Obama protester: Town has ‘track record of stifling free speech when it suits them’

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Police in Town of Campbell blocked off a street in 2011 to make it easier for union-organized demonstrators to protest outside the home of former Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, who lost a recall election later in the year because of his support for Gov. Scott Walker’s signature law restricting collective bargaining for government employees.

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Double whammy! Home-care workers sue to stop labor union election

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Uncategorized, unions  /  No Comments

DOUBLE WHAMMY! Gov. Mark Dayton faces a second lawsuit from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of home care workers opposed to a union.
State of MN photo.

Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.

Home care assistants from throughout Minnesota sued Gov. Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union, asking the federal court for an injunction against a controversial 2013 state law authorizing organized labor to target providers for collective bargaining.

“I’m just looking for the union to stay out of my house and not take money out of my wages,” said Scott Price, a plaintiff whose daughter receives care for cerebral palsy.

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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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