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Nevada ranks among worst for integrity in state government

It seemed like a simple rule: Don't get involved in a political campaign while serving on Nevada's Ethics Commission. After all, legislators created the commission as the main safeguard against misconduct by candidates and elected officials. To run for office while policing others would seem to be a clear conflict of interest.

Trouble at the Statehouse: secrecy, corruption and conflicts of interest

In November 2014, Arkansas voters approved a ballot measure that, among other reforms, barred the state's elected officials from accepting lobbyists' gifts. But that hasn't stopped influence peddlers from continuing to provide meals to lawmakers at the luxurious Capital Hotel or in top Little Rock eateries like the Brave New Restaurant; the prohibition does not apply to "food or drink available at a planned activity to which a specific governmental body is invited," so lobbyists can buy meals so long as they invite an entire legislative committee.

Carson campaign efforts ramping up in Nevada

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's campaign efforts in Nevada are growing in an initial push that includes ad buys and staff additions. The Carson campaign has launched a $500,000 ad buy in the four early voting states: Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.