Frustrated Democratic Governors Turn to Executive Orders

Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Tony Evers tried for months to get the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up a pair of gun-control bills, holding news conferences and touting polls showing strong public support. When Republicans wouldn’t budge, Evers turned up the heat by using an executive order — his 54th in less than a year — to call a special session on the issue.

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Labor

The American Federation of Government Employees Local 3369 sued President Trump in federal court, claiming his executive orders arbitrarily and capriciously “evict[] federal unions from all of their offices on government property … unilaterally repudiating hundreds of existing agreements between federal agencies and the labor organizations that represent those agencies’ employees.”

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Executive Order

The Illinois Opportunity Project brought a federal complaint over a Montana executive order that requires state-contract bidders to disclose political contributions to candidates or referenda supported. The challenger says the corporations that support it could suffer injury if donor information is publicly disclosed.

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Wrangling With China, Trump Issues Order Targeting Foreign Telecoms

The White House formally announced an executive order on Wednesday to bar U.S. telecommunications firms from installing foreign-made equipment on national-security grounds, a move widely interpreted as stepping up a battle with China by effectively stopping sales with Chinese tech giant Huawei.

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Kushner to Present Immigration Overhaul to Congress

Hastily written executive orders. Declarations by tweet. President Trump’s White House hasn’t been known for its careful crafting of policy. But Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has spent months drawing up an immigration overhaul plan that the White House began to roll out Tuesday.

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