Congressional Art Competition

Capitol painting won’t prevail on appeal

A controversial painting that made headlines earlier this year is now the subject of a lawsuit in a federal court in Washington, D.C., but constitutional experts predict the plaintiff’s free speech arguments are doomed. The case hinges on whether an art competition held by members of Congress qualifies as “government speech,” which has less protection under the First Amendment. The legal feud has roiled emotions in Washington…

Hunter served over tearing down high school painting that made him ‘angry’

As if absconding with tens of thousand of campaign dollars masquerading as a personal piggy bank or ducking an in-person town hall with his constituents weren’t bad enough, now this for embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50th District). He’s been served. By extension. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the architect of the Capitol for removing a painting by former…

Charges pressed against Hunter for art slam

“I’d hang it on Duncan’s door if it was up to me. But what I don’t want to do is deflect from the fact that all this is a diversion so people talk about Duncan Hunter removing a painting and picking on an 18-year-old and being a bully as opposed to talking about the fact that he continuously takes things that don’t belong to him….