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.
Is political deal-making a government ethics violation? This is a tough
area. Government ethics is about the conflict of personal and public
interests. Political interests are generally left out of the equation
unless non-political benefits are involved. In politics, you are allowed
to put your personal interests first, at least until you win.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog
post about how several government officials in Wausau mishandled a
conflict situation involving the purchase of property fixed up with an
interest-free loan from HUD. Yesterday's The State of South Carolina
other HUD loan conflict situations in Columbia, which are...