Thursday, August 19, 2010

Virginia Fifth District Race - #2052 - Banning Signs Tactic from SEIU - Breitbart - NBC29News


Banning political signs is a tactic first recommended last year by Health Care for Americans Now (HCAN) a front group for the SEIU. Their instructions to Democratic lawmakers and their union allies read: "Another way to limit protesters’ ability to hijack your event is to confiscate signs or leaflets that they may bring into the venue from outside. The best way to do this is to make a blanket rule that no one can bring signs or leaflets and to advertise this fact as you do turn out in the weeks preceding the event. You can distribute your own signs in the event and offer them one as they enter if you choose to allow them to enter."

Congressman OKs Signs at Town Halls -Congressman OKs signs at town halls - RICHMOND | Rep. Tom Perriello, Virginia Democrat, is lifting a ban on signs at his town-hall forums across his district in this re-election year after being challenged on it by a conservative civil liberties group. Michael Kelly, a spokesman for Mr. Perriello's congressional office, said the prohibition was lifted after a civil liberties group warned Mr. Perriello that it violated free speech rights.The ban was put into place earlier this month after supporters brought Mr. Perriello yard signs into a town-hall constituent gathering held as official congressional business, not a campaign event. Perriello advisers said the signs obstructed the view and distracted people attending the question-and-answer sessions.  Read more.......

Congressman Accused of Dissing 1st Amendment - World Net Daily -The head of a legal team that focuses on civil and constitutional rights is suggesting – strongly – that U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., rescind his announced ban on signs at his town hall meetings during the congressional recess. "The First Amendment forbids government officials such as yourself from imposing absolute prohibitions on a particular kind of expression in public forums of this kind unless that restriction is narrowly tailored to accomplish a compelling governmental interest," said the letter to Perriello from John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. Read more........

After Criticism, Perriello Withdraws Sign Ban - The Daily Progress -After facing criticism that he was stifling free speech, U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello will now allow political signs at his 10 remaining town hall meetings across the district. Perriello’s office had banned signs at his 20 scheduled town hall forums during Congress’ recess after a number of constituents told them that the abundance of signs at last year’s town hall forums contributed to an overly charged and politicized atmosphere. Read more.......

UpDate: - Perriello Will Not Prevent Signs at Town Hall Meetings -  Newsplex - Congressman Tom Periello's Deputy Press Secretary, Michelle Kelly, released this statement as a response to the Rutherford Institute's request that he lift a perceived sign ban at town hall meetings: Congressman Perriello has continued to hold more town hall meetings than any other Member of Congress in the country, allowing his constituents unprecedented access to him and his staff to express concerns and exercise their freedom of speech. The sign issue arose when our staff asked someone with a Perriello for Congress sign to take the sign outside. The staff knew it would be inappropriate to use his congressional events as a platform for people to advocate for his re-election. Going forward, we will suggest that folks refrain from bringing signs inside to encourage an atmosphere of civility and discussion, rather than spectacle. We will not prevent folks from bringing a sign if they choose to, but we will ask them to be considerate and respectful of other constituents time and comfort. And if Mr. Whitehead has further concerns, a phone call or visit is a more efficient way to address problems than a press release.  Read more........

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