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Trump’s List of Supreme Court Nominees Down to 12 Women

Trump’s List of Supreme Court Nominees Down to 12 Women

BY MATTHEW VADUM News Analysis President Donald Trump pared his sizable list of possible Supreme Court nominees on the weekend by indicating he intends in the coming week to name a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died at 87 on Sept. 18. There are now 12 women on the list, topped by two Trump lower […]

California Parents Sue Governor Over In-Person School Ban

California Parents Sue Governor Over In-Person School Ban

BY MATTHEW VADUM A group of California parents who claim their children are being harmed by the state’s pandemic-related restrictions on in-person educational instruction are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over the ban. The new lawsuit, cited as Looney v. Newsom, was filed in the Shasta County office of the Superior Court of the State of California. Shasta County is north of […]

Janus Court Decision Takes Toll as Union Ranks Thin, Report Says

Janus Court Decision Takes Toll as Union Ranks Thin, Report Says

BY MATTHEW VADUM Labor union membership in the United States has declined since a landmark 2018 Supreme Court ruling took away organized labor’s power to force public-sector employees to pay fees even when they refused to join the union, according to a new report. The data were included in The State of the Unions 2020, a report […]

California Limits Unpopular Law That Restricted Freelancers

California Limits Unpopular Law That Restricted Freelancers

BY MATTHEW VADUM California Gov. Gavin Newsom quietly signed a law on Sept. 4 repealing parts of an unpopular law that put independent contractors in the state out of work and limited the earnings of freelancers, including visual artists, musicians, writers, translators, and film support crews by classifying them as employees. The enactment of the new measure, […]

Pandemic Restrictions on Worship Spark Civil Disobedience

Pandemic Restrictions on Worship Spark Civil Disobedience

BY MATTHEW VADUM News Analysis Constitutional tensions between the authority of governments to use coercive powers to protect public health and the right of Americans to freely engage in religious worship have come to the fore in recent months as the quarantines, curfews, and stay-at-home orders amid the CCP virus, which causes the disease COVID-19 have dragged […]

California Court System Lifts Eviction Moratorium After Lawsuit

California Court System Lifts Eviction Moratorium After Lawsuit

BY MATTHEW VADUM Under legal pressure, the rule-making arm of California’s court system, the largest in the United States, has rescinded its pandemic-related emergency order that blocked the state’s courts from hearing eviction proceedings. Landlords in California and across the country have reportedly been hard hit by emergency eviction moratoriums and by the inability of some of their tenants […]

California Megachurch Wins in Court, Resumes Indoor Services Despite Lockdown Order

California Megachurch Wins in Court, Resumes Indoor Services Despite Lockdown Order

BY MATTHEW VADUM A state judge in California put Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency order from July prohibiting indoor church services during the coronavirus pandemic on hold after a Los Angeles-area megachurch filed a lawsuit. The decision comes as thousands of Christians in the state continue to attend in-person religious services in open defiance of Newsom. Other churches […]

Minnesota Churches Chafe at Mask Mandate, Sue Governor for Overreach

Minnesota Churches Chafe at Mask Mandate, Sue Governor for Overreach

BY MATTHEW VADUM Three Christian churches and churchgoers in Minnesota filed suit in federal court Aug. 13 against Gov. Tim Walz for his pandemic-related executive orders mandating social distancing and the wearing of face masks during in-person religious worship services. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Cornerstone Church of Alexandria and pastor Darryl Knappen; Land of Promise Church and pastor […]

Supreme Court Blocks Lower Court Ruling Suspending Idaho Election Rules

Supreme Court Blocks Lower Court Ruling Suspending Idaho Election Rules

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a judge’s order that relaxed election rules to give an Idaho activist group additional time to gather signatures for a ballot initiative amid the current pandemic. The vote on the unsigned order issued late in the day on July 30 was apparently 5 to 2. It is the […]

Environmentalists Ask Supreme Court to Block Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall

Environmentalists Ask Supreme Court to Block Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall

BY MATTHEW VADUM Environmentalists asked the Supreme Court to stop the Trump administration from building parts of the U.S.-Mexico border wall after a federal appeals court determined in June that tapping $2.5 billion in military funding for the project was unlawful. The motion, part of complex litigation, filed with the high court July 22 in Trump v. Sierra […]

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