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Dana Milbank: High Court bent on further eroding union power

Majority of justices willing to overturn a 40-year-old precedent, which will give the rich even more control over the country.


Supreme Court lets local ban on assault weapons stand

In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more …


Editorial: Court fails to clarify charter school ruling

Rather than give lawmakers clear signals on charter schools, a divided court stubbornly stays the wrong course.


Editorial: Supreme Court should quickly take up case on legality of I-1366

A legal challenge to the budget-smashing Initiative 1366 should be pursued as soon as possible.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:35 p.m.

Justices review DA’s choice of all-white murder trial jury

Prosecutor Stephen Lanier’s meaning was unmistakable when he urged jurors in north Georgia to sentence the defendant to death in part to deter other people “out there in the projects.”


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability

The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …


Supreme Court dissent in execution drug case says death penalty may be unconstitutional

WASHINGTON – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first …


Differing reactions on supreme court ruling

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling effectively ended Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s efforts to ban same-sex marriage.


UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2015, 2:07 p.m.

Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant …


Man facing lawsuit and child sex trafficking charge works for developer Harley Douglass

Mike Sackett, the Priest Lake man who beat the Environmental Protection Agency in the nation’s highest court and plans to plead guilty to attempted child sex trafficking, remains employed by …


Supreme Court upholds provisions of Obama health care law

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.


Court may be near gay marriage settlement

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the …


U.S. Supreme Court hears pregnancy discrimination case

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against them. Questions from several justices …


Same-sex marriage begins in at least one Idaho county

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho.


High court denies gay marriage appeals from five states

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.


Supreme Court takes up Idaho Medicaid challenge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will decide whether private sector health care providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with …


Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.


Supreme Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.


City, airport fight over $15 minimum wage

OLYMPIA — The state’s first $15 minimum wage should extend to SeaTac Airport because the higher wages don’t interfere with airport operations, attorneys for the City of Seatac told the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 26, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.


High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President …


Supreme Court says warrants needed for cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday.


Supreme Court leaves ban on NJ sports betting in place

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic …


Spin Control: Defining ‘infrequent’ proves challenging for legislators

OLYMPIA – The biggest challenge for this period between sessions – or at least the biggest one after persuading the state Supreme Court not to slap the Legislature for ignoring …


Washington high court says Legislature could be held in contempt over school funding

Saying the Washington legislature hasn’t met a demand to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court today ordered attorneys for the Legislature to appear in September and be ready …


Steven Malanga: Activist courts fail to improve schools

Judges can order states to spend more on education. But does it improve schools? In 1977, writing in the Harvard Law Review, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Jr. exhorted state …


High Court refuses to block Oregon gay marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge’s order declaring Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.


Spin Control: 2008 election gone, but in court it lives on

OLYMPIA – The 2008 governor’s race probably slipped from most voters’ minds long ago. The winner, Democrat Chris Gregoire, retired from office in 2012 and the loser, Dino Rossi, seems …


Shawn Vestal: Recent advances in gay rights overshadow long wait for them

I grew up in Gooding, Idaho, a farming town of a couple thousand people that was, in many ways, a friendly place. But it was not then a particularly friendly …


High court revives EPA rule on cross-state pollution

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama administration an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.