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Political Allies and Political Opponents in the Legislative and Executive Branches

Sept. 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET | Political Allies and Political Opponents in the Legislative and Executive Branches: How to Maintain the Integrity of the Office of the Attorney General While Getting the Peoples' Work Done

Open to the public

Attorneys general are often presented with legislatures or an office of the governor controlled by the opposite political party, which may give rise to potential political confrontations. In some cases, the legislative or the executive branch, or both, are controlled by the same political party as the attorney general, thereby setting up an expectation that the attorney general will use his or her office to promote and protect the political positions of that party to the potential detriment of the rule of law. In either circumstance, the attorney general’s agency budget and statutory power are potentially subject to the control and political whims of a legislative or executive branch wielding the “power of the purse” or going to court to extract compliance from the attorney general. This panel will discuss how select attorneys general handled such challenges to the power and independence of the office. 

Moderator

  • Doug Peterson, Nebraska Attorney General

Panelists

  • Tom Miller, Iowa Attorney General
  • Cynthia Coffman, Former Colorado Attorney General (2015-2019)
  • Jim Hood, Former Mississippi Attorney General (2004-2020)

Fireside Chat

  • Doug Peterson, Nebraska Attorney General
  • Pam Carter, Former Indiana Attorney General (1993-1997)

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