DAGA Download – September 20
September 20, 2019
Here is what happened this week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:
- KENTUCKY LAWSUIT—There are already swelling concerns in Kentucky about Republican Attorney General candidate Daniel Cameron’s close ties to McConnell and lack of legal experience from both Democrats and Republicans — and now there are legal concerns about whether his name should even be allowed to appear on the ballot in November. Read more in the Lexington Herald-Leader about the legal complaint filed against Cameron this week, alleging that Cameron is not qualified to run for state Attorney General in Kentucky because he does not have enough experience practicing law.
Reminder: Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin are underwater in Kentucky with voters overwhelmingly disapproving of both GOP leaders. Daniel Cameron’s adoration for Mitch McConnell is deeply concerning. Combined with his lack of courtroom experience, Cameron is not someone voters can trust to lead the Kentucky OAG. For more on this, check out the DAGA blog post here.
REVVING UP FOR CLEAN CARS
On Thursday, the Trump administration moved to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards. In response, California AG Xavier Becerra said, “California has always been a state that leans forward. When it comes to clean air, we know we need to keep moving. It’s not a choice for us. See you in court, Mr. President.” AG Becerra later said, “No one is above the law – including Donald Trump.” Check out the CNN clip below for more!
BONUS CONTENT: CLIMATE WEEK PREVIEW— In solidarity with climate marchers near and far, DAGA shared this memo highlighting the critical work Democratic AGs are doing to protect our environment and tackle the ongoing climate crisis. In fact, since 2017, Attorneys General have taken more than 250 actions and filed more than 60 lawsuits to stop dangerous rollbacks on energy and environment policy.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DANGEROUS #MeToo SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS:
Earlier this week, Michigan AG Dana Nessel’s request for subpoenas was granted in her investigation into the company marketing #MeToo Sexual Assault Kits. AG Nessel said, “Sexual assault evidence collection kits are free in Michigan to those who seek medical attention for a sexual assault.” Nessel continued, “Not only would this so-called ‘evidence kit’ fail to address the health needs of many sexual assault survivors, but it would completely compromise critical evidence needed to hold an assailant accountable by failing to ensure proper chain of custody.” Read the UpNorthLive article for more information! Democratic AGs across the country have taken action too, like Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Virginia!
TITLE VII DISCRIMINATION AT DOL
The Trump administration’s Department of Labor proposed a new rule that undermines civil rights protections for workers. Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro is leading a Democratic AG coalition requesting the Labor Department withdraw its proposed rule that puts the LGBTQ community at particular risk for discrimation. “All Pennsylvanians have the right to live and work free from discrimination. This proposed rule makes it easier for employers to discriminate against employees who don’t share their same specific religious beliefs, including members of the LGBTQ community,” said AG Shapiro. Read more here!
TWEET OF THE WEEK: OH, MY JOSH(S)!