Are RON PAUL signs ILLEGAL in your city?
This issue has come up already in the Kansas City area. Overland Park Kansas has sent a letter to Valek (Meetup Organizer) as follows:
Valek <email@example.com> wrote:
I received this e-mail from a city official, and I just got of the phone with him and he said that publicly displayed Ron Paul signs need to be taken down. He said you should call him if you have any questions. From: Craig.Coffey@opkansas.org
Sir, I got your name of the Paul Official Site. I hope you assist me. There has been a recent proliferation of Paul political ground signs within the City limits of Overland Park. These signs are regulated by our City Sign Code. At this time, the signs are not permitted to be displayed. We would appreciate your help in removing them right away. Your cooperation is appreciated. I can be contacted at OP City Hall at 895-6207.
This link will tell you the City's policy on political signs. Please scroll down to the section addressing political signs.
Note: Many from our group have linked to this city code and found no law broken by placing Ron Paul signs out on private or public property by timing or placment.
I'm posting here to let people know this is happening already and we must put the burden of proof back in the hands of these "officials". Show Me The Law. Anything other than that are suggestions and we should NOT treat Ron Paul supporters like law brakers if they in fact are NOT braking any law.
Would you agree?
After our KC Billboard project www.ronpaulkc.com/blogs you can see how the political wimp dogs are getting nervous about the on the ground grass fire support out here.
Some places do have laws for publically posting a sign. There should not be any for private property, that doesn't mean they made some up anyways.
A meetup.com organizer can not be held responsible for a sign placed somewhere. He or she does not know who put it there and it can not be proved who put it there.
Don't get your legal advice from the internet. Personally, I would not answer the email at all.
use of political signs
Ron Paul signs or any political sign are legal in the county I live. However, I saw quite a few professional made Ron Paul signs on a major road near where I live. Later I drove by and some idiot ripped the sides off of the RP signs and next to the defaced RP signs where nice shiny new Mitt Romney signs.
30 pages of government code for signs. Anyways the city official is saying that at this time the signs are not permitted. Ask him at what time are political signs permitted, what line of the city code indicates this time period as you do not see it. Ask him what day were signs allowed last year.
I had to sift through pages of legal mumbo jumbo but arrived at the conclusion that in Bethlehem PA you can put signs on your own property 30 days before the election and you have 10 days after the election to remove them. Then you can only have signs which total X amount of square feet per Y amount of linear frontage, so on and so on.
At least it's all there but it took a while to figure out. My neighborhood is very active politically so when the signs go up, mine go up. I'm sure there will be a variety of candidates being supported so if there are non Paul supporters (Im sure there are) they'll no doubt give me a hard time if I break the law.
While there is something to be said about getting your legal information off the internet, I also think that the Supreme Court has ruled that local legislations about political signs on private property are not Constitutional. Your local ACLU might know the answer.
Just blow him off. Here is what Ron Paul has to say about it:
"Resistance need not be violent, but the civil disobedience that might be required involves confrontation with the state and invites possible imprisonment."
This came from his speech before the US House on 5/22/07 entitled "In the Name of Patriotism (Who are the Patriots?)" You can read and hear it here:
Last edited by firstname.lastname@example.org; 09-13-2007 at 08:22 AM.