An antiwar coalition planning to protest during the Republican National Convention sued the city of St. Paul today, saying the city is denying the group's rights to free speech and due process by not specifying a march route for the group.
Members of a Minneapolis task force charged with protecting the free speech rights of RNC protesters Wednesday tried to prevent a group of protesters from speaking at their meeting.
The St. Paul Police Department has adopted
new guidelines for investigating groups that exercise their
free-speech rights, but says the change isn't linked to the
upcoming Republican National Convention.
More than 230 new Tasers are coming to the St. Paul Police Department. That's enough stun guns to equip every patrol officer in the city.
The governor doesn't like that next Tuesday's GOP presidential caucus amounts to a straw poll.
A few dozen anti-war protesters marched
Wednesday from the state Capitol to the Xcel Energy Center, hoping
it will guarantee them a chance to hold a demonstration along the
same route during the Republican National Convention in September.
The stalemate in Congress could force Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, the host cities for the Republican and Democratic conventions, to front tens of millions of dollars. Congressional delegations from both states will ask Congress to approve the funds before the end of the year.
Minnesota and Colorado will each receive $50 million to help pay for security for the 2008 political conventions, which will be held in those states.
The local host committee planning for the GOP gathering
announced Thursday that Doug Leatherdale will become chairman.