West Virginia: Don’t Expect Support for EFCA

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

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.

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

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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 a 500-vote lead.

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Utah: Compromise, Cooler Heads Will Prevail

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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.)

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Tennessee: Delegation More Employer-Friendly

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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 Tennessee General Assembly, extending and increasing the Republican control of both state houses.
  • Tennessee’s congressional delegation will be made up of seven Republicans and two Democrats, a net gain of two seats for the GOP. (Both U.S. senators are Republicans, though neither was up for election this year.)

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South Dakota: Incumbent Rides Pelosi Coattails Out of Job

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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 U.S. House of Representatives to newcomer Republican Kristi Noem. In the past, Herseth Sandlin has won her elections by overwhelming majorities.

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Ohio: More Business-Friendly Approach Is Likely

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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.

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North Carolina: No Housecleaning in “Purple” State

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by Richard L. Rainey, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC

The “throw the bums out” wave that was prevalent in many states was a mere ripple in North Carolina. Incumbents on both sides of the aisle held onto their seats in all of the congressional contests except one — in House District Two, where Republican Renee Ellmers defeated Democrat incumbent Bob Etheridge in a close race.

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New Mexico: First Female Governor Elected

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by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr., Tinnin Law Firm

New Mexico voters have elected the state’s first female governor, Republican Susana Martinez. Republicans gained several seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, but Democrats maintained control of the chamber. There were no contests for seats in New Mexico Senate, where Democrats hold a substantial majority of the seats. In the congressional races, Republicans picked up one seat.

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Nebraska: Lone Democrat (Not on Ballot) Remains

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by Mark Schorr, Erickson & Sederstrom P.C.

Nebraska saw no significant changes as a result of its 2010 elections. All three Republicans in the U.S. House were reelected, with the closest margin of victory being a spread of 62 percent to 38 percent. Republican Governor Dave Heineman also was reelected with a resounding 78 percent of the vote.

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Mississippi: Voters Put the (Blue) Dogs Out

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by Peyton Irby, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A.

Mississippi voters had only congressional races to consider. As a result, where the state’s delegation was once comprised of three Democrats and one Republican, the opposite is now true. Two Democrats — both “Blue Dogs” — lost to Republicans. Apparently, their conservative voting patterns didn’t save them in the national congressional landslide for Republicans.

For example, Gene Taylor, a 10-term congressman from the Gulf Coast, voted against ObamaCare. Additionally, he claimed during his campaign that he wouldn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. You can’t get much more Blue Dog than that, yet Taylor was trumped by Republican Steven Palazzo.

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