• In Missouri, John Moretina has pleaded guilty to voter fraud in federal court. Moretina gave a false home address in order to vote in a 2010 primary in the Kansas City area. His nephew, John Joseph Rizzo, won the Democratic nomination for a state House of Representatives seat by a single vote in that primary. Rizzo went on to win the general election. He faced no opposition in either the primary or the general election in 2012.
• Aaron Gilmore, a member of the New Zealand Parliament, has resigned after allegedly calling a waiter a name we can’t print in a family newspaper. Gilmore was having dinner at a South Island restaurant when his waiter told him he’d had enough to drink. Gilmore said “Don’t you know who I am?” and began to berate the man. He denies calling the waiter the offensive name, but admits being drunk and abusive. At first Gilmore refused to resign, but after party leaders made it clear they not longer supported him, he stepped down.
Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.