Judge rules MoveOn Medicaid billboard can stay up

Published 04/07 2014 03:50PM

Updated 04/07 2014 03:53PM

BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — On Monday, a federal judge from the Middle District of Louisiana issued a ruling that will allow MoveOn.org's billboard criticizing Governor Bobby Jindal for denying health care to 242,000 Louisianians to remain standing.

In her ruling, the judge concluded, “the Lieutenant Governor underestimates the intelligence and reasonableness of people viewing the billboard…. The State has failed to demonstrate a compelling reason to curtail MoveOn.org.’s political speech in favor of protecting the State’s service mark.”

Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, had the following response to the judge’s ruling: “This decision is a victory for common sense, freedom of speech, and the 242,000 Louisianians being denied health care because of Governor Jindal and Louisiana Republicans’ outrageous refusal to let them access Medicaid.”

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