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GUEST OPINION: Consider freedom during planning for conventions

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By GENE POLICINSKI
First Amendment Center
As the 2012 presidential primary season reaches full speed, let’s pause on the politics for a moment and look ahead to the national Republican and Democratic conventions with the First Amendment in mind.

Republicans will meet the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

Democrats huddle the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

Each convention will, without a doubt, attract not only a deluge of delegates but also thousands of protesters aiming to be seen and heard on a variety of issues and viewpoints.


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