Campus Free Speech
Alliance Defending Freedom | May 2018

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys on the Center for Academic Freedom (CAF) team are hard at work ensuring a proper understanding of the Constitution is alive and well on college and university campuses across the country.

And that is no small or insignificant task. In fact, college and university campuses seem to be the first place where our constitutional liberties are attacked – which can have lasting implications.

After all, the university is meant to be a marketplace of ideas, where students can encounter and learn how to peacefully interact with different beliefs and ideas. If their university officials are shutting down speech and excluding certain viewpoints, however, students learn that the First Amendment doesn’t matter – that they can simply call on the government to censor the viewpoints they do not like.

Today’s college students go on to become tomorrow’s voters and civic leaders, which is why learning a proper understanding of how the First Amendment works is so crucial during their time in school.

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Harrah's "Louisiana Purchase" Still Alive
The Advocate | May 2018

Advocate Staff Photo by Bill Feig

A Louisiana Senate committee Monday narrowly approved a no-bid, 30-year extension in Harrah’s New Orleans’ operating license but only after requiring the casino company to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more to the city and state.

The Judiciary B Committee approved House Bill 553 on a 4-3 vote after adopting amendments that would cost Harrah’s a $40 million one-time payment to renew the license and an additional $40 million in annual tax payments that would raise the minimum from $60 million per year to $100 million. Over 30 years, that $40 million increase in present-day value would amount to an additional $1.2 billion in tax payments to the state.

Harrah’s state license to operate the only land-based casino in New Orleans does not expire until 2024. Caesars’ lobbyists are asking the Legislature to renew it six years early.

The special hearing took place six weeks after the House easily passed HB553 with no questions, due, in part, according to legislators, that Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, is the sponsor.

Smith (Senator Gary Smith, the Chairman of Judiciary B) repeatedly declined to hold the hearing as questions mounted about the deal, including the lack of an independent assessment and the revelation that Vici Properties, a Las Vegas-based real estate investment trust, has an option to acquire the lease that the Harrah’s casino has with the city of New Orleans.

 

Constitutional Convention Support Still Strong
Jeremy Alford – BR Business Report | May 2018

One day after Rep. Neil Abramson’s constitutional convention legislation failed in the state House by a 52-47 vote, an organization involved with the effort released a statement saying it will work to have a similar bill introduced in the approaching special session that convenes Tuesday, May 22. Lane Grigsby, the founder of Constitutional Coalition 2020, said momentum continues to build.

"As we sit on the eve of the sixth special legislative session in only two years," he said, "we must consider this opportunity to develop real solutions to our state's budget woes."

That meant CC2020, which has a membership of more than 30 community and business groups, had to appeal to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who crafted the call for the next special session. Was Edwards willing to go along with the request to include the issue in his call?

 

This is the Year, Jerusalem!
Family Research Council | May 2018

It's been a whirlwind few weeks for Israel first with a jubilant 70th anniversary of independence party and now, with the official opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. For our allies, today has been a long time coming. American presidents have been promising to take this step for more than 20 years. Now, after decades of waiting, we finally have a White House that means it.

While crowds of dignitaries looked on, a delegation from the United States that included the president's daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared, helped make history for two nations that have believed in this cause from the beginning. "My friends," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began, "this is a great day for Israel. It's a great day for America. It's a great day for our fantastic partnership... but I believe it's also a great day for peace." "Truth and peace," he explained, "are interconnected. A peace that is based on lies will only crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern realities. And the truth will always be that Jerusalem has always been, will always be, the capital of the Jewish state."

 
 

"You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.​" —John Adams

 

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