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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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Tom Gantert reports in Michigan Capitol Confidential about a ban on Tea Party signs in a public park in Coldwater, Michigan.  The ban eventually led to an outright ban of all banners and signs in Coldwater’s Four Corners Park.  This ban will probably hold about as much water as a sieve and it has already been challenged:

A federal lawsuit claims a Branch County tea party group was denied the right to display banners and signs at a tea party rally at a public park in Coldwater because it was “too political” and “too controversial.” The Coldwater City Council then passed a resolution banning all banners and signs in that park.

The Thomas More Law Center law firm filed its lawsuit last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center alleged that Coldwater City Manager Jeff Budd objected because the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County were “too political” and “too controversial.”

Aside from the question of just what is “too political” and “too controversial” … one would have to wonder if the ban isn’t overly broad.  The city attorney and city manager for Coldwater seem to dash ice-water in the face of Coldwater citizens with their ban and their justification for the prohibition:

Budd didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. Heather Peet was the only person of the nine-member City Council to respond to an email seeking comment. She referred questions to John Hutchinson, the city’s legal counsel. Hutchinson didn’t respond to a phone message left at his law office or an email.

In a Nov. 2 memo to the City Council, Budd stated the “administrative headaches” of increased requests to have banners in the park led the city to either “allow all banners or no banners.”

The entire article is seen by clicking here. Here is a link to an update on the story. Statements attributed to the town’s attorney are confusing and make no sense.  He seems to be saying, “A ban is not a ban.”

Here is a link about Michigan Capitol Confidential and please find related links below.  In case you missed it above, here is a link to the lawsuit.