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A GOP governor without a like-minded attorney general is considerably hobbled.
By Jim Geraghty, February 12, 2014
You can make an argument that state attorney-general races have the highest consequence-to-coverage ratio in the current political landscape.
The traditional law-enforcement duties of the office mean that the public tends to view state attorneys general as less partisan and ideological than other statewide officeholders — and often more highly than mere “politicians.” But the powers of the office give most state AGs wide discretion on which crimes to focus upon and allocate the most resources to. Furthermore, state attorneys general are increasingly performing two key roles for Republicans: first, ensuring that GOP-passed state laws actually emerge from legal challenges to have a real-world impact, and second, providing a federalist legal challenge to the Obama administration’s most far-reaching national initiatives.
Few consequential state laws don’t get challenged in a courtroom eventually. The groundbreaking collective-bargaining law passed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker would have been much less consequential without state attorney general J. B. Van Hollen’s willingness to enforce it and subsequently defend the law from legal challenges.
In previous eras, a state attorney general’s defense of enacted laws was a given. But increasingly, state AGs are choosing to not defend state laws they do not personally support. In Virginia, the country’s newest state attorney general, Mark Herring, announced upon taking office that he would not defend the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage; state attorneys general in Pennsylvania and California have done the same. John W. Suthers, the term-limited Republican attorney general of Colorado, calls the practice a “litigation veto” and contends it is harmful to government; he points out that “my office was obliged to admit that the First Amendment prevents us from enforcing a Colorado law requiring marijuana-focused magazines to be hidden from children in stores.”
Particularly creative or determined state attorneys general can almost always find some angle to justify pursuing legal action. Last year New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman urged the NFL to investigate whether incoming potential players were improperly asked about their sexual orientation during the league’s combine, contending that the practice would be illegal in New York. (The combine is held in Indianapolis.) As ESPN reported, “Schneiderman asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to call him by next Wednesday to schedule a meeting on the matter.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt discusses Obamacare's latest legal challenge and the Obama's administration overreach with Fox News' Sean Hannity.
Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2013) – Today Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), and Chris Jankowski, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), issued following statements thanking Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for his service to Wisconsin:
“Since being elected, General Van Hollen has worked tirelessly to strengthen law enforcement in Wisconsin and restore integrity to the office of attorney general,” said RAGA Chairman Scott Pruitt. “By every measure, he has achieved these goals and both the people of Wisconsin and his fellow state attorneys general will miss his service.”
Major Privacy Concerns Plague Obamacare Implementation: RAGA Leaders Call for Greater Consumer Protection from Navigators
Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2013) –The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Chris Jankowski, on behalf of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), today called for increased consumer protection for those signing up for Obamacare exchanges and voiced concerns over Obmacare ‘navigators’ who have begun canvassing the nation.
“It is obvious that the implementation of Obamacare is riddled with problems,” said Jankowski. “Republican attorneys general are right to call for better protection for consumers from the government’s use of poorly regulated navigators. Today these navigators are canvassing the nation to sign up Americans for Obamacare, with concerning levels of access to sensitive information coupled with minimal oversight, training and background checks. We applaud Republican attorneys general for their efforts to better protect the privacy of our citizens and join them in calling on the Obama administration to increase screening and oversight of navigators.”
Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2013) – Today, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) launched a web video that lauds Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for shedding light on the Obamacare “navigators” program. The program will begin on October 1st and will call for thousands of individuals going door-to-door, in some cases, to signup residents for healthcare, despite having limited training and no background check.
Earlier this month, General Morrisey, along with 12 other state attorneys general, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius questioning the training requirements for these “navigators.” They have yet to receive a response from Secretary Sebelius.
ICYMI: States Leading Fight Against Obamacare, Attorney General Wilson, Lt. Gov. Colyer Testifying on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. (September 18, 2013) - Today, Attorney General Alan Wilson of South Carolina and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D. of Kansas have been asked to testify on the challenges of implementing Obamacare before the Joint Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs and Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements.
“Republican state level elected officials are leading the charge against Obamacare and doing whatever it takes to protect our citizens from this egregious legislation,” said Republican State Leadership Committee President Chris Jankowski. “I applaud both Attorney General Wilson and Lt. Gov. Colyer as they testify on Capitol Hill today. It is important for those in Congress who passed Obamacare to see the full effects of this bill on our states – from rising costs and confusion about implementation, to the unacceptable breaches of privacy that the Navigators signing citizens and legal residents up for these exchanges bring.”