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Sound Off: Is it a crime to destroy campaign signs? What can you do about it? Someone keeps destroying and stealing the signs in my yard.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, provided the following information: It is a crime to destroy or steal signs, and a police report can be made. As per city ordinance, signs may not be placed on the city right of way including the area between a sidewalk and the street. To make a report, call 832-7509.

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Topple 1 year, 6 months ago

My girlfriend had her Obama bumper magnet stolen off her car.

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Agnostick 1 year, 6 months ago

Better yet, send out anonymous, glossy postcards libeling and slandering a candidate of various unsubstantiated crimes... and then giggle like school boys when the police and postal inspectors come knocking at your door. ;)

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Centerville 1 year, 6 months ago

It's a good way to judge which side is becoming desperate. So there's an up side - especially this year.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

Takers at the top of their game, Lol. No more of my hard earned money for you, get a damn job!

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

Democrats are sick when backed into a corner, just look at Beatrice, cait48 and bozo. Desperation at it's worst!

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Soapbox 1 year, 6 months ago

Is it a crime to destroy campaign signs? NO....because in America there is only one crime: GETTING CAUGHT!

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

I suggest putting a bunch of signs supporting republicans out and waiting after dark with a high powered pellet gun, like flies to honey. It's the only way to stop this nonsense and It will get much worse in the coming weeks, much worse.

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hitme 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm guessing the local ACORN chapter has a midnight shift.

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djneibarger 1 year, 6 months ago

in today's political climate, the us versus them mentality dictates everything. the candidate themselves are irrelevant. it's all about belonging to a party and standing by that party regardless of what it's members say or do. members of both parties are constantly being caught in scandals, called out on their lies by fact checkers, forced to apologize for inappropriate behavior or comments, and otherwise having every fault and deficiency exposed to the 24 hour news cycle addicted public. but none of this has any effect on the zombie like party loyalty of the voters. with that being said, why would anyone in their right mind think that something as simple as a paper sign in their front yard would have even the slightest chance of altering someone elses political opinion? the only purpose of these signs is to agitate and provoke, and no one is more susceptible to this kind of childish behavior than the internet addicted party loyalists.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama/Biden are going to need a lot more then some signs to win this one....,

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1 year, 6 months ago

On another note, I think it's interesting that a church can get away with posting Jenkins signs just inches outside it's property lines, at 23rd and Louisiana.

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure it's mainly Libertarians wanting to adorn their dorm room walls
(having no particular appreciation for the warning signs gracing public roadways).

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JackMcKee 1 year, 6 months ago

I really miss the handmade Bob Eye signs. Those were about the funniest things I've seen in a long time.

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autie 1 year, 6 months ago

I think all the sign vandals are paid. Sounds like something Mr. Sontag/Jones would come up with. Or Ivan Crossland. Ivan loves signs, especially giant billbboards about Crossland's misdeeds.

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biggunz 1 year, 6 months ago

Good ol Lawrence, Ks. Crazy liberals care so much about their fellow man, unless their fellow man thinks differently, thenthey put him down and steal and vandalize his things. And as stated above, they then blame him!!

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 6 months ago

"What can you do about it?"

Support the other candidate.

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Pepe 1 year, 6 months ago

You would have to be a real loser to steal someone's sign. Just pathetic.

LOL -- If someone is caught doing this, the best punishment would be to force them to vote for the candidate(s) whose sign they stole.

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Liberty275 1 year, 6 months ago

If they destroy your sign, make a bigger one.

Destroying political signs on another person's property is disgusting both because it involves damaging others' property and denies citizens the right to express their political opinions. Anyone that would do such a thing should be ashamed of themselves and do a few weeks in jail if caught.

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seagull 1 year, 6 months ago

Is there a legal size limit to these signs? Some of these silly signs are enormous; and as a previous commenter noted, they are frequently on the city right-of-way. It is surprising though that there is relatively little theft or defacing of the signs. The "I like Lynn" signs just beg for additons/edits, which they surprisingly don't get in this this reportedly blue town.

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fancy80 1 year, 6 months ago

It is only a crime if the signs are for democrat politicians. If the sign is for a republican, it is okay because only rich people vote for republicans, and they can afford to go buy new signs.

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workinghard 1 year, 6 months ago

They should have mentioned that it is also illegal to put the signs on public land such as a park, school, or any other government owned land. You see it all the time on 28th and Kennsington St.

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FarneyMac 1 year, 6 months ago

Typical Romney supporter, wanting government intervention.

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kernal 1 year, 6 months ago

Happened to a sign in my yard as well. Now wondering which candidates signs the inquirer is referring to. Someone ripped mine out and left the frames. Need to find out how much they cost and reimburse the candidates.

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