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SPEAKOUT: Opposition to annexation riles neighbors ( First Amendment )
Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 13, 2008 | Becky Clark Cornwell

Posted on 04/13/2008 11:02:40 AM PDT by george76

I never imagined that in America, I could be sued for speaking about politics.

My ordeal began in early 2006 when my husband, Wes, and I heard about a petition being circulated seeking to annex our unincorporated neighborhood ...

We researched the issue and decided that the extra layer of government wouldn't provide better services, while our sales tax would skyrocket. We'd be paying more for less.

We own a print shop, so Wes used some scraps and made a couple of yard signs. One said "No Annexation" and the other said "Annexation Is A Permanent Tax Increase."

We planted our opinions in our front yard.

Soon people asked for their own signs. All over, neighbors were talking, writing letters and concluding that annexation was a very bad idea.

Up to this point, our story appeared an ideal example of local democracy in action. But we soon learned that the ideal is far from reality. These days, to speak out about politics in America, you need more than an opinion - you need a lawyer.

Out of nowhere, I was walloped with a lawsuit by the two neighbors who had started the pro-annexation petition.

The suit only made me more vocal, but we have many neighbors who will probably not voice an opinion after witnessing our ordeal...

That's why those of us who were unwillingly dragged into this mess joined with the Institute for Justice to challenge Colorado's senseless, overreaching campaign finance laws.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Denver will hear our case.

We don't fight only for ourselves.

If the First Amendment means anything, certainly it means no one should be hauled into court and put through endless red tape simply for speaking out about something they care about.

(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: campaignfinance; cfr; corruption; firstamendment; freespeech; government; govwatch; kelo; politics; rico; slapp; taxes

1 posted on 04/13/2008 11:02:40 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Perfect example of the First Amendment being stripped away by CITIZENS for absolutely NO REASON.

Time to exercise the Second.


2 posted on 04/13/2008 11:05:56 AM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: Carry_Okie; beaversmom; pray4liberty; colorado tanker; Morgan in Denver; jan in Colorado; ...

the extra layer of government wouldn’t provide better services, while our sales tax would skyrocket.


3 posted on 04/13/2008 11:08:54 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Guess the politicos have found a new way to raise money versus their auto fall back position, cigarette tax increase.

Good Luck George!

4 posted on 04/13/2008 11:13:14 AM PDT by rocksblues (Folks we are in trouble, "Mark Levin" 03/26/08)
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To: george76
This doesn't happen in GA, at least not very often.

Most states have a "SLAPP" suit statute --- Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.

If somebody sues you for speaking out on a public matter (especially something like annexation that's put to a vote), you can get triple damages, attorney fees, and so forth.

It keeps this sort of lawsuit to a minimum. I'm surprised there's not one in every state.

5 posted on 04/13/2008 11:22:36 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: george76

Nobody ever said that freedom was free.

Remember, stick it back to those that stuck you.


6 posted on 04/13/2008 12:12:21 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: george76

Did the lawsuit have anything to do with HOA restrictions?


7 posted on 04/13/2008 12:19:07 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

I do not know if they live in a HOA or otherwise.

Apparently not .


8 posted on 04/13/2008 12:21:17 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: AppyPappy

It sounded like a campaign finance lawsuit. Possibly claiming that the signs constituted an illegal corporate donation since the family that printed the signs runs a print shop.


9 posted on 04/13/2008 12:32:37 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: george76

Google Institute for Justice web site for more details.


10 posted on 04/13/2008 12:35:42 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: george76

This is nuts.


11 posted on 04/13/2008 1:06:54 PM PDT by Gator113 (Hey Obama, "I drink your milkshake.")
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To: Gator113

Hopefully, the federal judge will agree.


12 posted on 04/13/2008 1:15:25 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Colorado is quickly becoming a totalitarian state.


13 posted on 04/13/2008 1:58:49 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

We are pushing back some.

It is not lost yet, but we have been flooded by illegals and city DUmmies from other states.

They hate hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation...


14 posted on 04/13/2008 2:21:28 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Were they so naive as to think that there is something called “freedom of speech?”


15 posted on 04/13/2008 2:38:45 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Free Speech: a fairy tale about something that existed in the USA a long time ago)
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To: george76

There is no citation in the post or the original article about the area that is affected. It would be nice to know. There is some slimy stuff going on in my area. I just don’t know if this is the same slime.


16 posted on 04/13/2008 7:09:28 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Obama: baby is punishment; tax increase is bundle of joy)
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To: MtnClimber

Parker.

There is slimly stuff all over the state.

What is up in your area ?


17 posted on 04/13/2008 7:21:59 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

In my area it seems Arvada may be annexing land right up against the mountains where highway 72 enters the mountains. It is being hushed up, but there are water and sewer pipes being placed to areas that currently have no new houses. This work has been progressing toward the mountains for about 6 months.


18 posted on 04/13/2008 7:34:28 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Obama: baby is punishment; tax increase is bundle of joy)
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To: MtnClimber

Seems risky with all of the foreclosures available for re-purchase now ?


19 posted on 04/13/2008 7:39:14 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I agree, but the construction work is in the works. Never underestimate the intelligence of beurocrats.


20 posted on 04/13/2008 7:47:52 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Obama: baby is punishment; tax increase is bundle of joy)
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To: MtnClimber

Sometimes developers take out big bank loans, then ‘sell’ the development to the bank.

Less their developer fees...

Also helps if some politicans get their kick backs.

/s


21 posted on 04/13/2008 7:52:32 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I am not sure about kick backs, but city limits will be extended making for possible property tax revenue.


22 posted on 04/13/2008 9:00:01 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Obama: baby is punishment; tax increase is bundle of joy)
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To: george76; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Out of nowhere, I was walloped with a lawsuit by the two neighbors who had started the pro-annexation petition.
I'd have an airtight alibi. And just to add insult to injury, I'd put the same signs in their yards, right next to the "police line/do not cross" and "for sale". Thanks george.
23 posted on 04/14/2008 11:07:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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