Trump bump: Court fights draw big money into AG races, including in Wisconsin

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Many Democratic state attorneys general have made legal challenges to Trump’s agenda a priority. Those fights, and the prospect of others, are drawing record contribution amounts into attorney general races in a number of states. In Wisconsin, AG Brad Schimel faces challenger Josh Kaul, who has raised about $175,000 since his April launch. > Reuters

Voting rights op-ed from AG challenger Josh Kaul

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This past Saturday was the one-year anniversary of a voting-rights victory that Josh Kaul and his colleagues won against Brad Schimel in federal court in Wisconsin. Kaul revisits the victory with updates in light of a Trump administration. > Josh Kaul Facebook page

State files first brief to U.S. Supreme Court in gerrymandering case

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State lawyers defending Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan filed their opening brief Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the high court should throw out the lawsuit brought by a group of state Democratic voters because they have “recycled arguments this court has already rejected, while attacking a plan that complies with traditional redistricting principles.” > Wisconsin State Journal

SCOTUS lifts block on Wisconsin ‘cocaine mom’ law during appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday let Wisconsin continue to enforce the detention of pregnant women suspected of abusing drugs or alcohol while the state appeals a lower court ruling that struck down the law. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have kept the injunction in place. > Reuters

AG Schimel reveals opioid investigation that could lead to multi-state lawsuit

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Attorney General Brad Schimel has taken the unusual step of revealing the state is investigating opioid manufacturers. Schimel announced that he and a group of attorneys general from other states have been looking into drug companies’ opioid marketing practices to see if any have engaged in illegal activity. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State seeks permission to continue ‘cocaine mom’ law against 25 pregnant women

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Wisconsin’s attorney general has asked a federal appeals court for an emergency order allowing the state to continue action against 25 women under its so-called cocaine mom law, recently found unconstitutional, while the state asks the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Records show AG Schimel opened office doors to NRA second full day on job

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Records obtained by One Wisconsin Now show that on his second full day in office, Attorney General Brad Schimel met privately in his office with the lead lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Schimel was endorsed by the NRA in his 2014 election. > One Wisconsin Now