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Wis. Court Ends Probe Of Presidential Hopeful Walker

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election.

07/16/2015

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Democrats Want To Remove Marriage Definition In Wis. Constitution

Wisconsin Democrats say they want to eliminate nullified language in the state’s constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

06/29/2015

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Gov. Walker Calls Marriage Decision A ‘Grave Mistake’

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a “grave mistake” and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.

06/26/2015

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SCOTUS Ruling Makes LGBT Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land

The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

06/26/2015

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As SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act, MN GOP Calls For MNsure’s Demise

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

06/25/2015

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Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

06/25/2015

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Repeal Of Campaign Giving Law Renders Lawsuit Moot Over Type Of Donor Limits

A lawyer for a group challenging Minnesota restrictions on certain campaign donations has advised a federal judge that the case can be dismissed following changes to the state law made by the Legislature.

05/27/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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5 Minnesota Mayors Urge SCOTUS To Support Marriage Equality

Five Minnesota mayors signed an amici curiae brief in support of marriage equality, which is being submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court as it prepares to hear arguments once again on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

03/06/2015

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High Court Won’t Take Case Of Man Convicted At 17

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a Minnesota man convicted of raping and killing a teenage girl when he was 17. That means Tony Roman Nose will continue to serve his sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of release.

10/07/2014

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High Court’s Ginsburg To Address Minnesota Crowd

Ahead of a new Supreme Court term, one justice is offering a Minnesota audience her view from the court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was to be at the University of Minnesota’s Law School on Tuesday as part of a lecture series.

09/16/2014

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Wisconsin Appeals Gay Marriage Case To High Court

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

09/09/2014

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Wisconsin Appeals Gay Marriage Case To SCOTUS

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Van Hollen, a Republican, filed the request Tuesday. It’s unclear when the high court might respond.

09/09/2014

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Justice Groups: Ruling Protects Property Rights

In a decision that civil rights groups said would protect property owners’ rights, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained during illegal searches cannot be used to take someone’s property through civil forfeitures.

08/20/2014

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Opponents Of Minnesota Union Drives Hail Ruling

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.

06/30/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Red, Judge Robes & Gray Hair

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.

02/14/2014

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Medtronic Appeal

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.

10/08/2013

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Court Puts Day Care Unionization Drive On Hold

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.

09/19/2013

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Minn. Tax Agency Awaits Guidance On Gay Marriage

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.

07/19/2013

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Chris Kluwe To Lead TC Pride Parade

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.

06/29/2013

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Esme’s Blog: What A Difference 1 Year Makes For Gay Marriage

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.

06/29/2013

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Minnesota Reacts To SCOTUS Decision On DOMA

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.

06/26/2013

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Minnesota Woman Loses Music Downloading Appeal

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.

03/18/2013

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New Push To Put Blackmun Bust In Minn. Capitol

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.

01/24/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Running Against the Affordable Care Act

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.

06/30/2012

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