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California Writes $1.35M Settlement Check After COVID Shutdown of Churches

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) One year after Liberty Counsel sued Gov. Gavin Newsom on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, the state of California paid a settlement of $1.35 million on July 15. As a result of Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit, a federal district court in May approved...

Norwegian Cruises Sues Florida Over Virus Vaccination Law

(Associated Press) Norwegian Cruise Line is challenging a new Florida law that prevents cruise companies from requiring passengers to show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Miami federal court, contends that the law jeopardizes safe operation of cruise ships by increasing risk of contracting the...

Seattle’s Thug Lawyers Countersue Newspaper Over Mayor’s Deleted Texts

(Tim Gruver, The Center Square) The city of Seattle is suing its newspaper of record over a public records lawsuit concerning missing text messages from public officials who include Mayor Jenny Durkan. The countersuit concerns a public records lawsuit filed by the Seattle Times last month intended to obtain text messages...

Fed. Appeals Court: Dealers Can Sell Handguns to 18-Year-Olds

(Associated Press) A federal law that for more than 50 years has banned licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults between age 18 and 21 is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a 2-1 opinion, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond overturned a lower...

UPDATE: Mich. Panel Certifies Petition that Aims to Revoke Whitmer’s Emergency Powers

UPDATE 7/13/21 1:00 PM via THE CENTER SQUARE: After two orders from the Michigan Supreme Court, the State Board of Canvassers unanimously certified the Unlock Michigan petition aiming to revoke Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers. The petition heads to the GOP-led Legislature where its expected to be quickly approved, spokeswoman of...

Judge: Newsom Can’t Be Listed as Democrat on Recall Ballot

(Headline USA) California Gov. Gavin Newsom can’t put his Democratic Party affiliation on the ballot voters see when they decide whether to remove him, a judge ruled Monday. Newsom’s campaign missed a deadline to submit his affiliation to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber for the Sept. 14 recall election. Newsom’s...

Judge Grants Injunction Against USDA Over Anti-White Loan Forgiveness Program

(Jon Styf, The Center Square) A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Tennessee farmer, granting an injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its effort to grant federal loan forgiveness to only “non-whites.” The Southeastern Legal Foundation and the Mountain States Legal Foundation joined to represent Union City...

Schumer Wants NRA Investigated for Bankruptcy Fraud

(Associated Press) U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on the Justice Department to investigate the National Rifle Association for bankruptcy fraud, saying the financially stable gun-rights group abused the system when it sought bankruptcy protection in the wake of a New York lawsuit seeking to put it...

Federal Judge Puts Brakes on Tenn.’s Trans Bathroom Signage Law

(Associated Press) A federal judge on Friday halted enforcement of a new Tennessee law requiring businesses to post special signs if they allow transgender women to use women's restrooms. The first-of-its-kind law went into effect on July 1 and would require such businesses to post signs on multiperson bathrooms that...

Conservative SCOTUS Justices Imply Kavanaugh & Barrett Have No Backbone

According to the reliably conservative members of the US Supreme Court, Trump-appointed justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett may lack the backbone when it comes to standing their ground on contentious rulings that involve religious freedom. A Texas law professor hinted in a recent opinion article for Newsweek what...

Officers Sue Calif. City Over BLM Mural’s ‘Discrimination’ & ‘Harassment’

(Headline USA) Five officers have sued the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was painted last June in the street across from City Hall following the death...

Whistleblowers Sue Seattle After Retaliation for Reporting Mayor Deleted Her Texts

(Associated Press) Two now-former public records officers who blew the whistle about Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's missing text messages have each filed $5 million claims against the city, saying they faced retaliation and felt compelled to resign. Records officer Stacy Irwin, with support from colleague Kimberly Ferreiro, reported to the Seattle...

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