The four Republicans running for governor in next month’s primary aren’t saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues. Even as Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers tout their conservative credentials on the campaign trail, they’re largely steering clear of topics like abortion and same-sex marriage. Voters, they argue, Read more

“At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county,” reports the Associated Press. A Voting Rights Act complaint Read more

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn’t affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves. In Read more

“Last year’s mayoral race in Minneapolis included 35 candidates, ranging from a member of the Pirate Party to a (separate) candidate who ran under the name Captain Jack Sparrow. The crowded race spurred MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow to describe the city’s election as ‘crazy pants.’” writes MPR News reporter Jon Collins. The threshold to run Read more

“For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a for-profit corporation can refuse to comply with a general government mandate because doing so would violate the corporation’s asserted religious beliefs,” writes NPR’s Nina Totenberg. By a 5-4 vote, the court struck an important part of President Obama’s health care law — the Read more

Publishing note: MPR News had a series of outages that kept Today’s Question from being published regularly this week. I apologize for the inconvenience. President Obama waves from AF1 to military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. Next stop: Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/g7BLuQ1HSZ — petesouza (@petesouza) June 26, 2014 President Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Twin Read more

6 ways Eric Cantor's stunning defeat changes Washington: http://t.co/YflgLMYuSV pic.twitter.com/pFMCa04ILB — Talking Points Memo (@TPM) June 11, 2014 “In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a wave of Read more