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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Look out kid, it's something you did

Josh Feit dings newly elected state GOP chair Luke Esser over the failure of Republican legislators to support a student "free press" bill. Esser's boss and potential GOP savior, AG Rob McKenna, is in support of the bill, says Feit.
So Luke, get right on that will you please. Write up the GOP speaking points that contradict freedom loving Rob McKenna. Get busy coordinating with that mainstream caucus of yours.

I guess, it won’t be too hard, though. Your GOP caucus does have an ally: Those staunch defenders of the free press over at the Seattle Times provided a draft for you today — publishing an editorial against the free press bill.

First Amendment footnote: The student free-press bill is simply an attempt to return to the Tinker Standard that was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969 — a decision that was scaled back by the more conservative Hazelwood decision in 1988.
Feit points out a Seattle Times staff editorial against the bill. We might add that Elizabeth Hovde of The Columbian is also against it.

It's pretty funny, actually, to read professional editorial writers huffing and puffing about how in the real world there are bosses and editors. Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift...

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