DAGA Weekly Update – March 8
March 8, 2019
Here is what happened this week for DAGA and our Democratic Attorneys General:
TAKING ON TRUMP ON TITLE X: This week, 23 Democratic AGs challenged the #Trump administration’s new Title X “Gag Rule”. If implemented, these new rules would significantly restrict access to reproductive health services for women and families and even bar providers like Planned Parenthood from referring patients for abortions.
- On Monday, California AG Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the rule. “This illegal Title X rule denies patients access to critical healthcare services and prevents doctors from providing comprehensive and accurate information about medical care,” noted AG Becerra in a
- On Tuesday, DAGA Co-chair Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum led a 21 Democratic AG coalition with New York AG Tish James challenging Trump’s rule. More from Jezebel’s Prachi Gupta here and check out this tweet thread for a comprehensive list of quotes from each of the 21 Democratic AGs.
- Additionally, on Tuesday, Washington AG Bob Ferguson filed a parallel lawsuit opposing the administration’s rule. “This is a transparent attack on Planned Parenthood that disproportionately harms low-income women in rural Washington,” said AG Ferguson. My office will stand up for Washington women to challenge this unlawful presidential action.”
CLIP OF THE WEEK: DAGA Co chair Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum joined Ali Velshi on MSNBC this week to discuss her leadership on the lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Title X “Gag Rule.” “This Title X ‘gag rule’ is an astonishing setback to the quality of care for four million vulnerable Americans, but particularly for women.” Watch the full interview with AG Rosenblum here!
SAVING THE CENSUS: California AG Xavier Becerra scored another win this week when a second federal judge ruled that the Trump administration’s proposed addition of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census was unconstitutional, blocking the question from appearing on the census questionnaire. “Justice has prevailed for each and every Californian who should raise their hands to be counted in the 2020 Census without being discouraged by a citizenship question,” said AG Becerra of the recent ruling. Learn more from NPR here.
“I FEEL LIKE I KNOW YOU”: During President Trump’s address to state AGs during the National Association of Attorneys General winter meeting in D.C. this week, President Trump personally acknowledged DAGA Co-chair District of Columbia AG Karl Racine, thanking him for his work on the First Step Act and noting “Karl..I feel…like I know you.” AG Racine wittily responded, “I feel like I know you, too.” For the full exchange, check out this coverage from the Washington Post.
NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK: In honor of Consumer Protection Week, Michigan AG Dana Nessel and Colorado AG Phil Weiser released lists of top 10 consumer complaints to help their constituents make well informed decisions about their personal and financial information. Nevada AG Aaron Ford also hosted several events to emphasize consumer protection tips.
CLIMATE FIGHTERS IN ACTION: In conjunction with the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center’s Special Report release, Connecticut AG William Tong, Maryland AG Brian Frosh, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, and New York AG Tish James joined a press conference to discuss how Democratic AGs are combatting the Trump administration’s attacks on environmental protections. For more on the State Impact Center findings, check out the full report entitled “Climate & Health Showdown in the Courts: State Attorneys General Prepare to Fight.
ON THE TRAIL: JRC FOR MISSISSIPPI
Meet Jennifer Riley-Collins, the Democrat running in 2019 that is ready to serve the people of Mississippi as State Attorney General. JRC is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Mississippi, served over thirty years of military service, and spent her career fighting for vulnerable youth, standing up for veterans, and pushing for criminal justice reform. Get to know more about Jennifer Riley Collins on her website and Facebook page.