Delaware: Tea Party Push Energizes Democrats

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

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 Lt. Governor John Carney to win the race for Delaware’s sole U.S. House seat, formerly held by moderate Republican Mike Castle. Carney’s win represented a rare Democratic pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Colorado: GOP House, Senate Greet New Democratic Gov

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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.

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California: Marijuana Referendum Goes Down in Ashes

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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.

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Arizona: Employment Legislation Pushed Aside

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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.

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Alaska write-in hopeful may take Senate seat

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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.

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Oklahoma Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Health Care Choice

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Voters in Oklahoma decided to show their disapproval of the insurance mandate found in federal health care reform by passing a health care choice measure on Election Day. The initiative allows Oklahoma residents to opt out of health care mandates by prohibiting laws that would make residents, employers, or health care providers participate in a health care system.

Arizona Voters Pass Health Care Choice Measure

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by David I. Weissman, Ford & Harrison LLP

Arizona voters resoundingly said “no thank you” to federal health care reform legislation on Election Day, voting in favor of Arizona Proposition 106 by a fairly significant margin. Proposition 106 amends the Arizona Constitution by: read more…

What Louisiana Election Results Mean for Employers

November 03, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by Mark Adams

At first glance, nothing significant came out of Louisiana’s midterm elections. There were no Tea Party candidates to create excitement. Republicans and Democrats each lost a U.S. House seat and won a seat they hadn’t controlled, so we didn’t contribute to the change of control in the House. However, the Republican takeover of the House and the Democrats’ loss of their super-majority in the U.S. Senate will have a significant impact on the Democrats’ legislative agenda. As President Barack Obama said Tuesday morning, “My whole agenda is at risk.”

I predicted from the beginning that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would not survive a Republican filibuster even with a Democrat super-majority. After today, EFCA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and any compromise measures are dead and buried; probably along with the rest of the administration’s labor and employment agenda.

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Vote Too Close to Call

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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 not yet counted.

One of the areas where precinct results were incomplete was Pima County, home to Tucson, one of the state’s more liberal areas, where incomplete results showed about 57 percent yes votes for Proposition 203. Early voting ballots received too close to Election Day likely will decide the race, and they may not be counted for several days.

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South Dakota Voters Just Say No to Medical Marijuana

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By Jane Pfeifle

Though a similar measure was narrowly defeated in 2006, this year South Dakota resoundingly rejected Initiative 13, which called for the legalization of medical marijuana. As a result employers can breathe a sigh of relief because the measure raised numerous questions about how they might be called on to respond to employees who were registered users.

Under the proposal, an employer couldn’t refuse to hire someone who held a marijuana registration. Yet what was unclear under the initiative was how employees who were under the influence at work could be treated: read more…

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