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#TBT me and my sisters in 1979, the last year before Reagan, when we still regularly enforced antitrust laws, when there were less than one 10th the number of people incarcerated now in the US. Let's turn Reagan's agenda upside down.
Sorry must be clear: the 1/10th number is people in jails and prisons for drug related crimes. The overall number was about 1/4th what it is now, taking population into account.
The point is not sentimentality but that we do not need to accept the status quo in incarceration, antitrust, or hundreds of other areas.

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Aug 16, 2018
Ever since Tish James declared in a New York Times interview that “It’s really critically important that I not be known as the ‘Sheriff on Wall Street,” Sean Patrick Maloney has been touting himself as the next Sheriff of Wall Street.
He has even been running digital ads, but his record says otherwise. Donald Trump made deregulating Wall Street a priority and in Congress, Maloney voted 34% of the time with Trump, including to rollback consumer financial protections of the Dodd-Frank Act.
He was one of only two New York Democrats to do so. Maloney is also raising vast sums of money from real estate and Wall Street interests. The Durst Organization contributed $150,000 to Maloney, or more than a fifth of his entire filing, through a series of eight different LLCs.
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Aug 15, 2018
The job of Attorney General is fundamentally different than legislative jobs. As I tell supporters all the time, I support Single Payer, eg, but legislation is different than litigation, what you want to know is how I'll sue big pharma. The job is legal strategy and leadership.
When you are used to comparing candidates for Congress, it takes a big shift to think about an AG race. For AG, you want to know about law, strategy, untapped litigation possibilities, general industry concerns and underused powers. Independence and expertise are key.
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Jul 29, 2018
Powerful men use threats and intimidation--including the threat of litigation--to ensure that accusations are never heard. For instance, Bruce Ratner brought a defamation lawsuit against Melanie Kohler immediately after she went public with her accusations.
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To protect against this use of expensive litigation to quiet public accusation, several states have anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) legislation. SLAPP lawsuits are suits brought to retaliate against those who exercise their First Amendment rights.
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Jul 8, 2018
Want to talk about Congressman Jim Jordan? In New York State, powerful insiders have been covering up sexual misconduct for years, enabled by an ethics agency (JCOPE) that protects instead of investigates power. Last month I called for the head of JCOPE, Seth Agata, to resign.
The disaster of JCOPE is a walking wound for the women who have been harassed, lost jobs, whose complaints have been shut out by Albany insiders. None of my AG opponents in this race have joined me in calling for Agata to resign. He is too deeply politically connected.
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Jul 6, 2018
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The EPA, that is supposed to protect our land, air, water, and health, the EPA, has been corrupted from within. It is run by dirty energy insiders and lobbyists.
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Jul 5, 2018
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The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Underwood shows how Donald Trump has flagrantly abused his charity, using it as a piggy bank to make personal purchases and settle personal lawsuits.
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