Minnesota lawsuit takes aim at Sackler family’s alleged role in opioid crisis

Via Pioneer Press
By Christopher Magan

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the owners of the pharmaceutical company at the root of the opioid crisis were “motivated not by human dignity or the value of human life, but by unlimited greed.”

That’s the argument at the heart of an updated lawsuit Minnesota has brought against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia are suing the pharmaceutical company and its owners for allegedly lying about the addictive nature of powerful painkillers that caused a national addiction epidemic.

Ellison Names Chief of Staff, Transition Co-Chairs for Attorney General’s Office

MINNESOTA – Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison today announced that his Congressional Chief of Staff Donna Cassutt will serve as Chief of Staff in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office when he takes office in January. Ellison also announced today that Richard Allyn, former Solicitor General and Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Sarah Walker, civil rights and public policy leader, will serve as co-chairs for his transition into the Attorney General’s Office.

Keith Ellison: “This race is fundamentally a choice, and it's a clear one”

MINNESOTA – At a news conference with elected officials and advocates at the State Capitol this morning, Congressman Keith Ellison laid out the clear choice facing voters for Minnesota Attorney General this year. Full video of the news conference can be found here.

Joining Ellison for the news conference was Noah Johnson, a third-party candidate for Attorney General who has suspended his campaign to support Ellison for Attorney General. Also speaking this morning was Dr. Josie Johnson, longtime civil rights advocate, who stressed the stakes for human and civil rights in this election.

Wardlow Shows True Colors on Gun Safety, Reverses Support for Background Checks and Accepts NRA Donations

MINNESOTA – Congressman Keith Ellison and gun safety advocates today called out Republican Attorney General Candidate Doug Wardlow for flip-flopping in his support for criminal background checks on all gun sales in Minnesota. Not only has Wardlow lied about his support for this common sense provision, his latest campaign finance report reveals that he did so while accepting campaign donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Keith Ellison’s First Legislative Priority in the Attorney General’s Office Will Be to Ensure Nonpartisan Fairness in Office

MINNESOTA – Congressman Keith Ellison today announced that his first legislative priority in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office will be to call for civil service reform which will provide protection for attorneys in the office, to ensure they do not face discrimination based on political affiliation, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other protected status.

“The way you serve in elected office begins with the way you run your office,” said Ellison. “Minnesotans need to know they have a clear choice for a People’s Lawyer who will represent all Minnesotans. While my opponent has promised to run his office on the basis of political party, I will fight for the rights of every Minnesotan, regardless of race, religion, gender, zip code, or political party.”

Doug Wardlow Must Answer Whether He Violated Judicial Ethics Standards by Authoring Extreme, Far-Right Blog

MINNESOTA – Today, a news report detailed the extensive evidence suggesting Republican Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow authored an extreme, far-right blog in violation of judicial ethics standards during his time as a clerk for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Such a flagrant disregard for neutrality under the law would be extremely concerning for the state's top attorney, especially given Wardlow's pledge for a partisan purge in the office, and his longstanding history of discrimination.

Doug Wardlow’s Record of Discrimination Pushed by Trump to Supreme Court

MINNESOTA – Today, Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate for Minnesota Attorney General, and LGBT elected officials denounced Republican candidate Doug Wardlow’s record of discrimination which is headed for the United States Supreme Court.

“Minnesotans believe that everyone should be treated fairly, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation,” said Ellison. “Doug Wardlow’s career of discrimination has now caught the attention of President Trump, and threatens to allow LGBT people across the country to be fired simply for being who they are. Our state needs an Attorney General who will enforce the rights of all, not enact a political purge to push a discriminatory agenda.”

BREAKING: Trump Administration Pushes to Advance Wardlow's Discrimination Case to U.S. Supreme Court

MINNESOTA – Today, the Trump Administration asked the United States Supreme Court to take up a case and rule that businesses can discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law. The case the Trump Administration is asking the Court to consider was originally argued by Doug Wardlow on behalf of the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, to uphold the discriminatory firing of a funeral home employee in Michigan.

Workers Stand with Ellison to Oppose Wardlow’s Anti-Worker Agenda

MINNESOTA – Minnesota workers stood with Keith Ellison today to stress the need to elect an Attorney General who will defend workers’ rights, not hand more power to corporate special interests. During his single term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Wardlow championed so-called “right to work” laws which undermine the power of workers in favor of corporate special interests, making it harder for workers to band together for better wages and working conditions, resulting in lower incomes for families. For his opposition to policies which would help working families, Wardlow earned a rare zero percent rating from the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

Statement from Keith Ellison on Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Policy

MINNESOTA – Keith Ellison today released the following statement on his Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform policy as part of his campaign for Minnesota Attorney General.

“Since my time as a public defense attorney, I have seen too many lives ruined by the harsh enforcement of current marijuana policies. It is time we listen to the majority of Minnesotans who believe we should legalize marijuana and enact restorative justice for nonviolent offenders caught up in our justice system,” said Ellison. “We must focus our energy and resources on programs that will truly help keep our communities safe, including investment in rehabilitation for those suffering from addiction.”

APNewsBreak: Attorney: Ellison abuse claim unsubstantiated


Via Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An ex-girlfriend’s allegation that Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison once physically abused her could not be substantiated because she refused to provide video she said she had of the incident, an attorney with links to the state’s Democratic party who was hired to investigate the claims concluded in a draft report obtained by The Associated Press.

Keith Ellison Pledges to Defend the Affordable Care Act Against Republican Attacks as Attorney General

MINNESOTA – Congressman Keith Ellison today spoke out against attempts by Republican Attorneys General to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revoke protections for preexisting conditions. Yesterday afternoon, these Republican Attorneys General began oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn the ACA and protections for preexisting conditions. The Trump Administration has refused to defend the federal health law, leaving it to Democratic Attorneys General to stand up for the millions of Americans who have preexisting conditions or rely on the ACA for health care coverage.

Keith Ellison Releases “Working Family Protection Plan” to Defend Workers’ Rights and Family Budgets as Attorney General

MINNESOTA – At an annual picnic recognizing workers ahead of Labor Day, Congressman Keith Ellison today released his “Working Family Protection Plan,” to defend the rights of Minnesota workers and improve family budgets as Attorney General. Congressman Ellison’s plan would put workers’ rights ahead of corporate special interests; make health care more affordable and accessible for all families; and enforce the law to hold companies accountable when they don’t pay workers what they owe for the work they’ve done, or violate workplace safety standards.

Meet Doug Wardlow, the throwback homophobic candidate on Minnesota's 2018 ballot

Via City Pages

by Hannah Jones

In March 2017, before Doug Wardlow had won the Republican primary for a shot at becoming Minnesota’s Attorney General, he sat in on a meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board.

When his name was announced, Wardlow rose to the podium and bid the board members “good evening.” He told them he was there as a member of Alliance Defending Freedom, “a nonprofit legal organization that litigates in defense of free speech and religious liberty” in Minnesota and beyond.

Keith Ellison Releases “Family Farm Protection Plan” to Restore Fairness in Farming as Attorney General

MINNESOTA – Congressman Keith Ellison today announced his “Family Farm Protection Plan” to restore fairness in farming as Attorney General. Congressman Ellison’s plan would make health care more affordable and accessible for Minnesota farmers; enforce laws to break up corporate influence in agriculture, put power back in the hands of family farmers; and protect the rights of farmers throughout the state.

Keith Ellison to Hold Roundtable on How the Minnesota Attorney General Can Keep More Money in Workers’ Pockets

MINNESOTA – On Thursday, August 2, 2018, Congressman Keith Ellison will be joined in South St. Paul by local workers to discuss how the Minnesota Attorney General can help keep more money in workers’ pockets and ensure all Minnesotans are paid fairly for the work they do. Ellison will highlight how the Minnesota Attorney General can enforce wage theft and equal pay laws to better ensure a fair economy for all, not just those already succeeding.