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Feb
2017

spicer-fbOur freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment have never been more threatened than they are today. We have to stand up for a free press, and a first step is seeing through false choices.


ALTOONA, WI - Forty-five words. That’s all it took for our nation’s founders to grant us five bedrock freedoms. In just 45 words, they gave us freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition our government.

These five freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment have never been more threatened than they are today. Press freedom is under assault as the president brands the news media an “enemy of the American people.” Both of the First Amendment’s religious freedom clauses are being ignored as non-Christians are subjected to increasing discrimination and even targeted for deportation. The first of the two, namely the establishment clause, is disregarded as more and more American taxpayers are being forced to fund religious schools.

Free speech has become anything but free as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that money is speech and corporations are citizens with speech rights, thereby blessing unlimited corporate election spending. Lawmakers in states all across the country are now trying to criminalize freedom of assembly and peaceful protest.

These are dangerous and threatening times for the First Amendment. The rise of fake news is a serious threat, but not the only one or even the biggest one. It’s not just that lies are being widely and quickly spread, it’s that a highly organized effort is being made to persuade the public that no news can be trusted, that no one is telling the truth. Journalism is being delegitimized.

Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
 
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2017

lowell-holtzThen Superintendent Lowell Holtz composed emails during the work day at the Whitnall School District to solicit campaign contributions and support from high level Republican political donors.


MADISON - News reports broke Saturday that while he was Superintendent of Whitnall School District, Lowell Holtz, used his tax-payer funded work day and school resources to compose emails to benefit his campaign. Dated May 25th, 2016, the email includes references to American Majority, Milwaukee Republican Caucus, Tommy Thompson, Governor Walker, Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Don Pridemore. 

The last two weeks have uncovered a lot about Lowell Holtz. First - he has completely reversed his position on allowing school districts to adopt their own curriculum standards. Followed by Holtz plotting with unnamed business leaders to seize control of Wisconsin’s 5 largest school districts, and pay himself a $150,000 salary in the process. 

Now we learn that while he was superintendent, Holtz was using tax-payer funded school resources and time to solicit campaign contributions and support from high level Republican donors.

It is clear that voters can’t trust Lowell Holtz to provide them with the full story. I’m almost afraid to ask: what will we find out next?

Written by Tony Evers for State Superintendent, Amanda Brink   
 
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