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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has declined Republicans’ request to investigate whether nursing home orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led to COVID-19 deaths or if related data is inaccurate, citing a lack of evidence that any law was violated. There are allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration falsified figures to downplay deaths in nursing homes. Nessel says the situation in Michigan is “completely different" because Whitmer's office complied a Department of Justice request for information.

Indiana Attorney General Continues Business Advisory Roles

Mar 11, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s new attorney general is being paid by private businesses for consulting work, including $25,000 a year for advising a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company. Republican Todd Rokita outlined work with several companies during 2020 with a financial disclosure report filed Wednesday with the state ethics commission. The Indianapolis Star reports that federal filings show NanoViricides pays Rokita $25,000 a year and provided him $15,000 in stock for his ongoing work with the company.


Michigan's Attorney General is reaching out to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over plans involving the Palisades Nuclear Plant in Covert Township in Van Buren County. The action comes as plans are in the works to decommission Palisades in 2022. 

(You can read more in the release below.) 


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar has killed himself in Michigan. John Geddert died after being charged with two dozen crimes, including human trafficking. Geddert was supposed to appear in court Thursday. His body was found at a rest area. Earlier, Attorney General Dana Nessel accused Geddert of turning his elite Lansing-area gym into a criminal enterprise by coercing girls to train there and then abusing them.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s newly elected attorney general says state ethics officials have cleared his ongoing role with a health benefits consulting firm in which he has an ownership stake, but he has declined to release that opinion. Republican Todd Rokita began his term as state government’s top lawyer in early January while still working for Indianapolis-based Apex Benefits, a company he joined as a top executive in 2019 after ending 10 years in Congress.

A Tweet from Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was flagged Monday because it could lead to a “risk of violence” according to Twitter.

 Over the weekend, Indiana’s top law enforcement officer posted a Valentine’s Day image with the text“you stole my heart like a 2020 election” and a sketch of former President Donald Trump. In a subsequent Tweet, Rokita alleges the post was “tongue in cheek” but Indiana’s top law enforcementofficer has used his platform to question election results in multiple states. Rokita, a Republican,reiterated concerns about steps some states took to increase ballot access. According to a Twitter spokesperson, Rokita’s Tweet was flagged to add more context in line with thecompany’s Civic Integrity Policy.

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An organization linked to the group responsible for robocalls urging recipients to march on the US Capitol last week gave more than $1 million to Hoosiers seeking office in 2020.  

The Republican Attorneys General Association’s Action Fund provided $944,600 to Todd Rokita’s recent AG campaign. Rokita was sworn into office Monday.

His campaign spokesman declined an interview, but insisted Rokita had no involvement or knowledge of the calls.

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Todd Rokita was sworn in Monday as Indiana’s new attorney general. And his inaugural address promised “liberty in action” under his administration.


Today the Indiana Attorney General announced that the investigation into fetal remains found on the property of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer has concluded. The remains were found following Klopfer's death in 2019 in Illinois. Klopfer performed abortions in Indiana, including in South Bend.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and four dozen other attorneys general from around the country want Congress to extend the deadline to use federal COVID-19 relief dollars.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general has submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that it should reverse a federal appeals court ruling that allowed both members of same-sex couples in Indiana to be listed as parents on their children's birth certificates. Attorney General Curtis Hill's petition follows a January decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case that originally involved Ashlee and Ruby Henderson, a gay married couple from Lafayette who challenged Indiana’s birth records law. Other couples later joined the case.

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The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered state Attorney General Curtis Hill to pay more than $19,000 in expenses in a disciplinary case stemming from allegations he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party. Friday's order from the high court directs Hill to pay about $19,068 in a check made payable to the clerk of the court. That amount is one-third of the $57,000 Indiana’s attorney disciplinary commission had asked the court in September to order Hill, a Republican, to pay toward expenses in the groping case.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority.

The case brought forth by the Pennsylvania Republican Party against the state’s attorney general alleges the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to allow voters three additional days to prove legally cast ballots violates the state legislature’s ability to oversee elections.

NEW: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Todd Rokita has staged a political comeback in winning the Indiana attorney general's office. The former congressman defeated former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel in a race that Democrats had targeted in hopes of winning their first statewide election since 2012. Rokita's campaign announced Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 after developing "some symptoms" but was doing well.

Election Day: The Indiana Attorney General's Race

Nov 3, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The race for the Indiana attorney general’s office was the most-contested statewide campaign for this year’s election ballot. Democrats looking to break the stranglehold Republicans have over state government spent months castigating current Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill over allegations that he drunkenly groped four women, only to see former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita narrowly defeat Hill for the GOP nomination.

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Indiana's Attorney General is calling out the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. for asking the county's faith leaders to  move their services online due to COVID-19. This comes as earlier this week St. Joseph County was moved into the more serious "orange" category for COVID-19 by the Indiana State Dept. of Health. Orange means that there is medium to high community spread of the virus occurring. The county also found that a cluster analysis done within the last seven weeks showed five outbreaks associated with church gatherings.

Democrats Target Indiana A.G. Race

Oct 11, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats are targeting the state attorney general’s race as their best chance to break the stranglehold Republicans have over state government. They spent months castigating current Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill over allegations that he drunkenly groped a state lawmaker and three other women, only to see former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita narrowly defeat Hill for the GOP nomination in July. Democratic candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel, a former Evansville mayor, says he wants to tone down partisanship from the state's top lawyer.

(Courtesy of the Weinzapfel and Rokita campaigns)

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill would rather a court eliminate the current vote-by-mail option for Hoosiers aged 65 or older than allow every eligible voter to cast a mail-in ballot.

Democrat Gains GOP Backer In Indiana Attorney General Race

Sep 10, 2020


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Four women who accuse Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct are suing the Republican official in state court after their federal case has been, so far, unsuccessful.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill, in a non-binding opinion, says Gov. Eric Holcomb doesn’t have the authority to mandate Hoosiers wear masks in public or attach a criminal penalty to that order.

(Courtesy of the Weinzapfel and Rokita campaigns)

The field for Indiana attorney general is set, as Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel faces off against Republican Todd Rokita.


Former Secretary of State Todd Rokita is the Indiana Republican Party’s nominee for attorney general.

NEW: Indiana GOP Ousts Attorney General After Groping Allegations

Jul 10, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republicans have scuttled Attorney General Curtis Hill's bid for reelection following a monthlong suspension of his law license over allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party. Former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita prevailed Friday in mail-in voting by state convention delegates. The state Republican chairman said Rokita defeated Hill with 52% of the vote in a third round of voting after two lesser-known candidates finished last in previous rounds. Rokita said he entered the race because Hill had a history of "bad judgment, bad choices and not taking responsibilities" marring his time as state government's top lawyer.

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The four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for attorney general made pitches to state party delegates Thursday in a virtual convention broadcast. The in-person convention was canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Weinzapfel Is Democrats' Nominee For Attorney General

Jun 18, 2020
(Courtesy of the Weinzapfel campaign)

Former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel is the Indiana Democrats’ nominee for attorney general.

Michigan's Attorney General Announces Police Reform Proposals

Jun 17, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has unveiled several changes she hopes to make to policing in the state. Among the changes Nessel proposed Tuesday is one that would create a public registry of verified police misconduct claims meant to increase transparency and prevent problem officers from getting rehired in law enforcement elsewhere. She has also proposed that law enforcement agencies be required to report data on the use of force, including data pertaining to race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and age.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer maintains the Indiana attorney general’s office is trying to stymie a court fight over whether Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill can be ousted from office while his law license remains suspended until next week for groping four women. No action has been taken on the lawsuit filed last month after Hill began a 30-day suspension ordered by the state Supreme Court. Lawyer William Groth says the attorney general’s office objected to his motion for a speedy ruling and slowed down the process of selecting a new judge after the original one stepped down.


Four Indianapolis residents have filed a lawsuit trying to get Attorney General Curtis Hill permanently ousted from his position.

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The Indiana Supreme Court refused to tell Gov. Eric Holcomb whether he can appoint a replacement for Attorney General Curtis Hill.