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Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.

Scott Walker loves to talk about AOC

By: - July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was thrilled earlier this year when Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about him.  Speaking Monday night to a crowd of conservative students, Walker bragged about his Twitter spat earlier this year with Ocasio-Cortez (to whom he refers by her initials and Twitter handle, “AOC”).  Back in January, Walker […]

Sensenbrenner presses Mueller on ‘impeachable conduct’

By: - July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who was a central figure in President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, thinks it’s noteworthy that former special counsel Robert Mueller didn’t use the term “impeachable conduct” in his report into Russian election interference.  Sensenbrenner, a longtime member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, was one of dozens of lawmakers […]

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U.S. House approves boosting minimum wage to $15 per hour

By: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of […]

U.S. House quashes effort to consider impeachment

By: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday refused to consider impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, with most Democrats siding with Republicans to kill the effort. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) attempted to use a procedural mechanism on the House floor to prod his colleagues to vote on his impeachment resolution stating that Trump “is unfit […]

Meet Paul Ryan’s rookie replacement

By: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — If you can’t name the guy who took over for Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District, you’re not alone. It’s Bryan Steil, a relative political novice who won the seat in a hard-fought race last November after Ryan announced his retirement. Comparisons are frequently made between Steil — who once worked for Ryan […]

U.S. House holds top Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question

By: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to hold two of President Trump’s top officials in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The chamber voted 230-198, largely along partisan lines, to hold Attorney General William Barr and […]

WI Democrats vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

By: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, the only Wisconsin Republican to call President Donald Trump’s tweets about four of his female Democratic colleagues “wrong” on Tuesday joined the rest of the state’s congregational delegation in voting against a resolution condemning the remarks. The state’s Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore (4th), Ron Kind (3rd) and Mark Pocan […]

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Wisconsin Republicans largely quiet on explosive Trump tweets

By: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans from Wisconsin have been mostly quiet this week about President Donald Trump’s continued tirade against four Democratic congresswomen. Trump doubled down on his inflammatory tweets on Monday, saying at the White House that the four Democratic freshmen —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of […]