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City of Dallas Bans Signs for Small Business

 

 

Under a Dallas law enacted in 2008, businesses are prohibited from putting signs in the upper two-thirds of any window or glass door, and no more than 15 percent of any window or glass door may be covered by signs. The only way to comply with the new ordinance is by putting tiny signs at peoples feet, which is not an effective way to advertise. The law also bans signs that cover more than 25 percent of a buildings facade. Failure to take down the signs means you are at risk to be hit with a fine up to $2,000. Read more

 

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   Raw Deal: Raw Milk Farmers Fight Censorship (3:15)
In Oregon, it is perfectly legal for farmers to sell raw—or unpasteurized—milk...so long as they don’t talk about it. If they do, they face huge fines and jail time.
   Sacramento's Sign Police vs. The First Amendment and Got Muscle Health Club (2:11)
The City of Sacramento bans businesses from using sandwich boards, banners and other portable signs and is now enforcing its ban against the owners of a small independent gym, Carl and Elizabeth Fears.
   Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal? (2:54)
In May 2013, John Rosemond—America's longest running newspaper columnist—received an astonishing order from the Kentucky attorney general: Stop publishing your advice column in the Bluegrass State or face fines and jail.
   Sign Codes vs. Free Speech (3:02)
Across the country, government is dealing a one-two punch to property rights and free speech. Using sign codes, cities are demanding large signs protesting eminent domain abuse be taken down.
   Caveman Blogger Fights for Free Speech and Internet Freedom (2:58)
Can the government throw you in jail for offering advice on the Internet about what food people should buy at the grocery store?
   Puppies & Kittens & Censors…Oh my! Gov't Muzzles Internet Pet Vet (1:31)
This Institute for Justice lawsuit involves free speech and Internet freedom while centering on one of the most important unresolved issues in First Amendment law:  When does occupational licensing trump the First Amendment?  
   The Dirty Game of AZ's "Clean Elections" (2:45)
The Institute for Justice is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse a decision of the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld Arizona's system of financing campaigns that uses taxpayer money to punish traditionally funded candidates and ind
   License to Describe: Defeating Washington D.C.'s Tour Guide Licensing Scheme (2:33)
In Washington, D.C., talking without a license can land you in jail for 90 days.
   Citizens United Debate Trailer (1:17)
On 6-24-10, IJ's Steve Simpson and Cato's Ilya Shapiro debated Loyola's Richard Hasen and AU's Jamin Raskin at the American University Washington College of Law. They discussed various aspects of the Citizens United decision.
   City of Dallas Bans Signs for Small Business (0:53)
Under a Dallas law enacted in 2008, businesses are prohibited from putting signs in the upper two-thirds of any window or glass door, and no more than 15 percent of any window or glass door may be covered by signs.
   The Campaign Finance Bait & Switch: Fair Elections Now Act (1:12)
They're at it again. The same special interests who for decades have called for government-funded political campaigns?what amounts to welfare for politicians?are again pushing something called the Fair Elections Now Act . . . a proposal that would create
   Karen Sampson & Free Speech (3:57)

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