- Ethics a thorn as Rhode Island lawmakers wrap up session Updated: May-29-16 12:34 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - As the Rhode Island General Assembly winds down for the year and lawmakers prepare to launch their re-election campaigns, Democratic leaders are dropping hot-button social issues as they search for a resolution to the ethical quandaries that have overshadowed the State House in recent weeks.
- First week of Hubbard trial concludes Updated: May-29-16 11:44 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The first week of testimony in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard concluded with a peek at the business dealings of the influential Republican.
- Consultant: No direct order to use party chairman's firm Updated: May-26-16 7:56 pm
OPELIKA, Alabama - A Florida political consultant testified Thursday that he believed he had to subcontract Alabama Republican Party campaign printing work back to a company owned by the party's chairman, but also said he had no direct orders to send the business there.
- The Latest: Medicaid officials surprised by budget language Updated: May-26-16 5:01 pm
OPELIKA, Alabama - The Latest on the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (all times local):
- Kansas launches new campaign finance website amid criticism Updated: May-26-16 4:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has launched a new campaign finance website that officials say might not address the public's needs.
- House passes different income disclosure bill for officials Updated: May-26-16 1:57 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The House has rejected the Senate's changes in a bill that would require lawmakers and other public employees to report their income from private companies.
- Rauner board asked builders to lobby lawmakers Updated: May-25-16 7:08 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The head of the agency managing state construction solicited help from private builders to lobby for state funding in an email ethics experts say was inappropriate.
- Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote Updated: May-25-16 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee.
- Cuomo: Campaign finance reform, heroin plan top priorities Updated: May-24-16 5:20 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a new proposal to close a campaign finance loophole linked to Albany's culture of corruption, naming it one of his top legislative priorities as lawmakers enter the final days of their session.
- Ethics commission considers election-season blackout Updated: May-24-16 4:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is considering an election-season blackout on ethics complaints.
- Ethics Commission: Ex-lawmaker erred in taking Raimondo job Updated: May-24-16 1:42 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has found probable cause that a former state lawmaker violated the ethics code by accepting a job with Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.
- Rhode Island lawmakers moving quickly on ethics reform Updated: May-23-16 3:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Hoping to show it's cleaning up its act, the Rhode Island General Assembly is moving quickly on changes that would put lawmakers under the watch of an ethics commission and strengthen lobbying rules.
- Maine Ethics Commission considers charge against state rep Updated: May-23-16 1:23 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Ethics Commission is considering a complaint from a Portland man that a state representative and senate candidate sent a mailer to voters without disclosing financing.
- NY labor, faith groups back voting, election changes Updated: May-23-16 1:18 pm
ALBANY, New York - A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.
- Florida's Grayson: At least they're not calling me Hitler Updated: May-22-16 6:45 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - Democrat Alan Grayson has been dubbed "Angry Alan" by his Senate opponent, compared to Republican Donald Trump for his penchant for earning headlines with his mouth and has become the whipping post for some in the Washington party establishment who hope he loses Florida's primary.
- NC candidates fined for failing to file ethics disclosures Updated: May-22-16 2:23 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina panel is fining 30 candidates for elective office $250 each because they failed to file reports that could disclose conflicts between their personal and political interests.
- Supporters hold rally for Alabama chief justice Updated: May-21-16 5:02 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Supporters of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore held rally in Montgomery.
- AP-IN--Indiana News Digest 6 pm, IN Updated: May-20-16 6:07 pm
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- Marion County GOP chair resigns amid new ethics rules Updated: May-20-16 6:01 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The chairwoman of the Marion County Republican Party has stepped down amid new Indianapolis ethics rules that prohibit certain political leaders from doing business with the city.
- Israel defense chief quits, cites lack of trust in Netanyahu Updated: May-20-16 1:37 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's defense minister announced his resignation Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" and that he no longer trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Auditor praises University of Minnesota changes in research Updated: May-20-16 6:40 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's legislative auditor has positive words for changes in research on human subjects at the University of Minnesota.
- Arkansas court rejects lawsuit over campaign finance measure Updated: May-19-16 8:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's decision to reject the wording of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions on elected officials.
- Health department withdraws ethics request on Medicaid plan Updated: May-18-16 4:54 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's health department is withdrawing a request for the ethics board to determine if donations helping to pay for the rollout of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Medicaid expansion comply with state ethics laws.
- California Editorial Roundup Updated: May-18-16 4:45 pm
- Columbus mayor fined for open meetings violation Updated: May-18-16 7:09 am
COLUMBUS, Mississippi - The state Ethics Commission has imposed a $500 fine on Columbus Mayor Robert Smith after finding that he violated a Mississippi Open Meetings Act last year.