MADISON — Former longtime Republican lawmaker Mike Ellis, a legend in Wisconsin politics known for his tinted glasses, bad toupee and encyclopedic knowledge of the state budget, died Friday. Ellis’ brother Mark Ellis said he appears to have died in his sleep at home in Neenah. He was 77. Ellis was a true character, short in stature but oversized in personality. He served from 1970 until 2014 in the Legislature, a tenure that spanned eight governors and began when current Gov.
WASHINGTON — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin’s “incredible offer” of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good after all. A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has long
WASHINGTON — His toughness with Vladimir Putin in question, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday he had told the Russian leader face to face to stay out of America’s elections “and that’s the way it’s going to be.” A few hours earlier, Trump had answered “no” when asked if the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections. That reply put the president sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief, but
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The sponsors of the Russian “troll factory” that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the U.S. midterm election in November. A Russian oligarch has links to Maryland’s election services. Russian bots and trolls are deploying increasingly sophisticated, targeted tools. And a new indictment suggests the Kremlin itself was behind previous hacking efforts in support of Donald Trump. As the U.S.
MADISON — Reaction to President Donald Trump’s pick for the next U.S. Supreme Court justice broke along partisan lines in Wisconsin, with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson praising the choice and calling for swift confirmation. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is up for re-election in November, was more cautious, voicing concerns that longstanding legal precedents protecting the right to an abortion could be overturned. Trump on Monday announced his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, a staunch
WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations. Talking
WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House resoundingly rejected a far-ranging immigration bill Wednesday despite an 11th-hour endorsement by President Donald Trump, as the gulf between the GOP’s moderate and conservative wings proved too deep for leaders to avert an awkward election-year display of division. The bill was killed 301-121, with nearly half of Republicans opposing the measure. The depth of GOP opposition was an embarrassing showing for Trump and a rebuff of House leaders,
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for today but is showing little confidence that the package will survive. Underscoring the legislation’s weak prospects in his GOP-run chamber, Ryan, R-Wis., declined to answer questions Tuesday about a separate, narrow measure Republicans are privately discussing. It would focus on the issue that has grabbed public attention in recent days: the Trump
MADISON — Wisconsin taxpayers spent nearly $41,000 to send state senators on out-of-state trips since 2015, including to President Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. The Associated Press obtained documents Monday through an open records request that show taxpayers paid $40,837 on senators’ travel, including $966 to send Republican Sen. Steve Nass of Whitewater to Trump’s 2017 appearance before the House and Senate. The records show five other
WASHINGTON — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting their time on it. “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” Trump tweeted early Friday. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this