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<p>Two local law enforcement groups sent nearly identical political ads to voters attacking San Diego Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe in her campaign to replace disgraced County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher in an August 15th special election by claiming she lied about reduced homicide rates in her district, but an email shows she used statistics provided to her office last year by the San Diego Police Department.</p>

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<p>The US Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision this week in a case where a website creator preemptively sued the state of Colorado for the right to turn away same-sex couples based on her own religious beliefs, establishing new boundaries between freedom of expression and discrimination claims that could potentially result in more discrimination against others based on a variety of characteristics.</p>

<p>The verdict has spurred significant debate among legal experts and civil rights advocates.</p>