Democratic challenger Josh Kaul is preparing to take on Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel for his job in the upcoming general election. Kaul has worked for years as a prosecutor – and dealt with large narcotics cases in Baltimore before moving back home to Wisconsin. Kaul argues the state is not properly addressing the opioid epidemic. Kaul says “I think we need to start responding to that like the crisis it is. There are four things I think we need to be doing more effectively. One is – I think we need to ensure that our enforcement efforts are targeting large-scale drug traffickers, people who are sending drugs like heroin and fentanyl and meth across county lines, state lines.”

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Democratic candidate for Attorney General Josh Kaul compares his career as a prosecutor with Republican opponent Brad Schimel. Kaul, whose majority of his career was spent as a prosecutor in Baltimore, discusses how he would have handled the backlog of untested rape kits differently. Kaul also weighs in on Schimel’s Affordable Care Act lawsuit that would strip away health care protections. Kaul supports protecting preexisting conditions and hiring more staff to reduce the waiting period crime labs send in DNA, drugs and gun evidence.

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GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democrat Josh Kaul sparred in a debate Sunday night over arming teachers, untested rape kits, medical marijuana, voter ID and Obamacare. Schimel and Kaul displayed some of their sharpest differences over school safety. Schimel touted a $100 million plan approved this year to help schools strengthen their buildings. He said he did not favor gun-free zones for schools, and said local officials should be able to decide whether to arm teachers.

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Despite his liberal personal politics, John Greene, a former assistant attorney general at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, was hired by a Republican attorney general and promoted into leadership by another. When Brad Schimel took office in 2015, that tradition — of respecting and rewarding competence and professionalism over politics — died, Greene said.

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Negative stories blasting Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s work as blatantly partisan, wasteful, shoddy, inept and error-riddled are not hard to find. Progressive news sources have called on him to resign, and recently one labeled him the “Worst Attorney General in Wisconsin History.” But Progressives and Democrats aren’t the only ones horrified by the incompetent mess and partisan machine Brad Schimel has sought to make of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in his four years as attorney general.

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