Gift ban legislation to get second chance as PA Gov.-elect Wolf pushes his own ethics reform

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Ethics, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s plans to enact a gift ban for the executive branch could give new life to legislation that would do the same for state lawmakers and other public officials.

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Emboldened by court rulings, Winston-Salem gay couple seeks marital recognition from Methodist Church

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Ethics, Judiciary, National, News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

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By Paul Chesser | Special to Watchdog.org
Only a month after two federal judges issued decisions that nullified North Carolina’s constitutional ban on government recognition of same-sex marriage, a gay couple has challenged the United Methodist Church because a Winston-Salem minister has refused to preside over their nuptials.
Since the legal door was opened to same-sex marriage, […]

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‘Integrity’ panel has opportunity to check guv’s fund

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Ethics, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

EYE ON ETHICS: Former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and former U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher convene the inaugural meeting of the governor's Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence on Monday.

When Terry McAuliffe’s Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence compiles its legislative agenda, the panel could start by revoking one of his vetoes and resurrecting an ethics bill concerning the governor’s office.

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Democrats’ display at state fair deceive public on teacher pay

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Ethics, North Carolina, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Democrats at the state fair in North Carolina put up a deceptive poster showing a decline in teacher pay by leaving out the last three years of an upswing.

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Christie staff caught misleading NJ court in travel records dispute

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
What happens when Gov. Chris Christie’s staff is caught lying to a New Jersey court about the existence of public records?
That legal bombshell may explode in Mercer County Superior Court this week in the governor’s battle with a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over travel expense accounts.
Documents surfaced that directly […]

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Oregon’s first lady admits to past ‘green-card marriage’ with 18-year-old

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Elections, Ethics, Northwest, Oregon, Politics & Elections, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
Talk about an October surprise!
The first lady of Oregon — though she’s technically not married to the governor yet —tearfully admitted Thursday that she once married an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant in exchange for around $5,000 so he could get a green-card.
Cylvia Hayes was forced to come clean after the the Willamette Week, an alternative newspaper, began […]

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