Tag: Election 2010

Illinois: More Employee-Friendly State Laws Likely

by Brian J. Kurtz, Ford & Harrison LLP The headline grabber in Illinois was Republican Mark Kirk’s defeat over Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic contender for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Giannoulias, a close friend of President Obama, would have offered firm support for the President’s agenda in the Senate. In […]

Idaho: Last Democrat Standing Is Defeated

by J. Kevin West, Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, P.A. Before the election, Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation had two Republican senators and a representative from each party. The lone Democrat, Blue Dog Walt Minnick, lost to Raul Labrador, a Tea Party-endorsed underdog (and attorney), who pulled off the unexpected win against the incumbent. So now […]

Hawaii: House of Blues After Democrat Sweep

by David Banks, Cades Schutte LLP In Hawaii, Democrats swept their three congressional races while also returning a Democrat to the gubernatorial seat. Neil Abercrombie, the 10-term U.S. representative for the state’s First Congressional District, replaced two-term Republican Governor Linda Lingle. Not only did Abercrombie beat out Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aiona for the state’s […]

Georgia: Noncompetes Become More Salvageable

by David C. Hagaman, Ford & Harrison LLP Republicans won every Georgia statewide office and picked up one congressional seat from the Democrats. The most significant vote was the passage of a constitutional measure that gives Georgia courts the right to rewrite restrictive covenants in employment agreements without striking down the entire pact. The new […]

Delaware: Tea Party Push Energizes Democrats

by William W. Bowser, Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP Delaware voters soundly rejected the candidacy of Christine (“I am not a witch”) O’Donnell. Indeed, her campaign clearly energized the state’s democratic base, sweeping into office her opponent Chris Coons and Democratic candidates all the way down the ticket. This “blue wave” also enabled former […]

Colorado: GOP House, Senate Greet New Democratic Gov

by Thomas E.J. Hazard, Holland & Hart LLP Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper moves across the street from City Hall to the Capitol as Colorado’s new governor after handily defeating American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and Republican candidate Dan Maes. Hickenlooper replaces Democrat Bill Ritter as governor. However, unlike Ritter, who enjoyed a Democratic-controlled […]

California: Marijuana Referendum Goes Down in Ashes

by Mark Schickman, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP Politically, California bucked the national move to the right, reelecting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer — two poster children for the perceived overreaches of the Obama administration. In the governor’s race, it rejected the claimed business savvy of former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman, instead […]

Arizona: Employment Legislation Pushed Aside

by Dinita L. James, Ford & Harrison LLP Arizona voters surfed the national Republican wave, flip-flopping the party affiliation of its U.S. House delegation, putting every statewide office in Republican hands, and likely giving the GOP a supermajority in the Arizona Legislature when final vote tallies are in. The election results are sure to lead […]

Alaska write-in hopeful may take Senate seat

by Thomas M. Daniel, Perkins Coie LLP Alaska voters appear to have rejected Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller in favor of write-in candidate Senator Lisa Murkowski. The write-in votes have yet to be counted, but they seem to be sufficient for Murkowski to claim victory. Miller, a West Point […]

Arizona Medical Marijuana Vote Too Close to Call

By Dinita L. James As of Thursday morning, the outcome of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act remains too close to call. The no votes on Proposition 203 outnumbered the yes votes at one point late this morning by a slim 6,700-vote margin, with three precinct results incomplete and an unknown number of early voting ballots […]