Latest Political ethics News

Former House speaker asks judge to trim prison sentence

Sep. 19, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard are asking a judge to reduce his four-year prison sentence for his conviction on ethics charges since appellate courts overturned half of the counts. Hubbard was sentenced to a four-year concurrent sentence, meaning his prison time was...

Washington state gov., others react to Ginsburg's death

Sep. 19, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Reaction in Washington state to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87. “We have lost one of the greatest American patriots to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court," Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. “Ruth Bader...

Ethics complaint in House race won't be heard before Nov. 3

Sep. 16, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for the state House has filed an ethics complaint against her incumbent rival, accusing the lawmaker of failing to disclose conflicts of interest in contracts between an educational nonprofit she founded and child welfare agencies. Karen Whitlock on Monday...

New Mexico GOP wants ethics complaint tossed

Sep. 16, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican leaders want a newly-formed ethics commission to dismiss a complaint filed against one of their members shortly before the election by her Democratic opponent. “Issuing an ethics complaint just weeks before the November election reveals the desperation of the...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 file photo, Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, and his wife, Susan, arrive for a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala..  Mike Hubbard reported Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 to a county detention center to begin the sentence after an  unsuccessful effort to overturn his conviction. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Pool)

Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence

Sep. 11, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, for years once of the state's most influential politicians, reported to jail Friday to begin a prison sentence for his 2016 ethics conviction. Hubbard reported to the Lee County Detention Center in Opelika, according to jail records, to...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., asks a question on Capitol Hill in Washington. Veteran representatives facing tight reelections in include Peterson of Minnesota and Steve Chabot of Ohio. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Veteran House incumbents cling to seats as districts evolve

Sep. 11, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he logs another campaign season piloting his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza around his vast, crimson-red Minnesota district, voters greet Rep. Collin Peterson by name. But something else is hauntingly familiar as the Democrat seeks a 16th term in Congress. “There are so many...

$15K fine for former NY official in sexual misconduct probe

Sep. 9, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A fired state employee who spent decades as a government watchdog has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine in a settlement agreement over claims of sexual misconduct, the New York state Joint Commission on Public Ethics said Wednesday. Robert Freeman was fired as executive director of the...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 9, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: A misguided strategy Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sept. 7 It seemed like such a great idea. Back on April 30, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale agreed to audit the waiver process used to decide which businesses could...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020m file photom Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy will pay $2,800 to reimburse the state for ads an independent counsel found were political and violated ethics rules, according to a recently released settlement. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Dunleavy to pay $2,800 after ads found to violate ethics law

Sep. 8, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy will pay $2,800 to reimburse the state for ads an independent counsel found were political and violated ethics rules, according to a recently released settlement. The agreement resolves allegations that Dunleavy's office improperly used state funds for...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 8, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

Here are excerpts of editorials that appeared in newspapers around Illinois. September 4, 2020 Chicago Tribune Illinois after Michael Madigan We can’t say when it will happen or how. Maybe more Democratic officeholders — why, hello, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot — will work up...