- Ethics panel sends campaign spending plan to Legislature Updated: Oct-02-15 12:08 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's ethics commission is sending a proposal designed to shed more light on who's donating to large political organizations to the Legislature.
- Williams challenging Hubbard for speakership Updated: Oct-01-15 6:14 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Republican Rep. Phil Williams said Thursday that he is challenging Mike Hubbard to be speaker of the House, saying he believes the House needs fresh leadership to restore confidence in the speaker's office.
- South Carolina editorial roundup Updated: Sep-30-15 4:43 pm
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
- GOP finalizes elections board overhaul bill Updated: Sep-30-15 12:53 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislators say they've finalized the details of a bill that would re-structure the nonpartisan board that oversees Wisconsin elections and ethics laws.
- Board chair warns GOP changes could disrupt 2016 elections Updated: Sep-30-15 10:58 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The chairman of the nonpartisan board that oversees Wisconsin elections is warning Republicans that overhauling board operations could have serious consequences for the 2016 contests.
- Row breaks out between New Orleans watchdogs over police Updated: Sep-29-15 6:45 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A dispute has broken out between two watchdog agencies set up by voters during a wave of reforms following Hurricane Katrina meant to turn the city into a model of ethical and effective government.
- Ethics panel continues review of Texas lawmaker Updated: Sep-28-15 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is continuing an investigation of Republican congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas, despite a recommendation by an investigative panel that the complaint be dismissed.
- Clinton aide delayed financial data sought by State Dep't Updated: Sep-25-15 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON - After Hillary Rodham Clinton designated long-time aide Huma Abedin for a job as a special adviser working for her at the State Department in 2012, Abedin delayed providing personal financial information repeatedly sought by the department's ethics officials to determine if she had any potential conflicts of interest, newly-released emails show.
- Strange asks Ethics Commission to revisit opinion Updated: Sep-24-15 5:17 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and state prosecutors have asked the state Ethics Commission to reconsider an advisory opinion that they said could undermine enforcement of state ethics law.
- AP Exclusive: Aides worked for Rauner, paid by comptroller Updated: Sep-17-15 3:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - At least three government administrators began working on hiring employees for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration last winter while on the comptroller's office payroll, using taxpayer dollars from a separate constitutional office before Rauner had even taken the state's reins.
- Ethics board: It's legal for Haley to get season tickets Updated: Sep-16-15 6:30 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Add getting Gamecocks season football tickets in a luxury suite to the list of permissible perks for South Carolina's governor.
- Ethics board refuses to dismiss Lt. Gov. McMaster's case Updated: Sep-16-15 5:59 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The State Ethics Commission refused Wednesday to dismiss a complaint against Republican Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster that accuses him of taking about $72,000 in illegal campaign donations after his loss in the 2010 governor's race.
- GOP files ethics complaint over Raimondo hiring ex-lawmaker Updated: Sep-16-15 3:48 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Republican Party filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission on Wednesday over the administration's hiring of a former state representative.
- Popular Pope Francis has revived, ruffled US Catholic church Updated: Sep-16-15 12:25 pm
NEW YORK - Pope Francis' favorability ratings in surveys of U.S. Catholics and all Americans have fluctuated in his two-year-old papacy - but always within a range that would be the envy of any leader.
- Statehouse sex scandals carry public costs, consequences Updated: Sep-15-15 1:11 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Michigan's statehouse has been roiled for the past month after an extramarital affair between two lawmakers became public, ultimately leading to both losing their seats.
- Republicans sorry for saying ranger lied about making out Updated: Sep-14-15 1:44 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Two Republican lawmakers whom a park ranger cited for making out in a public park apologized Monday for accusing that ranger of lying and stepped down from a Minnesota House ethics panel in an apparent effort to head off a complaint from Democrats.
- Wisconsin Legislature to focus on elections reform, abortion Updated: Sep-13-15 1:49 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Republicans are getting ready to launch their fall legislative agenda with bills that would defund Planned Parenthood, block prosecutors from using secret investigative techniques against politicians and restructure the state elections board.
- Revenue Department stepping up its debt-collection efforts Updated: Sep-12-15 11:18 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Debtors beware: The Department of Revenue is making it easier for state agencies to collect the fines and fees they're owed.
- Indicted speaker says ethics law unconstitutional, vague Updated: Sep-11-15 10:37 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala - Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Alabama's ethics law is unconstitutionally vague, did not apply to him as Republican party chairman and that he had a free speech right to lobby for his clients, according to a court filing unsealed Friday.
- Missouri man fined for not registering as lobbyist Updated: Sep-11-15 7:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Ethics Commission on Friday fined a man who describes himself as a "citizen lobbyist" and ordered him to officially register as a lobbyist, a move he said could discourage activists from speaking for or against legislation.
- After FIFA scandals, proposals by FIFA reform adviser Scala Updated: Sep-10-15 12:26 pm
GENEVA - Many have urged FIFA to change its ways. Few have succeeded.
- Missouri asks judge to toss Satanic group's abortion suit Updated: Sep-09-15 2:36 pm
ST. LOUIS - Missouri's governor and top law enforcer are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by a group of Satanic worshippers who allege the state's abortion restrictions violate their religious beliefs and should be scrapped.
- Republican consultant pleads guilty in ethics case Updated: Sep-08-15 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - A Republican consultant who worked with Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and other top GOP candidates has pleaded guilty to lying to House ethics investigators about how much campaign work he did while being paid from a Georgia lawmaker's congressional account.
- Senate Ethics panel orders state House Democrat to pay $54K Updated: Sep-03-15 8:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Senate Ethics Committee has fined state Rep. Cezar McKnight $54,000 for failing to report campaign donations and expenses during his unsuccessful bid for the Senate last year.
- Ethics panel investigating Rep. Mike Honda of California Updated: Sep-03-15 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of California remains under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that he had congressional aides perform campaign work when they were supposed to be working on government business.