- House speaker upset about ethics rules on gifts to lawmakers Updated: May-22-15 5:48 pm
HONOLULU - The leader of Hawaii's House of Representatives is complaining about state Ethics Commission rules that rein in gifts to lawmakers.
- Parties pick 5 endorsed candidates for state's highest court Updated: May-19-15 11:25 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans demonstrated Tuesday that party endorsements count as they nominated five party-backed candidates for the state Supreme Court.
- Boehner doesn't defend NH's Rep. Guinta over contributions Updated: May-19-15 11:30 am
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner stopped short Tuesday of defending embattled Rep. Frank Guinta, saying lawmakers must meet "the highest ethical standards" when asked if the New Hampshire Republican should remain in Congress.
- Assembly approves whistleblower status for legislative aides Updated: May-18-15 6:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Legislative staff in California would gain whistleblower protection under a bill that has advanced out of the Assembly.
- Pa. officials report more than $160K in gifts, travel in '14 Updated: May-16-15 9:52 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Newly filed state ethics reports show Pennsylvania state lawmakers and other high-ranking government officials collected more than $160,000 in freebies last year, including sports tickets and international travel, although about half the total involved donations for constituent events such as senior expos, veterans fairs and prescription drug collections.
- Lawmakers say they didn't know Azerbaijan paid for 2013 trip Updated: May-13-15 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers say they had no idea that a 2013 congressional trip to Azerbaijan was paid for by that country's government.
- News guide: Big money, big questions for Clinton Foundation Updated: May-13-15 4:16 am
WASHINGTON - Millions of dollars in foreign money sloshing around a presidential candidate, even in the name of helping the world's poor, is bound to spill over into controversy.
- Missouri lawmaker says he helps others hide lobbyist gifts Updated: May-12-15 7:37 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - An ethics complaint has been filed against a Missouri House member who says he has helped other lawmakers hide lobbyist gifts from required public reporting.
- South Carolina may get small ethics reform package this year Updated: May-12-15 6:46 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Ethics reform might not be dead at the South Carolina Statehouse this year: A Senate committee on Tuesday passed a lighter version of the measure pertaining to what income lawmakers and their families must disclose and when candidates must report campaign spending.
- US OK'd most Bill Clinton speech requests within days Updated: May-12-15 2:01 pm
WASHINGTON - State Department officials gave speedy and sometimes only cursory consideration to potential conflicts of interest when approving former President Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches to global companies and foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, an Associated Press investigation has found.
- Ethics accusations lodged in Louisiana's Common Core dispute Updated: May-11-15 10:53 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - As they fight Louisiana's use of the multistate education standards, Common Core opponents have raised questions about conflicts of interest and ties to organizations they say hold undue influence in Louisiana's public school education policy.
- Pence to let bills on casino moves, nursing homes become law Updated: May-08-15 6:29 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's riverboat casinos will be allowed to build new on-land facilities, and a three-year moratorium will be imposed on construction of most new nursing homes around the state, under bills that Gov. Mike Pence said Friday he'll let become law without his signature.
- Rosenberg seeks ethics review of state Sen. Brian Joyce Updated: May-08-15 5:56 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is asking the State Ethics Commission to review the conduct of Sen. Brian Joyce.
- Florida congressman flipped shares in IPO despite US law Updated: May-07-15 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON - A multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public offering, despite a federal law that generally prohibits members of Congress from participating in IPOs.
- Jim Wright, former US House speaker, dies at age 92 Updated: May-06-15 6:58 pm
DALLAS - As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989 when he told those who had elected him speaker that he was prepared to resign after being accused of violating ethics rules dozens of times.
- Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92 Updated: May-06-15 6:34 pm
DALLAS - Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in the nation's history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died at age 92.
- Things to know about former House Speaker Jim Wright Updated: May-06-15 6:34 pm
Things to know about former House Speaker Jim Wright, who died Wednesday at age 92:
- SC House member expects to pay off ethics fines by fall Updated: May-05-15 5:03 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Rep. Harold Mitchell said Tuesday he expects to pay off more than $16,000 in ethics fines by September.
- Pence signs bill tightening Indiana's state ethics laws Updated: May-04-15 4:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence has endorsed an overhaul of state ethics laws that requires greater financial disclosure by lawmakers and expressly prohibits elected officials from using state resources for political purposes.
- Florida legislators push bills tied to their private jobs Updated: May-03-15 12:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.
- Texas House to probe dispute over witness list Updated: May-02-15 4:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas House ethics committee will investigate after a Democratic lawmaker accused a Republican colleague of padding the witness list for a bill the GOP member supported and had him removed from a committee meeting.
- Lobbyists spend big on ads, with mixed results Updated: Apr-30-15 5:17 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Political advertising works to convince people how to vote, but does it influence how politicians vote once they get in office?
- DHS No. 2 regrets perception of favoritism in visa cases Updated: Apr-30-15 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats.
- Washington lawmaker facing ethics violations resigning Updated: Apr-29-15 9:29 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - A state representative is resigning this week following allegations of falsified travel expense forms, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the House chief clerk.
- Democrats avoid clashes in Pennsylvania Supreme Court forum Updated: Apr-29-15 8:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Five Democrats seeking nominations for an unprecedented three open seats on the state Supreme Court stuck to their campaign scripts on Wednesday, avoiding clashes with each other as they fielded questions at a candidates' forum.