News from November 2008

McGraw, Obama in trouble in W.Va., poll shows

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2008

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Four-term West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw will likely fail in his efforts to be re-elected, a North Carolina-based polling firm announced Thursday.

Coal official calls Obama comments 'unbelievable'

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 3, 2008

Obama CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - At least one West Virginia coal industry leader said he was shocked by comments Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made earlier this year concerning his plan to aggressively charge polluters for carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

Illinois AG's office to dispatch election observers

By Chris Rizo | Nov 3, 2008

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Monday that 166 teams of investigators will monitor Tuesday's general election.

Manhattan Institute takes on W.Va. courts in latest report

By John O'Brien | Nov 3, 2008

McGraw NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Businesses are skittish about investing their resources in West Virginia because of the state's troubled legal system, a report released Monday by The Manhattan Institute says.

AG to file voter verification appeal after election

By Chris Rizo | Nov 3, 2008

J.B. Van Hollen (R) MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has decided not to immediately appeal a decision dismissing his voter registration lawsuit, his spokesman told Legal Newsline on Monday.

AG McGraw gets family help in re-election bid

By John O'Brien | Nov 3, 2008

Darrell McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The son of a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently spent almost $12,000 to help his uncle, state Attorney General Darrell McGraw, in his bid for re-election.

Potential dam catastrophe leads to Mass. lawsuit

By Nick Rees | Nov 4, 2008

Martha Coakley (D) BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- The structural integrity of two dams in Taunton, Mass., that hold back the 250 acre Lake Sabbatia has lead the attorney general to file a lawsuit requesting emergency measures be taken.

Ohio expects more than 80 percent turnout

By Kelly Holleran | Nov 4, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)--A record 1.46 million Ohioans cast absentee ballots, according to figures Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner compiled through Oct. 24.

New Jersey judge freezes credit companies' assets

By Drew Smith | Nov 4, 2008

Anne Milgram (D) NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) -- New Jersey Superior Court Judge Thomas Cavanagh has issued a temporary restraining order against five credit counseling companies.

Poll: California could experience 80 percent voter turnout

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California could see a nearly 79 percent voter turnout today, with a record 13.6 million voters casting ballots, a poll indicates.

John Kroger all but guaranteed to be Oregon's next AG

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-John Kroger is all but guaranteed a win tonight, becoming Oregon's next attorney general.

Shurtleff may be forced to cast provisional ballot from hospital bed

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

Mark Shurtleff (R) SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff hopes to vote today despite being hospitalized for a staph infection, his spokesman told Legal Newsline.

Stocks have Election Day rally

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

Lawrence Harris NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)-Wall Street posted gains Tuesday as investors rally amid hope the next U.S. president will take a fresh look at the global financial crisis, two leading economists told Legal Newsline.

Democratic AG candidate favored in Ohio; Presidential race 'tight'

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

Paul Allen Beck COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)-It appears unlikely that Republicans will gain the Ohio attorney general's office following this year's scandal that forced Democrat Marc Dann from office, a leading political scientist said Tuesday.

Greear seeks investigation into McGraw campaign practices

By John O'Brien | Nov 4, 2008

Greear CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Republican attorney general candidate Dan Greear is calling for a full investigation into campaign activity within incumbent West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office.

Voting lines not long in Columbus, Ohio

By Kelly Holleran | Nov 4, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)--Four years ago, Jeffrey Douglas waited in line at the same Columbus voting spot for at least two and a half hours.

Tort reformers wary of Obama presidency

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

Barack Obama (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Efforts to restore fairness and balance to the nation's courts could take a step backward if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president today, tort reform advocates said Tuesday.

Indiana high court retained by voters

By Legal News Line | Nov 4, 2008

Randall Shepard INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline)--Change may be among the most prolific words used this campaign season, but Indiana voters stayed the course with a majority of state Supreme Court seats up for election.

UPDATE: Cooper maintaining distance in N.C. AG race

By Drew Smith | Nov 4, 2008

Cooper RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is holding his 20-point lead in his bid to retain his seat against Republican challenger Bob Crumley.

Missouri AG poised to win governor's race

By Chris Rizo | Nov 4, 2008

Jay Nixon (D) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is on his way becoming the Show Me State's next governor, exit polling indicates.

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