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:

Together with our coalition partners, TLW released a launch video featuring actresses and activists Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Rashida Jonesencouraging progressive Americans to pledge their time to volunteering this fall.
We have already garnered more than 100,000 volunteer hours. We are excited to funnel these volunteers into DAGA’s texting platform.
Covert Affairs actress and progressive activist Piper Perabo tweeted to her followers to vote and volunteer for Arkansas’ Mike Lee and other DAGA candidates.

#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.


A coalition of 17 Democratic AGs sent a letter this week to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding the administration’s decision to delay final implementation of the gainful employment rule. This Obama era rule restricts access to federal loans if programs repeatedly fail to provide graduates with tools they need to obtain employment and fail to provide accurate disclosures about the cost, debt, and potential earnings of graduates.  Although the Rule officially took effect in 2015, the Department of Education under DeVos has now delayed the compliance deadline three times without justification.
State AGs also sent a second letter, led by Washington AG Bob Ferguson and New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal, asking Secretary DeVos to reverse its decision to eliminate a standing policy to disclose consumer complaints and related information to law enforcement agencies, like the attorneys general office, for use in investigations. In the past, the long standing disclosure policy contributed to state AG offices successfully protecting student victims from predatory and deceptive actions of for-profit colleges like the now defunct Corinthian Colleges.

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!


UPWARD TRAJECTORY: DAGA raised nearly $2 million this quarter, continuing to break fundraising records and bringing our total haul for the cycle to $12.2 million.
LEADING THE PACK: Texas candidate Justin Nelson continues to lead the Democratic party in the polls and with momentum. Looks like the ticket will be looking for Nelson’s coattails!
ILLINOIS UPDATE: Illinois candidate Kwame Raoul outraised his GOP challengerErika Harold this quarter, bringing in a whopping $780,000 compared to Harold’s $230,000.
ATTN ON ARIZONA: Arizona candidate January Contreras outraised GOP-incumbent this quarter.

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


In Arizona, January Contreras was endorsed by End Citizen’s United as well as Arizona Pipe Trades Local 469 PAC.
Colorado’s Phil Weiser was endorsed by the Colorado AFL-CIO.
In Ohio, Steve Dettelbach was endorsed by US Senator from California Kamala Harris, and the Ohio AFL-CIO.
In Michigan, Dana Nessel was endorsed by former US Attorney Barbara McQuade.
Keith Ellison, from Minnesota, was endorsed by the American Federation of Government Employees.


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