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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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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 | Virginia

Virginia GOP State Senator Led ROTC Group That Flew Confederate Flag

By Cole Driver on February 11, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves, who has voted against allowing the removal of Confederate monuments, was a leader in an ROTC company in college that flew the Confederate flag, making him the latest politician in the Old Dominion to face new questions about the South’s racist past.

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.

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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 | Louisiana

Ralph Abraham’s Congressional Office Posted, Then Deleted, Stories About Campaign in Violation of Ethics Rules

By Sam Falconer on February 4, 2019.

Rep. Ralph Abraham’s congressional website shared more than 20 articles covering his campaign for governor of Louisiana last month, seemingly in violation of House ethics rules against using official resources to campaign.

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.

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