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California lawmaker and wife indicted

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/21/18, 07:20 pm

A federal grand jury indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and his wife, Margaret Hunter, on Tuesday for allegedly using $250,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses and filing false reports to cover the spending. The charges, including wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations, and conspiracy, are the culmination of a year-long U.S. Department of Justice investigation. The 48-page indictment lists spending from 2009 to 2016, including a family vacation to Italy, private school tuition, dental work, and video games.

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West Virginia impeaches its Supreme Court

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/15/18, 01:36 pm

State lawmakers in West Virginia voted this week to impeach all four remaining state Supreme Court justices. The justices were embroiled in a spending controversy, and one of them, Allen Loughry, faced a 23-count federal indictment. The articles of impeachment said Loughry, Beth Walker, Margaret Workman, and Robin Davis failed to control expenses, including more than $1 million in renovations to their individual offices. Republican Gov. Jim Justice will appoint new justices to replace any who are convicted.

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Collins drops reelection bid

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/13/18, 01:06 pm

A New York congressman charged with insider trading has ended his reelection bid. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., announced the decision Saturday just hours after once again declaring his innocence. Authorities arrested and charged Collins last week. Prosecutors say he passed inside information about a biotech company to family members. Collins initially planned to try to stay in Congress but said in a statement he reversed course because it was in the best interest of his district and the Republican Party. Upstate New York’s 27th District first elected him in 2012.

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