DAGA Download – November 1
November 1, 2019
Here is what happened this week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:
ON THE TRAIL
GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)
This week marks the beginning of DAGA’s Get-Out-The-Vote efforts across the country. DAGA will be working throughout the weekend to help turnout voters for Democratic AG candidates in Mississippi and Kentucky.
This past Tuesday, NowThis News profiled Democratic AG candidate Jennifer Riley Collins’s historic race to the Attorney General office. In the profile, NowThis News highlights Riley Collins’ dedication to the people of Mississippi, her passion for protecting the vulnerable, and the state’s Jim Crow-era election laws that make her candidacy even more inspiring. A 32-year Army veteran and civil rights attorney, Riley Collins would become the first African American elected to statewide in modern history and the first woman elected as Attorney General in Mississippi. “The people deserve a protector” Riley Collins told NowThis and she’s absolutely right! Watch the profile of this phenomenal woman here.
MISSISSIPPI COURT: BREAKING UPDATE!
Today, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi issued an order in McLemore v. Hosemann, a case challenging the state’s Jim Crow-era “Electoral-Vote Rule,” a process that would require a statewide winner to win not only the popular vote but also a majority of state districts. In its opinion, the Court notes that the current Electoral-Vote Rule process could lead to votes that are discarded and signaled that it will weigh-in should the Electoral-Vote rule be triggered by a close election.
ON AIR: Both the Jennifer For AG campaign and DAGA People’s Lawyer Project Mississippi launched TV ads for the final week of the campaign, highlighting how Jennifer Riley Collins will protect Mississippi families and warning voters about the dangers of electing Republican candidate Lynn Fitch. Watch Jennifer For AG’s ad here and DAGA PLP Mississippi’s ad here!
This week, WKU Public Radio covered Democratic AG candidate Greg Stumbo and his commitment to combating the opioid epidemic and the deeply personal connection Stumbo has to the issue. Over a decade ago, Stumbo was the first state Attorney General to bring a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma holding them accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. Now, he’s looking to return to the office to finish the job and protect Kentucky families once again.
On Air: Heading into the final weekend before this year’s election, Greg Stumbo’s campaign released this 15-second ad highlighting Republican AG Daniel Cameron’s close ties to Mitch McConnell and why he’s the wrong choice for Kentucky families. Watch the ad here!
DEM AGs BRING THE ENERGY
A coalition of 11 Democratic AGs sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week urging the need for robust clean energy policies. In their letter, Dem AGs call on FERC to work collaboratively with the states to establish clean energy policies that will address the climate crisis and benefit consumers. The Dem AGs highlighted their experience with adopting beneficial clean energy policies and write, “[n]ow, more than ever, it is essential for the states and the Commission to work together to ensure that the Commission’s actions advance, not impede, state policies”. The letter responds to actions taken by FERC that would significantly affect how states achieve their clean energy and climate goals. Read letter the coalition sent here!
NFL & NEVADA (FOR THE KIDS)
NFL football star Josh Jacobs joined Nevada AG Aaron Ford to kick-off a program that will provide National Child ID kits to more than 40,000 kindergarten students starting in Spring 2020. These ID kits will give authorities vital information to assist in efforts to locate a missing child. AG Ford is the first state Attorney General in the country to implement the program. Learn more about the kick-off of the program here!
TWEET OF THE WEEK
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Oakland Raiders (soon to be Las Vegas Raiders) rookie running back Josh Jacobs joined Nevada AG Aaron Ford for the launch of the National Child ID program, the first of its kind in the country.
(photo courtesy of journalist Chris Maathuis)