Democratic Rep. Pocan doesn’t know if he will endorse
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he doesn't know yet if he will endorse anyone in the crowded Democratic presidential field.
Pocan is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic congressman, local elected officials and the leader of a Wisconsin immigrant rights group on Monday all dismissed President Donald Trump's proposal to send...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lisa Neubauer's campaign says it is "closely monitoring" counties as they canvass the vote from Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court election.
Pocan threatens to sue ICE over September sweep records
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is threatening to sue U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials if they don't provide more records related to a September sweep that resulted in...
Republicans, Democrats speak to Walker’s legacy
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prominent Democrats, Republicans and political observers answer the same question: What will be Scott Walker's legacy?
Wisconsin Democrats Pocan, Kind undecided on backing Pelosi
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two of Wisconsin's three Democrats in the U.S. House aren't saying yet whether they will back Nancy Pelosi as speaker, even as 16 maverick Democrats released a letter Monday saying they wanted "new leadership."
Rep. Mark Pocan, of Black Earth, told reporters Monday that "odds are" Pelosi, a California congresswoman, would be elected as leader, but he wanted to wait until he could meet privately with her to announce whether he will back her.
Rep. Pocan says Republican leader Vos needs to ‘be better’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos "needs to be better" and drop thoughts of moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary and weakening the governor's powers.
Vos and Republican leaders are looking at making a number of changes in a lame duck legislative session before Democrat Tony Evers replaces Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Jan. 7.
Pocan says talk of Trump impeachment is ‘moot conversation’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan was one of the first members of Congress to mention the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump more than a year ago.
But on Monday Pocan downplayed impeachment talk when asked about it at a news conference. He says "it's kind of a moot conversation in many ways" because "right now impeachment's impossible."
That's because Republicans control both the U.S. House and Senate where any articles of impeachment would have to be voted upon.
Pocan not sure how much federal aid for flooding will come
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says it's difficult to know how much federal money may be available to assist victims of flooding in his south-central Wisconsin congressional district, which includes the city of Madison.
The process for determining what is eligible for federal money is complicated.
The Latest: Gov. declares state of emergency in Dane County
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on flooding around Madison, Wisconsin(all times local):
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in flood-stricken Dane County.
Walker said Tuesday the state is ready to assist in recovery efforts after torrential rains prompted evacuations and left at least one person dead in the south-central Wisconsin county.
The governor plans to tour the flood damage on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are introducing legislation to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
The bill from Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democratic leader of the progressive caucus, would give Congress a year to develop a more "humane immigration enforcement system" and terminate ICE.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin broke with fellow Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan on Monday, saying she does not support the push by him and other liberals to do away with the federal government's chief immigration agency.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan sidestepped questions Monday about whether he thinks fellow Democrat Kelda Roys, a candidate for governor, is "honest and authentic," saying she "probably regrets" a comment she made seven years ago wrongly implying that she was gay.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on bill to abolish ICE (all times local):
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin does not support a bill by fellow Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan to abolish the federal government's chief immigration agency.
Baldwin on Monday said that "we should not" abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency known as ICE. Instead, Baldwin says the agency should be focused on "targeting violent criminals and drug traffickers, not families and refugees."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is taking another look at its decision to limit participation in a live statewide debate for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
The WBA said Tuesday it was only going to allow four of the 10 candidates to appear at its July 27 debate. Those invited would only be the four highest rated on the most recent Marquette University Law School poll.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Peter Barca has decided against running for House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional seat.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic attorney general hopeful Josh Kaul is questioning why Republican incumbent Brad Schimel hasn't joined a multi-state net-neutrality lawsuit.
The Federal Communications Commission last year repealed rules meant to prevent large broadband companies from blocking access to websites, slowing down access to websites and charging companies for faster user access to their sites.
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Pocan says it would be difficult for Barca to enter race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he told his former colleague and longtime friend Peter Barca that would be difficult for him to enter the Democratic primary for Congress this close to the primary.
Barca is considering running in southeast Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District currently represented by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Two other Democrats, Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers, are already running.
Pocan: House chaplain ouster shows dysfunction
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says House Speaker Paul Ryan's move to oust the House chaplain is the latest sign of dysfunction in Congress.
Pocan told reporters that the forced departure of the Rev. Patrick Conroy is "bizarre" but "in Congress bizarre is the normal."
Scott Walker calls for military training facilities along Mexican border
Gov. Scott Walker launched himself headlong into the immigration debate Monday, advocating for military training facilities along the Mexican border after previously backing President Donald Trump’s call for sending National Guard troops to patrol.
However, Walker did not say whether he would activate Wisconsin National Guard members and send them to the border as governors in Texas and Arizona have done.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he welcomes President Donald Trump's move to deploy National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.
Walker sent a letter Monday to Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan voicing his support for what he called Trump's "aggressive actions to secure our nation's southern border." Pocan on Friday had written Walker to ask that he reject the call to send troops, calling Trump's plan "grossly irresponsible."
Walker ready to send National Guard troops if asked
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's spokeswoman says the state "stands ready to support our nation" if asked to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants to send up to 4,000 Guard members to the border to help federal officials fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Andrew McCabe offered job by Mark Pocan; Seth Moulton also considering
Lose your pension because you were fired days before you reached 20 years of service? Democratic congressmen will come to your rescue.
Andrew McCabe was fired as FBI deputy director by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday; he would have been eligible to retire with full benefits on Sunday, and had in fact announced his plan to do so.
Enter Democratic Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.
Mark Pocan on gun control: ‘We have to be as brave as high school students’
U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan said congressional Democrats, following a mass shooting at a Florida high school, mustn't flinch in giving full-throated support for gun-control measures such as universal background checks and banning so-called "assault weapons."
Pocan, D-Black Earth, cited the activism of high school students as the factor that could influence the gun debate in a way that hasn't happened after previous mass shootings.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says high school students and corporations are leading on gun control and now it's time for Congress to act.
Pocan told reporters Friday in his Madison district office that he hopes Congress will pass a bipartisan package of gun control measures that includes banning bump stocks and assault rifles and implementing universal background checks.
Paul Ryan’s Democratic challenger to attend State of Union
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan will be attending President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, a move that a Republican congressman on Monday called "disrespectful and out of bounds."
Here’s who Ohio Congress members are bringing to Trump’s first “State of the Union” speech
Here's who Ohio Congress members are bringing to Trump's first "State of the Union" speech
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump will deliver his first official State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. But he won't be the only one using the speech to make political points.
With no front-runner, sprawling Democratic gubernatorial field taking shape
This year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is shaping up to be a drawn-out process with no clear front-runner, though many candidates are already trying to distinguish themselves.
There are 17 people who have either registered a campaign with the state or, in the case of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, are about to do so. And while almost all of them have websites, only nine have hired staff.
Mark Pocan heading back to DC after recovery from heart surgery
Congressman Mark Pocan says he’s heading back to work in Washington, D.C., after a two-month hiatus during which he underwent triple bypass heart surgery.
Wisconsin congressman returning to work after surgery
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan is returning to Washington eight weeks after having triple bypass surgery.
The 53-year-old Democrat said Wednesday that he's lost 15 pounds since the pre-emptive surgery. The congressman underwent the surgery in Madison after tests revealed he had severe blockage in three arteries. Pocan plans to fly back to Washington next week.
Pocan doesn’t plan to endorse in governor’s primary
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he doesn't plan on endorsing in the governor's race primary that has more than a dozen candidates running.
But Pocan said Wednesday he will speak out if he thinks Democrats start attacking one another rather than keeping the target on Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Pocan says that would be a "terrible mistake."
Democratic congressman Pocan says Ryan is vulnerable
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is at risk of losing re-election, so he plans to campaign heavily in Ryan's district to help challenger Randy Bryce.
Pocan said Wednesday that he thinks Ryan is vulnerable because of his work to write and pass the tax overhaul bill that has steep tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, and more modest tax cuts for middle- and low-income families.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, has called the Republican tax cuts a “giveaway to the wealthiest few.” Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, also has called them a “giveaway to the wealthiest.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the tax rate cuts are a “gift to corporate America.”
I believe they are each in need of an attitude adjustment.
Wisconsin lawmaker undergoes bypass surgery
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin has undergone triple bypass surgery as a pre-emptive step for a cardiac problem.
That's the word from his office on Wednesday. In a statement, his office said the congressman is doing well and looking forward to a speedy recovery.
The 53-year-old Pocan is a three-term lawmaker representing a southern Wisconsin district that includes Madison.
Bipartisan mix of speakers on tap for new UW center
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The kick-off event of a new publicly funded policy center at the University of Wisconsin has a bipartisan mix of speakers, including Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman and Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz.
They are among four Republican and two Democratic current or former office holders who are slated to speak at the Nov. 17 event hosted by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D- 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin) visited Reedsburg Public Library Oct. 19 for a town hall meeting.
In his opening remarks, Pocan talked about health care, tax reform and international relations with North Korea. Pocan said with the challenges revolving the current healthcare system there have been around 60 repeal and replace votes to try and replace Obamacare.
Fitchburg nonprofit supporters ready to make their voices heard at public hearing Tuesday night
As dozens of people plan to swarm Fitchburg City Hall Tuesday night in support of funding nonprofit groups shut out of the city’s proposed 2018 budget, council members aren’t united on how to deal with the issue.
Anti-Semitic graffiti mars monument near Madison synagogue
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti including swastikas was spray-painted on a monument near a historic synagogue in Wisconsin's traditionally liberal capital city.
The graffiti was discovered Wednesday on the monument next to the Gates of Heaven Synagogue building in James Madison Park in Madison.
Executive director Dawn Berney of Jewish Social Services of Madison says she's "horrified," but that "xenophobia is everywhere, even in Madison."
I am urging my elected officials, U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, as well as U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, to support legislation making the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a reality.
Former Democratic Rep. Roys considering run for governor
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys is considering running for governor, the latest in the ever-growing list of potential candidates to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Roys tells the Capital Times in an interview Friday that she was "very seriously" considering getting into the race. That makes her one of at least 17 Democrats who have either said they are looking at getting in, created campaign committees to explore a run or officially declared.
I'm disgusted with Congress and health care.
Let me start with the Republicans. They had seven years to formulate a health care alternative to the Affordable Care Act that both House and Senate Republicans could agree on.
What did they do? Nothing.
They waited until President Donald Trump was elected, then they got into multiple battles over what the legislation should look like without a clue over how to come together with a viable proposal. In the end, they have nothing. It is pathetic.
Liberal congressman praises conservative Johnson
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the most liberal members of Congress is praising conservative Republican Sen. Ron Johnson for opposing the Senate's health care bill in its current form.
Rep. Mark Pocan on Tuesday commended Johnson for his position against the bill, comparing him with past maverick lawmakers from Wisconsin.
Pocan says he hopes Johnson can "stick to his convictions" under "tremendous pressure" to vote for the bill.
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan will help lead House Democrats’ Congressional Progressive Caucus, vowing to make the group “the voice of the resistance” against President Donald Trump.
Pocan, D-Black Earth, was elected co-chairman of the caucus Tuesday. The other co-chairman is Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
Honors: The winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition were recently announced by U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan. The grand prize winning submission was “Dreaming of Climate Change” a colored pencil drawing by Coral Cramer-Carlson from La Follette High School. She will be flown to Washington, D.C. for a reception in June honoring her artwork, which will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. The second place winner was “Together: Alone,” an acrylic painting created by Abigail Ball from Madison Country Day School. Third place went to Mount Horeb High School’s Sarah Gerg, who made “Pure Imagination,” a gouache, ink and ballpoint pen piece. These pieces will be on display in Pocan’s D.C. and district offices. This year’s competition featured 39 pieces of art, from eight high schools from throughout the Second Congressional District.
DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that he chose not to hold town halls while visiting his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district because he doesn't want constituents to be harassed. Ryan also declined to comment on President Donald Trump's tweets insinuating the president may record phone conversations.
The Latest: Ryan won’t comment on Trump tweets
DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on House Speaker Paul Ryan's stops in Wisconsin (all times local):
House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to comment on President Donald Trump's messages on Twitter that imply he may have recorded telephone conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
Ryan told reporters Friday he's "not going to comment on the tweets of the day or the hour." Ryan says "I'm going to leave it to the president to talk about and defend his tweets."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mike McCabe, the leader of a nonprofit organization that encourages citizens to challenge the political establishment, indicated Thursday that he'll likely run for governor of Wisconsin, but that he hasn't decided whether it would be as an independent or Democrat.
McCabe told The Associated Press in an email that in the wake of nearly 200 people signing a letter urging him to get into the race, "I am willing to do this."
A Wisconsin congressman says there is much the public does not yet know about the Russian government’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential race.
“Let’s just say there’s going to be a lot more coming out regarding Russia and their interference in the elections,” U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, said Monday during a Baraboo town hall event.