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Nevada Man Sues DMV over 'GoPalin' License Plate Denials

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(CARSON CITY, Nev.) -- A Nevada man has filed a lawsuit against his state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, claiming his rights were violated when the agency repeatedly denied his requests for a personalized license plate that supports Sarah Palin.

James Linlor states in a July 15 complaint that he requested a license plate of "GOPALIN" in 2009 and 2010 and was denied both times.  Linlor claims he tried again in 2010, requesting "PALIN," "PALIN12" or "PALIN16" on a license plate and was again rejected by the DMV, which deemed the requests too political and, because of it, violated departmental policy.

According to the lawsuit, an administrative judge later reversed the DMV's rejection of Linlor's request for "PALIN," "PALIN12" or "PALIN16."  The lawsuit states that despite the judge’s ruling, the DMV again denied Linlor's request for a "GOPALIN" license plate.

According to his complaint, Linlor discovered that the DMV had approved and issued other license plates with political ties, including "GOGREEN," "DMOCRAT," "AL GORE," "HILLARY" and "RONPAUL," while rejecting requests for "REPBLCN" and "BUSH."  Linlor claims when he applied for a "GO OBAMA" plate, the DMV approved it.

Bruce Breslow, director of the Nevada DMV, tells the Las Vegas Sun he’s not sure why Linlow filed the lawsuit this month because his "GOPALIN" plate was issued on December 30, 2010.  He also notes he wasn't the DMV director when Linlor filed his requests.

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Lawmaker Seeks to Stop Politically-Themed License Plates

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona wants to honor the Tea Party with a commemorative license plate, but a U.S. congressman says that's a bad idea.

New York Democrat Gary Ackerman maintains states shouldn't be in the business of promoting political parties on the right or left and so he's introduced the "License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act of 2011."

Ackerman's bill would slash 15 percent of a state's federal highway funds if they make license plates that fill the coffers of groups that work toward the election or defeat of political candidates.

The lawmaker is taking particular aim at Arizona's bill, which he says is the Republicans' attempt to "create a slush fund for its Tea Party friends.  It’s a scheme that smacks of cronyism, and should not be allowed to become law."

Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, hasn't said whether she'll sign the measure, which allows some of the proceeds from the plates to go into a fund that promotes "Tea Party principles."

Republicans from other states, including Nevada, Texas and Virginia, are also considering vanity license plates that pay tribute to the Tea Party.?

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