Latest Political ethics News

State opposes Hubbard request for early release from prison

Sep. 16, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — State prosecutors are urging a judge to deny former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request for early release from prison, arguing his “belated apology” for his ethics conviction is not enough. In a Wednesday court filing, the state...

House Democrats oust embattled lawmaker from caucus

Sep. 15, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats voted Tuesday night to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus following allegations of domestic violence and questions about his residency. “Rep. Thompson’s actions, credible reports of abuse and misconduct, and...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 13, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. September 10, 2021. Editorial: What can rebuild Illinoisans’ faith in Springfield? Ethics reform. What won’t? Faux reform. Democrats in the General Assembly seem to think a swatch of ethics reform is better than none at all. ...

No discipline for Democratic lawmaker's racist, sexist slur

Sep. 13, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democrat-led House committee will take no disciplinary action against a Democratic lawmaker who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers, officials said Monday. Following a closed-door meeting of the House Ethics Committee on Friday,...

Hubbard apologies, seeks early release from prison

Sep. 12, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard in a Friday court filing apologized for his ethics conviction that he said hurt the state and his family as his attorney filed a request for his early release after serving one year of a 28-month sentence. ...

Lawsuit aims to end secrecy over ethics complaints in SC

Sep. 11, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in federal court is asking a judge to overturn a requirement in South Carolina ethics laws that makes it illegal for anyone who files a complaint against a public official from talking about it unless the complaint is found valid. ...

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Idaho lawmaker on rape charges

Sep. 10, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Idaho lawmaker who resigned in disgrace after a 19-year-old intern reported that he brought her to his apartment on false pretenses and raped her. The Ada County arrest warrant on charges of rape and...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 01, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

Jamestown Post-Journal. August 28, 2021. Editorial: Hochul Has Only Partially Opened Door On Nursing Home Transparency Gov. Kathy Hochul has done the right thing — quickly — in acknowledging the additional 12,000 COVID deaths in New York. ...

Native Hawaiian attorney confirmed for Hawaii appeals court

Aug. 27, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate on Friday voted to approve Gov. David Ige's nomination of Native Hawaiian attorney Sonja McCullen to serve on the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Senators voted 24-0, with one senator excused, to confirm MuCullen, who currently serves...

Hochul vows swift action as she takes helm in New York

Aug. 24, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York on Tuesday and in her first hours on the job sought to bring a sense of urgency to tackling big problems that went unaddressed during Andrew Cuomo’s distracted final months in office. In an...