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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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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A Quick Primer on “Martial Law”

A Quick Primer on “Martial Law”

Whenever there is civil unrest or a natural disaster in some part of the United States, people on the internet invariably start to rumble that someone or another might declare “martial law.”  The thing is, the people expressing concerns about martial law rarely seem to understand the meaning of the term.  In order to help shed some light on the topic, we wanted to offer this brief primer on martial law – and an explanation as to why the Missouri…

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Blooming Ridiculous: Freedom Center Launches New Case to Defend Couple’s Flower Garden

Blooming Ridiculous: Freedom Center Launches New Case to Defend Couple’s Flower Garden

Can the government force you to dedicate half of your yard to growing and maintaining plants you do not want? That is the question posed by a lawsuit filed today in state court by a St. Peters couple, Carl and Janice Duffner, who hope to defeat their city’s unconstitutional turf grass mandate.  A city ordinance requires owners of residential property in St. Peters to devote at least half of their yard to growing and maintaining “turf grass.” According to city…

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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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Still Standing For Freedom

Still Standing For Freedom

As most of our fans will know, the Freedom Center of Missouri took a brief hiatus in 2013 while Dave was focusing on his work with the Freedom Foundation.  But even when he was out on the West Coast, Dave continued to fight on behalf of Missourians.  In early 2013 he argued Brooke Gray’s animal husbandry case in front of Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals.  In May and June he spoke to Missouri media about the big cases the…

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Court: State May Deny Animal Husbandry Workers’ Constitutional Right to Enjoy Gains of Their Own Industry

Court: State May Deny Animal Husbandry Workers’ Constitutional Right to Enjoy Gains of Their Own Industry

Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals ruled today that the state can make it a criminal offense for non-veterinarians to provide basic animal husbandry services to Missouri’s livestock owners. Noting that the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board had threatened criminal prosecution against a wide range of animal husbandry workers, including those engaged in such common, basic tasks as castrating or dehorning cattle, the court ruled the government may impose criminal penalties if these non-veterinarian workers are paid for their labor, despite…

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Freedom Center Files Latest Brief in Animal Husbandry Appeal

Freedom Center Files Latest Brief in Animal Husbandry Appeal

The Freedom Center is happy to announce that the briefing stage of Brooke Gray’s Animal Husbandry Freedom appeal is now complete.  The Western District Court of Appeals is expected to put this case on its docket for oral argument some time next February or March. In our Reply Brief (below) we point out the numerous falsehoods, mischaracterizations, and absurdities of the argument the Attorney General’s Office included in their brief.  We believe that we have a compelling, well-supported argument – now…

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