Tammy Baldwin

Health Care Politics Serve as Senate Bill Text Prelude
Wednesday’s campaign fodder a preview of Thursday’s discussion draft

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing to release a draft bill to rework the U.S. health insurance system he has assembled in secret. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate procedural wonks huddled Wednesday with the parliamentarian’s office, making their case for whether Republican legislation to rework the health insurance system complies with the chamber’s rules, even as Washington braced for the release of the draft GOP measure. 

Over the next week, though, the debate will play out on both the procedural and political fields.

Senate Democrats Find Message on Trump’s Tax, Health Care Promises
Criticism expected to be major 2018 theme for minority party

President Donald Trump, center, acknowledges House Republicans after they passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law, during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump rode into the White House on a populist wave with promises to protect working, middle-class families and vows to put the concerns of Main Street over those of Wall Street. 

But for Senate Democrats, those campaign pledges have yet to materialize in the Republicans’ first two major legislative priorities under a unified GOP government: repealing the 2010 health care law and overhauling the tax code.

Republicans Concerned About Crowded Primary Against Baldwin
No fewer than eight GOP candidates making moves or being recruited to run

Incumbent Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin has already raised more than $2 million in 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wisconsin Republicans worry that a crowded Senate primary could make it harder for them to beat Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Republicans feel that Baldwin is vulnerable — President Donald Trump became the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984. And Republican Sen. Ron Johnson also won re-election against former Sen. Russ Feingold last year in a rematch of their 2010 Senate race.

In Wisconsin, Trump Returns to ‘America First’ Message
Schumer slams Trump for ‘empty’ actions on jobs, trade

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker program during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump returned to his nationalist “America first” message on Tuesday after spending most of the previous 12 days focused on Syria and North Korea.

Trump, until he began speaking at a Snap-On Tools factory in Wisconsin, had appeared in recent days to be drifting a bit from the populist message that helped him win manufacturing states like the one he visited Tuesday, as well as Michigan, Ohio and others. But after touring the plant, he was back at it, hailing “American workers” and threatening countries that “steal” their jobs.

Liberal PAC Makes First Senate Endorsements of 2018
Brown, Baldwin and Tester score early backing from End Citizens United

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin have earned the endorsement of End Citizens United. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three Democratic senators from states carried by President Donald Trump last fall have earned the backing of an influential liberal political action committee.

End Citizens United announced its support Thursday for the re-election campaigns of Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jon Tester of Montana, in its first endorsements of the 2018 cycle. 

Senate LGBT Staff Group Provides Bipartisan Professional Development
GLASS caucus prioritizes being a safe space for its members

The Senate GLASS Caucus board. Back row left to right: Robert Curis, Mario Semiglia, Trelaine Ito, Russell Page. Front row left to right: Peter Narby, Tré Easton, Caitlin Hart, Andrew Shine, Michelle Mittler. (Photo courtesy of the Senate GLASS Caucus)

The Senate GLASS Caucus was created to provide a safe space for staffers on Capitol Hill who might still feel uncomfortable about being openly gay in their offices.

The caucus’ co-chairmen this year are Caitlin Hart, legislative correspondent for Florida Democrat Bill Nelson, and Andrew Shine, legislative correspondent for Delaware Democrat Thomas R. Carper.

Potential Wisconsin Senate Candidates Attacked Before They Enter Race
Groups post documents that show Republicans with anti-Republican views

Kevin Nicholson was both the beneficiary and target of documents posted to discredit possible candidates in Wisconsin’s 2018 Senate race. (Kevin Nicholson via Facebook)

Two potential Republican Senate candidates in Wisconsin have been targeted by anonymous groups even before they have gotten into the race.

Nichole Schneider, who is considering a run against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, was targeted in an anonymous post that alleged she deleted tweets that criticized Republican candidates, including President Donald Trump and whether Catholics could support the then-Republican nominee.

Baldwin Says Sheriff Clarke Being ‘Groomed’ to Run Against Her
Fundraising email points out sheriff’s ties to Trump and Russia

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke met with President Trump shortly after the election at Trump Tower in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images file photo)

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., is being “groomed” to run against her in 2018. 

Baldwin’s campaign sent out an email solicitation over the weekend, suggesting that the conservative sheriff has strong ties to President Donald Trump and Russia, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke Passes on Challenging Baldwin
Some Trump supporters had tried drafting him

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke passed on challenging Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin in 2018, he said in his new book "Cop Under Fire," according Fox 6 News Milwaukee.

"I have no interest in running for elected office other than being sheriff," Clarke, who runs as a Democrat, writes in the book.

Last of Trump Nominees With Russian Ties Set to Sail Through Confirmation
Vote on Commerce secretary-designee Wilbur Ross comes amid new questions

Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross is expected to sail through a Senate confirmation vote Monday, in spite of questions about his business ties to influential Russians. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross was a top shareholder in a Cypriot bank with deep Russian ties when he met with the principal Russian investor. 

That meeting lasted only an hour, according to a cursory account Ross provided to the Senate. What he discussed during the encounter and the identity of the investor are among a number of unanswered questions about Ross’ potential connections to influential Russian figures as he awaits a vote on his confirmation Monday.