Supreme Court

Last Week Was the Best Week

Malala Yousafzai speaks with author Khaled Hosseini at an event held at San Jose State last week. (Photo by Christina Olivas, via SJSU)

Last week was amazing. The Supreme Court delivered two major victories to move our country forward, the President exhibited strength and eloquence in the aftermath of a tragedy, and a young woman of unparalleled courage graced us with her presence.

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Accountability Mailer or Hit Piece?

(There's a difference between an accountability mailer and a hit piece. Photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Here comes the clutter of political advertisements. The public's least favorite time of year, when mailboxes are full of negative mailers and television ads assault the senses. First rule to remember: there is nothing that can't be said in politics, no matter how outrageous the claim.

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County Prepares for Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Ken Yeager, president of the county Board of Supervisors, has instructed staff to prepare for an increase in same-sex marriage applications in anticipation fo the Supreme Court’s ruling.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, Ray Hixson will assemble at a celebratory rally in Mountain View with hundreds of others. And while the LGBT community and its allies are hoping for a party, others want to head down to the Santa Clara County courthouse to apply for a marriage license. County Supervisor Ken Yeager, who’s openly gay, already asked the courthouse to prepare for an influx of same-sex couples ready to tie the knot.

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Supreme Court Ruling Spurs San Jose Pot Club Ordinance

The San Jose City Council could soon form its own ordinance on regulating medical marijuana collectives.

Enforcement may soon get a lot stricter for San Jose cannabis retailers. Emboldened by the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling on City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, that reinforced municipal rights to ban medical marijuana collectives, city officials are looking at ways to crack down on local storefronts and delivery services.

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Resolution on Citizens United Case Goes to San Jose City Council

Lawmakers across the country are signing resolutions in opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. (Photo by ithnmsrtkn, via Flickr)

As lawmakers around the county urge Congress to create a constitutional amendment to overturn the controversial Citizens United decision, the City Council on Tuesday may vote in favor of supporting a resolution to overturn the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include lawsuit settlements, a new contract for Microsoft software and state taxes.

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The Time Is Now to End Discrimination Against Our LGBTQ Community

The Time Is Now to End Discrimination Against Our LGBTQ Community

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, marriage equality advocates have mobilized on social media by sharing a red equality logo. In this column, local community organizer Omar Torres talks about the rights of our LGBTQ community and his own struggle to come out as a gay man to his family.

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