Latest Political ethics News

Former Tennessee top aide to stay on payroll until July

May. 17, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July. House Speaker Glen Casada accepted Chief of Staff...

The Latest: Spokesman: House speaker ethics report not final

May. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on an ethics review of Tennessee's House speaker (all times local): 12:15 p.m. A Republican House spokesman says Speaker Glen Casada has not seen an ethics panel's work that another lawmaker has accused him of rigging. The statement responds to Republican Rep. Mike...

Ethics ruling lets lawmaker seek House job after term limit

May. 17, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's ethics board has opened the door for lawmakers to immediately take some other Capitol jobs once their terms end. The Advocate reports the Ethics Board unanimously agreed Friday that Rep. Nancy Landry can run for the House clerk's job, the chamber's top administrative...

GOP rep: Embattled House speaker tried to rig ethics review

May. 17, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says Tennessee GOP House Speaker Glen Casada tried to "rig and predetermine" an ethics review regarding his mounting scandals. He's requesting Casada's leadership resignation. In a statement Thursday to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , Ethics Committee member...

Watchdog: EPA should recoup travel money from Pruitt, guards

May. 16, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges for former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The EPA's inspector general rejected Pruitt's claims that security concerns warranted the...

Trump disclosure shows revenue steady at key properties

May. 16, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Revenue from President Donald Trump's sprawling business empire largely held steady last year amid his turbulent presidency, according to his financial disclosure Thursday, with a drop in business at his Mar-a-Lago resort and small gains at his Washington hotel and Doral golf club. The...

Criticized Maryland chancellor won't seek contract extension

May. 16, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The chancellor of Maryland's university system said Thursday he will step down next year, after state lawmakers cut funding from the system's budget by an amount equal to his annual salary to express displeasure in the system's handling of a University of Maryland football player's...

Want a bridge? Trump blurs line between governing, campaign

May. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an Oprah-worthy moment: President Donald Trump stood before a Louisiana crowd at an official taxpayer-funded event and tossed out an enticing promise. "If we win this election, which is just 16 months away, we're giving you a brand new I-10 bridge." Trump's commitment during a...

Democrat facing ethics complaint by rival over union job

May. 14, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A top Democrat in the New Hampshire House is being accused by a political rival of violating ethics guidelines by testifying and voting on legislation that could affect the teachers union that employs him as its president. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the state's Legislative...

Swiss attorney general investigated over handling FIFA case

May. 10, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings. The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday it is examining possible...