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Overturning ‘fair share’ union fees would restore balance

Many public employees object to union policies. The Supreme Court is in a position to overturn a requirement of "fair share" fees.  This op-ed originally appeared in the Star Tribune on June 21, 2018. Minnesota law requires public employees to fund unions even when they are not a member and they object to union policies. Once certified, unions get the revenue just for showing up; the state even collects the dues, at no charge. What would happen if public-sector unions like Education Minnesota had to earn revenue from teachers and other public employees? We may soon find out. The U.S. Supreme Court is...

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Will the High Court Stop Forced Union Fees for Public Employees?

We are standing by live right now to see if the Supreme Court rules in favor of restoring the First Amendment rights of public employees; in Janus v Afscme, the Court has been asked to overturn a 1977 decision that forces them to pay agency fees to a union.  If the Court does not rule today, it could rule Friday, or next Monday--or another day next week. But it will rule by June 29. ...

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MINNESOTA VOTERS ALLIANCE v. State of Minnesota and Joe Mansky: The First Amendment Wins, Again!

This case out of Minnesota was a challenge to the constitutionality of a Minnesota law that prohibits “political” apparel at the polls. The Court ruled 7-2 that this ban violates the First Amendment. "Minnesota has not supported its good intentions with a law capable of reasoned application." Ouch! ...

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Religious Freedom Narrowly Protected 7-2: Baker Does Not Have to Make Cake for Same-Sex Couple

This is a great day for America; our First Amendment jurisprudence remains strong in the face of attacks on our Judeo-Christian culture. In a 7-2 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. The opinion was written by Justice Kennedy who penned the opinion making gay marriage the law of the land in 2015. It is good that the Court did not split along the usual ideological lines but the ruling, which invited future challenges, is "a half-baked cake." ...

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Special screening of the movie Little Pink House: Friday night April 27 at the Lagoon Cinema

Special Screening of Little Pink House on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM CDT at the Lagoon Cinema 1320 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55408. After the film there will be a Q& A session with IJ attorneys Lee McGrath and Anthony Sanders, who have been instrumental in IJ’s fight against eminent domain abuse—in Minnesota and elsewhere. The film will be at the Lagoon for at least a week....

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Minneapolis FBI Agent Leaked Classified Documents Because of Racism

The rank politicization of the top echelons of the FBI has tainted the standards and credibility of the nation's top law enforcement agency. Former FBI Director James Comey felt empowered to take matters into his own hands, as did his sidekick former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, including leaking documents to the media. So perhaps it should be no surprise the unlawful conduct so rampant in Washington has trickled down to the Minneapolis field office with the prosecution of a former agent this week in the Twin Cities. The Star Tribune's coverage positioned the case that involved the leak of secret documents...

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Janus Union Fee Case Already Having a Good Effect, Except @ AFT

"The internal AFT slideshow predicts that if the Supreme Court rules to undercut agency fees, the increased time spent on “member maintenance” will detract from the organization’s “other more progressive union activities,” which are unspecified in the document. Some unions, it also warns, won’t be able to stay afloat."...

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Should Minnesota Restrict What We Wear to the Polls? The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide.

Andy Cilek and other Minnesotans are at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning to defend their right to wear “political clothing” when they vote. Minnesota bans t-shirts or hats that suggest support for a world view, candidate or political party. It is a broad restriction on speech. With the able assistance of our friends at the Pacific Legal Foundation, and the support of the ACLU, this case will finally be heard....

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