Vote Josh Kaul for At­tor­ney Gen­eral

Wisconsin Gazette - - News Anal­y­sis -

Brad Schimel helped de­fend the state’s ger­ry­man­dered po­lit­i­cal map. Josh Kaul, his Demo­cratic chal­lenger, as­sisted with ef­forts to have it struck down in fed­eral court.

That’s just one of many is­sues on which the two con­tenders dif­fer. Un­like Schimel, Kaul would act as a lawyer for all the peo­ple, not just his party’s wealthy donors, he said.

He’d would sup­port ef­forts to ex­pand voter par­tic­i­pa­tion. Schimel, on the other hand, has openly bragged about the suc­cess of Repub­li­cans’ photo ID law in keep­ing youth and mi­nor­ity vot­ers away from the polls.

“I’ve gone to court to chal­lenge voter re­stric­tions in sev­eral states,” Kaul said.

Kaul would also en­force en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions. Schimel has ig­nored big pol­luters, who are ma­jor Repub­li­can donors, and he’s sup­ported suits to over­turn Obama-era en­vi­ron­men­tal and wildlife pro­tec­tions.

Fi­nan­cial penal­ties for pol­lu­tion dropped to a 30-year low un­der Schimel. In a bizarre de­ci­sion, he told in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources that, when con­sid­er­ing per­mits for wells that pump over 100,000 gal­lons of wa­ter per day, they could not take into ac­count the ef­fect of those wells on the wa­ter ta­ble.

“Our AG should be se­ri­ous about even­hand­edly en­forc­ing our en­vi­ron­men­tal laws,” Kaul said.

Kaul would also sup­port the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana, which Schimel op­poses.

Kaul would fo­cus drug-en­force­ment ef­forts on tar­get­ing large-scale traf­fikcers. As a for­mer fed­eral prose­cu­tor, he has the ex­pe­ri­ence to do it.

To re­duce shoot­ings, Kaul sup­ports ban­ning peo­ple with a his­tory of vi­o­lence from gun own­er­ship, out­law­ing bump­stocks and uni­ver­sal back­ground checks.

Kaul is em­i­nently qual­i­fied and will work for the peo­ple. Vote for him on Nov. 6.

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