Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Ethics, Legislature, Lobbying, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

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Western PA judges stay in headlines for alleged shenanigans

By   /  January 13, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, judicial accountability, Judiciary, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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One county in western Pennsylvania is proving that Philadelphia doesn’t have a monopoly on judicial imprudence. The sentencing of two former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges to federal prison made statewide headlines last month. Meanwhile, in Washington County a pair of judges have left their posts but can’t seem to leave their pasts behind.

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Big ticket: Cost to protect Gov. Christie rises 1,800 percent

By   /  January 11, 2015  /  Ethics, Finances, National, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
No matter who paid for Chris Christie’s ticket to the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers football game on Sunday, the New Jersey governor ran up the score on taxpayers.
The travel costs of state police troopers assigned to protect the governor are 18 times higher than when Christie took office, […]

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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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