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: Missouri Court of Appeals Rules Challenge to Turf Grass Mandate May Continue

VICTORY: Missouri Court of Appeals Rules Challenge to Turf Grass Mandate May Continue

On January 12, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, issued an opinion ruling that the St. Charles County Circuit Court should not have dismissed Carl and Janice Duffner’s challenge to the validity of a municipal ordinance that requires homeowners to devote half of their property to growing plants designated by the city. The City of St. Peters threatens homeowners with both extraordinary financial penalties and jail time unless they obey the City’s demand to grow “turf grass” on at…

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Freedom Center Files Briefs In Support of Missourians’ Right of Self-Defense

Freedom Center Files Briefs In Support of Missourians’ Right of Self-Defense

A little more than one year ago more than sixty percent of Missouri voters approved an amendment to Article I, section 23 of the state constitution–but it remains to be seen if this state’s courts will honor the will of the people. The amendment the people adopted dramatically increased constitutional protections for citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, stating that (1) for the purposes of the Missouri Constitution the right to keep and bear arms includes the possession of…

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Missouri Supreme Court Renders Jefferson’s Words Meaningless

Missouri Supreme Court Renders Jefferson’s Words Meaningless

This weekend the United States is celebrating yet another anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which rooted our nation in the principle that governments derive their just powers “from the consent of the governed,” and that people had “unalienable rights” not only to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but also to exercise control over their government.  Missourians should temper their celebrations, however, because according to a majority of the judges sitting on the Missouri Supreme Court those concepts…

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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 Two Pro-Property Rights Decisions

U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Two Pro-Property Rights Decisions

Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two cases that should help citizens protect themselves against government intrusion into their property rights. Los Angeles v. Patel asked whether the Fourth Amendment allows governments to pass a law that authorizes law enforcement to conduct searches of private property (specifically, hotel registers that include guest information) without either a warrant or any suspicion of wrongdoing.  In a 5-4 decision, the majority held that such a law is unconstitutional on its face if it…

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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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Missouri Rancher Files Lawsuit to Put the Brakes on Suspicionless Vehicle Stops

Missouri Rancher Files Lawsuit to Put the Brakes on Suspicionless Vehicle Stops

For Immediate Release:                                                          Contact:  Dave Roland ​June 4​, 201​5 ​Missouri Rancher Files Lawsuit to Hit the Brakes on Suspicionless Vehicle Stops  Mexico, Missouri—Ron Calzone, a rancher and small businessman who lives in the country near Rolla, Missouri, filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal court to strike down a Missouri law that allows highway…

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Freedom Center Appeals Dismissal of Turf Grass Mandate Lawsuit

Freedom Center Appeals Dismissal of Turf Grass Mandate Lawsuit

On April 22, 2015, Judge Pelikan of the St. Charles County Circuit Court ignored decades’ worth of precedent to dismiss Carl and Janice Duffner’s challenge to a city ordinance that compels homeowners to devote at least half of their property to the cultivation of “turf grass.”  On April 23, 2015, the Duffners filed their appeal to the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Judge Pelikan’s ruling defies easy explanation.  Missouri courts have ruled again and again that citizens…

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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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