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Steven Greenhut on California's Cautious Effort at Marijuana Legalization in 2016

1 hour agoNews : Reason

Regardless of one's take on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Friday forbidding states from banning same-sex marriage, it's clear the ruling didn't come in a vacuum. Analysts said the court "created" a new civil right, but public attitudes have shifted dramatically in recent years. Show More Summary

New Yorker Writer: ‘Rational Thought’ Is On the Rise, and That’s Bad News For Conservatives

Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change. Last week’s Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage. California’s new mandatory-vaccination law. What all these have in common, according to Michael Specter, isn’t merely...Show More Summary

The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association that will determine whether teachers and other public employees must pay fees to unions that represent them. A victory for the plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. Show More Summary

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS by the Numbers | Union Fees Challenged

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up a challenge to union fees in California. The NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is set to continue, if temporarily. And by-the-numbers looks at the just-ended high-court term. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.       

Supreme Court and constitutional law roundup

Supreme Court grants certiorari (as Cato had urged) in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, on First Amendment rights of individual public employees against unions, potentially major sequel to Harris v. Quinn (our coverage) and Knox v. Show More Summary

Labor fears setback as Supreme Court hears case on union dues, fees

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a California challenge to the financing of public-sector unions sent fear through organized labor Tuesday, with the threat that the justices could blunt one of the state's most powerful political forces.

Despite Scalia, California counts

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: The portrayal of Justice Antonin Scalia's language as set forth by columnist Steve Lopez ( "Scalia discovers we are 10th circle of hell," Column, June 27) seemed unbelievable, so I read the dissent on the Supreme Court website.

Clock is ticking on California's lethal injection question

One of the silver linings of Monday's Supreme Court ruling in Glossip vs. Gross, which upheld Oklahoma's objectionable three-drug execution protocol, was a compelling dissent by Justice Stephen G. Breyer arguing that it is "highly likely that the death penalty violates the 8th Amendment" and urging...

Ruh-Roh

As Lennie Briscoe would say, nothing good comes from this: In an expected but potentially devastating blow to public sector unions, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it will hear a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in its next term. Friedrichs, as Justice Elena Kagan explained in a similar case last year, […]

Supreme Court to Consider Ending Forced Public-Sector Union Dues

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which asks the court to consider whether compulsory public-sector union dues violate the First Amendment right to free speech–which includes the right to be free from compulsory speech. Show More Summary

The End of the Beginning

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association next term, a case that challenges the use of agency fees by public employees’ unions. You will hear a lot from me on the case in the coming months, so I won’t scoop myself here. Let’s just say it has the potential of turning […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Take on Government Union Power

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert to a case that could give all public employees right-to-work protections. If SCOTUS rules in favor of the plaintiff, California teacher Rebecca Friedrich, government unions would lose their power to compel non-members to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging California union fees

The Supreme Court said Tuesday it would hear a major challenge to California's public unions and decide whether they may charge fees to non-members to support collective bargaining.

Supreme Court agrees to take up case that could weaken public sector unions

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 non-union public school teachers who say California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights. The teachers have asked the...

U.S. Supreme Court takes up major case on public sector union dues

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 non-union public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.

California now under pressure to propose lethal injection method

3 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The Supreme Court's decision Monday giving a green light to an execution drug triggered a renewed attempt in California to create a single-drug method of lethal injection for inmates on America's largest death row.

California GOP benefits from redistricting decision as bigger case looms

3 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Like so many political events, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that upheld the right of independent citizen commissions to draw district lines inspired a different reaction in California than elsewhere in the nation.

California Republicans Relieved Their Arizona Counterparts Lost At The Supreme Court

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- California Republicans were thrilled to see Arizona Republicans lose at the Supreme Court on Monday, serving as a reminder that gerrymandering is perpetrated by both major political parties. "I am glad that the decadesShow More Summary

Supreme Court decision a victory for 'we the people'

Just a note to those California Democratic Party leaders who have been spending the last few months sketching new congressional districts in anticipation of Monday's Supreme Court ruling in a case out of Arizona: Put down your pencils and put away your maps. The court rejected a challenge to Arizona's...

Conspiracy of the Day: Fans Wonder if Rainbow at Grateful Dead Concert Was Fake

3 days agoHumor / odd : The Daily What

We’ve seen a lot of rainbows in the past few days (thanks again Supreme Court), but one in particular has become the focus of a debate among stoners in California. The Grateful Dead kicked of their “Fare Thee Well” tour this weekendShow More Summary

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