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Pentagon Refuses to Confirm McSally’s Claims That Border Wall Won’t Undermine Funding for Arizona Projects

By Chad Smith on March 18, 2019.

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., defended her vote against blocking President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars toward a wall on the southern border, saying the Pentagon assured her it wouldn’t impact military projects in her home state. But by Monday the Pentagon and the White House had not said which projects would be bumped in order to build the wall, raising the political stakes for McSally and other Republicans who will run for re-election next year after voting to take money from military projects.

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.

Accountability

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 | 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 | 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.

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.

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