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Accountability | Iowa

Fellow GOP Senator Skewers Joni Ernst’s Paid-Leave Bill As ‘Raid’ on Social Security

By Chad Smith on March 15, 2019.

A fellow Republican senator described Sen. Joni Ernst’s new plan for paid parental leave as “raiding” Social Security, a potentially crippling condemnation as more and more Americans rely on the program.

Accountability | Kentucky

Multimillionaire Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Hit With Multiple Liens After Failing to Pay Taxes on Summer Home

By Cole Driver on March 13, 2019.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a multimillionaire who often preaches fiscal responsibility to his working- and middle-class constituents, was months late paying property taxes on his summer home in Maine the last two years, continuing a pattern of delinquent payments dating back nearly two decades.

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Trump Named 356 Lobbyists to His Administration As His Promise to Ban Them Goes Down the Drain

By Chad Smith on March 8, 2019.

President Donald Trump has named more than 350 federal lobbyists to posts in his administration, a figure much larger than previously reported and an indication of how far afield Trump is from his vow to “drain the swamp.”

Accountability | Maine

Susan Collins, Who Voted Over 20 Times to Gut the ACA, Wants Credit for Saving It

By Chad Smith on February 22, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins — who has long cultivated an image as a centrist — recently pointed to her votes against repealing the Affordable Care Act to play up her moderate side, ignoring her 20-plus votes to repeal, delay or defund the law.

Accountability | North Carolina

Mark Harris’ Son Shreds Claim There Were No Red Flags About Felon Campaign Consultant

By Chad Smith on February 21, 2019.

Mark Harris’ repeated claims that he had no reason to suspect his campaign consultant’s absentee-ballot scheme was illegal were blown apart Wednesday after his son, an assistant U.S. attorney in North Carolina, testified that he raised red flags with his nearly two years ago.

Accountability | Mississippi

Mississippi’s GOP Senators Quiet About Reeves’ Racist Fraternity Photos

By Chad Smith on February 15, 2019.

Mississippi’s two most powerful leaders in Washington declined to weigh in on reports that the state’s lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, belonged to a fraternity whose members dressed in blackface and Confederate uniforms.

Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans, have yet to comment on the revelation, which has drawn...

Accountability | Iowa

Despite Claiming ‘Error,’ Ernst Signed Affidavit to Illegally Apply for Multiple Property Tax Breaks

By Cole Driver on February 13, 2019.

Despite Sen. Joni Ernst’s claims that she illegally received a tax break for Washington homeowners in “error,” records showed that Ernst had to sign an affidavit to get the tax break.

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