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Friday
Mar252011

Target Sues California Gay Rights Group

PRNewsFoto/Target(SAN DIEGO) -- Eight months after sparking a national firestorm over donations in support of a political candidate who opposed gay rights, Target Corp. once again is raising the ire of the gay and lesbian community by suing a California advocacy group that has been lobbying for same-sex marriage outside its stores.

The company wants to ban activists with the grassroots group Canvass for a Cause from its properties, saying their recent activities at eight San Diego-area stores have made customers feel uncomfortable and could be hurting business. Lawyers for Canvass for a Cause have argued in court filings that store fronts and shopping centers are part of the public square, where free speech ought to be protected.

A judge in San Diego County Superior Court heard arguments in the case Friday and is expected to issue a ruling on the restraining order late next week.

Target wants to preserve a "distraction-free shopping experience" and has consistently taken legal action against groups which infringe on that experience, regardless of their viewpoint or affiliation. But Watson said the suit in just the latest example of how Target has broken with its record of supporting gay and lesbian community groups in the past.

Last year, Target triggered outrage among some employees, customers and interest groups for a $150,000 contribution supporting Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who opposed same-sex marriage and greater legal protections for gays and lesbians. Emmer ultimately lost to Democrat Mark Dayton.

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Tuesday
Oct052010

Third Party Candidate Gains Ground in Minnesota Governor's Race

Photo Courtesy - Tom Horner for Governor of Minnesota(WASHINGTON) -- In an election year dominated by polarized politics, candidates staking out the middle ground haven't gained much momentum with voters. But in Minnesota, an independent candidate for governor is bucking the trend.

Tom Horner, a 60-year-old public relations executive who's never held office, has overcome virtual obscurity among voters in recent weeks and surged in the polls to position himself as a viable third-party contender.

Although Horner trails Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer by double digits, his support has climbed steadily to around 17 percent of likely voters. Aides say the steady flow of campaign donations and endorsements from prominent state moderates are signs his candidacy is on the rise.

Polls show large numbers of Minnesota voters remain undecided about their choice for governor, and neither Dayton nor Emmer has broken out with a clear majority. The situation reflects moderate voters' relative distaste for their choices, experts say.

Independent candidates in the last two gubernatorial elections failed to gain traction with voters.

Those skeptical of Horner's chances say it will be more interesting to see from which opponent he draws more votes.

Minnesota is one of two states where the independent candidate for governor has been surging in the polls this year. Former Rhode Island Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee is building momentum to become his state's first independent governor.´╗┐

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