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Some Local Reaction to America Tradition, Inc. v. Bullock

25 Jun

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States released America Tradition, Inc. v. Bullock, a per curiam opinion summarily reversing the Montana Supreme Court’s decision upholding a state law restricting campaign-related speech by corporations.

Local reaction included an unsurprisingly hostile critique from Rep. Keith Ellison and a statement from Minnesota state campaign finance board Executive Director Gary Goldsmith, who said he doesn’t expect any change in Minnesota law because the state legislature revised Minnesota’s campaign finance law at the end of the 2010 session in response to Citizens United.

As the Strib piece on Goldsmith noted, there is ongoing litigation over Minnesota’s campaign finance law, and an appeal is currently under en banc review by the Eighth Circuit.


Monday Roundup

12 Jun
  • Two men from Bemidji made their first appearances Friday in connection with a May 25 cross burning. According to the PiPress, one man was charged with felony stalking/harassment and the other was charged with felony aiding and abetting stalking/harassment.
  • Representative Keith Ellison from Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District criticized the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United decision in an op-ed that ran today in The Huffington Post and its local Patch affiliates. Ellison used the peace to promote his so-called “Get Corporate Money out of Politics Amendment.”
  • And finally, Dan Browning of the Strib is reporting that Judge Micheal Davis denied a Wisconsin man’s request for an injunction that would force the Minneapolis parks board to allow him  to hand out Bibles at the 40th Annual Twin Cities Pride festival in Loring Park this summer. I’ll post a link to the decision when I find a copy online. This battle has been on-going for years and I doubt that we’ve heard the last of it…