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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
MINNESOTA – Health care experts and advocates joined Congressman Keith Ellison today to stress the need to elect an Attorney General who will take massive pharmaceutical corporations to court for price-gouging practices which are pushing health care costs higher for Minnesota families.
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.
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.”
By KYLE POTTER
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.
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.
MINNESOTA – Today, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, began confirmation hearings with the United States Senate. Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate for Minnesota Attorney General and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, released the following statement in response.
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.
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.
MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced their endorsement of Congressman Keith Ellison to be Minnesota’s next Attorney General. In endorsing Ellison, MNA cited Ellison’s commitment to increasing access to affordable and accessible health care for all.
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.
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.
MINNESOTA – Congressman Keith Ellison today released the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by eight Attorneys General against the Trump Administration, seeking to block the online distribution of plans for 3D printed guns. In his campaign for Minnesota Attorney General, Congressman Ellison has earned recognition as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate and a Protect Minnesota Orange Star Candidate.
St. Paul – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council announced Monday the endorsement of Keith Ellison for Attorney General ahead of the DFL primary on August 14th. Members from all three main Locals in Minnesota shared excitement in supporting Ellison’s campaign to become the “People’s Lawyer.”