Forgery investigation focuses on former chief; raises more issues

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, Fraud, Local News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A recent state audit further solidified the paperwork problems of a former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who had faced 64 felony charges. The Ohioville Borough officer was able to plead to two misdemeanors and retire instead of being fired.

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Two more Philly Dems charged in once-abandoned bribery sting

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Two more Philadelphia lawmakers were charged Tuesday in connection to a sting operation that caught them accepting bribes in return for votes.

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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 Arena  /  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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