Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into '22 governor's race
Pennsylvania's high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday, entering the 2022 race months after making his intentions known and effectively clearing the field of potential rivals for the Democratic nomination. Shapiro, a familiar presence on cable TV news who has spent nearly two decades in elective office, will launch a bid to become the state's chief executive with a speech in Pittsburgh, campaign communications director Will Simons confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday. The 48-year-old Shapiro is a self-described progressive who led a nationally prominent investigation into sexual abuse of children by clergy and further raised his political profile by pushing back against Donald Trump's effort to overturn his presidential election loss last year.news.yahoo.com
Gov. Ralph Northam endorses Jay Jones over incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring
(AP Photo/Steve Helber) RIGHT: Jay Jones picture from his campaign websiteOn Thursday morning, rather than the man he’s served beside for four years, Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed the Democrat looking to halt two-term Attorney General Mark Herring’s reelection campaign, Jay Jones. Simply put, Ralph Northam is the most consequential governor in the history of this Commonwealth.”AdIf elected, Jones would be Virginia’s first Black attorney general. Jones’ opponent, Mark Herring won the 2017 race for attorney general, beating Republican John Donley Adams by 175,850 votes, with 53.3% of all votes cast. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (WSLS)In the election prior, 2013, Herring only defeated his Republican challenger, Mark Dudley Obenshain, by 165 votes.
Attorney General Mark Herring creates Virginia’s first worker protection unit
RICHMOND, Va. – Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday the designation of the Virginia Attorney General’s first Worker Protection Unit, a multidisciplinary team of prosecutors and attorneys within the Office of Attorney General. It will be led by a dedicated criminal prosecutor, that will focus on investigating, stopping and prosecuting individuals and businesses who unlawfully engage in worker exploitation, in addition to educating Virginia workers on their rights. Ad“Misclassification, payroll fraud, and wage theft are somewhat complicated terms, but at their simplest they are all instances of business owners and managers stealing from their hardworking employees,” said Herring. “For way too long, Virginia’s weak worker protection laws have made it way too easy for business managers, owners, and labor brokers to cheat their workers and cheat the Commonwealth. The Unit will also engage, as needed, with state agencies that have enforcement and oversight authority around worker protection laws including the Virginia Department of Taxation, Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, and Office of Inspector General.
Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland pledges broad probe into roots of Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, during his swearing in confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC, February 22, 2021. The investigation, which has resulted in more than 200 charges, is among the largest in Justice Department history, officials have said. Leaders of the Justice Department have indicated that the inquiry into the storming of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump remains in its early stages. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that the matter was up to the Justice Department when asked about it at a briefing last week. Grassley was referring to the contentious confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused of sexual misconduct.cnbc.com
Attorney General: Cyberattack "certainly appears" to be Russia
Attorney General: Cyberattack "certainly appears" to be Russia Outgoing Attorney General William Barr says it "certainly appears" Russia was behind recent cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies, in a departure from President Trump's pointing the finger at China this weekend in his first comments on the far-reaching attack uncovered earlier this month. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins CBSN for a closer look.cbsnews.com
‘It’s a really important step’: Virginia Attorney General touts win in defense of mask mandate
RICHMOND, Va. – Wearing a mask in public buildings will continue to be mandatory in Virginia. A lawsuit filed in the state’s 20th Judicial Circuit challenging Governor Northam’s mandate issued last month lost in court Monday. The state attorney general's office argued in defense of the mandate. Attorney General Mark Herring said masks help keep people safe and show others you care about them. This is the tenth case the attorney general’s office has won in defense of the state’s coronavirus regulations.