Alfred Town Government Liberal Orders Republican Candidate - Remove Signs FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY

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Alfred Town Government Liberal Orders Republican Candidate - Remove Signs FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY

Judee Meyer, a Republican House candidate, recently received a notice from the town of Alfred ordering her to remove signs promoting her candidacy or face a fine of $100 to $2,500 a day.

The town adopted the ordinance in April. It prohibits residents from erecting political signs on private property until six weeks before Election Day. They must be taken down within a week after Election Day. Lewiston and Farmington have similar ordinances

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Thrasybulus
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Lance Harvell(R) called their

Lance Harvell(R) called their bluff in Farmington - and 25 people called to ask for a sign! What is it about the First Amendment these twerps don't get?

http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/features/town-official-political-sign-ban...

Mid-Coast Mainer
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So, setting aside the issue

So, setting aside the issue itself, a Town employee that enforces an enacted ordinance is by default a liberal?
How would one come to that conclusion?

Watcher
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It can be assumed that had

It can be assumed that had the sign been for a Liberal Marxist, there would by no Town action.

Mid-Coast Mainer
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If you really believe that,

If you really believe that, you need some serious therapy.

Gaffer
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Well the above comment by MCM

Well the above comment by MCM certainly gives one the idea that he/she is is a liberal. In fact just the location alone pretty much gives that indication.

Naran
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Kennebunk has a similar

Kennebunk has a similar ordinance regarding campaign signs on private property. In general, the ordinance isn't heavily enforced, unless the signs are in a prominent location, along a well-traveled route. Or, unless the town receives a complaint. The code office has, in the past, left notes for homeowners if they receive a complaint.

Campaign signs placed on public property in Kennebunk prior to the official ordinance-allowed date will usually be removed by town workers. In the past, the signs were stored at either the police department or the public works office for retrieval by the persons who placed them.

Like others, I question the Constitutionality of the ordinances with regard to campaign signs on private property. However, such ordinances are rarely challenged in court. If anyone has case law, or an example of a successful overturn of the ordinances, please share.

Thanks.

Naran
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From the article linked in

From the article linked in the first post.

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September 14
Maine ACLU warns against limiting political signs on private property
In at least three communities, candidates were told their signs violated local ordinances, but the ACLU says such laws are unconstitutional.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is warning municipalities that local ordinances restricting political lawn signs on private property are unconstitutional.

The civil rights group released a statement Thursday asking towns not to enforce rules limiting use of the longstanding campaign tool, which some people see as a visual blight.

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Poll results at the same link, above.

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Today's poll: Political signs

Should Maine towns be allowed to put time limits on when political lawn signs are allowed on private property?

Yes --- 52%
No --- 48%

Total Votes: 685

Lots of people who don't believe in the First Amendment, it would seem.

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Must be challenging for some

Must be challenging for some to accept that the liberal MCLU is supporting the case against the sign ordinance. Where is the conservative equivelant?

Naran
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Stavros Mendros
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MCM all you had to do was

MCM all you had to do was read the post up 30 minutes before you asked your question. But why be hindered by facts.

Its actually a private property issue as well. And liberals hate that far more than the first amendment.

Bruce Libby
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Every once in awhile the MCLU

Every once in awhile the MCLU gets it correct.
Not that requires us to like them or any other such thing,beside one right doesn't offset the other things !!

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