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Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 22, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. September 21. 2022. Editorial: High court secrecy The Court of Appeals’ refusal to reveal the vote for an acting chief judge is unbefitting an open justice system. Imagine if an election was held and a winner declared, but the...

Gov. Kristi Noem sued over release of travel expense records

Sep. 21, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is facing a lawsuit after her office refused to release expense records on five out-of-state trips this year to a liberal watchdog group. American Oversight, an organization that files open records requests and litigation...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 19, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

Detroit News. September 16, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should own their pork Perhaps the lesson from the Legislature’s massive pork barrel spending sprees is this: Leave a billion dollars lying around, and politicians will find a way to spend it, and not always for...

Gov. Kristi Noem silent on possible appeal to ethics board

Sep. 16, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem faced a Friday deadline to appeal a state ethics board's finding that there was evidence she improperly intervened in her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license. The Government Accountability Board voted...

Gov. Kristi Noem tried to avoid ethics hearing, seal records

Sep. 09, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked a state ethics board to dismiss a complaint against her without a public hearing and to seal off certain records, documents released Friday by the state’s Government Accountability Board show. The Republican governor,...

Missouri attorney general seeks journalism school records

Sep. 02, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed an open records request seeking correspondence between two journalism professors connected to the University of Missouri and the executive director of a fact-checking group. In a move that appears to be unprecedented in Missouri,...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 01, 2022 01:40 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. August 25, 2022. Editorial: DeSantis and Cabinet badly botched FDLE appointment It’s one of the most important hiring decisions a Florida governor can make, and it happened this week. But nobody noticed (until now), and maybe that was the...

Report: Alleged Richmond July 4 plot had unknown location

Aug. 26, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police Chief Gerald Smith sounded authoritative when he held a press conference to announce that police had thwarted a planned mass shooting at a July 4 fireworks show in Richmond. Smith said two men had planned the shooting for the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater....

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Aug. 25, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Bowling Green Daily News. August 19, 2022. Editorial: Kids need our help When it comes to child well- being in Kentucky, we’ve still got much work to do. Yes, child well-being here has improved somewhat in the past decade thanks to efforts made in...

SD Gov. Kristi Noem weighs response to ethics complaints

Aug. 24, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota ethics board’s finding that Gov. Kristi Noem may have engaged in misconduct by intervening in her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license isn’t likely the last word on the matter. But exactly how much more comes out on the episode...