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

    ... on the Ohio Ethics Commission website. The rule, of course, is that without a definition, a term should be interpreted reasonably. ... Finding the definition is unnecessarily difficult. Of course, you could always call the Commission, but the contact info page says ...

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

  2. Ethics Pledges -- Make Them Stick

    ... might call that place hell. But the correct name, of course, is Utah, home of some of the most lax campaign finance laws and weakest ... to a worthy cause, i.e. not themselves. Nice! Of course, Jones and Mascaro left a few things off the wish list. An outright gift ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-04-20 12:47 - 1 comment


    ... mandates that state officials complete an ethics training course every two years. The FPPC and the Attorney General's Office developed an ... and the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics. The course is conducted at least twice each year and there is a small fee to ...

    DonMc - 2008-12-02 09:07 - 0 comments

  4. Blogging by Local Government Officials - A New Kind of Transparency

    ... dialogue, and diversity of ideas. Of course, such a blog can be abused. The one kind of abuse people really have to ... official. Here's an article , by a California mayor of course, on local government official blogging. Thanks to Judy Nadler (a former ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-11 11:26 - 0 comments

  5. City Ethics Support

    ... of conduct is never sufficient in and of itself. Unless a course of action can be adequately explained on ethical grounds, it is not a ... of conduct is never sufficient in and of itself. Unless a course of action can be adequately explained on ethical grounds, it is not a ...

    DonMc - 2015-04-28 15:55

  6. When a Conflict Requires Not Withdrawal, But Ending a Controversy

    ... When an official has a conflict of interest, the usual course is to withdraw from any discussion or vote on the matter. But this is ... decide (the meeting is scheduled for tomorrow). Of course, the superintendent cannot come out in favor of naming the school after ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-08-10 06:50 - 0 comments

  7. San Diego: An Unappreciative Council and a Close Look at the Revolving Door

    ... despite a 5-0 vote for it at the committee level. Of course, they didn't actually vote against it, but instead sent it to back ... here's the press release that followed his fine). Of course, the councilman implied some favoritism on the part of the ethics ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-20 09:29 - 0 comments

  8. A Good Ethics Settlement in Ohio

    ... council member voted on an addendum to the lease of a golf course despite the fact that he lived on adjoining property. He admitted to ... not to say anything when a conflict situation arises. Of course, if the council member were to have sought advice and ignored it, this ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-01-06 10:55 - 0 comments

  9. Vague, Character-Based Ethics Rules Give More Power Than Guidance

    ... president using character as a primary criterion. Of course, the public can do no better. Who knows to what extent Obama or Romney ... whatever individual or body interprets the language (and, of course, in the hands of whatever individuals(s) or body selects the individual ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-11-06 06:59 - 0 comments

  10. Chief Legal Officers, Local Government Attorneys, and Ethics Officers

    ... ways you can do it.’ A good [general counsel] says: ‘Of course it’s legal, but it’s stupid.’” "Of course it's legal, but it's stupid" is a corporate version of what government ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-04-13 16:40 - 0 comments