Opinion: Sarah Palin fan denied, then granted personalized Nevada license plate

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A Sarah Palin supporter in Nevada has sued the state after repeatedly being denied a personalized license plate emblazoned with the letters ‘GOPALIN.’

James Linlor filed suit last week after he was refused the plate, as he was in 2009 and 2010 when he applied for the same tag and others like it.


But the license plate was issued months ago, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

When Linlor first began trying to obtain a Palin-themed plate, an official at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles apparently thought that political license plates could not be issued. A line in the Nevada Administrative Code forbids plates that “express contempt, ridicule or superiority of ... political affiliation.”

But Linlor discovered that other plates that could be seen as political had been issued. Plates with ‘GOGREEN,” “DMOCRAT,” “AL GORE,” “KERRY,” “EDWARDS,” “DEAN,” “HILLARY” and “RONPAUL,” were all approved, but Linlor claims other plates like ‘BUSH’ were denied.

Eventually all of the denials of the Palin plates were reversed and Bruce Breslow, director of the Nevada DMV said he wouldn’t have refused them in the first place had he known.

So, now that the floodgates are open, we went to the Nevada DMV website and found several political (and not-so-political) plates that are currently available for Silver State residents.

Todd Palin supporters can drive around with this one:

Palin fans can celebrate her state with this plate:

Gov. Palin has been called Caribou Barbie by both fans and foes:

Speak Spanish and want to root for Sarah? No problemo:

Palin transplant from New York? Fuggetaboutit:

You can see this from Tina Fey’s house:

Perhaps you want to give props to the town that started it all:

Herman Cain supporters still have time to nab these plates:

Bill and/or Hillary supporters can nab this one:

Now how is this still available?:

Or this one (I guess tweens are too young to drive):

Ron Paul supporters need not feel left out:

Mitt Romney fans, how is this still available?

Or this one:

The president isn’t the most popular man in Vegas, so maybe this one?

But if he does have supporters left, here’s a perfect one for them:

Now here’s one Andrew Malcolm might like if he relocates there one day

But this one might be better:



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