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New NAAG president elected, quickly files against GM

June 19, www.naag.org, "Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning Elected NAAG President":

Colorado Springs, Colo.--Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning was unanimously elected yesterday by the members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to become the Association's 102nd president.

"Attorneys general are uniquely situated to lead the way in building a stronger and safer future for our states and our families," said President Bruning. "Serving as president of NAAG is an honor, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on issues that affect us on both the state and national level."

June 19, from the attorney general's office, Nebraska, "AG Bruning Files Objection in GM Bankruptcy Proceedings on Behalf of Nebraska and 36 Other States":

(Lincoln, Neb) Attorney General Jon Bruning today filed an objection in the General Motors (GM) Bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of Nebraska and 36 other states. The federal court action comes after GM's recent claims that it can ignore state laws that protect dealerships.

By circumventing state laws, GM eliminates dealer protections. GM, which will be majority-owned by the federal government, insisted that current dealers sign a new dealership agreement if they want to be part of the new operation. The new dealership agreements give the new GM complete control over the dealers beyond anything that would be allowed by law. The new agreements amount to take-it-or-leave-it ultimatums that force current dealers to waive state laws that were enacted to protect them. If dealers don't sign the contract, they'll lose their business.

More from The Washington Times, "States: GM using court to ditch dealers." And Bruning's a Republican who was elected as Nebraska's 31st Attorney General in 2002 and re-elected without opposition in 2006.

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