- In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, Michigan Gov.
Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a news conference in
Lansing, Mich. Whitmer has signed changes to
Michigan's reporting requirements for people who
will have to meet work-related requirements to
qualify for Medicaid coverage. But she's criticizing
the Republican-led Legislature for not allocating
$10 million to implement the rules. Whitmer on
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, signed a law exempting some
enrollees in the state's Medicaid expansion program
from meeting monthly reporting rules if the state
can verify their compliance with work requirements
through other data.
MADISON — Democratic
governors in states that President Donald Trump hopes to
win in 2020 are reacting cautiously to impeachment
proceedings beginning in Congress.
impeachment probe focuses on Trump's phone call to
Ukraine's president. A rough transcript released Wednesday
shows Trump repeatedly urged the Ukrainian leader to
"look into" Democratic rival Joe Biden.
While some Democratic House
members were outspoken in calling for Trump's impeachment,
governors were more cautious. The governors' understated
responses underscore the risks those in key 2020 swing
states face as they try to walk the line between appeasing
Democrats clamoring for impeachment and alienating more
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a
former congressman, called details of Trump's phone call
"deeply troubling," but said impeachment may not
be the way to go.
"It may not be
politically good to do because I think at this point I,
like many Minnesotans, am so sick and tired of the
dysfunction in D.C.," Walz told reporters.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf
said he supports opening an impeachment inquiry but
doesn't have all the evidence yet to judge. Still, he
looks forward to seeing what comes out of the
"We ought to know, we
voters, we citizens of the United States ought to
know," he said in an interview. "I look forward
to the process."
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
did not respond to questions about the impeachment probe
Wednesday. But on Tuesday, before Democrats launched it,
Evers tried to distance himself from the political turmoil
in the nation's capital.
"I don't make any
decisions on that," Evers said of impeachment.
"I'm focused on Wisconsin. Clearly, I follow it in
the news, but that's for the people that are in
Washington, D.C., and their constituents here in Wisconsin
to figure out."
Michigan Gov. Gretchen
Whitmer supports opening an impeachment inquiry, saying in
a written statement that Congress should use its
"full investigatory powers" to find out what
happened between Trump and Ukraine.
But Whitmer, like Evers and
Walz, tried to distance herself from what's happening in
the nation's capital.
"The mere fact we are
even at this point is a sad commentary on the state of
politics in Washington, D.C.," she said.
In 2016, Trump narrowly won
Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three states that
could determine whether he wins reelection in 2020. Trump
lost in Minnesota but has it as a target to flip in 2020.
The Democratic governor of
Nevada, another swing state Trump is targeting in 2020,
also kept his distance from Democrats in Washington. Steve
Sisolak, who was elected last year, wouldn't say Wednesday
whether he supports the impeachment inquiry. Instead,
Sisolak's office said in a statement that "he remains
committed to focusing on the issues impacting Nevada
families right here at home like health care, education,
The statement also said
Sisolak "recognizes the critical need for strong,
steady leadership at the state level" as news
develops in Washington that highlights "the divisive
state of politics in our nation's capital."
In New Mexico, another
Democratic-leaning state Trump hopes is in play in 2020,
the state's Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham,
said in a statement that she found the rough transcript to
be "extremely troubling" and "absolutely
worthy of Congressional investigation."
Democratic Rep. Kind supports Trump probe
MADISON — Democratic
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he supports investigating a
whistleblower's complaint about a phone call President
Donald Trump made that has resulted in a formal
Kind stopped short of
saying he supports impeachment. Wisconsin's two other
Democratic members of Congress, Gwen Moore and Mark
Pocan, have long backed impeachment.
None of Wisconsin's
four congressional Republicans have said they support
impeachment over the president's call to the president
of Ukraine and the discussion of investigating former
Vice President Biden and his son.
Kind says in a
statement Wednesday that reports of Trump's call are
Kind says Congress must
investigate claims made in the whistleblower's report.
He says "no one is above the law — not even the
Kind is from La Crosse
and represents a western Wisconsin district that Trump
won in 2016 by 4 points.