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In lawsuit, ACLU says the First Amendment protects anonymous political speech

The Missouri office of the American Civil Liberties Union is representing a businessman in Ferguson who wants to publish material about the city’s upcoming municipal elections. Missouri law says campaign communications must include the name and address of the sponsor. But the businessman says he’s afraid of retribution if he identifies himself, so he wants to provide the material anonymously.

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Missouri Legislative Black Caucus calls for General Assembly to act on Ferguson

Rep. Brandon Ellington, a Kansas City Democrat and chairman of the Black Caucus, pointed to a handful of bills that he said are languishing in House committees. Failure to act, Ellington said, will suggest Missouri is “racist and we don’t care.” House Speaker John Diehl, a St. Louis County Republican, said nearly all the bills have been referred to committee.

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