U.S. Supreme Court

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    SCOTUS Ushers In Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

    Marriage equality became the law of the Land of 10,000 Lakes last year as a result of a bill passed by the DFL-controlled legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton.In the Land of Cheese and Beer, on the other hand, it came from the U.S. Supreme Court's chambers in Washington, D.C., where e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The New York Times Blasts Home Care Right to Work Lawsuit in Minnesota

    The Grey Lady is seeing red in Minnesota. In July, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to undermine the state's new union of 27,000 home care workers. The attorneys argued here -- as they have elsewhere -- that forcing some workers to join ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Minnesota's own Hobby Lobby: MN businesses gain from SCOTUS ruling

    Advocates of religious liberty have been celebrating across the country since Monday's Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case, which will allow certain family owned or "closely held" businesses to be exempt from the contraceptive mandate under Obamacare, for religious religions. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Franken, DFL, NARAL blast Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling; Bachmann approves

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Supreme Court ruling on cell phone privacy is "really big deal," ACLU's Samuelson says

    This week, in a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement agencies must obtain a warrant before searching cell phones.The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says that just because smartphones now allow people to carry vast quantities of their personal inf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    SCOTUS won't hear case brought by MN conservatives upset about voting dress code

    Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a group of Minnesota conservatives regarding a state election law barring voters from wearing political attire to polling places on election day.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath on voter ID failure: "Voter fraud li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Julianne Ortman, GOP Franken challenger, taking heat for exaggerating her resume

    In recent days, Michael Brodkorb, harkening back to his days blogging for Minnesota Democrats exposed, has been on a one-man mission to publicize at least two pretty dramatic exaggerations in Julianne Ortman's resume.On her website, Ortman, an MNGOP Senator from the southwest suburbs who is seeking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Nancy Pelosi's response to Michele Bachmann's anti-gay marriage statement is the best ever [VIDEO]

    After the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act earlier today, Michele Bachmann released a statement reiterating the same ol' anti-gay marriage talking points."Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted," Bachm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler calls Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas"

    :::: UPDATE :::: Rep. Ryan Winkler says he thought "Uncle Tom" meant "turncoat"Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, got himself in hot water for a racially insensitive tweet about today's U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional.SEE ALSO: DFL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Thousands of Minnesota DWI cases could be affected by Supreme Court ruling

    Some defense attorneys think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday could affect thousands of pending DWI cases here in Minnesota.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive Segways The 8-1 ruling held that in most situations, law enforcement officers cannot force a dru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    North Dakota now has the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation

    A bill signed into law today by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple is the strictest anti-abortion measure on the books in any state.SEE ALSO: North Dakota tries to market itself as hookup haven, failsThe law bans abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    North Dakota moving to ban all abortions with "personhood" bills

    North Dakota is establishing itself as the most anti-abortion state in the nation with "personhood" bills that are working their way through the GOP-dominated Legislature.SEE ALSO: North Dakota Capitol reporters repeatedly warned about wearing revealing clothing If either of the measures are ultimat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Supreme Court upholds Obamacare: Top 10 Twin Cities tweets

    This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare's so-called individual mandate is constitutional. Perhaps the big surprise was that Chief Justice John Roberts unexpectedly sided with the court's liberals.You probably already know that, but the information may co ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    The revolution won't be deported

    If legal remedies are exhausted, it's time to take to the streets

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Arizona Senate Bill 1070 criminalizes Mexicans

    Cops will have to ask brown people for their papers

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Crossing the Line

    Freedom under fire: A Village Voice Media Special Report

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Al Franken takes apart right wing Supreme Court [VIDEO]

    Franken is going to bat for Kagan​The U.S. Supreme Court has become a safe haven for the rich and powerful as part of a careful conservative campaign, and a dead end for regular folks with grievances, Sen. Al Franken said on the Senate floor yesterday (video after the jump). He invoked the ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Supreme Court OKs detaining sex criminals indefinitely

    ​Minnesota's controversial Minnesota Sex Offender Program, and 19 others like it around the country, will remain unaffected by yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court  ruling, which allows the federal government to keep people locked up indefinitely if they are considered sexually dangerous, even afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty appoints Lorie Gildea as Chief Justice

    Image Courtesy of State of Minnesota​Lorie Gildea, the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice who offered a full-throated dissent when the high court slapped down Tim Pawlenty's unilateral budget balancing gambit two weeks ago, is going to be the court's new Chief Justice. Pawlenty announced her as his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Minnesota corporations' free speech released from bondage

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Should we get to vote for our judges?

    Image Courtesy of State of Minnesota​There's a fight over how we decide who can be a judge in Minnesota, and it's being fought out this week in front of the Supreme Court and on the floor of the legislature.The state constitution says judges are supposed to be elected every six years, but in r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Michele Bachmann asserts health care reform is unconstitutional. Is she right?

    She was wrong about parliamentary rules surrounding the health care debate. But is she right on the Constitution?

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Al Franken, reproductive rights, and a debate that goes nowhere

    This is not news: Both sides of the abortion debate are dug in tighter than a stubborn mule. Here's a perfect example.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Buchanan: White Supreme Court not discrimination, just like white Minnesotans in Olympic hockey

    If there's one way to truly date yourself as a white male bigot, Pat Buchanan nailed that viewpoint straight on the head last night on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Cornyn supports a Coleman appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

    We're hoping for a Minnesota Supreme Court decision this week in Norm Coleman's appeal to try and win the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. But that doesn't mean this is all over any time soon.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Can't Wait: Coleman's Minn. Supreme Court appeal starts Monday

    Take a couple deep breaths of fresh air this weekend and enjoy the outdoors before our lives get painful again.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Franken plays senator again, responds to Obama's nomination of Sotomayor

    In another example of Al Franken's fun game of pretend senator, the wanna-be sent out a statement this morning responding to President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Coleman appeal: Pawlenty might judge the judges

    Since when is Pawlenty smarter than Supreme Court justices?

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2006

    2/9: Morning Communique

    Muslim entrepreneurs stock up on Danish flags, a Florida deputy is accused of misusing his patrol car camera, find out which superhero you are, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2005

    11/07: Morning Communique

    Gluing genitals, digitizing books, breeding hybrids, the least reputable charities, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2005

    11/01: Morning Communique

    Reporters call Alito "sloppy seconds," the worst New Yorker cartoon caption contest, T-Paw as melancholy Minnesotan, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2005

    10/27: Morning Communique

    Harriet Miers withdraws nomination, Sin City the TV series, Mario bloopers, the lack of racial diversity in baseball, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2005

    10/05: Morning Communique

    Only 1.5 percent of Katrina contracts are going to minorities, abstinence to stay out of jail, Kevin Smith's career on the ropes, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2005

    7/21: Morning Communique

    THESE DAYS Zell Miller said Wednesday he has paid $156,668 to the state of Georgia to resolve questions about money he kept from an entertainment allowance he received when he was governor. A Ugandan member of parliament has pledged to reward girls for their chastity by paying their university fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2005

    Supremes: some property rights more equal than others

    Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain, Kelo v. City of New London, is bound to make more political ripples than practically anything Rehnquist's crew has done since handing the 2000 election to George W. Bush. As you probably already read, the Supes declared that local governments may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2005

    Texas Two-Step?

    High court passes on death penalty case brought by Minneapolis attorney We've been waiting to blog on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, announced Monday, not to hear an appeal filed by a Mexican national on death row in Texas who argues that foreign nationals are routinely and improperly denied he ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Hope You Enjoyed Your Stay

    A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision sends a Minnesota detainee back to Somalia

  • News

    July 14, 2004
  • News

    July 14, 2004

    Checks Without Balances

    McCain-Feingold was supposed to stop the flow of soft money. So what's with all the attack ads?

  • News

    April 23, 2003

    The Other War

    The Bush administration & the end of civil liberties

  • News

    March 13, 2002

    Throwing Away the Key

    There is no cure and no way out. So why does the state spend more than $20 million a year to treat 179 former sex offenders?

  • Feature

    July 15, 1998
  • News

    June 24, 1998

    Restricted Access

    Child protection hearings are now open to the public, but it's members of the press who will be scrutinized

  • Books

    June 17, 1998

    Judging for Himself

    If Greg Wersal has his way, Minnesota judges will soon campaign for election just like any other politicians

  • News

    December 24, 1997

    Union Jacked

    If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with commercial bankers that credit unions enjoy an unfair advantage, millions of people will pay a lot more for financial services.

  • News

    June 25, 1997

    No Exit, II

    Monday's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Confinement of Sex Offenders Leaves Questions Unanswered, Including the Fate of Minnesota's Sexual Psychopath Laws.

  • News

    June 18, 1997

    A Prison by any Other Name

    At the Minnesota sexual psychopathic personality treatment center, they lock up men who are dangerous--or unlucky--enough to be tabbed menaces to society even after they've done their prison time

  • News

    June 26, 1996


    Operation Safe Streets

  • News

    February 28, 1996

    Death Row Stories

    During the 1970s the Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment on the grounds that it was applied in an "arbitrary" and "capricious" manner. Now it's back with a vengeance, but as a group of Minnesota attorneys is learning, nothing has really changed.

  • News

    February 21, 1996
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