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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Panel Appears Sympathetic to Tribal Bid to Block Sulfide Mine

Seventh Circuit judges pressed the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to explain how the Menominee Tribe could navigate the complex intersection of federal and state law to challenge a mine’s application for a permit allowing runoff into a river that forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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