1) A top Republican who voted for Trump’s impeachment, is retiring in a surprise move.
Rep. John Katko, a Republican moderate whose congressional career seemed to be on the rise, announced his retirement Friday.
Katko is the third of the 10 House GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last January to say they won’t seek re-election.
The New Yorker, 59, was in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee if, as seems likely, Republicans win control of the chamber in November’s elections.
2) A Wisconsin judge has ruled that absentee vote drop boxes are illegal
Wisconsin judge has ruled that the absentee ballot drop boxes widely deployed during the 2020 election are not allowed under state law, a decision that could dramatically impact voting ahead of the swing state’s midterm elections.
Late last year, a Racine County sheriff said his investigators had secured evidence of voter fraud occurring at a local nursing home. The sheriff, Christopher Schmaling, accused the Wisconsin Elections Commission of allowing, and even encouraging, nursing home staffers to fill out ballots on behalf of residents. He said that the state election statute “was in fact not just broken, but shattered.”