DAGA Download – August 9

August 9, 2019

Here is what happened last week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:

In the wake of the shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy, Democratic Attorneys General across the country called for action from Congress and urged our leaders to work together to disarm hate.

  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey said, “The overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks. It’s time for Mitch McConnell to do his job.” For more from AG Healey, see this video!
  • Minnesota AG Keith Ellison said, “What we really need is for people to understand that their quality of life is not lessened by the presence of people from other communities, it’s actually enhanced.” For more on AG Ellison’s response, read this Minnesota Public Radio
  • Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum spoke to Oregon Public Radio about what is next in Oregon saying, “Our next move, I hope, will be to pass the bill for safe storage of guns.” Read more here!
  • Rhode Island AG Peter Neronha spoke to The Matt Allen Show to talk about the heartbreaking recent events and what it means to prosecute White Supremacy. “By not calling it domestic terrorism we don’t, in the public, give it the priority that it warrants.” Listen to his entire conversation here!

For more information on what Democratic AGs have done on Gun Violence Prevention, check out this topline memo!

The second round of 2020 Presidential Debates for the Democratic Nomination was held in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan AG Dana Nessel attended the debates with more than 20 community leaders in an effort to bring attention to local issues affecting Michiganders. While there, AG Nessel spoke to The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Devore about how the Democratic Party can continuing repairing the blue wall in Michigan. “[What] people want to see is somebody that excites them, that energizes them and inspires them. And that’s the kind of candidate that I think everybody’s looking for,” said AG Nessel. Catch the entire conversation here!

This Friday, August 9th, marks one month since 21 Democratic AGs last defended health care, in court, for millions of Americans in the Texas v. US lawsuit brought by Republican AGs. California AG Xavier Becerra is moderating a Twitter chat to highlight the #ProtectOurCare fight and to remind Americans just what’s at risk today at 2pm ET. To follow along or join the chat, please follow @XavierBecerra on Twitter.

This week, Minnesota AG Keith Ellison sat on a panel hosted by the Minneapolis Foundation which included the Public Safety Commissioner and the Minneapolis Police Chief to discuss criminal justice reform. Yusef Salaam, who was wrongfully convicted as a member of the “Central Park Five,” also joined the panel as a special guest. “The incentives in our society really need to be re-altered, because you don’t get mass incarceration based on a personal failing, you get it because the system somehow wants that, based on someone profiting from it,” AG Ellison said. Full coverage can be found from the Star Tribune here!


  • This week Washington AG Bob Ferguson joined Bill Radke for a discussion on the podcast The Record from KOUW. On the podcast, AG Ferguson covered key local issues and lawsuits. He even chatted about the Emoluments Case against the Trump administration brought by his Democratic AG colleagues Maryland AG Bob Frosh & District of Columbia AG Karl Racine. Take a listen here!
  • AG Ferguson’s Worker Protection Initiative, which seeks to end no-poach clauses, secured four more victories at corporate chains nationwide. “Millions of workers have benefited and will continue to benefit from the end of a practice that creates a system rigged against workers. We will continue to work toward eliminating these practices and create a fairer workplace for all Washingtonians,” said AG Ferguson. Read more about this latest victory here!

Following an uncontested primary on Tuesday, Jennifer Riley Collins officially became the Democratic nominee for Mississippi Attorney General. DAGA announced its endorsement of her historic campaign. Sean Rankin, Executive Director of DAGA, said:

“We are proud to support Jennifer Riley Collins for Mississippi Attorney General. As a 32-year veteran of the United States Armed Services and civil rights attorney, Riley Collins’ experience reflects the ethos of the greatest generation, who put service of country ahead of partisan politics – something our country sorely needs right now.  Her record is clear.  She fought for our freedoms against enemies abroad in the armed services, and in courtrooms back home in Mississippi, she has fought against those seeking to encroach upon the rights of the people of her proud state. Once elected, Jennifer Riley Collins will defend the rights of all the people of Mississippi, root out corruption and hold those who misuse power accountable, and ensure the rule of law is followed without preference or prejudice.  She will be a true public servant.”

Full endorsement here (and Twitter thread here). Learn more about Jennifer Riley Collins at her website here!

Presidential candidate, Mayor of South Bend, and fellow veteran, Pete Buttigieg tweeted his support of Jennifer Riley Collins on Thursday saying, “[Jennifer] has served our nation as a military officer and her community as a lawyer tackling poverty, criminal justice reform, and voting rights. Excited to see her clinch the nomination and continue her career of service as the Democratic nominee for Mississippi AG.”

Republican AG Jeff Landry
will face Ike Jackson, who ran for Louisiana AG in 2015, at the polls this November. Stay tuned for more information!

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