FCMo in the News

FCMo in the News

From the very first days of the Freedom Center, we’ve been fortunate to be a go-to source of insight and commentary on matters of U.S. and Missouri constitutional law.

2017

Radio and Television Appearances

**Interviews with the Freedom Center of Missouri by The Gary Nolan Show can be heard every Thursday. The station reaches the Columbia, MO area. Listeners can tune in online or at 93.9 FM.

October 14, 2017- Dave discusses voter fraud and the Hubbard election on The Gary Nolan Show.

August 1, 2017- Dave discusses Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s dissent in the Trinity Lutheran v. Comer case on the Law Meets Gospel podcast.

July 25, 2017- Dave examines the majority opinion and the Thomas and Gorsuch concurring opinions in the Trinity Lutheran v. Comer case with Josh Tatum on the Law Meets Gospel podcast.

July 18, 2017- The Gary Nolan Show interviews Dave on Governor Greitens’ Executive Order creating a prescription drug monitoring program that is unconstitutional.

May 23, 2017- The Law Meets Gospel podcast interviews Dave about Blaine Amendments.

May 16, 2017- Dave discusses the Trinity Lutheran oral arguments with the host of the Law Meets Gospel podcast.

May 9, 2017- Dave provides a background on the Trinity Lutheran v. Comer issues on the Law Meets Gospel podcast.

March 28, 2017- David discusses the Freedom Center of Missouri’s cases on KOPN 89.5 with host Dan Viets.

Print and Internet Mentions

October 19, 2017- St. Louis Post-Dispatch publishes an editorial on the Sunshine Law win in the Malin case.

October 18, 2017- The News Tribune highlights $12,100 fine for violating the Sunshine Law in the Aaron Malin case.

October 17, 2017- The Riverfront Times announces the news that the victory in the Malin Sunshine Law case is the largest penalty in Missouri history for violating open records laws.

October 12, 2017- The State Policy Network recognizes Freedom Center of Missouri’s client, Ron Calzone, as a runner up for the 2017 Unsung Hero Award for his service as a citizen engagement innovator.

July 7, 2017- The Washington Post quotes Dave Roland, Director of Litigation for the Freedom Center of Missouri, in an article about Black Lives Matter and his concern regarding the threat to the First Amendment in the civil lawsuits.

July 8, 2017- The PBS News Hour conducts an interview with Dave Roland in response to the lawsuit filed by a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer suing Black Lives Matter.

May 15, 2017- The Columbia Tribune highlights the second win in the Freedom Center of Missouri’s case regarding Sunshine Law violations and client Aaron Malin’s public records requests.

April 23, 2017- The PBS NewsHour interviews Dave Roland in a story regarding the Ann Coulter speech at UC Berkeley.

January 17, 2017- Common Sense features the Freedom Center of Missouri and its litigator, Dave Roland in a post, The Man from Freedom.

 

2016

Radio and Television Appearances

December 21, 2016 – KSDK Channel 5 in St. Louis led off its 5:00 news broadcast with a story about our Turf Grass Mandate case.

October 14, 2016 – Dave did an interview on Columbia’s 93.9 The Eagle about the election contest cases in St. Louis.

September 14, 2016 – Dave discusses election fraud on the Wake Up Columbia radio show.

August 26, 2016 – Wake Up Columbia introduces its listeners to the problem of election fraud in St. Louis and anticipates that it might cost Bruce Franks the September 2 primary election.

Print and Internet Mentions

February 15, 2016 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly covers the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling in State v. Clay, the Right of Self-Defense case we argued.

May 4, 2016 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly notes that the Missouri Supreme Court would hear arguments in Peters v. Johns.

May 19, 2016 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly covers the arguments made before the Missouri Supreme Court in Peters v. Johns.

May 23, 2016 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly explains the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling in Peters v. Johns.

August 31, 2016 – St. Louis Public Radio offered an in-depth look at the trial taking place in the Bruce Franks election case.

September 2, 2016 – St. Louis Public Radio covered Judge Burlison’s initial judgment finding election fraud in the Bruce Franks election case and ordering a new election to be held.

September 12, 2016 – St. Louis Public Radio first previewed the arguments before the Court of appeals, then covered the Court of Appeals decision allowing a special election to go forward in Bruce Franks’ election case.

October 19, 2016 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly runs “Bald Guys Speak Out for Braiders,” a letter Dave co-authored with State Rep. Shamed Dogan.

December 23, 2016 – St. Louis Post-Dispatch runs a story about our Turf Grass Mandate case on the front page.

 

Public Events

 

 

2015

Radio Appearances

Print and Internet Mentions

February 3, 2015 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly covers the launch of Constitution Party of Missouri v. St. Louis County, our case arguing that St. Louis County could not exclude Cindy Redburn or the Constitution Party of Missouri from a special election ballot.

February 11, 2015 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly announces that St. Louis County caved and will allow our clients to be on the ballot for the special election.

October 28, 2015 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly offers an overview of the arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court in the three cases dealing with Amendment 5, the new Right of Self-Defense amendment adopted by the state’s citizens in 2014.  The Freedom Center filed amicus briefs in each of the cases and argued on behalf of Pierre Clay in one of them.

Public Events

2014

Radio Appearances

Print and Internet Mentions

January 5, 2014 – A St. Louis Public Radio story about vacancies in the Missouri legislature mentions our lawsuit to force Governor Nixon to call special elections to fill those vacancies.

January 9, 2014 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly explains our lawsuit to force Governor Nixon to call for special elections to fill four vacant seats in the state legislature.

June 13, 2014 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly explains the background of Vowell v. Kander in anticipation of the Western District Court of Appeals hearing arguments in that case.

June 19, 2014 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly announces the Western District’s ruling in favor of our client in Vowell v. Kander.

July 15, 2014 – Jefferson City News-Tribune covers the Missouri Supreme Court arguments in Vowell v. Kander, regarding whether the Secretary of State has the authority unilaterally to remove from the ballot a candidate the Secretary of State believes to be unqualified for the office the candidate is seeking.

July 22, 2014 – A follow-up story from the Jefferson City News-Tribune announces our victory in Vowell v. Kander.

Public Events

2013

Radio Appearances

Print and Internet Mentions

Feb. 25, 2013 – The Horse Magazine covered our loss at the Missouri Court of Appeals in Brooke Gray’s Animal Husbandry case.

March 29, 2013 – The St. Louis Beacon included Dave in an exchange of ideas with other legal experts regarding the current U.S. Supreme Court Term.

July 15, 2013 – The Riverfront Times goes deep into conversation with Dave regarding the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and what states can (and cannot) do in pushing back against federal laws that exceed Congress’s authority.

August 16, 2013 – The Huffington Post runs an interview Dave had with Erin Rooney Doland about cities’ restrictions on kid-run lemonade stands.

Public Events

2012

Radio Appearances

Print and Internet Mentions

January 9, 2012 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly covered both the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Kansas City Premier Apartments v. Mo. Real Estate Commission and the trial court’s ruling in Mo. Veterinary Medical Board v. Gray.

May 17, 2012 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly describes the trial court rulings in Wright-Jones v. Nasheed and a parallel case.

June 13, 2012 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly previews the Missouri Supreme Court’s consideration of Wright-Jones v. Nasheed, in which Dave represented a would-be candidate for the state senate whose opponent had sued to keep her off the ballot.

Public Events

2011

Radio Appearances

January 12, 2011 – Dave debuted a new weekly segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi in which he will discuss constitutional principles and the work being done by the Freedom Center of Missouri. This week he talked about Kansas City Premier Apartments v. Missouri Real Estate Commission.

January 19, 2011 – Dave was joined by Freedom Center client Brooke Gray as they discussed Missouri Veterinary Medical Board v. Gray in his weekly segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi.

January 26, 2011 – This week on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi, Dave discussed how the First Amendment applies to protest laws, such as those aimed at restricting abortion opponents and Westboro Baptist from engaging in expression that others find offensive.

February 2, 2011 – Dave talked about Judge Vinson’s recent decision nullifying the Affordable Care Act in his weekly segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi.

February 9, 2011 – This week on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi, Dave discussed how civil asset forfeiture laws allow the government to deprive citizens of their property without ever proving anyone guilty of a crime.

February 10, 2011 – Freedom Center client Brooke Gray joined Dave for an interview with legendary Missouri cattleman Derry Brownfield to discuss Missouri’s attack on traditional animal husbandry.

February 11, 2011 – Dave appeared on the Mike Ferguson Show on 93.9 The Eagle in Columbia; they discussed government interference with private businesses’ hiring practices and whether the First Amendment permits laws that restrict protests at funerals.

February 16, 2011 – In his weekly segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi, Dave discussed eminent domain abuse and what can be done to turn the tide back in favor of property rights.

February 23, 2011 – This week’s segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi featured a conversation about religious liberty under the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions.

March 2, 2011 – Dave continued his discussion of religious liberty on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi, this time focusing on the dangers of permitting too much governmental involvement in religious expression.

March 9, 2011 – In this week’s segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi, Dave discussed the history of state sovereignty and the role of the 10th Amendment in the United States federal system.

March 11, 2011 – The Dr. Gina Show on KJSL 630 AM in St. Louis re-broadcast the audio from Dave’s March 1 debate with Phyllis Schlafly.

March 12, 2011 – The audio from Dave’s March 1 debate with Phyllis Schlafly was re-broadcast on the Crawford Broadcasting Network, which owns radio stations across the country.

March 18, 2011 – Dave’s weekly segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi began a series of conversations about the history of the Missouri Constitution by talking about the composition of the General Assembly and about a current proposal to shrink the Missouri House of Representatives from 163 members to 103 members.

March 23, 2011 – This week on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi Dave addressed the concept of Separation of Powers and again touched on the Missouri Constitution’s expansive protections for expressive freedom.

March 24, 2011 – Dave served as a guest host for The Dr. Gina Show on KJSL 630 AM in St. Louis. He interviewed the Mills family, whose sale of Girl Scout cookies in front of their home recently attracted the ire of the City of Hazelwood, as well as Freedom Center clients Tiffany Lewis and Brooke Gray.

March 30, 2011 – In this week’s segment on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi, Dave discussed the Girl Scout cookie controversy in Hazelwood in the context of Missouri’s constitutional protections for property rights.

April 6, 2011 – Dave previewed the launch of the Cookie Stand Case on Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi.

April 7, 2011 – Gina Loudon once again invited Dave to guest-host The Dr. Gina Show! He interviewed State Senator Brian Nieves on filibustering federal stimulus money, discussed the importance of constructive exchanges of political ideas, and interviewed Audrey Spalding of the Show-Me Institute about her recent research on St. Louis City’s land banking policies.

*We launched the Cookie Stand Freedom case on April 7. Look here for a comprehensive collection of media hits related to the launch of that case.

April 11, 2011 – Freedom Center clients Carolyn, Caitlin, and Abigail Mills were interviewed on both Fox & Friends and MSNBC.

April 12, 2011 – Dave discussed the Cookie Stand Case on The Mike Ferguson Show in Columbia.

April 20, 2011 – Dave stepped in to host The Dr. Gina Show, discussing hot topics in the General Assembly and sharing thoughts about Christian perspectives on charity, social justice, and government redistribution of wealth.

May 3, 2011 – Dave made a guest appearance on Mid-Missouri Freedom Forum with Steve Spellman and Mitch Richards, discussing the Cookie Stand Case, Kansas City Premier Apartments, and the right to earn a living.

May 4, 2011 – Kevin Harned hosted Dave on his Truth Matters podcast for an hour-long discussion of the Freedom Center’s mission and cases.

May 13, 2011 – Steve Helms interviewed Dave about occupational licensing on AM 560 KWTO’s “Morningline” in Springfield.

May 23, 2011 – Dave called in to the SuperDave Show in Springfield to discuss the USDA’s attempt to fine a Nixa, Missouri, family more than $90,000 for selling $4,500 worth of rabbits.

June 22, 2011 – Kevin and Greg Harned hosted Dave on their Truth Matters podcast to discuss the latest news regarding the Freedom Center’s cases.

July 18, 2011 – Dave was once again invited to participate in the Legal Roundtable conversation on Don Marsh’s radio show.

July 21, 2011 – A radio host from 102.9 KCXL in Kansas City interviewed Dave regarding the outcome of our Kansas City Premier Apartments case.

July 21, 2011 – Several St. Louis TV stations ran stories about the hearing in the Cookie Stand case, including Channels 2, 5, and 11.

July 22, 2011 – Dave was a guest of Beth Schoenberg on her nationwide Commonsense Coalition radio show.

August 2, 2011 – Dave and Jenifer enjoyed a very fun interview on Mark Reardon’s radio show on KMOX.

August 8, 2011 – Dave had a great conversation with DJ Wilson on 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis.

August 17, 2011 – Dave was briefly interviewed on the McGraw Millhaven show on KTRS 550AM about the dismissal of the Cookie Stand case.

August 17, 2011 – Charlie Brennan interviewed Dave about the Freedom Center and the outlook for the Cookie Stand case.

Print and Internet Mentions

January 9, 2011 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly quoted Dave extensively in an article about Camp Zoe and civil asset forfeiture.

January 18, 2011 – The Heartland Institute’s School Reform News interviewed Dave for an article discussing the Obama administration’s decision to pursue action against local school districts whose disciplinary policies were found to have a disparate impact on racial minorities.

February 3, 2011 – The weekly print version of the Riverfront Times ran a feature article compiling Keegan Hamilton’s work on the Camp Zoe civil asset forfeiture case; Dave was quoted several times in the article.

March 3, 2011 – Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon wrote a brief overview of the debate between Phyllis Schlaffly and the Freedom Center’s Dave Roland regarding the wisdom of states’ calling for an Article V convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

*We launched the Cookie Stand Freedom case on April 7. Look here for a comprehensive collection of media hits related to the launch of that case.

April 8, 2011 – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a page A2 story about the launch of Mills v. City of Hazelwood.

May 6, 2011 – The Kansas City Business Journal ran a story about the upcoming oral arguments in Kansas City Premier Apartments v. Missouri Real Estate Commission.

June 10, 2011 – The Missouri Record ran Dave’s op-ed “When Life Gives You Lemons…” which discussed the nationwide crack-down on kid-run concession stands.

June 29, 2011 – With the U.S. Supreme Court deciding three important First Amendment cases at the end of its term, the St. Louis Beacon quoted Dave in an article discussing the trend the Roberts Court has established in favor of expanding protections for free speech.

June 29, 2011 – San Francisco-based blog, StopTheDrugWar.org, quoted Dave extensively regarding the unconstitutional abuse of civil asset forfeiture and the way it is being used against Jimmy Tebeau’s property in Missouri.

July 6, 2011 – Dave guest-wrote a column, “How Many Laws Did You Break Today,” for www.bobmccarty.com

July 15, 2011 – The website for The New American mentioned the Freedom Center’s work on kid-run concession stands in this story.

July 18, 2011 – Bob McCarty pointed out the Freedom Center’s role in helping John Dollarhite, who was asked to pay more than $90,000 for allegedly violating federal law by selling a few rabbits to a petting zoo, fight back against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

July 19, 2011 – Bob McCarty drew heavily from a Freedom Center press release in reporting the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling in the Kansas City Premier Apartments case.

July 20, 2011 – Both the Kansas City Daily Record and its sister publication, Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, ran a story about the Kansas City Premier Apartments case.

July 20, 2011 – National website yesbuthowever.com ran a column Dave wrote, “Two Girls Fighting to Keep Constitutional Cookie From Crumbling,” about our Cookie Stand case.

July 20, 2011 – Bob McCarty let his readers know about the preliminary hearing in our Cookie Stand case. It was later cross-posted at Big Government. This hearing also got coverage in two posts from the Riverfront Times and this excellent story from KMOX.

July 21, 2011 – The St. Joseph Telegraph ran a story about the KCPA decision.

July 26, 2011 – The Kansas City Pitch ran a story about the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling in the Kansas City Premier Apartments case.

July 28, 2011 – The Freedom Center got a prominent mention in this FoxNews.com story about lemonade stand shutdowns.

August 2, 2011 – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran this front-page story profiling the Freedom Center of Missouri!

August 11, 2011 – The Heartland Institute made reference to the Freedom Center in a post discussing lemonade stand shutdowns.

August 15, 2011 – The Freedom Center’s Cookie Stand clients, Carolyn, Caitlin, and Abigail Mills, were featured in a write-up by the New York Times.

August 16, 2011 – Judge McShane’s dismissal of the Cookie Stand case was covered by KMOX, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Riverfront Times, and several other local news outlets.

Public Events

January 5, 2011 – Dave addressed the Consent of the Governed Rally at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, raising awareness about economic liberty.

January 22, 2011 – Dave discussed economic freedom and the threat to animal husbandry at the 22nd annual Equine Celebration hosted by the Missouri Equine Council at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia.

February 9, 2011 – Dave offered testimony before the Missouri Senate’s Transportation Committee on SB58, which would eliminate the current policy that allows established moving companies to veto the license applications of their potential competitors.

February 15, 2011 – The Clinton County Circuit Court in Plattsburg, Mo., heard arguments on a number of preliminary issues in Missouri Veterinary Medical Board v. Gray. The court ruled that Ms. Gray is not entitled to have a jury determine the facts to which the court will apply the law in this case.  The court took under advisement arguments about whether it should restrict the evidence that Ms. Gray can introduce at trial and whether she will be permitted to assert constitutional defenses against the government’s allegations. UPDATE 3/31/11: Judge Chapman overruled the MVMB’s Motion in Limine, determining that it was premature; we are still awaiting a ruling on the MVMB’s Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings.

February 19, 2011 – The Macon County Patriots hosted a four-hour event at which Dave presented a class about the Birth of the U.S. Constitution to a group of almost 30 eager, engaged listeners.

February 24, 2011 – Dave addressed the South St. Louis County Constitution Party on the topic of Economic Liberty. We don’t have video of this event, but the presentation was very similar to this one, which Dave offered when he was with the Show-Me Institute:

March 1, 2011 – Dave debated Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum regarding the wisdom of calling an Article V convention for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution. Video of the debate is available below and the audio will be rebroadcast first on The Dr. Gina Show, KJSL 630 AM in St. Louis on Friday, March 11, then nationwide on the Crawford Radio Network.

Part I of the debate:Part II of the debate:March 3, 2011 – The Franklin County Republican Club hosted a panel discussion regarding the prospects for an Article V amendment convention. Dave Roland represented the Freedom Center on the panel, alongside House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, Rep. Paul Curtman, Dan Sexton of the John Birch Society, and Kerry Messer of the Missouri Family Network.

March 9, 2011 – Dave Roland offered testimony before the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee regarding HB 134, which would free African hair braiders from the requirement to obtain a cosmetology license before they are allowed to earn a living in their chosen profession.

March 26, 2011 – Dave Roland spoke to the Missouri Veterans Support Convention in Richland, Missouri, about the work being done by the Freedom Center and how we’re trying to honor the sacrifices that veterans have made to defend our constitutional liberties.

*We launched the Cookie Stand Freedom case on April 7. Look here for a comprehensive collection of media hits related to the launch of that case.

May 10, 2011 – Dave argued Kansas City Premier Apartments v. Missouri Real Estate Commission before the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City.

May 16, 2011 – Dave argued Brooke Gray’s Motion for Summary Judgment against the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board in Plattsburg.

May 19, 2011 – Dave and Jenifer spoke to the Joplin Dinner Club about the work the Freedom Center is doing and about our plans for the future.

June 4, 2011 – In response to recent arrests at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, Dave engaged in civil disobedience, violating 36 C.F.R. s. 2.51 by engaging in “speechmaking” at a federal monument and “public expression of views… which has the effect or propensity to draw a crowd of onlookers.”

August 20, 2011 – Dave gave this speech at a Kansas City event celebrating what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.

2010

Radio Appearances

October 29, 2010 – The Freedom Center debuted on The Dr. Gina Show on KJSL 630 AM in St. Louis, offering perspective on proposed amendments to the Missouri Constitution.

October 29, 2010 – The Derry Brownfield Show featured a discussion of Missouri Veterinary Medical Board v. Gray and the ways in which Missouri’s laws are being used to target the practice of basic animal husbandry in the state.

November 9, 2010 – Dave spoke on The Bernie Hayes Show on WGNU 920 AM about African hair braiders and economic liberty.

November 23, 2010 – Dave and Freedom Center client Brooke Gray were interviewed by Steve Spellman on Mid-Missouri Freedom Forum, KOPN 89.5 FM in Columbia.

December 14, 2010 – Dave appeared on The Mike Ferguson Show on The Eagle 93.3 in Columbia to discuss a federal judge’s ruling that Congress has no constitutional authority to force citizens to purchase health insurance.

December 20, 2010 – Dave represented the Freedom Center as part of Don Marsh’s Legal Roundtable discussion on St. Louis On the Air on KWMU 90.7 FM.

December 21, 2010 – Dave discussed administrative search warrants with Steve Spellman and Mitch Richards on KOPN 89.5 FM.

 

Print and Internet Mentions

November 4, 2010 – Dave was quoted in The Missourian discussing the new amendments to the Missouri Constitution.

November 16, 2010 – The Missouri Record published Dave’s commentary entitled “Hogtying Missouri’s Hired Hands“.

November 29, 2010 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly ran a front-page feature on Missouri Veterinary Medical Board v. Gray.

December 1, 2010 – The Joplin Independent published a commentary Dave wrote about animal husbandry and economic liberty.

December 2, 2010 – Dave was quoted in St. Louis’s Riverfront Times in an article discussing the federal government’s effort to seize Camp Zoe’s 350 acres via civil asset forfeiture.

December 3, 2010 – Dave earned a second quote in the Riverfront Times, speculating on what the Camp Zoe seizure could mean for other music venues throughout the country.

December 13, 2010 – In an article in the St. Louis Beacon, Dave went toe-to-toe with Washington University constitutional law professor Bruce La Pierre regarding a federal judge’s ruling that Congress could not force citizens to purchase health insurance.

December 21, 2010 – The Riverfront Times wrote a review of the portion of the Legal Roundtable discussion that revolved around Camp Zoe and civil asset forfeiture.

 

Public Events

October 29, 2010 – Dave spoke to the Columbia Muleskinners Club about animal husbandry and the importance of economic liberty.

November 22, 2010 – Dave spoke at the Eureka Tea Party’s Economic Freedom Conference. (Part I; Part II)

 

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