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

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Business, Free Speech, individual rights, 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, City Government, Constitution, Free Speech, Gun control, individual rights, law enforcement, Legislature, News, Personal liberty, Politics, Politics & Elections, Public Safety, 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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Passing gas: Will seized private land clear way for natural gas pipeline?

By   /  November 27, 2013  /  Accountability, Economy, Energy, Environmental, Featured, Free Speech, Issues, Local Government, News, Power Abuse, Private property rights, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

GETTING THE BOOT: Property owners may be facing the boot if Vermont gives a green light to the gas pipeline project.

If you build it, they will come … and take your land.

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Data privacy snooping claims mount against MN cops, government employees

By   /  October 10, 2013  /  Accountability, City Government, Free Speech, individual rights, law enforcement, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Open Records, Personal liberty, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  15 Comments

Out of Control? MN attorney Erick Kaardal files suit on behalf of citizen group that  alleges a pattern of political prying into their personal data.

By Tom Steward/Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
WABASHA — It may not rise to the level of the NSA surveillance scandal, but each week more cases alleging privacy breaches by police and government employees snooping into Minnesotans’ personal driver license data without cause come to light and go to court.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety database contains personal information such [...]

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Federal court limits anti-gay funeral protests in Missouri

By   /  April 29, 2013  /  Featured, Free Speech, Missouri, News  /  1 Comment

Bradley C. Bower/AP

Groups such as the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church won’t be allowed picket within 300 feet of funerals. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Missouri law banning protests closer than that, though the court struck down a broader law to keep protesters even further away.

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