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Ethics watchdog recommended that John Lewis’ top aide be subpoenaed

2:59 pm Aug. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog recommended that the House Ethics Committee subpoena Michael Collins, U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, and the Atlanta Democrat’s campaign committee after alleging they did not fully comply with an ethics inquiry this spring, according to newly released documents.

The recommendation came at the tail end of a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, which concluded that it had “substantial

A Democratic race for governor that could feel like Beyonce vs. Taylor Swift

9:00 am Jul. 29, 2017

If certain parties have their way, next year’s Democratic race for governor in Georgia could have the feel of a feud between Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Or so I have been informed. I have let my attention to music industry politics slide since Simon & Garfunkel broke up.

What I do know is that state Rep. Stacey Abrams is attempting a profound shift in how Democratic primaries are won in Georgia, which

Georgia’s GOP congressmen vote in lockstep with Trump

12:11 pm Jul. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Georgia’s Republican lawmakers in Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives during the president’s first six months in office.

In fact, the state’s 10 GOP representatives and two Republican senators have voted in lockstep with the president’s positions an average of 98.8 percent of the time.

That’s according to a database compiled by the political analysis blog FiveThirtyEight. The outlet cross-referenced how every member of Congress voted on

Ethics group says its complaint likely prompted inquiry into John Lewis’ top aide

12:40 pm Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — The head of a right-leaning watchdog group said he is fairly certain his organization’s previous complaint regarding the dual-employment status of U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ top aide prompted a new House Ethics inquiry into the matter.

Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, said it appears that FACT’s January allegation that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar

House Ethics appears to be investigating John Lewis’ top aide

5:42 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Monday launched an inquiry into a complaint filed against a congressional staffer who appears to be U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ longtime top aide.

The panel’s top Republican and Democratic members said they agreed to investigate a complaint filed against Michael Collins, a House aide, on May 11. That’s the name of Lewis’, D-Atlanta, longtime chief of staff, and a search through LegiStorm’s database of