Weather Authority Alert

UPDATE: Democratic AG hopeful wants public intervenor back

UPDATE: Democratic attorney general hopeful Jon Richards is promising to re-establish the public intervenor office within the state Department of Justice.

Jon Richards

UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 6:01 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic attorney general hopeful Jon Richards is promising to re-establish the public intervenor office within the state Department of Justice.

The position was created in 1967 to act as an advocate for the state's natural resources. Republicans eliminated the office in 1995, believing it had unfairly targeted businesses with expensive lawsuits.

Richards, a state representative from Milwaukee, said Tuesday restoring the office would honor Wisconsin's tradition of valuing natural resources.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ also are vying for the Democratic nomination. Ozanne says he would support re-establishing the office. Happ's campaign didn't immediately return an email message.

The only Republican running for attorney general is Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. His campaign also didn't immediately return an email.

Incumbent Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen isn't running for re-election.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

_________________________________________________

UPDATED Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 1:55 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards pledges to be "the people's attorney general" if elected, and says he won't defend every state law if he thinks it violates the U.S. Constitution or goes against the wishes of the people.

The 50-year-old spoke to reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee. Two other Democrats and one Republican are also in the race.

Richards started a petition this week calling on the state Department of Justice to stop defending the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He says if elected he won't defend the ban because public sentiment has shifted since Wisconsin voters approved the ban.

He says he'd also refuse to defend a law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. But he says he'd defend other laws with which he disagrees.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

_______________________________________________

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 6:24 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards is scheduled to take questions from a panel of reporters about his candidacy for Wisconsin attorney general.

The 50-year-old is one of three Democratic candidates. He has served in the Assembly since 1998 and was the assistant minority leader from 2003 to 2007.

He's scheduled to address reporters and community members Wednesday in Milwaukee.

On Monday he started a petition calling on the state Department of Justice to stop defending the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He says he believes in marriage equality and if elected he won't defend the ban.

The other Democratic candidates are two district attorneys: Ismael Ozanne in Dane County and Susan Happ from Jefferson County. The only Republican candidate is Brad Schimel, the district attorney in Waukesha County.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
NBC15 615 Forward Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53711 Business: 608-274-1515 Newsroom: 608-274-1500
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 245171631 - nbc15.com/a?a=245171631