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1920: Who owns the migratory birds? See Missouri v. Holland, 252 U.S. 416 (1920).1976: The case of Elrod v. Burns is argued in the Supreme Court. The majority opinion struck down dismissals of civil service workers in Cook County, Illinois for patronage reasons. The majority endorsed the notion that dismissals in these circumstances severely restrict political belief and association as protected by the First Amendment. Justice Powell dissented, writing a vigorous defense of the usefulness of patronage, finding that the state's interest in protecting the practice outweighs the protections afforded by the First Amendment. 427 US 347 (1976).

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