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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

Tate Reeves’ Alma Mater Acknowledges ‘Mistake’ in Publishing Frat’s Blackface Photos As He Stays Silent

By Chad Smith on February 11, 2019.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ alma mater Friday acknowledged the racism of his fraternity’s use of blackface and Confederate emblems while he was a member in the 1990s and expressed regret for allowing them to be displayed in the yearbook.

Accountability | Kentucky

Bevin’s Running Mate Took Thousands from Pharma Company Fined $3B for Misleading Patients

By Chad Smith on February 8, 2019.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s newly announced running mate received more than $14,000 in consulting and speaking fees from a pharmaceutical company shortly before it was hit with the largest health care fine in U.S. history.

AlvaradoState Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a...

Accountability | Mississippi

Mississippi GOP Gubernatorial Front-Runner Tate Reeves’ Fraternity Yearbook Page Included Blackface

By Chad Smith on February 8, 2019.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ college yearbook showed members of his fraternity in what appeared to be blackface and dressed as Confederate soldiers and referred to him being “at the Robert E. Lee bar” at a time when the fraternity’s racism was a major issue on campus.

Accountability | Colorado

Gardner Said He Couldn’t Back Trump, ‘Who Brags About Degrading and Assaulting Women.’ Turns Out, He Can.

By Chad Smith on February 1, 2019.

Sen. Cory Gardner, who in October 2016 said of Donald Trump, “I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women,” this week said that he, in fact, can and will. After two years of tightrope-walking between Trump critic and Trump cheerleader, Gardner, R-Colo., made his choice, saying he would support Trump’s re-election bid.

Accountability | Maine

Facing Tough Re-Election, Collins Whitewashes Her 94% Voting Record with Trump

By Chad Smith on January 30, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, refused to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election on Tuesday, part of a pattern of the past two years in which she downplays her support for Trump but ultimately backs his agenda. Collins, who is running for a fifth term in a state Trump lost in 2016, has voted with Trump 94 percent of the time, according to a CQ analysis.

Accountability | Virginia

Virginia State Senator Is Member of Racist, Pro-Trump Facebook Group

By Chad Smith on January 28, 2019.

A Virginia state senator who voted against removing Confederate monuments is a member of a hate-filled conservative Facebook group, an affiliation that has dogged other Republicans in recent months. State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, who represents a district around Richmond, has been a member of the simply named Facebook group Tea Party since June, even as other politicians faced criticism for their links to the group, where users cheerlead President Donald Trump alongside anti-semitic and racist posts.

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