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  1. Term Limits and the Poor Handling of a Conflict in Pierce County, WA

    ... least at one level, or becoming professional politicians. Of course, they don't really work, because there are multiple positions at the ... county's residents, who can all enjoy its parks. But, of course, it most benefits Lee's particular constituents, who live amongst ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  2. Partisan Nomination of Ethics Commission Members

    ... town. No ethics code is going to make this a violation, of course, but this sort of conduct sends a message to town residents that the ... anyone explains to them what is going on). There is, of course, an easy solution: take the ethics board nomination process out of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  3. Recusal

    ... with the matter, and voting on the matter, except, of course, in a public referendum. Sometimes inaction benefits ... votes, he or she will be voted out of office (assuming, of course, that the individual was not appointed, and assuming that the failure to ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 20:52 - 8 comments

  4. Another News Miscellany

    ... a mayor and council member in the development business. Of course, the events occurred long ago, and it happens to be election time, ... council member's company is called The Rancon Group. So, of course, the council member insists his company has nothing to do with Rancon ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  5. When a Respondent Seeks to Meet with a Complainant

    ... of the complaint or make a deal for withdrawal. Of course, the more powerful individual might want only to clarify what had ... video and perhaps someone will actually believe you. Of course there are others who will just call you a liar. MINUTES OF MAYOR & ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 1 comment

  6. Intelligence, Motivation, and Legislative Immunity in a Government Ethics Context

    ... protects against inquiry into acts that occur in the regular course of the legislative process, and into the motivation for those acts. Of course, no one would care if their votes or other acts were mentioned in a ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  7. The Top Municipal Ethics Film of All Time

    ... the investigation into a collapsed building (Nottola’s, of course) that kills two people: “The perfect machine. All by the book.” ... responds, “You speak as if power was everything.” And of course it is. The centrist leader becomes mayor. He responds to Balsamo, “In ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  8. Revolving Door

    ... or reward for an act or failure to act during the course of city employment or to influence city action. ... when they retire (or actually lose an election). Of course, there are certainly others in Colorado who will think twice about ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-17 08:52 - 1 comment

  9. Detroit and the Loyalties of Local Government Attorneys

    ... public interest. Determining the Public Interest Of course, it's not always easy to know when an official is acting in his or her ... the decision, due to his clear conflict of interest. Of course, by this time, the law department was also protecting itself. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  10. Summer Reading: The Righteous Mind VI: Fairness and Moral Disgust

    ... requires:  honesty, openness, and respect. And, of course, the responsible spending of our tax dollars, which means competitive ... or even much less than, what they have given. Of course, all the foundations come into play to some extent. Ethical misconduct ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments