MN child care providers declare victory with Harris v. Quinn ruling

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Free Speech, Minnesota, unions  /  No Comments

HIGH COURT GETS HIGH 5: MN child care providers were overwhelmed by the probable impact by today's SCOTUS ruling prohibiting compulsory union dues for non-government employees.

Minnesota licensed providers declared victory after a landmark Supreme Court ruling Monday, which comes after nine years spent fending off a union drive while operating their family child care small businesses.

The decision strikes down compulsory “fair share” union dues for Illinois home care workers who care for individuals receiving government subsidies but are not full-fledged state employees.

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Holder’s ‘terrorism committee’ targets America

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Attorney General Eric Holder says the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee will help law enforcement "share information" nationwide.

Think the National Security Agency is doing enough snooping in “The Homeland”? A federal spying coalition aims to drill deeper under the Orwellian title, Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee.

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A ‘freedom of expression’ policy comes under fire at a NM college

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Censorship, Free Speech, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

NOT SO FREE?: Critics say a proposed "Respectful Campus and Freedom of Expression" policy at a New Mexico college is too vaguely worded.

It sure sounds agreeable on the surface: Officials at Northern New Mexico College are about to adopt what’s called a “Respectful Campus and Freedom of Expression policy” for students and staff.

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Child care businesses challenge union drive in federal appeal

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  Free Speech, Minnesota, News, State Government, Supreme Court, unions  /  No Comments

Small Businesses, Big Case: MN child care provider business owners are challenging the constitutionality of a state law authorizing a union drive focused on a $211 million state subsidy program.

It may be National Small Business Week, but a group of Minnesota women small business owners were defending, more than promoting, their home-based enterprises in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul.

After temporarily blocking a union drive for child-care providers in September, a three-judge appellate panel heard oral arguments in Parrish v. Dayton, in which 12 licensed family child-care providers squared off against Gov. Mark Dayton and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

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Supreme Court lets ruling stand on NM wedding photographer and same-sex couple

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Business, Free Speech, National, New Mexico, News, Supreme Court  /  No Comments

YOU GOTTA DO IT: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New Mexico wedding photographer Elaine Huguenin, who lost a case after she refused to photograph a same-sex wedding. Photo from the Alliance Defense Fund.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — It looks like a same-sex couple has won and the wedding photographer has lost.
The legal dispute over a wedding photography studio in New Mexico that declined to photograph a ceremony involving a same-sex ceremony will not be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court after all.
The justices on [...]

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Vermont town sees loophole to push gun control

By   /  December 12, 2013  /  Accountability, Constitution, Free Speech, Legislature, News, Politics, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Elections, State Government, State Politics, Vermont  /  No Comments

UP IN ARMS: Vermont gun activists battle for their constitutional rights

By: Jon Street
BURLINGTON, Vt. — It’s against state law to try to regulate guns in the Green Mountain State, but city officials here are looking at what may be a loophole.
Burlington wants to be able to confiscate and secure weapons for up to five days following a domestic dispute, and enact other restrictions.
City Councilman Norm Blais told [...]

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