Tracking the 11 AGs That Backed California in SCOTUS Case

November 3, 2010 -

A total of eleven state attorneys-general backed California in its Schwarzenegger vs EMA Supreme Court run, with ten signing on to an amicus brief (PDF) penned by the eleventh, James “Buddy” Caldwell (pictured), the Attorney General of Louisiana.

Keeping abreast of where these eleven enemies of the game industry are after Election Day could allow us to possibly anticipate what vantage point they might pull off their next attack on videogames and gamers from.

Let’s see where they are now:

Louisiana—Caldwell, a Democrat, took office in 2008 and his term will not expire until 2011. Caldwell won the 2007 election with a sizeable mandate (67 percent of the vote), so the 64 year old will probably not be disappearing from politics anytime soon. STILL THERE

Connecticut—Richard Blumenthal vacated his post in order to run for the United States Senate. Dick defeated Republican opponent Linda McMahon by almost 10 percentage points. Could he continue to wage war on videogames from his Senate seat? MOVED UP

Florida—Some good news for gamers here; Republican Bill McCollum decided to try a run for governor, but, in keeping with his track record, he lost his party’s nomination to the eventual winner of the election Rick Scott. McCollum's history also includes two unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate. OUT

Hawaii—Attorney General Mark Bennett is one of five AGs appointed by a state’s governor. The Republican assumed his office in 2003. STILL THERE

Illinois—Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan was reelected to a third term with around 65 percent of the vote. She first assumed office in 2003. STILL THERE

Maryland—Current AG Doug Gansler (D) faced an easy path to reelection this year, he ran unopposed. He has been the state’s attorney general since 2007. STILL THERE

Michigan—Republican Mike Cox reached his state’s term limit for attorney general, so decided to run for governor. He came in third in the August 2010 Republican primary. OUT

Minnesota—Lori Swanson was reelected to a second term as the state’s attorney general, defeating her opponent by a 53 percent to 41 percent margin. Swanson is a member of the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party. STILL THERE

Mississippi—Democrat Jim Hood assumed office in 2004, winning with almost 63 percent of the vote in 2003 and just about 60 percent in 2007. The office will see an election next year. STILL THERE

Texas—Republican Greg Abbot was easily elected to a third-term yesterday, defeating his Democratic challenger Barbara Radnofsky and Independent Jon Roland by garnering 64 percent of the vote. STILL THERE

Virginia—Republican Ken Cuccinelli was elected to office last year with 58 percent of the vote. His term expires in 2014. STILL THERE

Comments

Re: Tracking the 11 AGs That Backed California in SCOTUS ...

"enemies of the game industry" seems a bit combative.  Shouldn't we just see them as concernedconcerned persons with a different and opposing viewpoint?

Sorry, I'm still buzzing from the Restoring Sanity rally.

Re: Tracking the 11 AGs That Backed California in SCOTUS ...

I voted early here in MD.  Gansler was the only vote of course on the AG ticket, but knowing he backed the CA bill, I couldn't in good conscience vote for him.  So instead I chose I write-in candidate and I typed in, "Han Solo"!

 

After leaving the polling center, I thought of other possible choices:

Bruce Wayne

Hal Jordan

Barry Allen

Oliver Queen

Arthur Curry

Hell, I could have put in Harvey Dent now that I think of it! ANY of them probably could have been a better AG than Gansler.

Re: Tracking the 11 AGs That Backed California in SCOTUS ...

Bruce Wayne needs to keep his Waynetech special interest $$ out of our government.

Re: Tracking the 11 AGs That Backed California in SCOTUS ...

What? No Phoenix Wright or Perry Mason?

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Tracking the 11 AGs That Backed California in SCOTUS ...

Will we have one for the 9 state AG's who sided with the games industry? The Oklahoma AG who sided with the Games industry tried a run for governor but lost the Democratic Primary to Jari Askins.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

 
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