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Gov. Perdue moves to sue feds

Georgia governor to appoint own counsel to sue federal government

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ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said today he plans to appoint a special attorney general to sue the federal government over a new federal health care reform law.

Speaking at a news conference, the Republican governor said he plans to assemble a team of pro bono lawyers to file the suit after Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat, declined Perdue's request to sue.

"I think in this economy, in this America that we all grew up in and love, forcing people to purchase things they don't want to purchase, I think, violates a constitutional right that they have," Perdue said.

Perdue was referring to a part of the new federal legislation that requires nearly everyone to be insured or face paying a fine, starting in 2014. He has also blasted the law, saying it would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year by expanding Medicaid rolls, forcing the state health insurance plan to cover the adult children of state workers up to age 26 and requiring the state to set up a health care purchasing exchange.

Baker wrote in a letter to the governor Wednesday that the state doesn't have "a viable legal claim" and that he didn't want to waste state resources in a time of budget crisis.

Baker is seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Perdue, who is barred by term limits from running again.

Following Baker's refusal to sue, the state constitution gives the governor the right to appoint a special attorney general who will have the same power as the state attorney general in this specific matter, Perdue said.

Georgia probably will not join the lawsuit filed by attorneys general in 14 other states who are challenging what they deem an unconstitutional overreach of federal power, but will likely file a separate suit, Perdue said.

"I think we do run the risk of bearing some burden of shared costs if we join other attorneys general," he said.

Several lawyers have volunteered to take the state's case without pay, he said. While declining to name those lawyers or give a timeline, the governor said his office would work quickly to select a team of legal experts.

The Georgia Democratic Party on Thursday filed a request under the state's open records law seeking copies of any communications between Perdue's office and national Republican groups and other documents related to the decision to oppose the federal health care reform legislation signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who appeared with Perdue, said he believes voters will show their disagreement with the bill in November's midterm elections and in the next presidential election. Both men expressed strong disapproval for threats that have been made in some parts of the country against Democrats who voted for the bill.

"I oppose anybody using vile language, making threats," Gingrich said. "Anybody who's angry ought to focus their anger into the political process."

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GAterp
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GAterp 03/25/10 - 02:08 pm
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I think that Newt should help

I think that Newt should help Sonny collect taxes since GA is going broke and the state has had at least 20 bank failures. They should not be spending taxpayer money on frivolous, can't possibly win, politically motivated law suits.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/25/10 - 02:16 pm
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Just give up.

Just give up.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/25/10 - 02:17 pm
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Pssst, terp, Pro Bono means

Pssst, terp, Pro Bono means free.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/25/10 - 02:41 pm
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Well we all know EVERY person

Well we all know EVERY person who's a Republican in any leadership position across the land at any level in their state is going to SUE, they MUST fall in line with the party of NO. Sonny I never voted for him. *PUKES*

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/25/10 - 02:46 pm
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Terp, with all due respect,

Terp, with all due respect, the article says that "several lawyers have volunteered to take the state's case without pay." That logically renders the remainder of your "statement," with respect to spending taxpayer money on frivolous lawsuits, impossible to win, and politically motivated suspect as best. At worst, it explains why the Terrapin's Men's Basketball Team has an 8% Graduation rate. But look at bright side, maybe you a girl?

chel
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chel 03/25/10 - 02:54 pm
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Cuban revolutionary leader

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago. (How's that for endorsement!) - New York Times, March 25,2010

disssman
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disssman 03/25/10 - 03:14 pm
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I guess Thurbert needs to

I guess Thurbert needs to appoint a Governor to see if the current impostor is getting any kick back from the insurance lobby. Talk about Socialism, this is Socialism at its best. I wonder if Perdue knows what an elecyed official is? I also wonder if he knows why the people elected Thurbert? Its amazing that Perdue didn't cite the Georgia law that allows take over of the governor. Who wants to bet Perdue pulls a Sarah Pallin in regards to the open records request? Hurry November so we can clean the entire rats nest out.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 03/25/10 - 03:25 pm
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Are these sue-happy

Are these sue-happy Republicans the same ones that think the answer to healthcare reform is fewer frivolous lawsuits? Just checking.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/25/10 - 03:27 pm
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Dissman, did you notice what

Dissman, did you notice what happened to insurance company stock after Obama signed the legislation? It soared. The president really stuck it to the insurance industry. Handing them millions of customers was a nice way to bail them out.

Frank I
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Frank I 03/25/10 - 03:32 pm
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psst. Insider, where do you

psst. Insider, where do you think the money for the Feds defense will come from?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/25/10 - 03:36 pm
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Ah Frank, Feds got plenty of

Ah Frank, Feds got plenty of money. Not a problem.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/25/10 - 03:54 pm
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Probably China or "Obama's

Probably China or "Obama's stash." In other words, it will probably come from the same place as the money to fund the health care legislation.

OJP
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OJP 03/25/10 - 04:29 pm
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While the "team" may be pro

While the "team" may be pro bono, the special prosecutor likely will not be. And litigations costs are made up of more than just attorneys' fees. Not to mention possible sanctions for wasting court resources.

GAterp
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GAterp 03/25/10 - 04:38 pm
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Geez and I thought they were

Geez and I thought they were in favor of Sonny Bono? But that pro was not a good skier! Several others have noted that there is little that is free anymore. Just the time it takes state employees to satisfy these "Pro Bono" lawyers with information for their legal shenanigans will cost time and time is money today. Maybe a better term would be "unecessary" or "wasteful" rather than "pro bono".

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/25/10 - 04:41 pm
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Every state needs to take

Every state needs to take legal action against this illegal bill. Every action possible to disrupt the socialist majority needs to be taken daily until the November elections. Save the country, stop the socialists.

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 03/25/10 - 04:43 pm
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Right on, Sonny!

Right on, Sonny!

OJP
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OJP 03/25/10 - 04:46 pm
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I guess "frivolous" is in the

I guess "frivolous" is in the eye of the beholder.

How will any State establish standing?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/25/10 - 04:51 pm
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How dare someone challenge

How dare someone challenge the legality of a law! What audacity. Don't we know that we are not allowed to question or think, must less challenge? The courtroom is a place reserved for serious litigation, such as the prosecution of people who don't want health insurance.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/25/10 - 06:12 pm
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Insider ... this is serious

Insider ... this is serious litigations. The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution has been violated by the so-called health care bill. If Ga doesn't stand up and fight when it's constitutional powers are being stripped from it ... then we need to find someone who will stand up for our rights.

AJKing2009
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AJKing2009 03/25/10 - 06:22 pm
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Individuals need to stand up

Individuals need to stand up for our rights together!

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 03/25/10 - 06:25 pm
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AJking ... which is exactly

AJking ... which is exactly what Sonny Perdue is doing and our Attorney, General Thurbert Baker, failed to do.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/25/10 - 09:19 pm
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ron, forgive me for not

ron, forgive me for not giving a disclaimer that I was using sarcasm.

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