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Andy Dawkins is a former Minnesota state legislator with 15 years experience, and the Minnesota Green Party’s candidate for Attorney General in 2014. A “people’s lawyer” who has made a career of representing underdogs against powerful interests, Dawkins is running against an incumbent Democrat who he says has abandoned progressive Minnesotans on key issues like gun safety, environmental protection, marriage equality, worker’s rights, and marijuana legalization.
Dawkins is an advocate for ranked-choice voting (aka instant runoff voting); he first became involved with the Minnesota Greens during their successful campaigns to enact RCV in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is also critical of the incumbent AG’s support for sulfide mining, which the Greens oppose as an ecological disaster in the making (congressional candidate Skip Sandman is gaining significant support on this issue).
If Dawkins gets at least 1%, he can regain minor party status for the MN Greens, and at least 5% will gain major party status. Either status would allow the party to qualify for campaign subsidies through the state income tax check-off, and major party status comes with additional benefits.
Contribute to Andy Dawkins’ campaign today to help the Minnesota Greens win major party status and continue to grow stronger!
The Delaware News-Journal reports:
A former prosecutor is the latest to join the race for attorney general in November’s general election.
Catherine Damavandi officially launched her campaign last week for the top law enforcement job in the state and is the only candidate with experience at the Department of Justice, something she said is missing among the other candidates. Continue Reading
Minnesota Public Radio reports on Andy Dawkins for MN Attorney General:
Andy Dawkins wants to be Minnesota’s next attorney general. But don’t expect him to follow the usual script.
He supports legalizing marijuana, wants to limit money in politics, protect private data and stop copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota. He’s been speaking out on civil rights, environmental issues and what he sees as the shortcomings of his former party.
He may also be the Green Party’s best chance in years to regain major-party status. With six candidates in the attorney general race this fall, he’s making the most noise in what is typically a quiet contest. Continue Reading
The New York Observer reports on Ramon Jimenez, New York Green Party candidate for Attorney General:
Ramon Jimenez–a Green Party challenger to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman–today argued that Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is too intimately tied to law enforcement to prosecute the officers involved in the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner.
Noting that Mr. Donovan has repeatedly received the endorsements of top cop unions and works with police in the prosecution of criminal offenses, the Harvard-educated Mr. Jimenez said that the Staten Island lawman cannot fairly bring justice in the case of Mr. Garner–who medical examiners determined last week died as a result of being placed in a throat restraint by undercover officers. Mr. Jimenez instead called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or for a federal indictment of the police involved.
“It certainly should be taken out of the hands of the Staten Island D.A.,” Mr. Jimenez said. “Donovan is very close to the police in Staten Island, we don’t know if there will be clarity.”
Read the full article at the New York Observer.
The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports on Andy Dawkins for Minnesota Attorney General:
A former Democratic state representative filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday as a Green Party candidate, saying voters aren’t content with the two established parties and are looking for a viable alternative to be the state’s lead lawyer.
Andy Dawkins, who represented a St. Paul district in the House for 15 years, said he’ll run on a message of limiting money in politics and combating policies that make personal data too readily available. He said he supports legalizing “sensible” use of recreational marijuana. Continue Reading
From Christopher Keating at the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch Blog:
The Green Party of Connecticut nominated a slate of candidates Saturday for the November election for attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, and secretary of the state.
Based on state law, the party has ballot lines for 2010 for those statewide positions. But since the party lacked the necessary 1 percent of the vote in the 2006 governor’s race, the party does not have an automatic ballot line for governor in 2010.
For attorney general, Stephen Fournier – a Hartford attorney with 30 years of active practice at the bar – gained the party’s nomination.
For secretary of the state, longtime candidate Michael DeRosa of Wethersfield accepted the party’s nod. DeRosa ran in 2006, but he was unable to get into a debate against Democrat Susan Bysiewicz.
David Bue, an investment adviser from Westport, will be the candidate for treasurer against Democratic incumbent Denise Nappier, while Colin Bennet of Westbrook has the party’s support for comptroller in the race against longtime Democratic incumbent Nancy Wyman. Continue Reading