Here are five rules of free speech and corporations.
Rule #1: Corporations have First Amendment rights.
Rule #2: The media doesn't have any greater First Amendment rights than other speakers.
Rule #3: Unions have free speech rights, too.
Rule #4: Individual stockholders can't veto corporations' political spending"whether those corporations publish newspapers or make widgets.
Rule #5: Corporate and union direct contributions to candidate campaigns can be sharply limited, though independent spending is fully protected. read more
North Carolina's political maps for the state legislature are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2020 elections, a court has decided. A panel of judges struck down the maps Tuesday, in a 357-page ruling that focused on the level of political partisanship used to draw them. The maps were drawn in 2017 to replace previous maps, drawn in 2011, that had also been ruled unconstitutional. Both sets of maps were drawn by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature.
Colorado's presidential electors do not have to vote for the candidate who wins the state's popular vote, the powerful 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday evening, a decision that could have major ramifications for future elections. read more
Chaos erupted inside a Cincinnati courtroom on Monday as a former judge -- convicted of using her position to help a family member -- was dragged away to jail by a bailiff. read more