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.

Dem to DeVos in hearing: You’re the ‘most unpopular person in our government’ 

By: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congresswoman on Thursday told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “You are the most unpopular person in our government.”  U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was among the many Democrats who berated DeVos at a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial rewrite of a student loan forgiveness […]

Here’s what you missed on impeachment last night

By: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee kicked off a vote on impeachment articles Wednesday night with a plea to his Republican colleagues.  “I know you,” said U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). “I have worked with many of you for years. I consider you to be good and decent public servants.”  He […]

Effort to censure Trump doesn’t appear to be gaining ground with Michigan Dems or Republicans

By: and - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Michigan Democrat wants her party to move full-steam ahead on impeachment, even as reports surfaced that some moderate Democrats in the U.S. House are considering an effort to censure President Donald Trump rather than impeach him.  “I will be voting to support impeachment,” U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) told the Advance on […]

Democrats’ impeachment articles: Trump abused power, obstructed Congress

By: - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) joined U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders to formally lay out their charges against the president: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A vote on the articles is […]

Peters, Stabenow sign letter telling Trump to fire Stephen Miller

By: - December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Both of Michigan’s Democratic U.S. senators joined 26 of their colleagues on Monday demanding that President Donald Trump fire White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller.  As the Advance reported last month, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) called for Miller to resign. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who dropped […]

Dems cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence for impeachment, GOP unmoved

By: - December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for U.S. House Democrats laid out their best case for impeaching President Donald Trump on Monday, warning that his behavior continues to pose an “imminent threat” to national security. Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) directed committee leaders to draft formal impeachment […]

Supreme Court case could affect Michigan hazardous waste cleanups

By: - December 7, 2019

What does a clash over an old Montana copper smelter have to do with environmental protection in Michigan? A lot, potentially. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a high-stakes environmental case surrounding whether landowners can sue companies to require hazardous waste cleanup beyond what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is demanding. […]

All Michigan Dems vote for federal bill cracking down on voter suppression

By: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The vote “is the most important non-violent instrument or tool we have in a democratic society and people should be able to use it, all of our citizens,” U.S. Rep. […]

Trump rules could end food stamps for 180K Michiganders

By: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that could knock about 50,000 Michiganders off food stamp benefits.  It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to limit eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that could ultimately result in roughly 180,000 Michiganders losing food assistance. The […]

Michigan urges Supreme Court to reject Louisiana abortion restrictions

By: and - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan and 20 other states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Louisiana law that critics argue places an undue burden on women seeking abortions.  The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in March in the abortion dispute, which promises to be one of the highest-profile cases before the […]

Abuse of power, bribery, obstruction: Dems’ impeachment plan takes shape

By: - December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are laying the framework for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  As the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Democrats signaled that they intend to accuse Trump of abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.  The lawyer for Judiciary […]

SCOTUS to decide who owns the rights to state law compilations

By: - December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — A dispute over a compilation of Georgia’s laws and who owns the rights to them was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court argument on Monday.  The case surrounds the Official Code of Georgia Annotated — a publication including state laws, as well as background information. Georgia contends that the code, maintained […]