Broad Strokes: Unprecedented Turnover and More ‘Political’ State Attorneys General

February 7, 2023

With 18 new Attorneys General assuming their new roles this year − an unprecedented changing of the legal guardians − much of the old-school ways of collaboration may be in jeopardy. Gone are the days when Attorneys General were perceived as the only apolitical group of elected officials and an Attorney General may not even have known the political party of the Attorney General sitting next to him or her. As DAGA and RAGA continue to ascend in power, the collegiality of NAAG is waning. This tension may be seen by Attorneys General wading in on both sides of enforcement in the wake of major Supreme Court decisions around student loan, abortion, gun, and immigration issues. The one state Attorney General organization that has benefitted from maintaining an above-the-political-fray position seems to be the AGA (Attorney General Alliance), formerly known as CWAG.

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