Quest for Food Stamp Data Lands Newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program.

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ACLU Sues to Protest South Dakota’s Anti-Protest Laws 

When the government puts increasing constraints on free speech through protests, litigation remains as an avenue of expression – and that’s the route the American Civil Liberties Union took Thursday in response to South Dakota’s slew of anti-protest laws, including the recently passed “Riot-Boosting Act.”

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First Amendment

The South Dakota Municipal League claims in court that Republican Speaker of the House Steven Haugaard banned its executive director, Yvonne Taylor, from the House floor after saying she made the Legislature look like “a bunch of buffoons” by writing in the league’s monthly magazine that members should vote for “legislators willing to study the issues and not those who prejudge issues through a narrow predetermined standard.”

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$1 Million ‘Monster House’ Must Go, Court Rules

The South Dakota Supreme Court weighed in on a neighbor dispute in a historic, elm-lined district of Sioux Falls on Thursday morning, unanimously upholding an injunction against a bulky, canary-yellow home that broke code, made a neighbor’s fireplace useless, and has become known in the local press as the “monster house.”

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