A few hours before President Donald Trump last night entered the Pink Garden to announce his intention to announce a national emergency so that he could build his long-awaited border wall.
"We do not hesitate to use our legal authority to protect the rule of law," said the 56-year-old attorney general in Washington, DC, in a brief statement.
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This is the attitude that Racine has become almost a routine, which, being co-chair of the national association of democratic lawyers, plays a rather noticeable but extremely influential role in the fight against the Trump administration in elections, in courts and in mass media information.
The last few years have been an unusual high profile of the American legal system. The president finds himself in personal and professional danger. Some of his former assistants and advisers were charged with criminal cases. Each step of the administration is subject to large litigation.
But while the public was fascinated by the legal issues of Trump, Racin calmly built up the ability of Democrats to check their administration at the state level. Without much attention, he calmly acts as, perhaps, the most important player in restoring democratic influence in the American legal system.
As District Attorney General, Racine, runs a lawsuit against the claims of allegedly corrupt foreign governments. Trump International Hotel in central Washington, with Maryland A. Bryan Froth. As co-chair of DAGA, he helped coordinate the legal and policy lawsuits that are appealing to Tramp's administration of matters, including the separation of children and parents at the Mexican border, compliance with the Act on Affordable Medical Care and the Protection of DACA Recipients. More significant is that Racine was the architect of one of the least discussed but most far-reaching election results in November: the Democrats won most of the nationwide lawyers' posts ̵
All this put Racine on the trajectory for … well, what exactly? Washington, DC, has no senators or members of Congress voting. He can go back to private practice, but his passion for public service and the desire to make lengthy changes make the social arena more attractive, which led some of his friends and colleagues speculating that he could put himself in line to take a senior post on The Department of Justice, if the Democrat returns to the White House in 2020 – maybe the Attorney General or the deputy AG, or even as he suggested to the Attorney General POLITICO,
However, such speculation does not matter: without having any of these loans , Racine has helped change the American legal system. Three days after he threatened to sue Tramp's declaration of a national emergency, 16 states sued the president in a federal court. Three of these states – Colorado, Michigan and Nevada – have moved from Republicans to democratic AGs under the watch of Racine.
But you will not hear any praise from Racine: "I was brought up, brought up and trained to not cover my role in the team.
The most important fact to know about Carl Racine is that he is competitive as hell. Former college athlete, he has a huge design – his shoulders and biceps fill jackets with striped costumes without threatening. He is kind. Warm Possible.
But he likes – no, he needs – to win.
"I am flavored with the competitive spirit that I have had my whole life," he said in an interview with POLITICO. – I do not come easily. I've always had to prove myself. "
Racin emigrated from Haiti at the age of 3, grew up in the Northwest DC and attended a high college of St. After graduating he went to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a captain of the basketball team, led him to a pair of Ivy League championships and made the second team of all-Ivy teams twice. (He also played a key role in one chapter of the summer rivalry of Penn Princeton, when in the last seconds of hard play he was infected by Craig Robinson, the brother of the upcoming first lady Michelle Obama, and sank two penalties. He still knows that he is playing hoops, sometimes against his friend and constituent, former US Attorney General Eric Holder.
After college, Racine received a law degree from Virginia University and returned to the county., to work for a short time as a public defender before turning to private practice. He landed at Venable, one of the largest white shoe firms, where his colleagues elected him as managing partner in 2006, making him the first African-American to be in any of the top 100 American law firms with the title of Managing Partner.  Representative Beto O'Rourke sits on a bench near the Texas station and talks to his mobile phone. ” data-size=”promo_xsmall_rectangle”/>
"Carl Racin is not a natural politician," said Tom Lindenfeld. political operative and former advisor to Washington, DC, mayor of Muriel Bowser, rival Racine. "He does not … devotes his time to building his brand. He is not so good at working with the press, as in the case. "
Racin admits that he personally found the first case in office "inconvenient" – he was not accustomed to talking with individual voters face to face, dealing with reporters, etc. – but this did not stop the city of Bowser from seeing him as a threat after both of them were elected in 2014. She immediately tried to control her budget, cut her jurisdiction and bring the new independent district of the district under the control of the mayor. It hurt what Racin calls "the district council of battle."
"It was very uncomfortable," he said, "but we learned how important it was to create unions with voters and other interests." Bowser, supported and expanded its jurisdiction, then built a solid reform of the juvenile justice system DC, winning lawsuits against slumlords and bringing successful cases of consumer rights protection.
For the first time in 2015, George Jepsen, the then co-chairman of DAGA, met with him for lunch at the Marcel's French restaurant in West End, Colorado. He had something in the mind: "We cast out our examples", – recalled Racine.
At that time, DAGA was a sleepy organization with headquarters in Denver with incomplete staff and a meager annual budget. It was nothing more than an organization of annual meetings. Meanwhile, his colleague from the RP, RAGA, has already become a mass campaign. Over the years of Obama, RAGA has increased its political and fundraising capabilities, built staffing staff, coordinated with other GOP committees, and created its own super PAC.
"Why do we still have a part-time organization and a budget of $ 3 million, when the Republicans have full-time staff who has collected nearly $ 20 million?" "How can we compete?"
He read the list of states where Democrats lost seats in the AG at the last election. "If we are not ready to change," he said to Jepsen, "we will continue to lose space." He suggested moving the organization to Washington, DC, to hire staff and seriously raise funds.
Racin, a beginner, both local and national, realized he was in danger. But Jeffsen agreed with his assessment. "It's time for DAGA 2.0," says Japsen. "We could not invent an organization in one night, but we wanted to compete in 2016."
The Rev. became the co-chair of DAGA with the Attorney General of Oregon, Ellen Rosenblum.
The first task was to hire the first full-time executive director of the group. After nationwide search, Sean Rankkin, who was Racine's political advisor in 2014, won cookies. In the spring of 2015, when Renkin rented office space in Washington and began hiring workers, Racine and Rosenblum went to court blacksmiths and raised money.
"It was difficult," said Racine. "We met with potential donors – trade unions, advocacy groups, law firms – to make DAGA financing a case and make it relevant. It was not easy. "Some donors suggested that the organization was useless and that instead of increasing their contributions, they considered the possibility of not donating at all. "We [were] met with honest disagreement as to how our mission is," said Racine.
The most common refrain: Prove it.
With the 2016 elections on the horizon, Racine and Rankin were intended to do just that. They decided to focus on democratically-open locations in two major states: North Carolina, the political battlefield that changed in the last election, and Pennsylvania, where acting A. Kathleen Keane – the first Democrat who was in office for more than 35 years – was forced to resign after being convicted of a criminal offense.
"We did not get hope for success," said Racine. Both races would be complicated, especially with Trump at the top of the presidential ticket.
In Pennsylvania, while most national democrats ignored the warning signs that the state was not a robust blue redoubt in the presidential election and spent $ 500,000 on Josh's election Shapiro, a frankly progressive district commissar from the suburbs of Philadelphia. An educated liberal who worked for the disgraced former Sen. John Edwards and brought the country extreme progressive policies. While RAGA poured $ 3.8 million into the race, DAGA made direct contributions and partnered with donors to drop at $ 3.1 million. He "surprised many people," said Rankin.
But just as Racin and DAGA began to prove their agility, the policy of running for the post of Attorney General has changed a lot.
By 2017, after years Republican lawyers, who generally sued the Obama administration for everything, from the Law on Affordable Medical Services to environmental standards, it has been well established that State AGs use their positions to fight the White House on political or partisan differences. But among themselves, the AGs had a long history of working together in a bipartisan fashion through government lines on water protection issues to protect consumers' rights to Big Tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.
Emphasizing that collegiality, AGs had a handshake agreement that RAGA and DAGA would not challenge areas owned by actors on the other side. . This step was evident – "RAGA has a clear mission to win the race," said Zack Roday, spokeswoman and when DAGA responded in kind, it accelerated the flow of money and resources that led to more competitive. and expensive AG races than ever before.
The first gloved approach came in 2017 in Virginia, where the Republicans poured almost 9.6 million dollars. Democratic official. DAGA responded with $ 3 million, plus $ 500,000 in in-kind donations, according to a nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project – a part of more than $ 10 million Democrats spent to arrange a place.
Wednesday won. "There is no doubt that DAGA provided a counterbalance to the balance of republican money," recalls Goering. "In addition, I have a special relationship with Racine." They were cross-border comrades in neighboring jurisdictions, which made DAGA easy to work closely with the Herring team from the outset.
to take part in Virginia. After the elections that took place a year before the start of the 2018 matches, he suggested to the group to test their new text and social media aimed at increasing the number and quality of interaction with potential voters.
Heringa said that DAGA "was activated in many different ways, especially for direct contact with text and social networking links." According to information provided by DAGA, her social media has increased Facebook "likes" from 8,000 to more than 50,000 six months, and his efforts to organize volunteers allowed the campaign to reach 330,000 voters in Virginia using text messages.
"Believe that she knocks on the door to the iPhone," said Elizabeth Haynes of Open Progress, a progressive band. which focuses on the testing of digital instruments and that in partnership with DAGA in the race Herring. "She replaces face-to-face interaction with the screen. We've found that more and more people will interact with you. "
DAGA has gone all-in on digital and social networks. "Carl was fascinated by working with us," Haynes said. – When we needed a point of view of Charles … we did it. That mattered.
With the great victory of Hering, potential sponsors of DAGA sent a message to the organization: OK, now do it again in 2018.
Dana Nessel was an unlikely candidate for the Attorney General of Michigan State. "I have never run for the library, not to mention the state office," she said. She is abruptly progressing. She is a lesbian in a state who has never elected an open policy of LGBT to a high post. She is a vocal feminist who released a video on "MeToo-themed" in the end of 2017, in which she unexpectedly asked, "Who can you trust most to not show you your penis in a professional setting? Is this a candidate who does not have a penis?
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