Talking Points Memo outlines in detail the orchestrated work of attorney general offices held by Republicans to sue President Obama over anything and everything — Obamacare, immigration, clean air rules and more.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge doesn’t get a specific mention, but she’s joined the movement since taking office as she promised in her campaign, most recently in the lawsuit that put a temporary stop to Obama plans for immigration.
States becoming the de facto agents to challenge federal policymaking and coordinating with each other to do so is a trend that has really taken hold during the Obama administration, Paul Nolette, a political scientist at Marquette University who has studied attorneys general, told TPM.
The numbers that Nolette has compiled, which also included some antitrust and consumer cases, seem to back it up. In the 1980s, there were only a handful of multi-state cases. The number rose through the 1990s and 2000s, but has reached new highs during the Obama administration: 2010 (52 multi-state cases) and 2013 (46 multi-state cases) are the two most active years on record.
Republicans don’t like people who sue to achieve in court what they can’t achieve by other means. Except sometimes.