DAGA Download – July 26
July 26, 2019
Here is what happened last week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:
DEMOCRATIC AGs WIN BIG FOR CONSUMERS
This week it was announced that Equifax Inc. will settle with 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for $700 Million, pending court approval. The hack, which occurred in 2017, exposed more than 145 million Americans private and sensitive data. Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, who was part of the lawsuit, tweeted “together we held Equifax accountable by securing the largest settlement in American history.” Read more about the settlement here!
WISCONSIN LEADS THE WAY
The Journal Times applauded the efforts by Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul to address human trafficking saying, “we’re pleased” with the bipartisan efforts within the state. “This is the best budget for Wisconsin’s criminal justice system in a long time — and perhaps ever,” said AG Kaul. The editorial goes on to say that they’d “like to see Congress follow the state’s lead and act in a bipartisan matter…” Read the full editorial here!
LISTEN UP & GET SIRIUS (XM)
“Get out there. Get engaged. Connect with the people who represent you. Run for office yourself.” That’s what Minnesota AG Keith Ellison told Dean Obeidallah on SiriusXM Progress this week. Listen to more of the conversation here!
As part of the comprehensive effort around the country to tackle the ongoing opioid epidemic, Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro has partnered with CVS to install new safety features at their pharmacy locations. Part of the new safety features are “time-delay safes” which are “expected to deter pharmacy robberies” typically involving opioids like oxycodone. AG Shapiro said, “If we can begin to keep these pills out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, pills where you know four out of every five heroin users begin their cycle of addiction with one of these pills. If we can do that then we can make a difference in this crisis. We can save lives.” Read more about this new, crucial, partnership here!
STANDING UP FOR IMMIGRANTS
Connecticut AG William Tong spoke up this week in defense of immigrants who have received state pardons but are still under threat from ICE. “Under federal immigration law, if you receive a full, absolute and unconditional pardon from your state, you are entitled to an automatic waiver of deportation” – said AG Tong. As the 2020 presidential election only gets closer, immigration will continue to play a major role in national and state politics, read more about this court case here.
FIGHTING FOR CLIMATE PROTECTIONS
As part of the effort to protect our environment and tackle climate change, Democratic AGs from 12 different states took action against the Trump administration as they work to finalize a rule that would rollback fuel economy standards for cars. Maine AG Aaron Frey said, “Maine has been proactive in establishing stringent vehicle emission standards in order to protect the quality of the air we breathe.” AG Frey continued, “The Federal government is acting to weaken emission standards and failed to involve states in their decision-making.” Read more about their action here!
ELECTIONS UPDATE: WEST VIRGINIA
Sam Petsonk, newly-announced Democratic candidate for Attorney General in West Virginia, appeared on WOWK – TV to talk about why he’s running, check out the clip below! Sam is a lawyer who has dedicated his career to fighting for better wages, better working conditions and a better quality of life for those in retirement. Learn more about Sam Petsonk on his newly launched website here and stay tuned for his official kick-off event!
TRIVIA: A NEW KING IN WASHINGTON?
Washington AG Bob Ferguson, who was once a nationally ranked chess player, is taking his skills to new heights this Sunday as he sets out to play chess against 20 people AT THE SAME TIME. Will AG Ferguson be able to keep them all in check just like he does the Trump Administration? Tune in next week to find out! Read more about the event here.