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Constitution
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University of Michigan law professor and network TV legal analyst Barbara McQuade says the Constitution still holds up as a guidebook for how we are going to live true to our values more than 200 years after it was signed in 1787.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with McQuade, who shares many thoughts on the September 17th federal holiday "Constitution Day" about the importance of the Constitution and why it still matters now.


Detroit News Wins Free Speech Lawsuit

Nov 2, 2017
The Detroit News
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A conservative radio host lost his fight against the Detroit News today.  The Michigan Court of Appeals said associating The Political Cesspool host, James Edwards, with the Ku Klux Klan is protected opinion speech.


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University of Michigan officials are considering a request from white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer's organization to speak on the Ann Arbor campus.


EMU Makes Changes To Its Free Speech Policy On Campus

Oct 20, 2017
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Eastern Michigan University wants to make sure it protects freedom of speech on campus.  As a result, today, during its Board of Regents meeting, it updated its free speech and speaker policy.
 


Kristy Etue
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Governor Rick Snyder says there is no reason to fire State Police Colonel Kristy Etue over a controversial Facebook post. 

Michigan State Senate
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Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow politicians in Michigan to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of political action committees. 


Panhandling
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A state House committee could vote today on a bill to create a crime of “aggressive panhandling.”  The bill would replace state and local anti-begging laws that have been struck down as violations of free speech rights.