Bipartisan mix of speakers on tap for new UW center

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The kick-off event for the new publicly funded Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at UW-Madison has a bipartisan mix of speakers, including Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman and Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz. > Wisconsin Public Radio

GOP lawmakers aim to crack down on rioters with felony punishments

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Legislative Republicans want to put in place tougher penalties for rioters after protests turned violent in Sherman Park in 2016, but opponents say peaceful protesters are the ones who will pay. > FOX6 Milwaukee

The battle over free speech on campus

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With one of the latest salvos in the national battle to claim “freedom of speech” for the right coming from Scott Walker and his allies, the series Interviews for Resistance talks to Thomas Gunderson, an undergraduate at the UW-Madison who is organizing against the policy with the group OUR Wisconsin Revolution. > Bill Moyers & Company

Protest outside, but no interruptions for guns-on-campus advocate at UW-Madison event

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A conservative commentator speaking at UW-Madison Tuesday advocated for allowing firearms on campuses on the coattails of a new policy that disciplines students for disrupting others’ free expression. Katie Pavlich, a columnist, Fox News contributor and author, spoke to a nearly full lecture hall, and went uninterrupted. Students protested outside, however – with props. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin professors raised partisanship worries over Thompson Center

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UW-Madison political science professors involved in the creation of a new publicly funded policy center expressed concern that there wasn’t enough balance between Democratic and Republican speakers at its first planned major event, newly released emails show. > Wisconsin State Journal

Cap Times: UW regents’ assault on free speech is indefensible

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The regents have voted for new UW policies that threaten to suspend and expel students who dare to protest against the hatred expressed by Nazis, fascists and defenders of the Confederacy, creating special rights for proponents of bigotry while restricting the rights of students who object to bigotry. > Cap Times 

Legislators’ free speech talk is a bad joke

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From columnist Bill Berry: “Some state lawmakers would like to expel students who disrupt presentations by controversial speakers. Oddly, though, some of the same lawmakers who bill themselves as guardians of free speech for campus speakers don’t think citizens have the same rights.” > Cap Times