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Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 06:32 PM PDT

Tragic

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by JamieG from Md

 photo Blake_zpshmuycn7h.jpgDuring basketball season of 2014, Blake raised $2555.55 for East Meckelenburg High School's chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents, for the purpose of building a school in South Sudan.  Since the dozen other candidates for homecoming king raised a total of $648.33 between them, Blake became the first transgender homecoming king in North Carolina history.

I honestly feel like this is something I have to do.  Nobody should be scared to be themselves, and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience.
Blake shared that he was mentoring several younger transgender students.

When Blake came out his birth family rejected him.  He was placed in a foster home.

Winning the crown came with a price.

That was single-handedly the hardest part of my trans journey. Really hateful things were said on the Internet. It was hard. I saw how narrow-minded the world really is.

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Add in cultural, socioeconomic, generation, age , and autism (treated or untreated, and functional or non-functional) barriers, the mind, body, and soul are being violated financially, physiologically, mentally, emotionally, and pathologically.

It is beyond inhumane.

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Reposted from moranbetterDemocrats by JamieG from Md
Get off our lawns, yo! Represent!
Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey conducted in Chicago and other cities has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought.

They want news, they say, though they don't always aggressively seek it out — perhaps simply happening upon it on a friend's online feed. And they want it daily.

The survey of Americans ages 18 to 34, sometimes called the millennial generation, found that two-thirds of respondents said they consume news online regularly, often on a social networking site.

Of those, 40 percent do so several times a day, according to the poll, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute.

It's been a slowly building trend in news consumption that experts say is trickling up to older generations — and that young people say helps them stay current, even if they never read an actual newspaper or watch the evening news on TV.

The findings were to be presented Monday in Nashville at the annual convention of the Newspaper Association of America.

Among other things, the respondents said their consumption of news and information on various devices was most often sparked by an interest in civic issues, for social reasons, including discussing a topic with friends, or because they just find it enjoyable...

Overall, the survey found that the average young adult regularly uses three or more social media platforms, among them Twitter, YouTube and sometimes Tumblr and Reddit. The youngest adults often use four social networking sites.

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In which demo do you fit?

1%1 votes
2%2 votes
11%10 votes
11%10 votes
16%14 votes
38%33 votes
17%15 votes
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| 86 votes | Vote | Results

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Reposted from LGBT Kos Community by JamieG from Md
Cyndi Lauper has been an advocate (and ally) for LGBT homeless youth for some time now. And, one of her latest projects is to keep LGBT kids included in the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act.

From JMG:

Via press release from Cyndi Lauper:
Can you believe that there are people actively working to leave youth out in the cold? Don’t they realize it's just going to push us to work even harder to protect our kids?! The Family Research Council is one of those groups. Their target: a clause in the the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act that would specifically protect the 40% of homeless youth who identify as identify as LGBT.

This is what they had to say about the clause: “It contains a definition of gender identity (‘actual or perceived gender-related characteristics’) and sexual orientation that would require special protections for some individuals at the expense of the safety and privacy of all youth served by providers.”

I don’t understand how ensuring welcoming, affirming, and appropriate services for all youth jeopardizes anyone’s safety or privacy. Programs and services receiving federal funding must be inclusive of 100% our youth, not just 60%. This isn’t about protecting some youth, but ALL youth.

This is the sort of thing that helps to prove that animus against LGBT folks still exists. These religious (far) right groups seem to hate (or, at least discriminate against) gay kids as well as the kids of gay folks. Protecting these children is one of the major reasons that the federal DOMA was overturned. And, it's likely going to aid in the overturn of all state bans on marriage equality.

JMG has a link to Cyndi's site where you can donate and help her in the fight to help these homeless kids.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 at 10:11 PM PDT

Youth Involvement in Politics

by willahahn

Reposted from Willa Hahn by JamieG from Md

One of my goals in life is to be Miss America someday, and I'm one step closer this year as your Miss Erie Canal NY 2015. As a local titleholder, I have a lot of amazing opportunities and responsibilities, including competing for the title of Miss New York in June, being a spokesperson for our national platform Children's Miracle Network, and adopting our own personal platform. The personal platform issue I've adopted this year is Youth Involvement in Politics, which aims to inspire young people to educate themselves and get more involved in politics.

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Hello fellow Kossacks! I've had the privilege to interview politicians like Rep. Ted Deutch (D. FL-21) and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D. AK) in the past but this upcoming interview I am the most excited about. I consider former Congressman and Decorated Admiral Joe Sestak (D. PA) as a friend and I am very thankful and excited that while he's walking across the state of Pennsylvania that he wants to grant me an interview. Of course I could use my fellow Kossacks help so if you have questions for the Admiral, please post them in the comments. I will submit them after the weekend. In the mean time, feel free to get involved and learn more about Sestak's campaign here:

Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
http://joesestak.com/
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Imagine for a moment you're an incredibly talented and skilled 17 year old pitcher.
You dominated little league, throwing two perfect games.

You went over five years without losing a single game.

In high school, pitching in a tough league that takes many to college and the majors, you continue to destroy the competition:  A perfect record, an ERA under 1.00(!), and a 4-1 strike out to walk ratio.  Your team has won every game you've pitched in.

You should be preparing for the MLB draft in June, or perhaps getting ready for a college scholarship.
But the scouts are completely ignoring you.   And no college program has made you an offer.  So what's going on?  No one can deny your talent, so why isn't aren't  scouts and college programs jumping at the chance to sign you.
Oh, I forgot to tell you.  You're a female pitcher.  That's right, you're Chelsea Baker!

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When will the first woman play major league baseball?

12%4 votes
19%6 votes
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| 31 votes | Vote | Results

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Received this e-mail from Decorated Admiral, former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate, Joe Sestak (D. PA), regarding Tea Party U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's (R. PA) weekly newsletter:
In the left-hand column below, is Sen. Toomey’s weekly newsletter from December 14th about what he says in Pennsylvania. Opposite it in the right-hand column is what he actually does in Washington, D.C.
Sources:

1.     [H.J.Res. 64, Toomey voted yea, 9/14/01; H.J.Res. 114, Toomey voted yea, 10/10/02]

2.     Toomey’s votes against VA budget:

a.     [H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

b.     [H.R. 152, Toomey voted nay, 1/28/13]

c.     [H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/20/13]

d.     [H.J. Res. 59, Toomey voted nay, 9/27/13 and 12/18/13]

e.     [H.R. 2775, Toomey voted nay, 10/16/13]

f.      [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14]

g.     [H.R. 2684, Toomey voted yea, 10/14/99]

h.     [H.R. 4635, Toomey voted nay, 10/19/00]

i.      [H.R. 2620, Toomey voted nay, 11/8/01]

j.      [H.J. Res. 2, Toomey voted nay, 2/13/03]

k.     [H.R. 2673, Toomey voted nay, 12/8/03]

l.      [H.R. 4818, Toomey voted nay, 7/15/04]  

3.     [S. 3457, Toomey voted nay, 9/19/12]

4.     [S. 1982, Toomey voted nay, 2/27/14]

5.     [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

6.     Debate on the Senate floor about Toomey’s background check bill, C-SPAN2, 11/12/14

7.     “Pat Toomey Holds Up Child Care Bill to Force Action on Background-Check Measure,” Allentown Morning Call, 9/18/14: http://www.mcall.com/...

8.     [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

9.     [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

10. [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

11. [S. 1877, Toomey did not co-sponsor in 2011; and S. 2343, Toomey did not co-sponsor in 2014]

12. A list of Toomey’s support of nearly 30 bills against the ACA will be provided upon request.

13. “How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Pennsylvania,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/...

14. “Preventive Health Services for Children,” Healthcare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/...

15. How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Pennsylvania,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/...

16. “Affordable Care Act Reduces Costs for Hospitals, Report Says,” New York Times, 9/24/14: http://www.nytimes.com/...

17. “Federal Officials Urge Marketplace Consumers To Look For Better Deals In 2015,” Kaiser Health News, 12/4/14: http://kaiserhealthnews.org/...

18. [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

19. [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

20. [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

21. [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

22. “Gouverneur Morris,” Bill of Rights Institute: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/...

23. “The Road to Prosperity,” Patrick Toomey, 2009, page 8.

24. “The Clock is Ticking: More Americans Losing their Health Coverage,” Families USA, July 2009: http://www.hartfordinfo.org/...

25. A list of Toomey’s support of nearly 30 bills against the ACA will be provided upon request.

26. “GOP Senator Slams ‘Elizabeth Warren’s Nonsense’ And ‘Professional Haters Of Business,’ Buzz Feed News, 12/12/14: http://www.buzzfeed.com/...

2016 couldn't get here any sooner. I've been in touch with Sestak and he sounds ready to fight. Click here to help give his campaign a head start:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
http://joesestak.com/

P.S. Sestak just posted his interview on The Ed Show about the CIA torture report:

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Reposted from pdc by poopdogcomedy
Received this e-mail from Decorated Admiral, former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate, Joe Sestak (D. PA), regarding Tea Party U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's (R. PA) weekly newsletter:
Sources:
1.     Toomey’s votes against VA budget:

a.     [H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

b.     [H.R. 152, Toomey voted nay, 1/28/13]

c.      [H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/20/13]

d.     [H.J. Res. 59, Toomey voted nay, 9/27/13 and 12/18/13]

e.     [H.R. 2775, Toomey voted nay, 10/16/13]

f.      [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14]

g.     [H.R. 2684, Toomey voted yea, 10/14/99]

h.     [H.R. 4635, Toomey voted nay, 10/19/00]

i.      [H.R. 2620, Toomey voted nay, 11/8/01]

j.      [H.J. Res. 2, Toomey voted nay, 2/13/03]

k.     [H.R. 2673, Toomey voted nay, 12/8/03]

l.      [H.R. 4818, Toomey voted nay, 7/15/04]  

2.     See No. 1 of this footnoted list.

3.     [S. 3457, Toomey voted nay, 9/19/12]

4.     [H.J.Res. 64, Toomey voted yea, 9/14/01; H.J.Res. 114, Toomey voted yea, 10/10/02]

5.     [S. 1982, Toomey voted nay, 2/27/14]

6.     “Kill Filibuster” website: http://killfil.com/...

7.     “Kill Filibuster” website: http://killfil.com/...

8.     “I Told You We’d Kill It,” Slate, 8/1/13: http://www.slate.com/...

9.     [S. 3220, Toomey voted nay, 6/5/12; S. 2199, Toomey voted nay, 4/9/14 and 9/10/14]

10  “U.S. Senate Divides on Party Lines over Women's Pay Equity, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/6/12: http://www.post-gazette.com/...

11  -[H.J. Res. 59, Toomey voted nay, 9/27/13]

-“Over Obamacare, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey Votes Against Bill that Would Keep Federal Government Open,” Allentown Morning Call, 9/27/13: http://articles.mcall.com/...

-“Who Voted Against the Senate Bill to End the Government Shutdown?” Washington Post, 10/16/13: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

12  Disabled American Veterans 2014 rating, Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org/...

13  Alzheimer’s Impact Movement 2014 rating, Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org/...

14  National Breast Cancer Coalition 2013-2014 rating, Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org/...

15  [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]
16  [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

17  [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

18  [S. 1877, Toomey did not co-sponsor in 2011; and S. 2343, Toomey did not co-sponsor in 2014]

19 “Pat Toomey Holds Up Child Care Bill to Force Action on Background-Check Measure,” Allentown Morning Call, 9/18/14: http://www.mcall.com/...

20  “Manchin-Toomey Amendment Nixed,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/17/14: http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/...

21   [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

22  [H.R. 3547, Toomey voted nay, 1/16/14; H.R. 933, Toomey voted nay, 3/21/13; H.R. 2055, Toomey voted nay, 12/17/11]

23  A list of Toomey’s support of nearly 30 bills against the ACA will be provided upon request

24  “Preventive Health Services for Women,” Healthcare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/...    

25  “Preventive Health Services for Adults,” Healthcare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/...

26  “Thomas Jefferson also Supported Government Run Health Care,” Forbes, 1/21/11: http://www.forbes.com/...

27  “Insuring America’s Health, Institute of Medicine, January 2004: http://www.iom.edu/...

28  “The Clock is Ticking: More Americans Losing their Health,” Families USA, July 2009: http://www.hartfordinfo.org/...

2016 couldn't get here any sooner. I've been in touch with Sestak and he sounds ready to fight. Click here to help give his campaign a head start:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
http://joesestak.com/
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Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15:  U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) speaks to supporters as he kicks off his 'Mark Your Ballot' bus tour on October 15, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Udall is running for re-election against U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) in the November 4, 2014 Senatorial election.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
According to Nate Silver, Colorado is the "tipping point state," when it comes to control of the Senate. But Mark Udall's internal polls show that if young people and Latinos come out to vote, he wins by 1%.

For Mark Udall to win, we need to sharply increase the number of people who vote.

Can you chip in $3 to help Udall reach out to voters in the final week?

https://secure.actblue.com/...

Or, sign up to make calls from home for Mark Udall this weekend or at least once by Election Day.

http://act.boldprogressives.org/...

"The Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Cory Gardner has been one of the most competitive for most of the campaign season," writes Nate Silver.

The local Colorado media has let Cory Gardner flash a smile and overlooked Gardner's extreme record of opposing reproductive rights, denying climate science, and slashing the social safety net. That's why our calls are needed to educate voters.

The math is simple: If the Colorado voters who put Barack Obama in the White House turn out to vote, Mark will win and we'll be favored to keep the Senate.

Chip in $3 to help Udall reach out to voters before Election Day.

https://secure.actblue.com/...

Or, sign up to make calls from home for Mark Udall this weekend.

http://act.boldprogressives.org/...

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

-- Keith Rouda, PCCC organizer

P.S. Colorado has a universal ballot-by-mail system, which means Colorado voters are deciding who will run Congress TODAY. Sign up to make calls from home Mark Udall on Saturday November 1, Sunday November 2, or at least once by Election Day.

http://act.boldprogressives.org/...

Click here to donate and/or make calls for Udall:

https://secure.actblue.com/...

http://act.boldprogressives.org/...

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Voter suppression
Students at Elizabeth City State University in Pasquotank County, North Carolina,
 protest efforts to keep them from voting last year.
If you can be drafted at 18, be sent overseas to kill and die for your country, you should be able to cast a ballot. That rationale got the voting age in the United States lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971 when the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. And ever since, despite a Supreme Court ruling in 1979, many county registrars have been doing their best, sometimes illegally, to block one subset of young voters from casting ballots by keeping students from registering and voting in the towns and cities where they attend college.

Goal ThermometerVoter suppression has been going on this year in North Carolina where early voting started Thursday. County election officials eliminated North Carolina State University’s early voting site. Since then, the Republican-dominated North Carolina State Board of Elections has been trying to pull an early voting location from the 18,000-student Appalachian State University:

Last week, the board filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court to stay a judge's ruling in favor of the site. On Wednesday afternoon, not having heard from the high court and with the start of early voting looming, the elections board hastily voted to keep the site on campus. Soon after, the state Supreme Court announced that it was staying the judge's ruling and sending the case back to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

With just hours until voting began, an elections board spokesman told the Associated Press late Wednesday that the on-campus voting site would stand. But the battle over early voting in the state continues.

Last year, the board of elections in North Carolina's Pasquotank County, home to Elizabeth City State University, a historically black university, tried to keep an ECSU student off the candidate list for city council based on a bogus claim that he didn't meet the residency requirement. He managed to get on the ballot anyway, but that didn't stop mostly white county officials efforts to silence many student voters by turning them away from the polls based on a pinched interpretation of what qualified as proof of residency.

Suppressing the student vote is not confined to just one method. Efforts include making utterly false claims of consequences befalling students who register to vote at their college address. Across the country, as in Pasquotank County, county registrars have illegally—that is, unconstitutionally—refused to accept dormitories as legal addresses for the purpose of voting. Eleven years ago, the district attorney of Waller County, Texas, wrote an op-ed column in a local newspaper in which he threatened to prosecute students at the traditionally black Prairie View A&M for illegal voting. He backed off when a lawsuit was threatened. It had been voter suppression more than three decades ago at Prairie View that spurred the Supreme Court to uphold students’ rights to vote at their college address in Symm v. U.S.

In spite of that ruling, however, some officials still try to argue that when students vote at their college address they are committing a kind of fraud because they have no stake in the local community. This is nonsense, as Heather Smith, then executive director of Rock the Vote, stated in 2007:

"Students go to a college or university for 4 or 5 years and many stay on in those communities afterwards. They pay sales tax, many work full or part-time jobs and pay income tax, and they are subject to the laws of the community in which they live; they have every right to vote in that community, legally and morally.”
Young people, including students, are not second-class citizens. And officials and partisans who treat them that way when they seek to exercise their constitutional rights ought to face public disdain. And legal action.
Please help protect the vote for all and give $3 to Daily Kos-endorsed secretary of state candidates.
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smiley7 has a diary up on the subject here.

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That's pretty shitty:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

Larimar County Clerk Angela Myers (R) ordered that copies of the Tuesday edition of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper for Colorado State University, be removed from newsstands at the school's student center

The paper featured a front-page story about Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country -- and therefore Myers said that they violated electioneering laws, according to the Rocky Mountain Collegian's own report on the controversy.

Myers cited a state law that said “no electioneering may take place within a 100-foot limit of any polling location."

"When you have a paper that has a candidate on the very front like it does, we will need that to be displayed outside the 100-foot limit," she said.

The headline for the online edition of the story was: "Sen. Udall visits Colorado State Monday." - TPM, 10/21/14

Of course there was blowback:

http://www.collegian.com/...

BOULDER, CO. OCTOBER  17:  US Senator Mark Udall received campaign help today from fellow US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts during a campaign stop in a chemistry auditorium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Friday  October 17,  2014. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)
After receiving a cease and desist letter from Steven Zansberg, an attorney at Levine Sullivan Koch and Schultz, LLP, Rocky Mountain Student Media’s legal representation, Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers reversed her decision Tuesday afternoon and said the Collegian will be allowed to display newspapers in the racks at the entrance to the LSC.

Zansberg’s letter acknowledged that Myers threatened to confiscate copies of the October 21, 2014 edition from the Lory Student Center and requested that Myers refrain from instituting an “unconstitutionally overbroad reading of the applicable statute.”

In a follow-up interview with Myers, she said that in this case, the statute is is unclear.

“It’s the law that you’re not supposed to have electioneering materials in that area, and I am the enforcer of that,” Myers said.

Zansberg wrote that applying the term “electioneering” from Colorado statute 1-13-714 to encompass routine news coverage “would unquestionably render the statute unconsitutional, in violation of the First Amendment’s protection for The Freedom of Speech and Of the Press.”

“We take this issue very seriously, no matter candidate and issue,” Myers said.

Zansberg also referenced Citizens United v. Gessler, which prohibited Colorado’s Secretary of State from treating a documentary film about candidates running for office as electioneering communication in order to avoid an unconstitutionally overbroad construction of that statutory term.

“When a newspaper – whether it be The Collegian, The New York Times, or The Denver Post, all of whom have newsracks within 100 feet of the Lory Student Center polling location – cover a news story, including the appearance of any candidate running for office, or any measure that is on the ballot (e.g., personhood, a proposed casino in Arvada, or, in past elections, legalizing recreational marijuana), such news coverage plainly is not ‘campaigning for or against any candidate’ or ballot initiative,” Zansberg wrote.

Zansberg also noted that the polling location in question is merely a location for citizens who have already voted to drop off ballots that have already been filled out. - Rocky Mountain Collegian, 10/21/14

Seriously? The GOP is that scared of students voting that they'll resort to this? Click here to donate and get involved with Udall's campaign:
http://markudall.com/
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