- As once-mighty politician gets prison, Albany moves on Updated: May-03-16 6:44 pm
ALBANY, New York - As former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was being sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption, many of the politicians he once served with were passing legislation to outlaw commercial bass fishing in the Hudson River.
- 3 lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill Updated: May-02-16 8:38 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An environmental group filed an ethics complaint Monday against three Oregon lawmakers, accusing them of knowingly making false statements to their colleagues about the intent of a bill that has blocked an environmentalists' lawsuit over the delisting of the gray wolf.
- Next up in NY Legislature: Uber, ethics and NYC schools Updated: May-01-16 1:51 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York lawmakers will return to Albany on Tuesday to begin the final weeks of their work for 2016, confronting a to-do list that includes a possible upstate expansion for Uber, a decision on control of public schools in New York City and the challenge of addressing Albany's perennial corruption problem.
- Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences on budget Updated: May-01-16 11:14 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - To adjourn the legislative session, Iowa lawmakers had to settle disagreements over Planned Parenthood and state employee salaries that didn't amount to much money but represented deep philosophical differences between the two parties.
- At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer Updated: Apr-29-16 1:55 pm
VATICAN CITY - Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.
- SC Senate passes ethics reform after 4-year push Updated: Apr-27-16 8:55 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - After four years of fighting, the South Carolina Senate approved a bill allowing independent ethics investigations of lawmakers.
- Ethics group: It's OK for judge candidates to use Facebook Updated: Apr-27-16 2:58 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - A North Dakota judicial ethics advisory committee says it's OK for judge candidates to use Facebook and other social media in their campaigns, as long as they don't ask for money.
- Hot-potato corruption case assigned to Albuquerque judge Updated: Apr-26-16 2:43 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A Republican district court judge from Albuquerque has been appointed to oversee criminal proceedings against former Sen. Phil Griego after nine Santa Fe-based judges stepped aside or were excused.
- Virginia panel wrestles with question of luxury box gifts Updated: Apr-26-16 1:59 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Virginia ethics panel struggled Tuesday to decide whether state officials should be able to accept tickets to sporting events under the state's new ethics rules after a high ranking member of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration watched a Washington Redskins playoff game for free from one of the team's luxury boxes earlier this year.
- Arkansas secretary of state reports 4 new expense-paid trips Updated: Apr-24-16 1:51 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has disclosed that four foreign and state entities paid more than $20,800 for food, lodging and travel expenses for trips to China, Ghana, Taiwan and New Orleans last year.
- Turkey hails 'effective' migrant deal as EU leaders visit Updated: Apr-23-16 5:06 pm
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister said Saturday the number of migrants crossing into Greece illegally has dropped considerably, as proof that a much criticized migration deal between Turkey and the European Union is working.
- Legislature appoints ethics chief Les Kondo as state auditor Updated: Apr-22-16 7:52 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature has appointed Les Kondo, head of the state's Ethics Commission, to serve as state auditor.
- Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings 'genocide' Updated: Apr-22-16 12:25 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declined Friday to call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end.
- Democrats submit names for new elections, ethics boards Updated: Apr-21-16 5:20 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Nominees for the final four spots on new partisan commissions to oversee elections and ethics laws in Wisconsin have been delivered to Gov. Scott Walker.
- Missouri lawmakers send ethics bills to governor Updated: Apr-20-16 11:11 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers no longer could immediately become lobbyists after leaving office under a measure headed to the governor.
- Lawmakers fail to override key vetoes Updated: Apr-20-16 6:52 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Republican lawmakers failed to override several of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes Wednesday on coal-related tax credits, legislation related to clergy opposed to same-sex marriage and other issues.
- Hubbard's defense lawyers asks to delay trial until August Updated: Apr-20-16 5:38 pm
OPELIKA, Alabama - Lawyers for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on Wednesday asked a judge to delay Hubbard's ethics trial from May until August.
- The Latest: Senate upholds Civil War monuments bill veto Updated: Apr-20-16 2:29 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The Latest on the Virginia General Assembly's consideration on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation passed earlier this year (all times local):
- Restrictions on campaign investments pass Missouri House Updated: Apr-19-16 9:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A bill nearing a final vote in the Missouri Legislature would restrict how political campaign committees invest their funds and limit what happens to the money after an official becomes a lobbyist.
- Recent editorials from Texas newspapers Updated: Apr-19-16 8:48 pm
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- Vermont Senate advances Ethics Commission bill Updated: Apr-19-16 4:18 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to create a new state Ethics Commission.
- Pacifists balk at part of taxes in silent protest of war Updated: Apr-18-16 1:46 pm
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - Every year at tax time, Harold Penner faces a moral dilemma.
- Elizabeth Warren, comic book hero? Senator is latest to star Updated: Apr-18-16 1:10 am
BOSTON - Her parents didn't hail from the planet Krypton, and she was never bitten by a radioactive spider, but that hasn't stopped Elizabeth Warren from starring as a comic book hero.
- Hawaii Legislature to vote on new state auditor Updated: Apr-15-16 10:10 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature is planning to vote to appoint a new state auditor, in a move that would direct the attention of an official who's viewed as a strict government watchdog from the Legislature to the executive branch.
- Blatter angered by claim he was silent about FIFA corruption Updated: Apr-15-16 5:43 pm
BASEL, Switzerland - Sepp Blatter says it was "not acceptable" to be accused at a public event Friday that he stayed silent while likely knowing that senior FIFA officials were corrupt.