Latest Political ethics News

Ethics panel finds probable cause to remove convicted Dem

Jan. 20, 2022 04:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members on Tennessee's Senate Ethics Committee say they have found probable cause to remove a Democratic lawmaker recently convicted of two counts of wire fraud. The legislative ethics panel is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss Sen. Katrina Robinson's...

Text of Democratic response to SC State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 20:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Spencer Wetmore's Democratic response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Good evening! My name is Spencer Wetmore. I’m a freshman member of the South Carolina House of...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

Tech companies spend millions on California political gifts

Jan. 13, 2022 14:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom solicited donations totaling nearly $227 million from Facebook, Google, Blue Shield and other private California companies and organizations to combat the coronavirus pandemic and help run parts of his administration, according to a report Thursday by...

Senate panel advances constitutional noncitizen voting ban

Jan. 13, 2022 09:55 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A state Senate committee is supporting a plan to amend the Georgia Constitution to include a ban on voting by noncitizens that is already in state law. The Senate Ethics Committee voted 7-2 on Thursday to advance Senate Resolution 363. It moves to the full Senate for...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 12, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Post & Courier. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Give SC Ethics Commission investigators, and make sure they do their job South Carolina’s Ethics Commission has always been the redheaded stepchild of state government: It’s an agency the Legislature feels obligated...

UK's Johnson apologizes for attending party during lockdown

Jan. 12, 2022 13:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized Wednesday for attending a garden party during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown, but brushed aside demands that he resign for breaching the rules his own government had imposed on the nation. The apology, which stopped...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 11, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Chicago Sun-Times. January 9, 2021. Editorial: The Illinois legislature needs a new watchdog now Once again, the post of legislative inspector general is vacant. The Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission needs to get its act together and appoint a new...

Invoking Jan. 6, Dems pivot to fight for voting legislation

Jan. 10, 2022 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping voting legislation, arguing dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election demand an extraordinary response. In fiery speeches...

Inquiry into Delaware senator to continue despite acquittal

Jan. 08, 2022 13:59 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Senate will continue its ethics inquiry into Sen. Darius Brown despite a jury's verdict acquitting him of domestic violence charges. The News Journal reports that the Senate Rules and Ethics Committee will review all allegations, including...