DAGA Download – October 18
October 18, 2019
Here is what happened this week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:
ON THE TRAIL
MISSISSIPPI— This week, Democratic candidate for AG, Col. Jennifer Riley Collins received the endorsement of Emily’s List! Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said, “With deep ties to the state and a long career serving her country, Jennifer is more than ready to tackle the top challenges facing Mississippi families, including the opioid epidemic, affordable health care, and criminal justice reform.” Catch the full endorsement here!
BONUS: DAGA announced its launch of a comprehensive GOTV program that started last weekend and will run through Election Day. The program consists of door knocking across the state, deployment of DAGA’s first-of-its-kind SMS voter education tool, and a voter registration effort that ran ahead of the voter registration deadline earlier this month. “We’re putting the lessons learned from DAGA’s historic successes in 2018 to work for our 2019 races to ensure voters understand the importance of electing leaders like Colonel Jennifer Riley Collins in Mississippi,” said Jeremy Halbert-Harris, Deputy Political Director at the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Read more about DAGA’s efforts in Mississippi here!
EXTRA: Jocelyn Harmon, co-founder of BlackHer, wrote an op-ed this week highlighting the Jim Crow-era requirement in Mississippi’s constitution for statewide candidates and why Col. Collins’ run for office is so important. Check out the full article here!
KENTUCKY— On Monday, KET held the first debate for the Kentucky AG race. Democratic candidate Greg Stumbo demonstrated that he’s the experienced, knowledgeable leader that Kentucky voters can trust to put the people first. Read a full debate recap here!
- DAGA People’s Lawyer Project Kentucky, an independent organization backed by DAGA, released its first ad of the election cycle titled “Fancy.” The ad contrasts Mitch McConnell protégé Republican AG candidate Daniel Cameron’s work as a Washington lobbyist and corporate lawyer with Democrat Greg Stumbo’s years of experience cracking down on corruption and holding big drug companies accountable. Watch the ad here!
- Democratic candidate Greg Stumbo‘s campaign went up on TV with multiple television ads: one ad focuses on his work holding opioid manufacturers accountable and why the fight is personal to Greg, and the other ad highlights his vast legal experience.
PUBLIC CHARGE RULE: BLOCKED
Not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES! Three different Democratic AG coalitions won injunctions against the Trump administration’s attempt to implement a “Public Charge” rule. Two federal judges issued nationwide injunctions on the policy, which would have penalized immigrants who use public benefits like food stamps by denying them green cards and visas. New York AG Tish James said, “Once again, the courts have thwarted the Trump Administration’s attempts to enact rules that violate both our laws and our values, sending a loud and clear message that they cannot rewrite our story to meet their agenda.” Read more in this Politico article here!
A THREAT TO REPRO RIGHTS ANYWHERE IS A THREAT EVERYWHERE
A coalition of 21 Democratic AGs led by California AG Xavier Becerra filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic and its suit challenging the state’s ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Minnesota AG Keith Ellison said, “Everyone benefits when we protect all women’s constitutionally-guaranteed rights.” Read the full brief here!
WORKING TO END GUN VIOLENCE
This week, a coalition of 18 Democratic AGs showed their support for Vermont AG TJ Donovan’s defense of Vermont’s high-capacity magazine ban by calling on the Vermont Supreme Court to uphold the law. The friend-of-the-court brief filed by the coalition said they are seeking to protect “their governmental prerogative to enact and implement sensible legislation that promotes public safety and reduces the incidence and lethality of gun violence.” Democratic AGs are national leaders on gun violence prevention. Read more about Democratic AGs efforts here!
TONG TO THE RESCUE
Connecticut AG William Tong’s relentless fight with federal immigration officials to keep a Connecticut woman from being deported scored a big win on Tuesday morning when ICE reversed an earlier decision and agreed to allow the woman to remain in the country while she appeals her deportation order. Previously, AG Tong had authored filings against the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and personally argued before the Second Court of Appeals, urging for Connecticut’s pardons to be recognized when immigration officials look at criminal convictions as a reason to deport someone. “This is a positive step, but merely the beginning of our fight to defend Connecticut’s pardon process to ensure Wayzaro Walton and other Connecticut residents receive the relief under the Pardon Waiver Clause which they are entitled to by law,” AG Tong said. Check out this incredible story here!
WELCOME BACK, EMOLUMENTS LAWSUIT!
This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit announced they will revisit the Emoluments Clause lawsuit – en banc – against President Trump as brought by Maryland AG Brian Frosh and DAGA Co-Chair District of Columbia AG Karl Racine. “We look forward to arguing our case before the full panel to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution and profiting from the presidency” AG Frosh and AG Racine said in a joint statement. This announcement comes the same week the White House announced President Trump would host the G-7 summit next year at his Doral resort in Florida, a property that he and his family still own and from which they privately profit.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
(courtesy of Pennsylvania AG Shapiro’s Instagram)