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...
Global Ethics, an
organization run by Rushworth Kidder, author of Moral Courage and other books,
has a good Ethics Newsline, which you can subscribe to. His lead
article this week is about government ethics awards, inspired by
happened in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa.