By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — Manny Aragon, the former Democratic state Senate leader who had one of the most spectacular falls from grace in New Mexico political history, is out a Colorado federal prison.
There are reports that the 66-year-old Aragon his heading back to the Albuquerque area after his release Thursday. [...]
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — As debates swirl about tightening financial disclosure laws for the executive and legislative branches in Virginia, the judicial branch is being left out of the conversation.
But a new report from the Center for Public Integrity suggests Virginians shouldn’t forget the Virginia Supreme Court. Virginia is among 43 [...]
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”
Mark Twain said that.Read More →
By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
In the case of how likely it is for judges to succumb to corruption, Vermont gets a big, fat “F.”
That’s the finding from the independent investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., which compared judicial financial disclosures nationwide.
In the survey scoring the reporting requirements put [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Voters in the vast majority of states elect their attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer and the government’s top lawyer.
In New Jersey, the job is handed out by the governor to whomever he choses.
Gov. Chris Christie continued the parade of patronage by appointing his chief of staff, Kevin [...]