“But as this Court previously told the Township, ‘the First Amendment protects speech even when it is considered “offensive.”’"
U.S. District Judge Karen Marston, in her court decision that a Pennsylvania community’s resolution to prohibit the display of an American flag with a thin blue line, which is commonly associated with police, on all township property is unconstitutional. Springfield Township, about 15 miles from Philadelphia, argued the use of the flag was creating “discontent and distrust” in the community against the police. (Associated Press — Nov. 14, 2023)
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, regarding the closure of the 10 Freeway between East L.A. connector and Alameda Street in both directions after “extensive damage” from a fire on Saturday morning. The regional connector carries about 300,000 cars a day. (LAist — Nov. 11, 2023)
Wisconsin state Rep. Ryan Clancy, in a light-hearted speech regarding a resolution that would make a brandy old fashioned cocktail the official state cocktail. The resolution passed on Thursday. (Associated Press — Nov. 10, 2023)
Paloma Wu, a Mississippi Center for Justice attorney who filed one of the two lawsuits to keep polling places open later than usual in Hinds County after some polling places ran out of ballots and voters had to wait for them to be restocked during Tuesday’s election. One precinct in Clinton had 100 people in line but only 14 ballots left at 6:45 p.m., while another ran out of ballots three times throughout the day but only received 100 more each time. At one precinct in Byram, there were no ballots for two hours, and at another, voters were told to leave because the precinct would not receive more ballots and the poll workers would not allow voting by affidavit ballot. (Associated Press — Nov. 8, 2023)
Nadia Mohamed, regarding her victory in the St. Louis Park, Minn., mayoral race on Tuesday evening; she is believed to be the first Somali American mayor in the U.S. Mohamed won with 58 percent of the vote and had served on the City Council since she was elected at age 23 in 2019. (Associated Press — Nov. 8, 2023)