Republican lawmaker wants to impeach Ga. attorney general

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:47 PM
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ATLANTA - A Republican lawmaker has filed a resolution to bring articles of impeachment against Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker for failing to file a lawsuit challenging a new federal health care law.

State Rep. Mark Hatfield, of Waycross, filed the legislation today.

The resolution says that Baker is required by the Georgia constitution to follow Gov. Sonny Perdue's direction and file a lawsuit challenging the Democratic-backed health care bill.

Baker has said the state lacks a viable legal claim to file a suit. Perdue has said he would bypass Baker and hire appoint an outside counsel as a special attorney general to bring a suit.

The Republican-led House would have to approve the resolution by a simple majority.

Baker is a Democratic candidate for governor.

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55 F-100
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55 F-100 03/30/10 - 04:58 pm
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Thurbert Baker should be

Thurbert Baker should be impeached due to his refusal to ignore the Governor's direct order to file suit against the adoption of the Obamacare Health Deform package. It goes without saying why Baker would refuse to file suit against the adoption of Obamacare. Additionally Baker should be disbarred.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 05:04 pm
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The attorney general (Baker)

The attorney general (Baker) should be impeached, not for not following the Governor's direction ... but for failing to protect the citizens of Ga against unconstitutional intrusion from the federal government into the private affairs. The 10th Amendment is very clear ... if the authority hasn't been given to the federal government in the US Constitution then that authority is reserved for the states and the individuals and the federal government is forbiden to just assume that authority. In the Health bill this is violated several times:
1. New layer of federal regulations on the insurance companies ... insurance policies can only be sold within the state it was created for therefore it is not interstate commerse at all.
2. Orders individuals to buy a product that up until this time they have chosen not to buy.
3. Orders insurance companies to sell their polocies at below cost to part of the population.

The US Constitution doesn't authorize the federal government to do any of these ... and who can say what the federal government will do next. Baker has failed the citizens of Georgia by failing to fight against the unconstitutional attacks on the rights we enjoy under our Constitution.

Lorraine
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Lorraine 03/30/10 - 05:09 pm
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It is very sad and pathetic

It is very sad and pathetic when a group of people can't get their way and are willing to stoop this low by wanting to impeach Baker for a cause which is not justifiable. It is also shameful that Sonny Perdue is willing to stand tall to spend tax payers dollars on a lawsuit when he has done absolutely nothing as the governor of Georgia!

KingJames
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KingJames 03/30/10 - 05:11 pm
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55 F-100, "It goes without

55 F-100, "It goes without saying why Baker would refuse to file suit against the adoption of Obamacare." Please be more specific. I really want to be crystal clear on the intent of your statement. Therefore, don't go without; please say what's on your mind.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 05:15 pm
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Lorraine ... why do you

Lorraine ... why do you believe the health care bill is Constitutional. What part of the US Constitution authorizes the federal government to take away our rights and what does the 10th Amendment mean?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/30/10 - 05:29 pm
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Baker for Governor!!
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Baker for Governor!!

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 05:41 pm
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Trukin ... that would signal

Trukin ... that would signal the federal government to take away any and all rights we have ... for whenever and for whatever reason they want.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 05:53 pm
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Lorraine--just for the

Lorraine--just for the record, the Lawsuit that Governor Perdue wants to file will be filed by pro bono attorneys and not cost the State of Georgia any money, whatsoever. I also have a feeling that if Republicans get elected this November, they will do the same thing to Obama--initiate Impeachment proceedings.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 05:56 pm
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Nat ... when the republicans

Nat ... when the republicans get elected this November ... I don't think that you will see an Impeachment against Obama ... Obama picked a VP that we don't want to become President. If enough republicans are elected we will be content to just block Obama's socialist agenda.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 06:08 pm
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How about a real nightmare,

How about a real nightmare, Ron. This November the newly elected Republicans Impeach Obama and Biden, and Nancy Pelosi becomes President. I'm not certain, but isn't she third in Line?
At least Biden will bring us back closer to the center, and what happend to "it's the principle of the matter?"

airbud7
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airbud7 03/30/10 - 06:06 pm
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The Democratic-backed health

The Democratic-backed health care bill is nothing more than a huge TAX!!!!!! on everyone, even the poor!!!

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 06:12 pm
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Nat ... Biden is bad enough

Nat ... Biden is bad enough ... I can't bring myself to think about Pelosi becoming President ... that is areal nightmare.

If we can get a couple of Senators and a few liberal changed to conservitive repersentatives I believe we will be able to survive the next 2 years. Especailly if we can get the Supreme Court judges to actually read the Constitution before they rule on Obama Care.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 06:14 pm
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You're absolutely right, ron,

You're absolutely right, ron, I was being facetious. And hopefully we will have enough Repubs. that we won't have to depend on any crossovers after this November. And don't the liberal posters on here cringe [or appear to become upset], when they hear us talking about November? Why is that?

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 06:15 pm
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And don't the liberal posters

And don't the liberal posters on here cringe when that hear us talking about November? Why is that?
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Because some of us that hasn't been politically active ... are now.

faithson
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faithson 03/30/10 - 06:17 pm
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The idea of mandatory

The idea of mandatory insurance is a REPUBLICAN IDEA.. started with Richard Nixon and was part of the Republican alternative to the Clinton try in the 90's. Mitt Romney signed the Massechusetts health care bill into law that makes purchasing health insurance 'Mandatory', a full blooded Republican who made a decent run for the presidency in 2008 and has hopes for a rerun in 2012. Sorry folks, but this 'rabble rousing' about the Mandatory part of the bill is hypocritical at best if you are a life long Republican... For sure you can have an issue if you did not vote for past Republican administrations.....

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 06:27 pm
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And we thank you for that

And we thank you for that very much, ron; and more and more are coming everyday...I'm glad airbud is back again.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 07:54 pm
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faith--Even though the States

faith--Even though the States have the right to pass legislation such as the Mass. Health Care Bill [not the Federal Government pursuant to the 10th. Amendment}, Romney's Mandatory Mass. Health Care Bill is exactly why he wasn't the Republican Candidate for President in 2008, and he won't be in 2012, unless he admits he was wrong, which he may do, because Republicans can admit that they are wrong when the people tell them they are wrong, unlike the current President of the United States. But I can't blame it all on Romney,
Ted Kennedy had alot to do with Health Care in Mass.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/30/10 - 06:23 pm
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Faithson ... good point about

Faithson ... good point about Mitt Romney ... except the 10th amendment to the US Constitution would allow a state this "power" but denys the federal government from taking the "power".

J.W.
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J.W. 03/30/10 - 07:07 pm
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Time to go Mr. Baker.

Time to go Mr. Baker. Finally, Sonny does something I agree with.

Kapa18
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Kapa18 03/30/10 - 07:30 pm
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Ignorancy at its' best. He

Ignorancy at its' best. He is the Attorney General and a lawyer. That dumb Sonny Perdue has degree in animals (Vetenarian). How dare he!!?? He and the rest of the idiots better be concerned with balance the state budget and the solvency of this states colleges and universities. I thought he had the lawyers who were going to do it free, there were probably no such people, just a bluff or better yet a lie. Lies and ignorancy is what we got here, use a hand mitten if you pick up this dish it is hot, hot, hot!!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/30/10 - 07:39 pm
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Yes, some Republicans in

Yes, some Republicans in ancient history brought up this idea but were smart enough to never take action. Yes Romney did this to MA and there healthcare system and the rest of the state budget is bankrupt. And yes, there is a valid question whether mandatory insurance is constitutional and there is a valid question as to whether the federal government can force unfunded Medicaid onto the states. The GA Attorney General is remiss in his duties if he does not challenge the law on constitutional grounds and he should be impeached if he does not. He will certainly be relegated to irrelevancy in November because of his stance along with many of his Democrat colleagues at federal and state level.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/30/10 - 07:35 pm
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Strange matter. It's like the

Strange matter. It's like the Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers, George Wallace impasse....not that the reasons are comparable.

mable8
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mable8 03/30/10 - 07:49 pm
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Baker for Governor???????????

Baker for Governor??????????? Does he think ignoring the present Governor's directive will give him a head start? As for impeaching Obama, he should be; Biden can be controlled by NEW congressional leaders. Pelosi can also be impeached by Congress if they decide to act on this. If there are enough newly elected representatives, Pelosi can lose her gavel and simply become one of the individuals serving as a representative...at least her "voice" will have less power. Doesn't seem as though California has enough on the ball to keep her in their State.

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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 07:58 pm
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Mable--If Pelosi was from

Mable--If Pelosi was from anywhere else but California [San Fransisco is in her district} she would have been gone years ago.

justus4
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justus4 03/30/10 - 07:59 pm
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The AG is separate and apart
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The AG is separate and apart from the govenor. His decisons MUST be based on the LAW - not on instructions from a governor. How come EVERYONE doesn't know that? That would be like the President instructing the Supreme Court to act...does the truth even matter any more? Wow!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/30/10 - 07:59 pm
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The Att. Gen. should be

The Att. Gen. should be replaced. The problem with these affirmative action "elections" is when the "deemed" candidate starts taking himself seriously. (see current president)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/30/10 - 08:32 pm
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I agree with Justus. We need

I agree with Justus. We need to keep the judicial department separate from the executive.

The governor is supposed to carry out the laws, not file lawsuits.

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gaspringwater 03/30/10 - 08:44 pm
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WOW! A democrat running for

WOW! A democrat running for office is handed the opportunity to battle Republican corruption and waste. State Republicans have furloughed state employees, cut needed services, raised the cost of everything, caused people to suffer, squandered state money and accomplished little. And they care nothing about poor people's health. What could be better ahead of an election.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/30/10 - 08:47 pm
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Springwater, both Dem and

Springwater, both Dem and Repubs voted to have furloughed state employees, cut needed services, raised the cost of everything, caused people to suffer, squandered state money and accomplished little.
How can you be so singleminded? No one party does this alone. Check you party to see how they voted!

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baronvonreich 03/30/10 - 08:50 pm
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Little Lamb - Thurbert Baker

Little Lamb - Thurbert Baker works for the people of the state of Georgia. It is his duty to protect the citizens of Georgia and the sovreignty of the state of Georgia from those who attack such as the federal government in this instance. If ol' Thurbert can't do his job then he needs to be impeached. It has nothing to do with the governor. The governor is just trying to protect the people of Georgia with or without the help of ol' Thurbert. The legislature impeaches elected officials but then again knowledge has never been a strong point of some on here.

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