State Attorney Generals are on the front line!

Fighting voter suppression and excesses of the Trump Administration

Helping flip state legislators and state governors can be very important in changing states from red to blue.  State Attorneys General can also be very important because they often get involved in issues involving voter rights and voter suppression.

State AGs are the chief legal advisors in their state. Though the role can differ by state, generally this means that state AGs are the heads of their state departments of justice and the chief law enforcement officer for their state. Many states elect their Attorney General while in other states the Governor, State Supreme Court, or State Legislature appoints the Attorney General.

In 2016, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) was substantially revamped and reenergized.  Its support has an important factor in the election of more Democratic AGs.  Several states were able to flip their Attorney General from red to blue and Democrats now hold the majority of AG positions in the country.

More recently, three days after DAGA threatened legal action against Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, 16 states sued the president in federal court. Three of those states—Colorado, Michigan and Nevada had flipped from Republican to Democratic AGs.  (Vermont has now joined this suit.)  In Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia, financial and other support provided by DAGA was instrumental in electing Democratic AGs despite aggressive campaigns by Republicans to elect their own candidates.

There are about 13 AG races coming up in 2019 and 2020.  Three races are occurring in 2019—Kentucky (Democratic incumbent—Primary May 21, General Nov 5), Mississippi (Democratic incumbent–Primary Aug 6, General Nov 5) and Louisiana (Republican incumbent–Primary Aug 12, General Nov 16).  Here’s the map of all the 2019-2020 races: https://democraticags.org/meet-the-candidates/

In terms of supporting state AGs, there are two ways to do so:

  1. Supporting DAGA with donations; and/or,
  2. Finding a particular AG race that has a reasonable chance of flipping from red to blue and supporting that campaign directly.  Or, conversely, a race where a Democratic incumbent faces a strong challenger.

DAGA is also committed to the success of its peer Democratic committees. Where Democratic AGs wish to run for another office such as Governor or U.S. Senate, they provide the staff assistance and operational support to AGs to make sure they are equipped to run and win. If DAGA succeeds in these aims, then the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have a better chance of succeeding in theirs.

For more detail about DAGA and AGs in general, see: https://democraticags.org/

Jud Lawrie, Essex Junction