Thursday, March 21, 2013

State Legal Leaders Speaking at RNLA Conference

As RNC Chair and upcoming RNLA National Policy Conference Speaker Reince Priebus points out the strength of the Republican Party is in the states.  While DC is stuck in gridlock and not getting much done, it is in the states where ideas are happening and where the country is moving forward.

A key part of that effort is the great Republican Attorneys General.  The RNLA National Policy Conference will feature four of these leaders who will give a one-of-a-kind overview of the nation’s legal health from their perspectives.  And we are lucky to have four such great leaders attending and speaking.  In alphabetical order:

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will speak and sign copies of his book: The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty.  From the book description: 

With Obamacare and agencies like the EPA, the FCC, and the National Labor Relations Board attempting to exercise unprecedented control over the American people, the Obama Administration was breaking federal laws, ignoring federal courts, and violating the Constitution to achieve its goals of redistributing wealth, concentrating power in Washington, and rewarding its supporters.  Without enough lawmakers in Washington devoted to protecting the rule of law to stop the federal government's liberty-stealing power grab, the battle had to be waged in an unprecedented way: from the states -- just as our Founding Fathers intended.  The man who led the charge was Ken Cuccinelli, the first state attorney general to argue in federal court against Obamacare, an unapologetic defender of the Constitution, and a man admirers and detractors alike said "was tea party long before there was a Tea Party."  The Last Line of Defense provides a behind-the-scenes account of the myriad of legal battles in which our states were the only instruments of resistance to federal abuses of power.
While General Cuccinelli is coming to the end of his time as Attorney General, our next speaker West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is just starting.  Morrisey is no stranger to the important legal battles of our day and has led them from inside Washington and in the court room.  A brief excerpt from his bio:

Prior to his election, Morrisey assisted in the successful multi-state challenge to the national health care law in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and counseled Members of Congress on strategies to repeal the law. He has also led successful efforts to thwart the federal government's efforts to impose price controls on health care products and seeks to limit the scope of federal regulations over our nation's health care system.  In addition to his health care expertise, Morrisey has handled administrative law, election law, public policy, and several criminal defense matters during his 21 year legal career.  Between 1999 to 2004, Morrisey served as the Deputy Staff Director and Chief Health Care Counsel to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, helping draft and negotiate major legislation, including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Act of 2002.
Next up is Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.   The charismatic General Olens has spoken frequently to RNLA events.  General Olens is leading in issues across the board from a statewide campaign against child sex trafficking on the “local” level to joining in national efforts challenging Dodd-Frank.  On the latter he wrote:

“Dodd-Frank violates basic principles of separation of powers and government that is accountable to the people.  It also gives the federal government the power to pick winners and losers, putting the State of Georgia’s financial assets at risk,” added Olens. “By joining this lawsuit, we are standing up for the Constitution, standing up for our local communities, and protecting our State’s finances.”

Our final speaker is long time RNLA Member Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.  Prior to his election as Alabama’s 49th Attorney General, General Strange earned the reputation as one of Alabama's leading lawyers. He represented Hyundai when they located in Alabama along with many other companies, creating jobs across Alabama.  As Attorney General he is standing up for the second amendment as he recently wrote in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s actions:

The rights guaranteed us under the Second Amendment are fundamental and sacred. The Senate Democrats are using the tragedies that befell our nation to advance their political agenda. If these bills become law, I will move quickly to challenge them and protect Alabama citizens from this abusive federal overreach.

The RNLA is greatly honored to have all these legal leaders speaking at our April 26th Policy Conference.  It is in the states led by these Generals, that the battle to uphold the Constitution is being waged.

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