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Michael Collins, left, and U.S. Rep.  John Lewis, center, view images of Lewis and his arrest record for leading a nonviolent sit-in over Nashville's segregated lunch counters in 1963.   (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Conservative group files ethics complaint against John Lewis, top aide

7:00 am Jan. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. John Lewis Monday, alleging that the Atlanta Democrat improperly hired his top aide as a highly-paid staffer on his reelection campaign.

In a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, alleged that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar senior staffers from serving on campaign

Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks in Atlanta last year. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

What Senate ethics chief Johnny Isakson makes of Trump’s conflict of interest plans

4:00 pm Jan. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Georgia’s Johnny Isakson thinks the best way for a member of Congress to manage their assets is through a blind trust.

But the three-term Republican senator was careful not to criticize then-President-elect Donald Trump and his plan for avoiding conflicts of interest in an interview shortly before the inauguration.

Isakson said he would not judge Trump’s ethics arrangement since he didn’t know the details of Trump’s assets

In this November file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. speaks in Washington. AP/Alex Brandon

Tom Price plans to sell his medical stocks if confirmed as Trump’s health chief

12:34 pm Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — Two sets of documents released by a federal ethics watchdog outline the steps Georgia Congressman Tom Price plans to take in order to avoid conflicts of interest as Donald Trump’s would-be secretary of health and human services, including selling many of his stocks.

The Roswell Republican pledged to “not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter” before the Department of Health and Human Services “in which I know that I

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., flanked by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., left, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, to discuss the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. to become Health and Human Services secretary. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Senate Democrats push ethics investigation into Tom Price’s finances

10:46 am Jan. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON —  A trio of senior Senate Democrats called for an investigation into U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s stock trades on Thursday, arguing that the chamber should not move forward on the Roswell Republican’s Cabinet nomination until their questions are answered.

Chuck Schumer of New York, the new Senate Democratic leader, and the top Democrats on the two committees that will hold Price’s confirmation hearings said Capitol Hill’s independent ethics watchdog and the U.S. Securities and Exchange

Georgia GOP Reps. Tom Graves, left; Rob Woodall, center right;  and Rick Allen, right, during a roundtable discussion with Georgia business leaders in 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Most of Georgia’s Republicans decline to discuss private ethics vote

1:00 pm Jan. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — A day after the House GOP backed away from a plan that would have gutted an independent ethics watchdog on Capitol Hill, most Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation are declining to discuss their private vote on the proposal.

Your Insiders reached out to all 10 Peach State Republicans in the House on Tuesday morning. As of midday Wednesday, we had yet to hear back from half of them.

Two, Rob Woodall

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), reads a statement in the House chamber on Jan. 3, 2017. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John Lewis warns House GOP’s sit-in punishment will have ‘chilling effect’

8:06 am Jan. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis invoked his experience getting badly beaten on Bloody Sunday in 1965 as he spoke against a proposed change to the House rules that was seen as the GOP’s punishment for the gun control sit-in the Atlanta Democrat led on the floor last summer.

But it wasn’t enough to stop lawmakers from voting along party lines Tuesday to approve the rules package, which among other changes would fine lawmakers

May 10, 2014 Dunwoody - U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Paul Broun (center) talks with guests during the Boots, Blues and BBQ event hosted by the DeKalb GOP in Dunwoody on Saturday, May 10, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Embattled congressional ethics office previously probed Nathan Deal, Paul Broun

6:00 am Jan. 4, 2017

 WASHINGTON — The independent ethics body that House Republicans abandoned plans to overhaul this week has a record of calling out Georgia congressmen.

One of your insiders and the AJC’s Willoughby Mariano report in today’s paper that several Georgia lawmakers, including Gov. Nathan Deal and former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, have had run-ins with the panel in recent years:

The Office of Congressional Ethics targeted Gov. Nathan Deal in 2010 over money he