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  • May 21, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Mandan, ND Mural

    Mandan's "mural police" goes after art the city does not like

    The First Amendment does not let government officials play art critic. But that’s what officials in Mandan, North Dakota, have been doing. The city mandates that anyone who wants to display a mural first secure its permission. And to get that permission, Mandan requires applicants to change their mural’s design, color and content. The city…

  • May 8, 2019    |   Private Property

    Dunedin, FL Foreclosure

    Florida Man Could Lose His Home For Having Long Grass

    The city of Dunedin, Florida, is trying to take Jim Ficken’s home because the grass was too long. Seriously. In May 2018, Jim left his home in Dunedin, a Tampa Bay suburb, to go to South Carolina to work on settling his late mother’s affairs. While Jim was out of town, the man he paid…

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