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Washington Examiner: Flag-desecration and First Amendment hypocrisy in the US Senate (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., explained her opposition to the flag desecration amendment by saying, “I cannot support an Amendment to the United States Constitution which would, for the first time in our nation’s history, narrow the reach of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.” Where once there was humility, now there is hubris. Senators […]

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The Libertarian Republic: Senators Hold Hearing About Abandoning the First Amendment (In the News)

By Joe Trotter The amendment, written by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and co-sponsored by 41 senators, would allow Congress to regulate “the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination to, or for election to, Federal office; and (2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.”  According to the […]

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Roll Call: A Constitutional Right to Incumbency? (In the News)

By Eric Wang Imagine if, 20 years ago, Congress had passed a law limiting each car manufacturer or retailer to spending no more than a certain amount per year on research and development or expanding its operations. Large, established institutions like General Motors or Walmart might have done just fine. But startups like Tesla and Amazon.com would never have […]

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Exploring a Constitutional Amendment to Amend the First Amendment and Promote Incumbents

At a June 3 hearing, the Senate Judiciary Committee turned its infinite wisdom to the subject of amending the U.S. Constitution to empower Congress and the states to restrict fundraising, spending, and in-kind equivalents (which aren’t defined in the amendment text) made in support of or opposition to candidates for public office. The amendment, formally […]

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Changing Perspectives: Senators’ Newfound Support for Amending the First Amendment (Issue Review)

Changing Perspectives Senators’ Newfound Support for Amending the First Amendment By Luke Wachob Introduction A group of forty-two Senators[1] have sponsored an amendment to the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution that could, for the first time in history,[2] reduce Americans’ First Amendment rights. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV), the […]

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Recapping “Amending the First Amendment: Silencing Free Speech?”

On Monday, the Heritage Foundation hosted a panel of campaign finance experts to discuss recent developments such as the McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court ruling, the IRS’s stalled proposed rulemaking restricting the activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and Sen. Udall’s constitutional amendment proposal under consideration in the U.S. Senate, which would amend the First […]

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Amending the First Amendment: The Udall Proposal is Poorly Drafted, Intellectually Unserious, and Extremely Dangerous to Free Speech

The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon hold a hearing on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to restrict First Amendment rights proposed by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and sponsored by 41 other senators. Senate Democratic leaders have indicated they plan to bring the measure to a vote on the Senate floor. This analysis examines the […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: “Great and Extraordinary Occasions” for Constitutional Reform—and The Question of Evidence (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Of the several constitutional amendments favored by Justice Stevens, the one dealing with campaign finance reform strikes Cass Sunstein as “the strongest.” Cass Sunstein, The Refounding Father, N.Y. Review of Books Vol. LXI, No. 10 (June 5, 2014) at 10.  He argues that without controls on political spending, income inequality will beget […]

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Washington Times: Amend the First Amendment to curb political speech? (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and dozens of other senators apparently find the elegant simplicity of the First Amendment offensive. It’s hardly surprising that politicians don’t like the sound of “Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech” when they want to silence critics. Not satisfied with the most popular amendment in […]

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