Yesterday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled family-owned for-profit businesses like Hobby Lobby cannot be required to provide contraceptive products to employees that don't accord with the owner's religious beliefs.As we've covered, the owners at least three Minnesota companies -- Ann ... More >>
Earlier this year, Sauk Rapids satirist Dan McCall won a legal victory over the federal government after National Security Agency reps tried to get online retailers to stop selling shirts emblazoned with the the agency's seal and slogans like this: "The NSA: The only part of government that actually ... More >>
Two years ago, Riley Stratton, then a 6th grader at a school in the Minnewaska School District in western Minnesota, was punished by administrators for posting after school on her Facebook page that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. In a separate incident, administrators forced Stra ... More >>
In October 2012, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for filming paramedics and deputies loading a mentally disturbed, handcuffed man into the back of an ambulance outside his residential building.THE BACKSTORY: Camera unlawfully tak ... More >>
Today, the Minneapolis City Council approved the MLB's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" across a swath of the city during a two week stretch surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game.SEE ALSO: MN ACLU explains why Duck Dynasty dude's anti-gay comments aren't protected speech The ... More >>
Jake Dagel claims Dean's organization was "cultic" and mistreated its members
The presses have been alerted -- a politician has spoken untruthfully.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during Capitol rally [PHOTOS]This time, the culprit is first-term Rep. David Osmek, R-Mound, who either hasn't read the not-especially-long text of the marriage equality bill be ... More >>
Late last fall, Craig Keefe, a student at Brainerd's Central Lakes College, published a Facebook post using the term "stupid bitch" and another about there "not being enough whiskey for anger management."SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison on freedom of speech: "It's a good and bad thing" [INTERVIEW] A few week ... More >>
Under the leadership of Sheriff Rich Stanek, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has adopted a no-visible-tattoos policy for new hires.SEE ALSO: Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge No other Hennepin County department's have a tattoo policy, the S ... More >>
Today, St. Paul attorney Nathan Hansen and New Jersey attorney Alan Milstein filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Minnesota, State Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies seeking millions of dollars in damages for subjects who participated in the scandalized Drug Recognition Expert program. ... More >>
In recent weeks, Rev. Brad Brandon, the director of church outreach for Minnesota for Marriage, has traveled the state giving a presentation where he compares same-sex marriage advocates to Nazis.SEE ALSO: Rev. Brad Brandon wants his GOP endorsements to be tax exempt Minnesotans United for All Famil ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Chris Kluwe to Emmett Burns: Gay marriage "won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster"-- Chris Kluwe says politician is "literally an asshole" for anti-gay marriage stance-- Chris Kluwe coins "turdsloth" while defending Crossfit on GawkerYesterday, Rush Limbaugh devoted a few mi ... More >>
Going to Pride Fest later this month? You shouldn't have to worry about Brian Johnson offering you a Bible.Yesterday, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis denied Johnson's request for an injunction that would've allowed him to again stroll around the Pride Fest and hand out his Bibles, unencumber ... More >>
Robin Hensel, a 58-year-old grandmother, filed a lawsuit this week against the city of Little Falls alleging the city is unfairly enforcing its yard-sign ordinance because it disagrees with her political views.Last fall, the city received a complaint about the pro-Occupy, anti-Republican yard signs ... More >>
With the help of some legal heavy-hitters, Melissa Hill hopes to make the Federal Protective Services, state of Minnesota, and city of Minneapolis pay for her sidewalk chalking-related June arrest.Hill was detained and issued a trespass order for "damaging public property" while inscribing an ant ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Minnewaska Area Schools for alleged violations of a 12-year-old female student's constitutional rights.In one string of incidents, the girl was repeatedly disciplined after posting on Facebook that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. She ... More >>
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal: Free, and protesting.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal spent more than two years locked up in Iran, a country with some of the most restrictive free speech rights in the world. Now that they're back in the United States, Bauer and Fattal are flexing their First A ... More >>
Schools across the country have banned the bracelets.A Wisconsin eighth-grader is suing her principal and school district for the right to wear a somewhat silly bracelet that deals with a deadly serious topic. Kaisey Jenkins, a student at Sauk Prairie Middle School in central Wisconsin, says the ... More >>
The Doors were back in the news this month when Florida governor Charlie Crist issued a pardon for the charges of indecent exposure the state had issued against frontman Jim Morrison back in 1969, 41 years after the Miami concert that led to Morrison's arrest and 39 years after his death. After m ... More >>
God: Now in the endorsement business via Brad Brandon.Despite what the Rev. Brad Brandon says, his First Amendment rights are not in jeopardy. Without anyone stifling his speech, he's used his Berean Bible Baptist Church pulpit in Hastings to endorse a slate of conservative politicians. And ... More >>
Photo: Pride FestivalWho gets to hang out in Loring Park during Pride Fest?Minneapolis Park Board President John Erwin said on Tuesday that the Twin Cities Pride Festival can decide which organizations are allowed to set up booths in Loring Park during their event, but the board can't stop an ... More >>
Photo: RanoushThe U.S. Department of Education has agreed to launch an investigation into anti-Muslim harassment at schools in St. Cloud and Owatonna, and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it welcomed the news. "Decades after the beginning of the civil r ... More >>
Today a federal judge struck down a state law banning corporations from spending on political advertising, endorsements, and other campaign activities, on the grounds that the law violated the First Amendment rights... of corporations.The decision, by Judge Paul Magnuson, relies on the U.S. Supre ... More >>
Local stations put victim's privacy at stake
A man admits posting cartoons of Muhammed having sex with animals, and telling investigators that Muslims are "anti-Christian."
In an interview, the Minneapolis lawyer defends her comments about Islam and Keith Ellison.
Lynne Torgerson says she's big on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but not, evidently, when it comes to Muslims.
The Woodbury City Council banned targeted residential picketing, which provoked an outcry over the squelching of First Amendment rights. But as it turns out, the state banned targeted residential picketing 16 years ago.
Edina City Council votes to deny revenue bonds from a Christian school amid First Amendment concerns, pressure from the ACLU
Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.
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Danforth says Republicans are headed for doomsvilleThere's an interesting op-ed piece in today's NYT by former Missouri Senator John Danforth (who resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in January). He says the Republican party, concerned more about outlawing gay marriage than fixing the ... More >>
Former President George W. Bush Dead at 72
So you say you'd like to learn more about civics?
Are prayer sessions at a local Ford dealership protected by the U.S. Constitution?
Everyone applauded when the attorney general took a neo-Nazi letter writer to court. But is he pushing the constitutional envelope?
The Minneapolis Public Library hustles to the vanguard of the anti-smut crusade
A Minneapolis church and city leaders square off over windows
Since local taxpayers anted up $189 million to build the megamall, it's public space and must allow free speech, says attorney Larry Leventhal