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Volume 1, Number 1

Message from the President
Idaho Attorney General and NAAG President Lawrence Wasden
As President of the National Association of Attorneys General, it is my pleasure to present to you the inaugural edition of the NAAG Gazette, the first biweekly newsletter written and produced by the NAAG staff to provide legal, legislative and policy news for Attorneys General and their staffs.
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State Attorneys General Offices and the Certiorari Process
Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel
The Solicitor General of the United States is often referred to as ?the Tenth Justice? because of the influence he exerts and the respect the U.S. Supreme Court accords the office. Alas, no state attorney can claim a similar status. States speak to the Court not with one voice, but with a multitude of voices; and few state attorneys appear before the Court more than a few times each year. That said, the states still hold a privileged position in the Court. This can be seen by looking at rarely-studied statistics on the states? success in obtaining Supreme Court review.
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Legislative Update
Blair Tinkle, Legislative Director
The NAAG Legislative Director, in conjunction with other NAAG Project Counsel, assists NAAG members by providing appropriate analysis and accurate status assessment of legislation pending in Congress that is relevant to state Attorneys General. In order for Attorneys General and their staff to make informed policy decisions on federal legislation, it is imperative that they have a full understanding of what is contained in bills, as well as a complete awareness of procedural, practical, and political issues surrounding legislation. Although the Legislative Director does not advocate policy positions to Attorneys General--nor do project counsel at NAAG--NAAG staff is here to facilitate all aspects of relaying NAAG positions on federal legislation to Congress as directed by the membership.
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Show Me the Money! Why Pay Attention to Bankruptcy?
Karen Cordry, Bankruptcy Counsel
Bankruptcy is rarely viewed as a priority issue for Attorney General offices. Yet, if the focus is broadened to include collection and enforcement of judgments generally, the importance quickly becomes clear. Pursuing cases to judgment without enforcing those judgments is a waste of time for the government, makes the process a cruel hoax to the victims, and destroys the deterrent effect of the prosecution. Conversely, there are two values served by an aggressive enforcement and collections program. First, in true revenue areas, such as taxes, student loans, benefit overpayments, health care payments, and government contracts, careful advance planning of transactions and a thorough, proactive plan for enforcing the terms of those obligations can be extremely cost-effective.
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The Internet, Cybercrime And The Supreme Court
Hedda Litwin, Cybercrime Counsel
With the new U.S. Supreme Court term just underway, it seems appropriate to discuss the cases involving cybercrime and Internet issues that have been granted certiori so far. There are two such cases: one dealing with a federal law on child pornography that was partially struck down and the other addressing more tangentially Internet tobacco sales.
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MFCUs Fight Fraud and Abuse: Representing the Leaders in Health Care Fraud Enforcement
Barbara L. Zelner, Counsel, National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU)
According to a recent USA Today article, the Medicaid program has increased by more than 10% in the first six months of this year, the largest increase since 2001. More than a record $300 billion dollars will be spent on this program in 2007. Such a dramatic growth is an increasing cause for concern for both state and federal officials. The existence of fraud in the Medicaid program is detrimental to taxpayers, to the program’s financial stability and to the quality of care provided to beneficiaries.
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AG Spotlight

Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale, American Samoa Attorney General

Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale (left) is the attorney general of American Samoa.