A Kentucky preacher-turned-politician’s web of lies

To hear him tell it, Kentucky state Rep. Danny Ray Johnson has been on stage nearly his whole life. Like Forrest Gump, he just so happens to be in the front row, playing a pivotal role in America’s biggest moments. Time after time. Decade after decade. But the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found a very…

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State lawmakers often blur the line between the public’s business and their own

The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press partnered on a deep-dive that looked into the financial disclosures of state legislators nationwide. The investigation found numerous instances when lawmakers supported bills that benefited their employers, industries or even their personal finances. The Center also created a searchable library of the disclosures for 6,933 state…

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Developer for proposed Trump-branded Dallas hotel has history of unfinished projects, legal woes

An investigation by the Dallas Morning News found that Mukemmel “Mike” Sarimsakci, the developer who was planning to help launch the Trump Organization’s new Scion brand with a hotel in downtown Dallas, has a history of unpaid debts and legal trouble. Sarimsakci, who refers to himself as the “Turkish Trump” and is an admirer of the President,…

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Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict

A four-month investigation by USA TODAY cataloged every property President Trump’s companies own across the country. It found those companies own more than 400 condo units and home lots worth at least $250 million in the U.S. alone. In contrast to developments where Trump licenses his name to a separate developer for a flat fee, these…

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Kentucky justice system tested in high-profile rape case

What happens when a wealthy, politically-connected businessman is the defendant in a rape case against his former caretaker? This story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reveals conflicts-of-interests in the investigation, brutal intimidation tactics, and the perks that a high community position can offer a person. The unnamed accuser was subject to strongly-worded threats…

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Baltimore felony conviction rates fall under State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

After a new top prosecutor took office in Baltimore in January 2015, felony convictions dropped even as violent crime increased in the city. The Wall Street Journal examined all closed felony cases between 2011 and August 2016 and found that only about 53 percent of felony cases have ended in a conviction since Marilyn Mosby…

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Documentary investigates how bias and discrimination still infiltrate American democracy

Gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, overwhelmingly white prosecutors; there are many open secrets in modern-day electioneering that can lead to unfair results. Fusion’s latest investigative documentary, “Rigged,” examines tactics politicians still use in elections to disenfranchise minorities, progressives, and young voters for personal benefit.

Nursing homes in Arkansas may have solicited petition signatures from residents unfairly

A petition in Arkansas to limit damages and attorney fees for medical malpractice suits may have made it onto the November ballot in a questionable way.  KARK found that nursing home staffers may have solicited signatures from nursing home residents without properly explaining what they were signing. The measure, if passed in November, would reduce…

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Cutting tuition grants wouldn’t save as much as Texas lieutenant governor claims

Hundreds of thousands of minority, poor and middle class students could miss out on an opportunity to attend college if Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gets his way. Patrick wants to eliminate programs that require 20 percent of all tuition collected by schools to go to students who demonstrate financial need. By doing away with…

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‘Panama Papers’ expose crime and corruption hidden by offshore accounts

More than 100 news organizations collaborated to report on the “Panama Papers,” a cache of 11.5 million documents that illustrate the hidden financial dealings of current and former world leaders, politicians and public officials. Among their findings: Associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies. Offshore…

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