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  1. What's At Stake in New York City?

    ... conflict of interest problems involved in the New York City term limits dispute. But now the dispute is over, according to an article on ... chose to allow current elected officials to run beyond the term limit rules approved by citizens twice in referendums, And a New ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-24 07:00 - 0 comments

  2. The Actual Use of "Benefit" and "Interest" Language in Conflict Provisions

    ... referring to the use of the word "benefit" or an equivalent term in basic conflict of interest provisions, like the City Ethics Model ... lot of them do). Nor do I include those codes that use the term "benefit" in gift, confidential information, or use of public resources ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-10-15 13:54 - 0 comments

  3. My Use of Violent Imagery

    ... by local officials. I quoted a county attorney using the term effectively in a positive way: "Our power, granted to us by the people, is ... likes to target Republicans." I used the term "blow up" only once, as follows: "In many cases, we need to be told, not ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-01-17 12:35 - 0 comments

  4. The Benefits of Hyperlinking Ethics Codes, and the Dependency of Children

    ... contracts does not define “family,” although it uses the term. The term is defined by a 1980 Advisory Opinion , which can be found on the Ohio ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-18 13:07 - 0 comments

  5. The Educational Opportunities of a Local Ethics Case in Massachusetts

    ... with nonprofits. One thing that gets in the way is the term that the Massachusetts ethics code uses for government officials and ... to include officials, but who reads the definition when the term appears to be clear? This is somewhat corrected by having the first ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-22 09:35 - 0 comments

  6. A Look at 2013

    ... or commission can, throught ethics advice, define a vague term such as "close friend." The decision also made it clear that an ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch coined a new government ethics term , dyscronia, which I have defined as "characterized by difficulty with ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-12-30 15:18 - 0 comments

  7. Dealing with the Potential Conflicts Involved in EC Board Member Selection

    ... by the mayor. And the promise was made only for the "short term," which implies that, at some point in Spagnoletti's six-year term, he would be willing to participate in a matter involving the mayor, even ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-06-29 11:04 - 0 comments

  8. A Proposed Procurement Review Task Force in Miami-Dade

    ... the mayor's view is skewed toward the second goal. The term "value added" refers to what is added to goods in production. It is a business, not a government term. The use of the term in this context, where government meets business, implies that the values ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-05-13 08:57 - 0 comments

  9. Standards of Proof in Ethics Enforcement

    ... I would bet that the legislators who used the term "probable cause" meant a "preponderance of evidence," but used the term "probable cause," because that is what they found in other ethics codes ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-10 10:00 - 2 comments

  10. "Vulgar Ethics"

    ... Vulgar Ethics Thesis ," this lecture introduced me to the term "vulgar ethics," which first appeared in a 1991 essay by Lewis Mainzer. ... right choice is to seek professional advice. I like the term "vulgar ethics." Although the word "vulgar" is unfortunately used ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-04 15:28 - 0 comments