- 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.
- Justice's fundraising arm: 'Politicized' bid to purge court Updated: Apr-15-16 10:56 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas Supreme Court justice's fundraising arm is pursuing donations by arguing an "unprecedented politicized effort" is underway to deny justices retention over school finance rulings.
- Missouri's Nixon signs bill tightening loose ethics laws Updated: Apr-14-16 7:35 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed the first ethics bill to reach his desk since sexually-charged scandals last year led two members of the Legislature to leave office and spurred a drive to tighten the state's loose laws on the conduct of lawmakers.
- South Carolina editorial roundup Updated: Apr-13-16 1:26 pm
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
- Missouri attorney general hopeful would want corruption unit Updated: Apr-12-16 7:16 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general says he would create a corruption unit to tackle misuse of public office if he is elected, part of a series of ethics-related policies he's pitching as state lawmakers make a renewed push for reform.
- Convicted ex-state senator due in court for missing payments Updated: Apr-11-16 4:06 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - A former South Carolina senator who resigned amid an ethics investigation and pleaded guilty to misconduct in office is due back in court for missing his monthly, court-ordered payments.