June 11, 2018

August 27, 2018

Here is what happened this week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:

#MOTIVATIONMONDAY: Last week, Emerge America & Emerge Washington joined Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, New York AG Barbara Underwood, Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum as well as candidates January Contreras from Arizona and Dana Nessel from Michigan for an 1881 Initiative focused event coinciding with DAGA’s summer policy conference in Seattle! DAGA’s 1881 Initiative is focused on recruiting and electing more women Democrats to the office of the Attorney General. Thank again to everyone who joined us in Seattle!

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MAINE THING: Maine AG Janet Mills got a shout-out in the New York Times for her ability to tell it like it is—and to be a leader among women running for office. We couldn’t agree more that Janet Mill is the most qualified to serve as the Governor of Maine.

AG ELECTIONS HEAT UP: Last week, the Associated Press ran a feature story emphasizing the importance of state attorneys general races in relationship to the Trump presidency. DAGA Executive Director Sean Rankin noted that as DAGA focus on key states in the Midwest, Southwest and Southern states that a cornerstone message will be that, “No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.” The same week, DAGA released a new videofeaturing Democratic Attorneys General and candidates urging voters to pay attention to the AG races—and to vote blue in November.

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NET NEUTRALITY IS NOT DEAD: The FCC officially ended the Obama-era Net Neutrality rules today, putting the concept of a fair and open internet at risk. Thankfully, as you may recall, 23 Democratic AGs stepped up to sue the FCC to stop the repeal.

EMOLUMENTS UPDATE: District of Columbia AG Karl Racine’s & Maryland AG Brian Frosh’s lawsuit against the President for violating the anti-corruption of the Constitution known as the Emoluments Clause goes before a federal judge today. Prior to this lawsuit,  the emoluments clause has never been the subject of a major court case. Read more in the Washington Post here.

SCOTUS WATCH: Here is a quick recap of some of the prominent decisions from the Supreme Court in the past week.

Last week, the court vacated a lower court ruling that allowed a pregnant immigrant minor to obtain an abortion without seeking parental permission.
Also last week, the court issued an extremely narrow ruling in Masterpiece v. Colorado. LGBTQ rights activists are viewing this as a speedbump rather than a loss, citing the narrow scope of the ruling along with Justice Kennedy’s reaffirmation of the LGBTQ community as a protected class.
This morning, voter rights have come under fire when the Court issued a ruling allowing Ohio to continue its controversial “use it or lose it” policy of purging its voter rolls.

PROTECTING CONSUMERS:  New York AG Barbara Underwood led a coalition of 14 Democratic AGs in urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to retain its public database of consumer complaints. In their joint letter, the 14 Democratic AGs outlined that the database provides critical support in AG investigations; arms consumers with tools they need to make informed decisions; and helps responsible companies identify and correct problems. AG Underwood said that the move to eliminate the database shows that “the Trump administration is yet again putting corporate interests over those of consumers, shielding corporate wrongdoing from public view.”

ELECTIONS UPDATE: 146 days ‘til Election Day 2018!

Congratulations to our incumbents New Mexico AG Hector Balderas and California AG Xavier Becerra, who both won their states’ Democratic primaries last Tuesday!
District of Columbia AG Karl Racine has earned two more endorsements this past week, from the Sierra Club DC Chapter, and from the Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund.
In Illinois, Kwame Raoul earned the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
In Ohio, Steve Dettelbach earned the endorsement of ACT OHIO.
In Florida, Sean Shaw earned the endorsements of the Florida Young Democrats and the Florida Education Association.


June 12: Maine, Nevada, and South Carolina
June 26: Colorado, Maryland, New York, and Oklahoma primaries
South Dakota ConventionJune 15th
Connecticut filing date—June 12

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