Attorneys General

Why they matter

Attorneys general oversee the enforcement of federal laws and executive orders in their state. If they don’t enforce them, the government can sue them; but attorneys general can also sue the government over the constitutionality of laws or executive orders. Right now, Republican attorneys general are suing the federal government over DACA and the Affordable Care Act. These lawsuits are a backdoor way to repeal federal laws. But even if the court doesn’t ultimately repeal a law, it could delay (enjoin) it until a verdict is reached. For the ACA, this means millions could lose their health insurance while the case is pending; and if the court sides with the Republican attorneys general, the ACA gets repealed.

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How can we fix this?

If we elect Democratic attorneys general, they’ll throw out the above (and similar) lawsuits against things like the ACA and DACA. Also, Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration over the removal of Obama-era environmental protections, net neutrality, and the ‘Muslim ban’ (which the Supreme Court upheld). In short, attorneys general may be the most direct check on the Trump administration over the next two years, so we need to elect Democrats to the position in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin. Also, we need to elect Democratic governors in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Wyoming, because they appoint the attorney general (as does the state legislature in Maine).

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