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Seek balance on polling place speech

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of a Minnesota law that attempts to keep the polling place free of political noise on Election Day. The law prohibits anyone from distributing “political badges, political buttons or other political insignia to be worn at or about the polling place on the day of the primary or election.”

Preserving free speech while protecting voters is a balance that deserves careful consideration.

The Al Franken decades at 'SNL': sexist jokes, frat-boy bluster

When “Saturday Night Live” women weren’t portrayed as sexual victims or aggressors, they were not real women at all. Here, Will Ferrell, left, in skirt and pearls, and Attorney General Janet Reno performed on the final “Janet Reno’s Dance Party” sketch. Eight versions of the sketch aired from 1997 to 2000, in which Reno became a fake woman — just Ferrell in drag.

While the show has made diversity strides, women were routinely reduced to objects — for laughs. Who finds that funny?


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Free speech? While voting? In Minnesota? Supreme Court to weigh in.
D.J. Tice

Case is another possible speech precedent from this state.

Minnesotans, don't forget about the tax bill
Lori Sturdevant

Franken news is just one of the big things going on.


The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of a Minnesota law that attempts to keep the polling place free of political noise on Election Day. The law prohibits anyone from distributing “political badges, political buttons or other political insignia to be worn at or about the polling place on the day of the primary or election.”

Seek balance on polling place speech

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Domestic-abuse reforms are blueprint for addressing abuse of elderly
It's actor James Woods' hate that isn't welcome here

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, left, led applause for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, with U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., during a news conference last week following House passage of the tax plan.

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Keep the ban on importing African elephant parts
The Al Franken decades at 'SNL': sexist jokes, frat-boy bluster

Readers Write: Sexual misconduct and forgiveness, calls for Sen. Al Franken's resignation

Readers Write: Hunting, the structure of Minneapolis city government, Minnesota government, Alabama's U.S. Senate election, PolyMet mitigation, gift to St. Thomas
Readers Write: Abuse of the elderly, changing a lake's name, relocating the homeless during the Super Bowl
Readers Write: Sen. Al Franken, Republican tax cuts

Readers Write: Sexual misconduct and forgiveness, calls for Sen. Al Franken's resignation

The weekend's theme: Forgiveness.


Editorial cartoon: Lisa Benson on Sen. Al Franken

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Even the Democratic-Media Complex can't save Franken

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Keep the ban on importing African elephant parts

Well-managed trophy hunting could help, but not right now.


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Why do we live in a place like this, really? Because amid the barren, there's beauty; amid the dormancy, the dream of life.


Events in Zimbabwe raise faint hopes

Mugabe really took his country down.


Sack cartoon: How Trump looks on Franken

STEVE SACK  STAR TRIBUNE