Debbie Stabenow

Poll: Majority Disapprove of Trump in Rust Belt States That Helped Elect Him
But support stays strong among those who supported him last year

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a “Make America Great Again Rally” in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to celebrate their first 100 days in office. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

A new poll shows a majority in three Rust Belt states that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House disapprove of the job he’s doing.

The Marist/NBC News poll released Monday found 55 percent of residents in Michigan disapprove of Trump’s job performance while 36 percent said they approve. In Pennsylvania, 52 percent say they disapprove while 33 percent approve. And in Wisconsin, Trump’s disapproval rate was at 56 while approval was 33.

Vernon Ehlers, Former Longtime Michigan Congressman, Dies at 83
Ehlers was known as champion of the Great Lakes and science education

As a congressman from Michigan, Vernon Ehlers used his physics background to advance environmental and STEM legislation for nearly two decades. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The first research physicist ever elected to Congress, Vernon J. Ehlers was known for his legislative work to bolster scientific research and education, raise fuel economy standards, and protect clean air and water.

Ehlers, who represented Western Michigan in Congress for nearly two decades, died Tuesday at the age of 83. His death was confirmed by the Zaagman Memorial Chapel in Grand Rapids, which did not immediately indicate the cause of death, The Detroit News reported.

‘Kid Rock’ May Be Ineligible for Michigan Ballot
Elections bureau would decide whether Robert Ritchie can use stage name

A truck with a Kid Rock for Senate decal was seen on a Virginia highway earlier this month. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Robert Ritchie may end up challenging Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan next year, but his stage name, Kid Rock, may not be allowed to appear on the ballot.

Kid Rock is a household name to Americans under the age of 50, and voters might be attracted to vote for him, as a middle finger to the political establishment. But it’s not immediately clear whether his famous stage name would appear on the ballot or if he’d be required to run under his less-known given name. 

Lobbyists Push GOP to Repeal Obamacare Fees in Tax Overhaul
Trade group is launching digital ad buys in key states

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, seen here with Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow wants to look at a possible repeal of the 2010 health care law's taxes as part of a larger tax package. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law may have stalled, but lobbyists are pushing the GOP to continue to target the provisions the industry most despises: the law’s taxes.

House and Senate Republicans hope to push forward on a tax overhaul when Congress returns in September, an item they previously delayed in favor of health care. Repealing the 2010 health care law and its corresponding taxes would have helped simplify the GOP’s upcoming work, but those hopes were deflated when the Senate did not pass a repeal bill last month.

Hoekstra, Trump’s Pick For Ambassador, Has Views at Odds With the Dutch
Hoekstra’s positions on abortion, gay rights, and Muslims have surprised some Netherlands observers

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., prepares to testify before a House Subcommittee in 2014. He has been nominated as President Trump's Ambassador to the Netherlands. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump nominated former Rep. Pete Hoekstra to be ambassador to the Netherlands last week, but some of his views, as well as his ties to Trump, are being poorly received in the liberal nation.

The Dutch government will need to approve Hoekstra’s nomination, and the U.S. Senate will need to confirm it before he takes office.

Poll Shows Kid Rock as Republican Front-Runner, 8 Points Behind Stabenow
Name recognition pushes Robert Ritchie to top of GOP field in Michigan

Kid Rock, or Robert Ritchie, supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Kid Rock, the rap rock musician and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, tops the field Republican Senate field in Michigan, according to a new poll, but he trails Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

Considering Rock, or Robert Ritchie as he was born, hasn’t yet declared his candidacy in the race, Stabenow’s 8-point lead in a hypothetical matchup will likely add fuel to his possible candidacy. Ritchie took 33 percent in the Target-Insyght poll, compared to his closest rival, businessman and veteran John James, who had 16 percent. (James filed to run last month.)

Wait — Now Caitlyn Jenner Is Running For Senate?
Transgender Republican says she's considering running in California

Caitlyn Jenner attends the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. Live Event Deck on June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic gold medalist and one of the highest-profile transgender Americans, is mulling a run for the Senate in California, she told a New York radio interviewer.

Jenner has made a name as virtually the only prominent transgender Republican. She has opposed some Republican initiatives against transgender rights, like President Donald Trump's rescinding of the right of transgender students to access the correct bathrooms at schools. She called that change “a disaster,” “from one Republican to another.”

Warren on Kid Rock: ‘We All Thought Trump Was Joking’
Massachusetts Democrat warns that Senate bid might not be a publicity stunt

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is telling Democrats to take singer Kid Rock's potential Senate bid seriously. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is warning Democrats to take singer Kid Rock's potential Senate bid seriously.

The Massachusetts Democrat sent an email blast with the headline “Senator Kid Rock (R-MI)” the Boston Herald reported.

Talk of Bipartisan Health Care Bill Emerges Amid Floundering GOP Effort
Consensus with Republicans, Democrats remains a monumental task

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and the Senate Democratic Caucus have unified against the current GOP health care plan. A bipartisan measure could be next if the GOP plan fails. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system appears to be floundering, as GOP senators await additional details on a new draft of the legislation.

While the initiative remains in limbo, more lawmakers are openly exploring the possibility of a bipartisan health care bill. Discussions have been very preliminary, lawmakers say, and such a measure will not be easy to advance, as Democrats and Republicans are miles away on some policy ideas.

Kid Rock Teases Senate Run
Musician says announcement coming soon, may be marketing new album

Kid Rock teased on Twitter about a possible 2018 Senate run. Above Rock is pictured with Keith Urban during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

Musician Kid Rock, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, may have his own political aspirations. Either that or he is executing a marketing ploy for his upcoming album.

Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, hinted at a Senate run in 2018 on Twitter Wednesday, saying the Kid Rock For Senate website is real.