedom Center is all about.  Fortunately, our friend Alex Rife was there to film the presentation so that we can now make it available for anyone who wants to learn more about the constitutional ideals the Freedom Center stands for and how we’re fighting on behalf of individual liberty and limited government for all Americans.

Free Expression and Civil Disobedience

Free Expression and Civil Disobedience

Federal law currently makes it illegal to engage in “speechmaking” and “public expression of views… which has the effect or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers” on the grounds of a national memorial without first getting the government’s permission. This regulation recently led to some shockingly physical arrests at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial of citizens who were doing no more than silently dancing. That incident – which was itself a protest of similar arrests made in 2008 – led…

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Dave Makes a Studio Visit To Truth Matters

Dave Makes a Studio Visit To Truth Matters

Dave took a break from preparing for next Tuesday’s Missouri Supreme Court argument to talk about the Freedom Center’s work with the Harned brothers in St. Charles. Take a peek inside the making of a podcast!