One Wisconsin Now
Press Release

One Wisconsin Now Seeks Summary Judgement in Lawsuit Over Republican State Representatives Twitter ‘Blocking’

‘The Facts in the Case and First Amendment to U.S. Constitution Are Clear’

By - May 29th, 2018 09:41 am

MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now today asked for summary judgement in their lawsuit against State Representatives Jesse Kremer, John Nygren and Robin Vos over their blocking of the group on the Twitter social media platform.

The case, One Wisconsin Now v. Kremer, et. al., filed on behalf of One Wisconsin Now in the Western District of Wisconsin U.S. District Court by Attorney Christa Westerberg at the Pines Bach law firm, challenges elected officials on Twitter, acting in their official capacity, from “blocking” citizens and organizations and therefore preventing them from participating in the online public forum by keeping them from viewing and commenting on the blocking users tweets on their Twitter accounts.

A recent federal court ruling in another case held that Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users based on their political views.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding the filing:

“The facts in our case and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution are clear.

“Representatives Vos, Nygren and Kremer created a public forum in their capacity as public officials. They cannot turn around and then suppress free speech or exclude citizens from participating because they don’t like what they hear or read from people with differing views.”

– – –

One Wisconsin Now’s motion seeking summary judgement can be found here.

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Organizations:

Recent Press Releases by One Wisconsin Now

GOP Blames Voters Voting for Electoral Defeats, Proposes Plan to Limit Participation in 2020 State High Court Race

Assembly Republican Leader Vos ‘Hell-Bent on Undermining Checks and Balances’

GOP Pushes Tax Giveaway Plan That Pays More for Fewer Jobs

Kimberly-Clark Paid $1 in Net State Income Tax Since 2013, Wants $100 Million Windfall to Close Plant, Cut Over 100 Jobs

Rep. Vos Selected to Lead Assembly Republican Caucus, Not State of Wisconsin

Vos Should Choose Another Road, Drop Divisive Attacks on Will of Wisconsin Voters

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us