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Justices divided over Md. redistricting lawsuit

The fate of a Republican-backed First Amendment challenge to Maryland’s pro-Democratic congressional districting will rest on the U.S. Supreme Court’s determination of whether a Baltimore federal judge validly dismissed the claim on his own or was re quired by statute to submit it to a three-member panel of district court judges.

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Procedural issue trumps constitutional one in Md. redistricting challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case this fall that involves a challenge to Maryland’s congressional redistricting as a violation of the free-speech and association rights of Republicans, as seven of the eight districts are dominated by Democratic voters.

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Supreme Court takes up dispute over union fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will ...

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Synagogue challenges ‘rain tax’ on religious grounds

A Baltimore synagogue is appealing the city appeals board decision that it must pay a stormwater management fee. And while Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation echoes arguments by critics that the fee is in fact a property tax by another name, it is also making a constitutional argument -- that the fee violates the synagogue's religious rights.

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Clear Channel: City ‘billboard tax’ passed only to prevent arts budget cuts

A Baltimore law imposing an annual regulatory fee on outdoor ads was passed by the City Council in order to prevent funding cuts for arts and culture programs, according to the company alleging it is being specifically targeted by the law. Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. has paid the city $1.5 million annually since the law went into effect in July 2013. City budgets for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 included $1 million in billboard revenue that allowed the city to "avoid cutting an equal amount from its arts and culture program budget," according to Clear Channel.

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