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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.

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big 2nd Amendment fight 

By: - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with the […]

Nessel, Michigan Dems back gun control measure before Supreme Court Monday

By: and - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation. It marks the first major gun control dispute to reach the Supreme Court since its ideological shift with the […]

Superfund, copyright cases to go before SCOTUS this week

By: - November 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court this week is slated to take up a case over states’ roles in demanding cleanup of hazardous waste sites.  The case surrounds a Superfund site at a smelter in Montana, but the outcome could also have broad implications for cleanups in other states.  A company that has been working […]

Dingell, Democrats roll out ambitious climate bill

By: and - November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Democrats introduced ambitious U.S. House legislation this week that would commit the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.  U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), one of the bill’s lead sponsors, previewed the plan last week at an event held by the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington, D.C.-based […]

Watchdog agency: 21 Michigan Superfund sites threatened by climate change

By: - November 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one of the most contaminated sites in Michigan are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency.   The Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and […]

Whitmer: Betsy DeVos is unpopular, Trump tweets are ‘dumb’ 

By: - November 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t mince her words when she talks about President Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos and Republicans in the Michigan Legislature.  The Michigan Democrat on Friday described all of them as hurdles she’s facing in achieving some of her top policy goals on issues like health care, trade, infrastructure and education. Whitmer […]

Dingell pledges climate action, but faces a big hurdle: the Senate

By: - November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) will soon roll out ambitious legislation to require the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050, she said Thursday.  The Michigander is one of several Democratic lawmakers spearheading the bill, which has been in the works for months. The legislation is expected to require […]

Buoyed by Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment 

By: - November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex.  The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923 and was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House and Senate […]

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams direct money to Peters for 2020 (not in a galaxy far, far away)

By: and - November 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has scored some major Hollywood donors for his 2020 reelection bid against Republican businessman John James. Peters landed $5,600 from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, director of such classics including “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Peters collected another $5,600 from director and producer J.J. Abrams, best known for his […]

Sanders outraised Buttigieg in Michigan last quarter, but Ind. mayor holds slight overall lead

By: - November 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the top recipient of Michigan cash flowing to Democratic White House hopefuls in the last fundraising quarter.  The Vermont U.S. senator edged out South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who was the top Democratic recipient in the previous quarter when he held a couple of high-profile fundraisers, […]

Wilderness preservation bill clears U.S. House, faces Trump veto threat

By: - November 1, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to approve legislation to preserve vast swaths of wilderness and recreation areas in Colorado.  Lawmakers voted 227-182, largely along party lines, to approve the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act from U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.). The bill aims to preserve about 400,000 acres of public lands […]

Amash, all Michigan Dems vote to greenlight Trump impeachment inquiry

By: and - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  Lawmakers adopted a resolution that lays out procedures for the inquiry that is already taking place in the House. That investigation is centered on whether the president abused his power by attempting to pressure the president of Ukraine […]