Political ethics

FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, addresses members of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the California Legislature is opening an independent office to handle investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination. "Our goals are clear: we need to protect victims and witnesses, hold perpetrators accountable, and restore employee and public confidence," said Atkins. But she added: "I realize we cannot be satisfied with our progress, because this step alone will not change the culture of this building." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 02, 2019 - 10:10 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct...
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January 14, 2019 - 3:57 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in the Georgia Senate are putting a time limit on how soon accusers must report allegations of misconduct by senators and their staffs. The Senate adopted the in-house rule change Monday as the 2019 legislative session began. It says the Senate's internal ethics panel will...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, John Rakolta Jr., speaks at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him. The post has been vacant for nine months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump chose for the job, Rakolta, hasn’t been approved by the Senate. (Tanya Moutzalias/The Ann Arbor News via AP)
January 12, 2019 - 1:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him. The post has been vacant for nine months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump chose for the job, John Rakolta Jr., hasn't been approved by the...
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January 08, 2019 - 4:01 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York unveiled new measures Tuesday intended to address chronic corruption problems in a state where 30 lawmakers have left office facing criminal or ethical allegations since 2000. A proposed state constitutional amendment suggested by Sen. Liz Krueger, a...
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In this Jan. 3, 2019, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures before a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the opening session of the 116th Congress. House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that takes aim at what they call “the culture of corruption in Washington” and reduces the role of money in politics. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 04, 2019 - 6:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill is one of the first to be considered as Democrats take control of the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. Newly-departed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and has no knowledge of a report that he lied. Zinke's comments came after The Washington Post reported Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, that the Justice Department's public integrity section was examining whether he lied to investigators from Interior's office of inspector general. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
January 03, 2019 - 8:20 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly departed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told The Associated Press on Thursday that he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and rejected as inaccurate a report that he's under investigation for lying. Zinke's comments...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, then-Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., attends a gathering at the East Room of the White House in Washington. Esty. forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn’t violate congressional rules, according to the House Ethics Committee.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 20, 2018 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn't violate congressional rules, according to an ethics report released Thursday. Rep...
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In this Nov. 21, 2018 photo, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, framed by a photograph of lower Manhattan, addresses law enforcement officials at the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York. Whitaker has been advised by ethics officials that he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia probe. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 20, 2018 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an "abundance of caution," a senior official said Thursday. Whitaker's past criticism of the...
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December 18, 2018 - 7:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee has cleared Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva of wrongdoing in connection with a settlement he made with a female former staffer who accused him of being drunk and creating a hostile work environment. Grijalva, a Democrat who is set to become chairman of the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2014, file photo, 1st District congressional Republican candidate Rod Blum speaks during a debate in Waterloo, Iowa. Blum likely violated a host of ethics rules in his private business dealings, including his ownership in a company that used false claims and House resources to promote itself, according to an independent report released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 by the The Office of Congressional Ethics. (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP, File)
December 17, 2018 - 6:22 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa congressman likely violated a host of ethics rules in his private business dealings, including his ownership in a company that used false claims and House resources to promote itself, according to an independent report released Monday. The Office of Congressional...
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