Today we won. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the D.C. Council acted unlawfully when it cancelled the 2014 election attorney general. The Court held that the first election for attorney general must be held in 2014. The real race for AG is on.
But today's victory was only the first win in our campaign to restore the public trust in our government, to reform of our broken juvenile justice system, and to ensure fair wages, fair housing, great schools, safe streets, and the equal application of the law to all - without favor or bias. But we need your support to run a strong campaign.
We've now got a real campaign to run and can't do it without your support. Will you contribute to our campaign to be DC's first elected attorney general?
Some highlights from Mike Debonis' coverage of yesterday's court hearing:
"Now it appears Zukerberg might have found some sympathetic ears in the D.C. Court of Appeals, the District’s highest court, raising the possibility that voters might still be allowed to cast ballots this year for the city’s top legal official..."
"Easterly, for instance, asked whether the council would be within its rights to delay the election 100 years or 200 years if it wished. Love maintained that the council deliberately used “open-ended” language permitting any sort of delay.
Later, McLeese raised the analogy of a father telling his son, headed out to a school dance, that he must “come home after the dance.” “Does that mean if he comes home in 2018, that’s fine?” McLeese asked."
"Easterly said she thought city lawyers were being unduly “dismissive” of the electorate’s intent. “What I hear you say is, it really doesn’t matter what the voters thought they were voting for,” she said..."
Ruling will determine Whether the D.C. Council can Overrule a 2010 Voter-Approved D.C. Charter Amendment Creating an Elected Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2014) – On Thursday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m., a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case of Zukerberg v. D.C. Board of Elections. The Court will decide whether the D.C. Council may overrule a voter-approved Charter Amendment creating an elected attorney general for the District. Currently, the D.C. attorney general is an employee of the mayor, an archaic system still used by a handful of states.Read more
"This fight is not over by a longshot," says Zukerberg
Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2014) -- Today the D.C. Council failed to agree to compromise legislation introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) which would have allowed District voters to elected their attorney general in the November 2014 general election. The Council's refusal to restore the attorney general to the November ballot sets up a May 29th showdown in the Court of Appeals between those who believe that the D.C. Charter requires a 2014 AG election and those who believe that the Council knows best.Read more
Leading Good Government Groups Back Zukerberg Elected D.C. Attorney General Lawsuit, Oral Argument Set for May 29th
D.C. Vote, D.C. for Democracy, the Nonprofit Roundtable, DC Appleseed, and Shadow Delegation file Amicus Brief Supporting a 2014 AG Election
Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2014) – D.C.’s leading good government civil organizations have filed an amicus brief inZukerberg v. D.C. Board of Elections, urging the D.C. Court of Appeals to preserve D.C. citizens’ right to elect their attorney general. The civil groups support Zukerberg's suit to compel the Board of Elections to place the office of attorney general back on the November 2014 ballot. The Court of Appeals has set oral argument in Zukerberg v. D.C. Board of Elections for May 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.Read more
Paul's election day column: As D.C. voters cast their ballots this week, one of the most consequential votes for our city's future isn't even listed. That's because the D.C. Council and Mayor have determined that our city "isn't ready" to elect an attorney general.
“I'm endorsing Brianne because she will stand for accountability and fair-dealing on the Council," said Zukerberg.
WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, March 29th at 11:00am, Paul Zukerberg will endorse Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Brianne Nadeau when he votes at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center.Read more
“Poll numbers are out-of-sight,” said Zukerberg.
WASHINGTON (March 28, 2014) -- Paul Zukerberg, the trial attorney, candidate for D.C. Attorney General, and plaintiff in Zukerberg v. the D.C. Board of Elections, the case to enforce D.C.'s charter amendment creating an independent and elected attorney general, released a new poll today showing overwhelming support for his lawsuit and for holding an election for attorney general in 2014.Read more
Mike DeBonis writes on Paul's appeal of attorney general lawsuit to D.C.'s highest court:
“It’s the responsible thing to do,” Zukerberg said of his decision to appeal. “That’s why we have a Court of Appeals.”
“Because the trial court's ruling limits the voting rights of D.C. citizens, a higher court should review this case to assure that it is being decided correctly.” said Democratic AG candidate Paul Zukerberg.Read more