DAGA Download – November 13

November 13, 2020

ON THE TRAIL

2020 RACES RECAP
DAGA successfully re-elected every incumbent Democratic Attorney General in 2020—including 2020 battleground states.

  • NORTH CAROLINAAG Stein ended election night with a strong lead. As additional ballots come in, AG Stein’s lead has only grown. While the race has not been officially called, AG Stein is on track to a re-election victory.
  • OREGONDAGA Co-Chair AG Rosenblum was overwhelmingly re-elected to a third term as Oregon Attorney General. Read more about DAGA’s involvement in the race here.
  • PENNSYLVANIAAG Shapiro was successfully re-elected to a second term, receiving more than 3 million votes for the second time – the first person in Commonwealth history to do this. Read more about DAGA’s involvement in the race here.
  • VERMONTAG Donovan sailed to re-election for another term as Vermont Attorney General. His race was the first to be called. Read more about DAGA’s involvement in the race here.
  • WASHINGTONAG Ferguson coasted to a third term as Washington Attorney General. Read more about DAGA’s involvement in the race here.

KAMALA HARRIS MAKES HISTORY
Former California AG and current U.S. Senator Kamala Harris made history – becoming the first Black, first South Asian-American, and first woman to be elected to the Office of Vice President. Former colleagues and DAGA Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum said, “Senator Harris’ election to Vice President is historic, breaking a 244-year-old glass ceiling. We could not be prouder of our former AG colleague and friend.” To commemorate the historic moment, DAGA released a short video featuring the Co-Chairs and DAGA staff.

 

MULTISTATE MOMENTS

PROTECTING HEALTH CARE
On Tuesday, Democratic AGs led by California AG Xavier Becerra defended the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Supreme Court. The case could determine the fate of health care for more than 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. “Just as vigorously as a president and his administration are fighting to destroy the Affordable Care Act, we are fighting to save it for every American,” AG Becerra said.

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY
While a few extreme Republican AGs are tying themselves closer to Trump – trying to sow doubt and distrust in the election – Democratic AGs are working hard to show the people what a true people’s lawyer looks like:

  • Michigan AG Dana Nessel continues to defend the state’s electoral system and election process from baseless attacks by the Trump team and meritless lawsuits. AG Nessel told ABC News “We find these claims to be meritless. They are completely lacking in facts.” Read more about the work AG Nessel is doing to protect the results here.
  • Nevada AG Aaron Ford is working day in and day out as former Republican AG Adam Laxalt and the Trump campaign sow doubt and distrust around the results in Nevada. “Those who are pursuing these tactics, I will call them what they are. They’re saboteurs,” said AG Ford. Read more about the work AG Ford is doing to protect people’s vote here.
  • North Carolina AG Josh Stein is working with state leaders to protect North Carolinians right to vote. In North Carolina, votes can arrive until November 12th as long as they are postmarked by election day. Watch AG Stein on ABC News here.
  • Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro is tirelessly pursuing justice for every person who legally cast a ballot. AG Shapiro’s state has been the focus for the Trump campaign. In a tweet, AG Shapiro reassured Pennsylvanians and people across the country, “(NOT) BREAKING: The Trump campaign’s latest filing is another attempt to throw out legal votes — my team and I were already prepared for this. Sleep tight. We will protect the laws of our Commonwealth and the will of the people.” Watch AG Shapiro on 60 Minutes here.
  • Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul reassured Wisconsinites that their vote will be counted, and the results of the election will be upheld. AG Kaul said on MSNBC, “We have a safe, secure, and reliable system.” Watch AG Kaul here.

BONUS: DAGA Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum called out Republican AGs for their attacks on democracy and people’s health care. “Whether it’s seeking to take health care away from millions of Americans or attempting to undermine democracy and a peaceful transition of power, it’s troubling and disappointing to see any state’s attorney general work to harm the very people whose rights they are sworn to protect.” Read their full statement here.

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Wonder Woman … er … Lynda Carter, thanked Michigan AG Dana Nessel for her hard work saying, “Dana Nessel is one of the many smart, bold women defending out democracy…”

 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

 

During a live interview on MSNBC last week Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro’s son walked into frame and became an instant sensation. Here’s Leslie Jones providing commentary: