Tag: Election 2010

Florida: Health Care Reform Foes Fortified

by Thomas Harper, Harper Gerlach PL In a very close election, Republican Rick Scott, a virtual unknown who received heavy Tea Party support, has been elected as the new governor. Scott, a multimillionaire with a background in health care administration, has lived in Florida for seven years. He was heavily criticized during his campaign by […]

New Hampshire: Governor Lynch Last Democrat Standing

by Jay Surdukowski, Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C. In New Hampshire, Republicans claimed a 19-5 edge in the state senate, a huge house majority, and likely unanimous control of the Governor’s Council, though incumbent Democratic Governor John Lynch managed to keep his post. The Republican sweep is not a surprise, but the magnitude is. This third […]

Arkansas: Largest Shift in State Political History

by Don Eilbott, Jack, Nelson, Jones, Jiles & Gregory, P.A. I fully realize that the story of election evening was the Republican victories in the House and Senate nationwide and locally. In fact, looking at color-coded maps of the congressional districts, I see the country is now solid red, with the exception of the small […]

Montana: Few Surprises in Big Sky Elections

by Jeanne M. Bender, Holland & Hart LLP Lone congressman Republican Denny Rehberg was reelected by a large margin after a somewhat nasty campaign. The big changes came with the legislative races, in which Republicans did very well and a number of incumbent Democratic legislators lost their seats. Republicans here are pretty conservative, so we […]

West Virginia: Don’t Expect Support for EFCA

by Robert Steptoe, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Senator-elect Joe Manchin, who will fill the remaining two years of Senator Robert Byrd’s term, can be expected to oppose most of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) based on an interview with the Wheeling newspaper. Manchin specifically stated, “We must retain the secrecy of the ballot.” Regarding […]

Virginia: Don’t Expect EEOC, DOL to Ease Up

by Michael Barnsback, DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. Republicans picked up three U.S. House of Representatives seats in Virginia, defeating Democratic incumbents in the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Districts. The Eleventh District race in northern Virginia between incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly and Republican Keith Fimian was too close to call at the time of publication, but Connolly held […]

Utah: Compromise, Cooler Heads Will Prevail

by Darryl J. Lee, Wood Jenkins LLC Utah sends all of its incumbents back to the U.S. Congress, together with a new Tea Party constitutionalist, Republican Mike Lee, who easily won the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Bob Bennett. (Bennett couldn’t make it out of Utah’s Republican caucus.) Jim Matheson, Utah’s one Democratic congressman, […]

Tennessee: Delegation More Employer-Friendly

by John B. Phillips, Jr. Tuesday’s election continues Tennessee’s move toward a solid-red Republican state: In the governor’s race, Republican Bill Haslam won with an overwhelming majority, replacing two-term Democrat Phil Bredesen, who was prohibited from running for a third term. It also appears that Tennessee Republicans will make gains in both houses of the […]

South Dakota: Incumbent Rides Pelosi Coattails Out of Job

by Jane Pfeifle, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. South Dakota voters overwhelmingly supported Republican candidates as they swept to victory in all of the state constitutional office races, including the governor’s race. On a national level, Blue Dog Democratic candidate Stephanie Herseth Sandlin lost her third-term bid for the state’s lone seat in the […]

Ohio: More Business-Friendly Approach Is Likely

by Bradd N. Siegel, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP Republicans swept every major statewide race in Ohio, taking back the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and the post for chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court from incumbent Democrats. Republicans also claimed the open U.S. Senate seat. Former Senator Mike DeWine, the new […]