DAGA Download – December 18
December 18, 2020
ON THE TRAIL
Virginia AG Mark Herring announced his re-election campaign on Wednesday. DAGA Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Nevada AG Aaron Ford said, “Virginians have a real advocate in Attorney General Mark Herring. He’s been a consistent and strong leader for the people of the Commonwealth combating gun violence, protecting reproductive rights and health care, and reforming a broken criminal justice system including clearing the state’s sexual assault kit backlog. He’s a trusted colleague and friend—and we look forward to seeing him continue to fight for the people of Virginia.” DAGA Executive Director Sean Rankin said, “Over the last eight years, Attorney General Mark Herring has been a leading figure in the movement of Attorneys General to the national stage and helping define Democratic AGs as the defenders of our democracy…We look forward to keeping Virginia blue in 2021.” Read the full statement here.
SCOTUS TO TEXAS: DON’T MESS WITH ELECTIONS
Last Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the frivolous lawsuit brought by indicted Texas AG Ken Paxton and supported by 18 Republican AGs. DAGA Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Nevada AG Aaron Ford said, “The Supreme Court correctly handed Donald Trump and his allies like Texas AG Ken Paxton another defeat today in their continued effort to overturn the will of the American people. The Court’s decision is an important reminder that we are a nation of laws—and in America, our laws are designed to protect the will of the people. Democratic Attorneys General will never waiver in fighting against anti-democratic efforts that threaten to undermine our free and fair elections.” Read more about how Democratic AGs continue to protect and preserve democracy here.
BONUS: Editorial boards from newspapers across the country slammed the Republican efforts to undermine our democratic institutions and their attempt to throw out the votes of millions of Americans. Read more about that here.
DO NOT SHRED
A coalition of 15 Democratic AGs led by New York AG Tish James sent a letter to White House Counsel reminding him to comply with the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act. AG James said, “The Trump Administration shouldn’t have to be told that they need to comply with the law and keep all records of official business, but the last four years have shown that the president needs to be constantly reminded what the law is and how he must comply with it.” Read more here.
District of Columbia AG Karl Racine showed continued leadership on confronting hate in America by calling out the violence that unfolded in Washington, D.C. last weekend following a pro-Trump rally that included white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys and resulted in destruction of property and the arrest of at least 20 individuals. AG Racine said, “Last night, #BLM signs at historically black churches were destroyed in our nation’s capital. This isn’t just about defamation of property by one group of people. It’s about an assault on our common humanity. We need profiles of courage to stand up and condemn hate.” AG Racine caught up with Mehdi Hasan this week to discuss his nationwide effort to combat hate.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
This week, all 25 Democratic Attorneys General met with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Here’s DAGA Co-Chair Nevada AG Aaron Ford on the meeting.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK