If the possibility of arming teachers becomes much of a campaign issue this fall, you’ll find plenty of distance between the candidates for Wisconsin’s attorney general. Attorney General Brad Schimel and his opponent Josh Kaul could be farther apart on guns in schools. But that might be tough. Democrat Josh Kaul says his GOP incumbent again displayed his extreme stances in the last few days by saying the decision to arm teachers should be left to school districts and that his office would help with training if it came to that.
Here is the money trail for 3M, which the Department of Natural Resources is investigating again after air pollution control equipment at 3M’s Wausau factory failed in April and records show the company didn’t properly report emissions in 2016 and 2017. The equipment malfunction follows a controversial 2016 settlement by GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel’s Justice Department that let the company fix air pollution problems in 2014 and 2015 at two of its Wausau sites, but pay no fine. Former Justice Department and Department of Natural Resources officials criticized the settlement as too lenient.
A group of former assistant Wisconsin attorneys generals are attacking Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel as he fights for re-election. Schimel’s opponent, Democrat Josh Kaul, released a letter Monday signed by forty-five assistant attorneys general.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says school districts should be able to decide whether or not to arm teachers, but he’d help them make sure it’s “done the best way possible.” This comes after a New York Times report showed that Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal funding to purchase guns for teachers.
Attorney General Brad Schimel isn’t saying whether he would seek to stop the manufacturing of plastic firearms imperceptible to metal detectors but suggested the Department of Justice is studying the issue. Twenty Democratic and one Republican attorneys general sent a letter this week to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging them to withdraw from an agreement that would result in the release of blueprints to produce plastic guns using a 3D printer. A handful of other top state prosecutors have filed a lawsuit over the matter.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Brad Schimel’s campaign Wednesday, alleging it has accepted more than the legal limit from a political action committee.
Former federal prosecutor Josh Kaul’s campaign for Attorney General is off to a strong start. The campaign announced today that Kaul has been endorsed by U.S. Representative Gwen Moore, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, and more than 20 other current and former elected officials from across the state. The campaign also announced that, in just over 2½ months, Kaul raised more than $170,000.In endorsing Kaul, Rep. Pocan said: “I’m proud to wholeheartedly support Josh Kaul, and I look forward to working alongside him to make sure he’s elected as our next Attorney General. As a federal prosecutor, Josh took on violent criminals—and won. He’s gone to court to defend our constitutional rights—and won.”