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Bolstered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that limits organized labor’s power to collect compulsory dues, the lead plaintiff in a parallel Minnesota lawsuit urged Gov. Mark Dayton to have state lawyers stand down and ultimately cancel a pair of drives to unionize home-based day care and health care workers. Rochester day care operator Jennifer Parrish suggested the Democratic governor had little chance to prevail after the nation’s top court decided that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois who are “partial-public employees” cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining. Although the workers receive state subsidies to care for clients, they aren’t considered full-fledged state employees and therefore don’t have to pay dues if they don’t join a union, the conservative-led court ruled in a 5-4 decision.
Amerti asked: Why do we associate red with romance? For centuries, red has meant danger, strength, courage and love. It’s always been considered a powerful color that stands out to represent things that are powerful to people. Carol Bruess, professor of family studies at the University of St. Thomas, says it all probably comes down to what’s in our veins. “The heart is the organ that pumps ‘red’ blood through our life system, the body,” Bruess said.
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Medtronic’s appeal of a patent infringement lawsuit. Minnesota Public Radio News says the high court’s decision could cost the Fridley-based company $250 million in damages.
A federal appeals court has put a drive to unionize Minnesota home day care workers on hold pending the outcome of a similar case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion Thursday.
Minnesota gay couples preparing to get married after it becomes legal next month will have to wait a bit longer for guidance on their income taxes. The state Department of Revenue served notice Thursday that it is awaiting further word from the Internal Revenue Service on how same-sex married couples should make federal tax calculations.
Minneapolis hosts one of the largest Pride weekends in the nation, and roughly a half million people from around the country are expected to celebrate in the Twin Cities this weekend. For the first time, this year’s festival in Loring Park includes wedding vendors, and there’s talk of holding weddings on site next year. The most popular event is the Pride parade down Hennepin Avenue. Former Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe is this year’s grand marshal.
Last summer almost all political experts predicted Minnesota would pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Not only was that amendment defeated in November, but Minnesota legalized gay marriage last month.
Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Michele Bachmann shared their divergent views regarding Wednesday morning’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music.
An effort to honor former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun with a bust in the state Capitol of his native Minnesota has resurfaced.
Republicans have said they will run against the Affordable Care Act in November, so presumably Romney, if elected, and a Republican House and Senate could repeal the Act.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton bet big on the federal health care overhaul, drawing federal money to expand Medicaid early and preparing for the day when the full law takes effect.
Sometime in the next two weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will come out with one of its most important decision in recent memory.
Minnetonka-based United Healthcare has announced it will voluntarily offer many of the major benefits in the controversial new federal health care law – no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules.
The Supreme Court will not block Minnesota’s lawsuit against a California design firm over the deadly 2007 interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13 people.