political signs

Law
5:10 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

West Michigan cattle farmer can keep his signs critical of socialism, President Obama

Vernon Verduin (middle) talks about his case after a judge's ruling Thursday.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

On Thursday a Kent County district court judge ruled in favor of a farmer with two huge political signs on his property. The signs are critical of socialism and President Obama.

Gaines Township argued what the signs say is not at issue, just the size of them. Under local zoning laws, people can have commercial signs up to 32 square feet, political signs up to 20 square feet.

The township issued Vernon Verduin a citation, since his signs are much larger than 20 square feet. One can see the signs from a nearby freeway.

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Politics & Government
3:54 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

"Free speech is alive again at Michigan bars and restaurants"

Michigan bar owners will be allowed to display political signs in their taverns.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission today agreed to stop enforcing a 1954 rule which barred businesses with liquor licenses from posting signs endorsing political candidates.

The owners of Ann Arbor's Aut Bar filed suit against the rule last week, after they were told they had to take down signs for Democratic candidates.

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