First Amendment

GPB News / Emily Cureton

Last month three dozen members of a neo-nazi group rallied in Newnan, south of Atlanta. Hundreds of people showed up to protest. The City of Newnan and Coweta County governments spent $212,000 dollars to keep the peace.
 

About 700 police officers worked overtime.  It cost the city $3,600 just to feed them all for the day, while streets were closed with rented barricades and helicopters circled the sky.  No one was injured, despite fears of violent clashes like what erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.

On this edition of Political Rewind, the Georgia Senate entertains a bill that would crack down on protestors who disrupt controversial speakers on university campuses.  Does it protect or intrude upon free speech?  Also, a traditionally conservative Georgia newspaper takes aim at one of the state senate’s most conservative members on the issue of adoption.  Plus, legislation sponsored by Georgia Senator David Perdue is in the sights of a bi-partisan group of legislators on Capitol Hill.  They fear Purdue’s efforts to reduce legal immigration could threaten a compromise that would prevent a

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A coalition of strip clubs in Atlanta are currently suing the state of Georgia over a new tax law. The bill, which went into effect this year, requires strip clubs to give one percent of their revenue to help curb child sex trafficking. The Georgia Association of Club Executives argues the tax is unconstitutional because it prohibits free speech--in this case, dancers exposing their naked bodies.

President Trump is facing a lawsuit for blocking people from his Twitter account.

This week some First Amendment advocates joined the suit — and they are making a novel argument about the right to communicate with the president in the digital age.

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Since its passage in the wake of 9/11, the Patriot Act has become a symbol to civil liberties activists for any law which invades personal freedoms in the name of preventing terrorism. But a new law which went into effect on July 1 has Georgia’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union saying it’s even broader than the Patriot Act.

The Anne E. Casey Foundation recently designated Georgia as the 42nd worst state in the country for kids. This ranking included economic factors, health and wellness and community. Although Georgia has improved in several areas, there is much more the state can do to make conditions better for its children. We talk with Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller and Laura Speer from the Anne E. Casey Foundation about the ranking and what's holding Georgia’s children back.