Possibly the most valuable annual local government ethics resource was
published this morning: Patricia Salkin's 2009 Ethical
Considerations in Land Use, a 28-page summary of reported cases and
opinions on ethics matters in land use situations. The 2008
edition focused on wind farm ethics in New York (also see my two blog
posts on this topic:...
Can grades be evidence of a conflict of interest? This is what the Cook
County prosecutor's office is effectively arguing, according to an
article in the Chicago Tribune.
Northwestern University journalism students spent three years
researching a criminal case, in which they believe that a man was
wrongfully convicted. They presented a great deal of evidence to the
article on the Texas Watchdog website focuses on a serious loophole
in the Texas gift disclosure policy, which applies to local government
176.003(a-1) of the Local Government Code (Title 5, Subchapter C)
officer is not required to file a...
It's always nice to see politicians provide evidence for the argument
that ethics self-regulation doesn't work, but it's rare for it to
happen in so public a way as occurred yesterday. According to an
article in Roll Call, Rep. John Carter (R-TX), "the point man for
Republicans seeking to strip Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel
(D-N.Y.) of his gavel," did not disclose large profits from a sale of
Exxon stock, even after...
Quote after Quote in Paris
Earlier this month the French president's son supplied me with a quote of the day. Now he has announced he will not pursue a job his father used to have,
and he has supplied me with another quote of the day:
If the question you are asking me is,
‘Did you talk to the president
about [the government job]?’ No. Did I talk about that with my father? Yes.