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Republican J.B. Van Hollen was elected state attorney general in 2006. His decision not to seek re-election in 2014 has attracted three Democrats and a Republican to run.

Republican J.B. Van Hollen was elected state attorney general in 2006. His decision not to seek re-election in 2014 has attracted three Democrats and a Republican to run.

A first take on candidates for attorney general

Made plans yet for Aug. 12, 2014?

Yeah, it's just a Tuesday in the middle of summer.

But it's also Election Day -- well, primary election day. Among the state races on the ballot is attorney general.

Here's a look at a first round of factchecks.

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Milwaukee County taxpayers paid $370,000 to settle a lawsuit over a decision by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. to use "untrained corrections officers" rather than deputies to patrol the lakefront.

"(Mary) Burke’s company," Trek Bicycles, "makes 99% of their bikes overseas."

"The fundraising numbers are in, and our grassroots support is unmatched!"

Says Common Core is a federal mandate.

"Last year, I was involved with an effort to to help prosecutors get their first pay raise in more than 10 years."

"I’m running the second-largest county district attorney’s office … at 1985 staffing levels."

Promise: Create 250,000 new jobs

Update: Our tally shows more slippage in June

The Obama Administration is suing a Wisconsin company for forcing employees to speak English.

"At some point in their lives, 99% of women use birth control."

Says attorney general candidate Jon Richards "went so far to say he would only enforce the laws with which he personally agreed."  

"I created the school choice program."

"As Jim Doyle’s Commerce secretary, Mary Burke spent $12.5 million dollars to buy a vacant lot for a company that said it had no plans to create jobs in Wisconsin" and had laid off 800 workers.

"We in this state saw more job creation in the last three years since I've been governor than you saw in the whole eight years of Doyle’s time as governor."

"Thanks to #ObamaCare, average E.R. wait in California is 5 hours."

A statewide poll showing 76 percent support and other surveys are a "strong indicator" of  broad public support in Milwaukee County for a $10.10 minimum wage

The Wisconsin unemployment rate was higher than the U.S. rate during only three months when Mary Burke was state commerce secretary.

"He’s been in office nearly four years now, but 40% of Wisconsinites don't know who (U.S. Sen.) Ron Johnson is."

Says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has "deputies collecting overtime while sitting passively in chairs watching courthouse security personnel work."

When asked by a reporter whether he’s at the center of a "criminal scheme" to violate campaign laws, Gov. Scott Walker nodded yes.

"Part of the increase in the cost (of higher education) has been because state support has dropped. We now spend, under Governor Walker, more on corrections than we do on higher education."

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