August 17, 2018

August 29, 2018

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

PENNSYLVANIA GRAND JURY REPORT: Surrounded by survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests at a press conference this week, Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro revealed a grand jury investigative report with comprehensive findings.  This 18-month investigation uncovered the abuse of children by priests and the systematic cover-up spanning decades by senior church leaders in Pennsylvania and the Vatican. AG Shapiro criticized Catholic Church officials for “weaponizing the Catholic Faith.” The report named over 300 accused priests throughout dioceses in Pennsylvania. Read more about the Grand Jury report here.

NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE: InStyle profiled Massachusetts AG Maura Healey this week. A key theme? AG Healey is not afraid to ruffle feathers to stand up for her team – her team being the people of Massachusetts. Read the full profile here.

FORGET TO SET THE DVR? Virginia AG Mark Herring joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week to talk about the incredible work Democratic AGs are doing and the responsibility they have to protect our democracy. Catch the full clip here.

SEND IN THE REINFORCEMENTS: Daily Kos rolled out state Attorney General endorsements noting “from the moment Donald Trump took office, Democratic attorneys general have been at the front lines of the resistance, fighting back against his worst policies in court. Now we need to send in reinforcements!” Daily Kos endorsed six of DAGA’s 2018 candidates: January Contreras (AZ), Phil Weiser (CO), Dana Nessel (MI),  Aaron Ford (NV), Steve Dettelbach (OH), and Josh Kaul (WI). Read the full endorsement from Carolyn Fiddler here.

JOE BIDEN KNOWS WE NEED MORE DEMOCRATIC AGS: Vice President Joe Biden rolled out his initial Attorney General endorsements for Aaron Ford in Nevada, Steve Dettelbach in Ohio, and Josh Kaul in Wisconsin this week—and we know there are more to come!

ELECTION UPDATES: 81 days until the midterm election!

PRIMARY REPORT: Tuesday’s primary locked in four more 2018 races. In Connecticut, William Tong won a contested primary as did Keith Ellison in Minnesota. In Wisconsin, Josh Kaul ran uncontested as did Vermont AG TJ Donovan.


  • DAGA endorsed William Tong in Connecticut following the primary. DAGA Executive Director Sean Rankin said that “Tong will work tirelessly to protect the people of Connecticut and put their needs above special interests.” Read DAGA’s full endorsement statement here.
  • In Colorado, Phil Weiser was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado.
  • In Florida, Sean Shaw picked up the Palm Beach Post endorsement for the primary and the Florida League of Conservation Voters this week.
  • In Wisconsin, Josh Kaul earned the Wisconsin Gazette endorsement.

UPCOMING DATES: Aug. 21: Alaska, Wyoming primaries. — Aug. 28: Arizona, Florida primaries and Oklahoma primary runoffs. — Sept. 4: Massachusetts primaries. — Sept. 6: Delaware primaries. — Sept. 11: New Hampshire primaries. — Sept. 12: Rhode Island primaries. — Sept. 13: New York (state-level) primaries

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