July 20, 2018
August 27, 2018
Here is what happened this week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:
SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND DEMOCRATIC AGS: US News & World Report spotlighted the momentum that Democratic AG candidates are building in key battleground states across the country. US News’ David Catanese highlighted four of DAGA’s key target states, profiling Aaron Ford in Nevada, Steve Dettelbach in Ohio, Phil Weiser in Colorado, and Sean Shawin Florida. Read the full article from US News here.
THE LAST WEEKEND: This Tuesday, DAGA joined Swing Left and a coalition of more than a dozen progressive organizations to launch The Last Weekend (TLW), an initiative to drive voter and volunteer engagement in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections with a focus on the last weekend before Election Day. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far:
#KEEPINGFAMILIESTOGETHER: This week, a federal judge approved Washington AG Bob Ferguson’s motion to expedite the Democratic AG family separations suit. Find out more here.
VOTING RIGHTS WATCH: Virginia AG Mark Herring refused to appeal a federal rulingfinding that the 11 House of Delegates districts in Virginia were gerrymandered to discriminate against black voters. He also argued that the Republican request for a stay should be denied. In his statement, AG Herring said that “[t]his finding of a race-based violation of Virginians’ right to vote should be of the utmost concern to each of us, and it demands a remedy as soon as possible,” and called on the state legislature to draw new district lines before the midterm elections. Find out more in the Washington Post here.
BETSY DEVOS DRAMA:
EPA WATCH DOGS: 16 AGs led by California AG Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit this week over the EPA’s attempt to repeal the 2016 “Glider Rule,” regulations that require most engines installed in gliders to meet the same emissions standards that apply to newly manufactured engines. Glider trucks, often rebuilt by placing old, salvaged diesel engines into new truck frames, can generate 20 to 40 times more hazardous pollutants than trucks with new engines. This week, a judge granted a temporary stay blocking the EPA from rescinding the rule. Read more about this victory from Reuters.
FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE CARE: North Carolina AG Josh Stein was featured in an article explaining how everyday North Carolinians will be negatively affected by the Republican Attorneys General led challenge to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. AG Stein promised the people of North Carolina that he will “do all I can to protect their access to the health care they need to live happy, healthy lives.“ Read more from WLOS here.
ELECTIONS UPDATE: 108 days ‘til Election Day 2018!
PROTECTING VETS: Nevada’s Aaron Ford released his comprehensive Veteran Policy Plan this week. Ford said: “We must honor and empower veterans, members of our military and their families who have made many sacrifices to protect our freedoms. As Attorney General, I will take on scammers who prey on Nevada veterans and their families and work to ensure veterans transitioning to civilian life and retirement have access to housing, health care, and employment resources.” Read Aaron Ford’s entire plan here.
OHIO RACE HEATING UP: Ohio candidate Steve Dettelbach was featured by 3rd Rail Politics’ John Corrigan this week on the state of the race. Dettelbach touched on a key aspect of the AG office, noting that “[t]he law has to be a tool to make government, which people are very cynical about, more accountable to people and to hold people responsible who break the public trust.” Read more in 3rd Rail Politics here