Special Counsel Jack Smith delivers remarks on a recently unsealed indictment against former President Donald Trump at the Justice Department on June 9, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Smith in a separate election interference case on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite a decision on Trump’s claims of presidential immunity. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US Supreme Court asked to quickly rule on Trump claims of presidential immunity

BY: and - December 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to expedite a decision on former President Donald Trump’s claims of presidential immunity in the 2020 election interference case. Smith asked the justices to rule on a matter that ordinarily would first go to a lower federal appeals court, […]

Wisconsin Election Commission member Robert Spindell talks to elections observers. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin Secretary of State calls for removal of election commissioner who served as fake elector

BY: - December 11, 2023

Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski and the two Democrats on the Senate elections committee are calling for Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) to remove state elections commissioner Robert Spindell from his position.  Democrats are calling for Spindell’s removal because he served as a fake elector following the 2020 presidential election, casting a false […]

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt of Alabama speaks at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 7, with other Republican members of the U.S. Senate, on talks over border security. From left, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Thune of South Dakota, John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

With time growing short, U.S. Senate talks extend on immigration overhaul

BY: - December 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress left the Capitol on Thursday without a deal on sought-after changes to immigration policy that’s tied to aid for Ukraine and Israel — leaving them just one week to resolve the dispute before lawmakers depart for a three-week holiday break. Negotiations among a small group of senators are expected to […]

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump stands on stage before a campaign event on Nov. 11, 2023, in Claremont, New Hampshire, in which he called his political opponents “vermin.” (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Growing threat of political violence looms over 2024, former members of Congress warn

BY: - December 11, 2023

Former members of Congress are deeply concerned about political violence ahead of the 2024 presidential election, former Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and former Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia said at a Thursday joint appearance sponsored by the liberal Center for American Progress and the nonpartisan McCain Institute. Jones, a moderate Democrat who lost reelection […]

UW System regents reject deal with Republicans on DEI and funding

BY: - December 8, 2023

Update: The UW System Board of Regents rejected the DEI and funding deal negotiated by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and the UW System in a 9-8 vote on Saturday. Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement that it’s clear that regents were divided on the proposal and “have immense concerns about this process and the […]

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Prosecuting teachers and librarians for ‘obscene’ books sought in bill

BY: - December 8, 2023

One day, teachers and library staff across Wisconsin may find that they could be prosecuted for allowing K-12 students to view certain books or other materials. A new Republican legislative proposal to penalize educators for exposing children to obscene materials comes out of a wider effort to restrict what K-12 students can see or read. […]

Sara Hill, nominee for federal judge in Oklahoma, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 15, 2023. (U.S. House webcast screenshot)

Oklahoma judicial nominee advances toward U.S. Senate confirmation, overcoming GOP opposition

BY: - December 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — Former Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill is one step closer to becoming the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge for the state of Oklahoma, despite objections from top state officials and some U.S. Senate Republicans. The Democratic-led U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Thursday favorably approved, 14-7, […]

U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a New York Democrat, speaks on the floor of the House about a resolution to censure him, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. (Screenshot from U.S. House webcast)

New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman censured by U.S. House after he pulled fire alarm

BY: - December 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to censure Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York. The House voted 214-191 along party lines on a resolution to censure Bowman for pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building on Sept. 30 while the House considered legislation to prevent a government shutdown. Censure amounts […]

Fourth Republican Presidential Debate Held In Tuscaloosa, Alabama

CNN to host GOP presidential debates ahead of Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire primary

BY: - December 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republicans hoping to become their party’s presidential nominee will have two more chances to debate next month, following an announcement Thursday that CNN will host one debate in Iowa and another in New Hampshire. The first debate is scheduled for Jan. 10 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and the second debate […]

President Joe Biden signs an executive order at the 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit at the U.S. Department of Interior on Dec. 6, 2023 in Washington, D.C. President (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Biden meets with leaders of tribal nations, signs order easing access to federal funds

BY: - December 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that would make it easier for tribal nations to access and invest federal funding on their own terms. “It’s hard work to heal the wrongs of the past and change the course and move forward,” Biden said. “But the actions we are taking today are […]

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Haley draws fire from rivals in GOP presidential debate, as Christie calls Trump ‘unfit’  

BY: and - December 7, 2023

Half of the four Republican presidential candidates on a debate stage in Alabama on Wednesday night focused their attacks on former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who’s vying for the prized second place in the nominating contest. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy teamed up early in the debate to repeatedly hit […]

Gov. Evers takes action on alcohol regulation, drivers ed and election bills

BY: - December 7, 2023

Gov. Tony Evers took action on a slate of 51 bills on Wednesday, including one that overhauls the state’s alcohol regulations, one to start funding drivers education and several election related bills.  Evers signed SB 268, which will update Wisconsin’s alcohol regulation. Now Wisconsin Act 73 , the legislation overhauls the state’s “three-tiered system” and […]