This week’s news
— Dem members of the state’s congressional are blasting the Trump administration for revoking federal protections for transgender students seeking to use the public school bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.
The Trump administration will be sending out letters to public schools across the nation instructing them to disregard memos from the Obama administration on transgender student protections. That gives states and school districts the choice on whether students should have access to restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
Here’s some of the reaction from Wisconsin Dems:
*U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee:
*U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont:
*And U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison:
— Gov. Scott Walker will be at CPAC today as he kicks off a weekend in the Washington, D.C., area that will include his stop at the annual gathering of conservatives as well as official business with the NGA.
Tomorrow, Walker will attend a reception honoring the nation’s governors as part of the NGA meeting, his state office said. He’ll then participate in NGA events all weekend, including a White House reception Sunday evening with the president and first lady, as well as Monday.
He’ll be back in the state office on Wednesday.
Watch it on C-SPAN:
— The NRSC is running digital ads against U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin tying the Madison Democrat to her colleague Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts.
It’s part of a broader effort from the National Republican Senatorial Committee hitting Senate Dems in states that President Trump won. The group said in a news release Baldwin has voted with Warren, an “extreme liberal,” 96 percent of the time and that Baldwin “has more in common with Washington liberals than with Wisconsin voters.”
The ads will run on Facebook and be targeted to Wisconsin voters.
— U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is reintroducing a bill that would prohibit the sale of fetal tissue derived from abortions.
Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, says scientific advances such as stem cell science have “rendered fetal tissue an unnecessary option for medical researchers.”
— U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is introducing a bill that would amend the Constitution so it explicitly includes the right to vote.
Pocan, a Madison-area Dem, is introducing the legislation with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights leader, and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who’s running to be the new DNC chair.