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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Although YouTube reversed call on public comment, county won't take platform back

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The reversal of its policy that caused YouTube to delete a Henderson County Board of Commissioners meeting from the platform won't cause commissioners to reconsider their own decision to drop the video service, the county announced.   Read Story »

Tags: First Amendment cases | YouTube | Covid misinformation

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bill advances to outlaw teaching of Critical Race Theory

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The exclusive teaching of Critical Race Theory in public school classrooms would be outlawed under a bill making its way through the N.C. Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: race | First Amendment cases | racial equality | 2021 Legislative session | Critical Race Theory

Henderson County News

Citizen comments violated 'medical misinformation policy,' YouTube says

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners learned on Friday that there was little they could do in response to YouTube's decision to remove its meeting because of citizens' anti-vaccination comments.   Read Story »

Tags: First Amendment cases | YouTube

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

YouTube removes video of County Commission meeting

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YouTube has removed the video of Wednesday's meeting of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners in which 12 speakers implored commissioners not to support Covid vaccination campaigns or spend any county money promoting the shots.   Read Story »

Tags: First Amendment cases | Henderson County Board of Commissioners | YouTube | censorship

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NC Supreme Court upholds free expression in zoning hearing

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit against owners of an Orange County quarry. Chief Justice Paul Newby’s opinion in the case focuses attention on the fundamental importance of the right to petition government.   Read Story »

Tags: First Amendment cases

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Why are Democrats AWOL on public’s right to know?

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With no meaningful state law giving North Carolinians the right to see disciplinary records of those they employ in state and local government jobs, how will we ever know?   Read Story »

Tags: newspapers | NC Legislature | First Amendment cases | Senate Bill 355 | government transparency

Henderson County News

Church pauses in-person services after Christmas pageant infects dozens

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First Baptist Church has paused on-site worship services and ministry activities for 30 days after a widespread Covid-19 outbreak following a Christmas pageant two weeks ago.   Read Story »

Tags: Religion | First Amendment cases | Churches | First Baptist Church | Christianity | coronavirus church

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Free speech warning 'No Safe Spaces' coming Nov. 8

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No Safe Spaces, a documentary that asserts that the First Amendment and free speech are under attack in America, will be screened Friday, Nov. 8, at theaters in the South Carolina Upstate.   Read Story »

Tags: First Amendment cases | free speech

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Road widening opponents file lawsuit over Flat Rock sign ordinance

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FLAT ROCK — A Flat Rock couple active in the fight against the Highland Lake Road widening project has filed a federal lawsuit against the village, saying that its sign ordinance unconstitutionally abridges their free neutral speech rights.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | First Amendment cases | Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election | Anne Coletta

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County eyes new rules for Courthouse gatherings

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Activists gather more and more often on the Historic Courthouse plaza, exercising their right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Historic Courthouse | First Amendment cases

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Legislature threatens public's right to know

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The Hendersonville Lightning ran legal advertisements six times notifying the public of the sale of county-owned property on Sixth Avenue. Two bidders raised the price by $114,000 over three months’ time.   Read Story »

Tags: First Amendment cases | public notices

Henderson County News

County plans no appeal of Davis public records ruling

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Former Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis has lost an ally in his effort to keep secret a lawsuit settlement that preceded his resignation last fall.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sheriff Rick Davis | First Amendment cases