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(19 Feb 2019) Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says President Donald Trump’s declaring a national emergency to complete a southern border wall is an improper use of presidential authority, and has political goals.
Minnesota has joined 15 other states in suing to block Trump’s emergency declaration.
Ellison, a Democrat, says no matter what people think of Trump’s goal of building a wall, his action violates the Separation of Powers Doctrine and penalizes the states that already have made plans for the money that Trump is planning to divert to fulfill a campaign pledge.
In Minnesota, Ellison says Trump’s emergency declaration “would obliterate the idea of what a real emergency is.”
Ellison says emergency declarations have been invoked properly in the state for disasters like tornadoes and floods, but “never before has somebody just flagrantly done this for political purposes and political gain.”
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Minnesota’s attorney general race might make history this year. Voters could elect the state’s first Republican in half a century – and TV ads are making it among the most polarizing elections of the year, reports Pat Kessler (2:09).
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Tuesday was the final chance for candidates to file for political office in Minnesota. State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center and Third District Congressman Keith Ellison both jumped into the race for Minnesota attorney general.
If elected, Ellison promises to fight for all Minnesotans no matter what their race, religion or economic background is.
“We say the Pledge of Allegiance and when we say it we put our hand on our heart and say, ‘liberty and justice for all,’” Ellison said. “There are no exceptions. Nobody is cut out of that.”
Hilstrom says she will try to combat the opioid crisis.
“I’ve been carrying legislation surrounding that issue,” said Hilstrom. “I will be a champion and a leader.”
She added, “We have consistently seen that attorney generals are the front line of what’s been happening in Washington, D.C. and I plan to be a strong voice for Minnesotans.”
Dayton Supports Ellison for Attorney General
Governor Mark Dayton has already weighed in on the attorney general’s race. He’s putting his support behind Ellison.
“He will be the People’s lawyer, in the truest sense,” Dayton told the media.
Last 72 Hours “Chaotic”
A scrum of media showed up at the Secretary of State’s Office in St. Paul to watch Ellison and Hilstrom put pen to paper and declare that they want to be Minnesota’s next Attorney General.
“They have very, very different constituencies here,” said Hamline University political expert David Schultz.
The Ellison-Hilstrom declarations capped off a frantic few days that Schultz called, “the most chaotic in Minnesota political history since Paul Wellstone’s plane crash in 2002.”
“In the last 72 hours or so the Democratic Party is going through an enormous amount of upheavals at this point,” Schultz added.
Ellison’s decision to give up his Third District Congressional seat after six terms has major repercussions on the northwest suburbs. As of Tuesday evening, three Republicans and six Democrats applied to run for Ellison’s seat. The Democrats include former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Keliher and state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the nation’s first Somali-American elected to public office.
Eric Nelson, reporting
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Keith Ellison on Tuesday filed to run for Minnesota attorney general, jumping into the race on the day of the filing deadline. Ellison will remain in his seat in Congress, but will not run for reelection. He’ll also remain as deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee during his campaign. Current Attorney General Lori Swanson failed to get re-nominated for her job at the Democrat-Farmer-Labor convention over the weekend. Ellison will enter a crowded primary.