In the News: Syracuse Post-Standard: Manlius and Skaneateles take steps to unfetter political speech

By Editorial Board

With Election Day a month away, political signs are in bloom across Central New York. This development gladdens the hearts of candidates running for local office and irks some town and village elders who prefer their suburban and rural vistas be uncluttered.

The winner of this tug-of-war is clearly the folks who plant the signs. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that limits on signs are limits on speech, and therefore are unconstitutional.

Manlius got the message after it was sued by David Rubin, a resident of the town who also happens to be the former dean of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and a columnist for The Post-Standard. On Sept. 11, the town board voted unanimously to repeal the law. Good for them.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.