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  1. Feb 2021
    1. Virginia politicians face some of the loosest ethics rules in the U.S., according to a new index from nonpartisan group Coalition for Integrity.

      It has, unfortunately, been this way for years:

      • In 2020, the nonpartisan group Coalition for Integrity ranked Virginia 46 out of 51 (including the District of Columbia)
      • In 2018, Virginia ranked 43 out of 51.
      • In 2015, the last time to my knowledge the Coalition for Integrity gave letter grades, Virginia earned a "D" rating (although in all fairness they did rank notably better, 16th out of 50, likely due to short-term reforms after the fallout over former Gov. Bob McDonnell).
      • In 2012, Virginia earned an "F" rating and was 47th out of 50 states.

      This is unacceptable. Virginians deserve better.