• Donald Trump Nov 11, 2019

    After Push From Perry, His Backers Got Huge Ukraine Gas Deal

    Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country’s new president. Perry’s efforts to influence Ukraine’s energy policy came earlier this year, just as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s new government was seeking military aid...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Trump Taps Energy Department's No. 2 to Take Over for Perry

    President Donald Trump on Friday tapped Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who is expected to leave the agency’s top post at the end of the year, NBC News reported. Brouillette — whose broad experience in Washington’s backrooms includes stints as a top lobbyist for the Ford Motor Company, the chief of staff for the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    5 Facts: Dan Brouillette

    President Donald Trump has nominated Dan Brouillette to replace Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

  • Massachusetts Oct 13, 2019

    Impeachment Dominates, But Much Other Work Awaits Congress

    Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they’re returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It’s a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end a two-week break. The notion that President Donald Trump could do much significant dealmaking with...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Trump's Cabinet Has Had More Ex-Lobbyists Than Obama or Bush

    In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they’re regulating. The Cabinet choices are another sign that Trump’s populist pledge to “drain the swamp” is a catchy campaign...

  • Attorney Sep 12, 2019

    Ex-State Police Union Chief, Ex-Union Lobbyist Indicted on Racketeering, Tax Crimes

    A former state police union chief and a Beacon Hill lobbyist arrested last month for allegedly misusing union funds for personal gain have been indicted on a slew of charges including racketeering, fraud and tax crimes, federal authorities said Thursday.

  • Massachusetts Sep 3, 2019

    Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists

    Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists. “I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted. Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2019

    Gun Owners Look Beyond the NRA for Representation

    Bob Mokos is a passionate gun owner who on the surface would seem like a card-carrying National Rifle Association member. The retired airline pilot has been shooting guns since he was a child. The Vietnam veteran got more serious about firearms as a civilian after one of his sisters was fatally shot during a mugging in Chicago. After the 9/11...

  • Massachusetts Aug 24, 2019

    Mass. State Police Union Donated $178K to Lawmakers

    Fallout from a federal investigation into the former head of the Massachusetts State Police union is continuing on Beacon Hill. The former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, Dana Pullman, was arrested Wednesday on charges he embezzled money from the group. Now, Sen. Michael Moore says he’s not keeping the money he received as political contributions from Pullman....

  • Massachusetts Aug 21, 2019

    Mass. State Police Union Chief Faced Double-Dipping Probe in 2006

    The former Massachusetts State Police union boss charged by the area’s United States attorney in a kickback and bribery scheme came under investigation a decade earlier for double dipping allegations, according to records obtained by the NBC10 Boston Investigators. Dana Pullman, the former head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, faced an internal affairs investigation in 2006 after an...

  • Massachusetts Aug 21, 2019

    Bribes, Kickbacks & Caviar: FBI Says Ex-State Police Union Chief Misused Funds

    A former state police union chief and a Beacon Hill lobbyist have been arrested for allegedly misusing union funds for personal gain, federal authorities said Wednesday. FBI and IRS agents arrested 57-year-old Dana Pullman, former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and 68-year-old State House lobbyist Anne Lynch early Wednesday at their respective homes in Worcester and Hull.

  • Attorney Aug 21, 2019

    Feds Arrest Ex-MSP Union Leader and Lobbyist

    A former Massachusetts State Police union leader and a Beacon Hill lobbyist are accused of conspiring to spend tens of thousands of dollars. It’s not the first time one of them has faced scrutiny from law enforcement.

  • Donald Trump Aug 8, 2019

    Weakened But Unbowed, NRA Head Digs in Against Gun Control

    In the aftermath of the back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation on the issue. The man largely responsible for the NRA’s uncompromising stance is its decades-long CEO, Wayne LaPierre, who has been engulfed in turmoil and legal issues as...

  • Texas Jul 14, 2019

    Dog the Bounty Hunter Tearfully Pays Tribute to Beth Chapman at Colorado Memorial Service

    Dog the Bounty Hunter honored his late wife Beth Chapman at a memorial service in Aurora, Colorado on Saturday. Beth died at the age of 51 in June following her battle with cancer. During an emotional and tear-filled speech, the TV star recounted their life together. From recalling the moment he met his wife to speaking about their pre-fame days,...

  • Minnesota Jul 12, 2019

    Incoming Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella Under Scrutiny for Work With Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff

    Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation Friday of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago. But Pizzella, currently deputy Labor secretary, has his own controversial past that will likely come to the fore. Democratic senators and civil...

  • CEO Jun 26, 2019

    NRA Splits With PR Firm, Top Lobbyist and NRATV Amid Infighting

    Infighting at the National Rifle Association exploded Wednesday, when the powerful association severed ties with its longtime public relations firm, suspended operations of its fiery online TV station and lost its top lobbyist. The latest turmoil emerged just a year before the critical 2020 presidential elections when the NRA’s ability to influence the outcome could decide the fate of gun...

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    The Most Important Races in the 2020 Senate Fight

    A handful of races will decide whether Mitch McConnell and the GOP can keep their grip on the Senate next year – including in Alabama, where Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with teen girls decades ago, is again running for the Republican nomination. President Donald Trump faces a grind to win another term in the White House. Even if...

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    The Most Important Races in the 2020 Senate Fight

    A handful of races will decide whether Mitch McConnell and the GOP can keep their grip on the Senate next year – including in Alabama, where Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with teen girls decades ago, is again running for the Republican nomination. President Donald Trump faces a grind to win another term in the White House. Even if...

  • New Hampshire Jun 23, 2019

    States' Push to Legalize Sports Betting Differs by Region

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting, a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year’s end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest. But most states in the Deep South and far West — SEC and...

  • New Hampshire Jun 23, 2019

    States' Push to Legalize Sports Betting Differs by Region

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting, a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year’s end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest. But most states in the Deep South and far West — SEC and...

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