Wisconsin's Attorney General is on the ballot this week and it has become an increasingly close race with incumbent Brad Schimel leading Democrat attorney Josh Kaul 47 to 45 percent in the latest Marquette poll.
Attorneys general races often have a lower profile, garnering less media coverage and public attention than gubernatorial or Congressional races. Yet the role is one of the most significant in the executive branch and wields sizable prosecutorial discretion and influence over citizens' lives.
All AGs have political discretion, but some former and current Department of Justice employees say Brad Schimel takes his too far.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and his Democratic opponent Josh Kaul outlined their views a series of issues facing the state during their first debate Friday night.
Two national groups aimed at electing partisan attorneys general, the Republican Attorneys General Association and Democratic Attorneys General Association, are collectively spending more than $4 million on ads in Wisconsin's race this fall.
Democrats are criticizing Brad Schimel for declining to file suit as he seeks reelection. Schimel says he is committed to settlement efforts, even if the method is less politically convenient.
Attorney General Brad Schimel is using a lawsuit aimed at repealing the federal Affordable Care Act to raise money for his re-election campaign, a move his opponents call a hypocritical waste of taxpayer dollars.
If Attorney General Brad Schimel is successful in his lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it would Wisconsin’s most vulnerable would hurt, Democratic Attorney General candidate Josh Kaul said Thursday. “That suit is not in the interest of Wisconsinites. It’s wrong,” he said.
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If he’s elected Wisconsin’s next Attorney General, Democrat Josh Kaul said Thursday he will work to expand enforcement of the state’s environmental and consumer protection laws, as well as more aggressively pursue pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Monday the state Department of Justice has finished testing a backlog of 4,154 sexual assault kits, the culmination of a multi-year effort led by the state and several nonpartisan, nonprofit groups.
Nearly three years after Wisconsin kicked off an expansive initiative to catalog and test old sexual assault kits, Attorney General Brad Schimel said Tuesday that the state has completed its inventory and sent each kit designated for testing to private labs. Testing is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.
Wisconsin officials say they are in the process of testing thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits statewide. But there has been some dispute over what that means, exactly, and if the state is moving fast enough.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice along with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, victim advocates, and local law enforcement agencies have devised a statewide approach to ensure a backlog doesn’t happen again and aims to only test kits where the victim gave their consent.