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Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Patronage Practices


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This bulletin summarizes Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, and its implications for local governments in North Carolina. This U.S. Supreme Court case held that any employment action-promotion, transfer, recall, hiring, as well as firing-violates the freedom of association and speech guaranteed by the First Amendment if it is based on political party affiliation except where party affiliation can be shown to support vital government interest.
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Local Government Law Bulletin (NoCar KFN 7830 A15 L6), Vol. Issue 39, Jul 1990, p1-3, f
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