The modern Republican Party prides itself on its absolute support for free speech. So vigorous is the GOP’s support for the First Amendment that the party opposes any limit on corporate electioneering or campaign contributions, insisting that the ability to donate unlimited money to a politician is a critical form of political expression. It was thus surprising to see the North Carolina GOP attempt to censor a newspaper-hosted bipartisan public forum on the controversial HB2 this week by shutting it down and punishing its sponsors.
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