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

BOOTED PRUITT: EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt’s embarrassing tenure at the EPA finally came to a close this week. In response to the resignation, DAGA issued a statement from co-chair Oregon AG Rosenblum noting, “Rest assured that, no matter what happens next or who the Trump administration nominates as a replacement, Democratic Attorneys General will continue to fight for clean air, clean water, the health of the people in our states, and the future of our planet—and we will win.”

FIGHTING FOR FAMILIES: Democratic AGs are continuing the fight to keep families together.

Washington AG Bob Ferguson asked a federal judge to order the federal government to accelerate providing details about and access to victims of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy. Last week, AG Ferguson led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit seeking to end the family separation policy permanently.
New Mexico AG Balderas visited the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park to speak with law enforcement officials from both southern New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico. AG Balderas noted that Sunland Park should be seen a model for the country stating, “They are caging children, and tearing apart families who are seeking asylum at our southern border, which can impede efforts to prosecute human trafficking and other international crimes. The federal government should learn something from Sunland Park, a New Mexico border community, which is one of the safest towns in New Mexico.” Read more from the El Paso Times here.


SAVING THE CENSUS, STEP FORWARD: On Tuesday, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit, challenging the planned inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, to move forward amid “strong” evidence the Trump administration acted in bad faith. New York AG Barbara Underwood, who is leading the lawsuit, responded to this latest development by sharing that “[t]oday marked a major win to protect the Census.” Read AG Underwood’s full statement here. For more on the progress this week, check out this CNN piece here.

STATEWATCH: PENNSYLVANIA: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to keep a critical grand jury report regarding child sex abuse in the Catholic Church under seal is driving serious attention. Newspapers statewide have issued editorials urging the Court to lift its ban, so that the people of Pennsylvania can have transparency. Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro is filing an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to publish the grand jury report. Read AG Shapiro’s statement on the grand jury report here.

ICYMI: DAGA released a statement by Co-chairs District of Columbia AG Karl Racine, andOregon AG Rosenblum regarding sexual misconduct allegations against Indiana AG Curtis Hill. Read the statement here. On Thursday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb released a statement calling for AG Hill’s resignation.

ELECTIONS UPDATE: 122 days ‘til Election Day 2018!

COLORADO UPDATE: Congratulations to Colorado’s Phil Weiser on winning the primary! In the endorsement last week, DAGA Executive Director Sean Rankin noted, “We know there is energy in Colorado to see the office of Attorney General swing back to blue—and we know that Phil Weiser will work tirelessly to protect the people of Colorado and put their needs first.” Watch the DAGA video hereon why Weiser is running for Attorney General.

LIVE THE DECLARATION: In a recent piece in the Arizona Daily Star, January Contreras explained that in this political climate, we can’t merely read the Declaration of Independence—we must live it. Contreras pens, “there’s no greater way to celebrate the meaning of today then ensuring [American] principles endure.”

KEEPING OHIO SAFE: This week, Steve Dettelbach released a nine-point plan that he would implement as AG in order to put an end to Ohio’s human trafficking epidemic. Read Dettlebach’s full plan in the Springfield News-Sun here.


In Minnesota, Debra Hilstrom received the endorsement of Women Winning, Minnesota’s largest pro-choice political organization.
In Minnesota, Keith Ellison earned the endorsements from Teamsters Local 120 union, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, and former Vice President Walter Mondale.
In Nevada, Aaron Ford received the endorsement of Chairman of Reno-Spark Indian Colony, Arlan D. Melendez.
Florida’s Sean Shaw received the endorsement of former Governor Bob Graham this week.


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