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SC attorney general defends lawsuits against feds

Aug 15, 2010 4:44:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's attorney general could spend as much as $700,000 on three lawsuits against the federal government that some say are politically motivated, The Greenville News reported Sunday.

Critics say Republican Henry McMaster is playing politics, suing the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama. McMaster and others say it is important to challenge the federal government when it oversteps its power.

McMaster has joined other states in suing the federal government over killing a planned nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, the Arizona immigration law and federal health care reform.

Democratic state Sen. John Land said the Arizona and health care lawsuits are a waste of time and money. "I think our attorney general has enough to do otherwise." he said.

The health care lawsuit, in particular, seems to be the target of Republican attorneys general across the country, said Harvard Law School professor Charles Fried, who was a solicitor general under President Ronald Reagan.

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