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  1. Judge Allows Employees to Vote for Boss as Mayor in Chicago Heights

    ... alleged in the past, that there's never been a problem. Of course, the council members' boss has never been up for mayor, either. The ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-05-27 19:49 - 0 comments

  2. Doing What Isn't Required

    ... friends. The official will be considered goody-goody. Of course, no one will say publicly that there is anything wrong with goody-goody. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-06-18 06:37 - 0 comments

  3. Free Speech and Open Meeting Laws

    ... reverence or obsessive devotion. Free speech is not, of course, a material object, but I do think that the value of protecting the free ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-06 16:53 - 0 comments

  4. The Conflict of Interest That Keeps Conflicting

    ... companies, industry and professional associations and, of course, Fannie Mae, which is sadly no longer the cash cow for politicians it ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-12 19:56 - 0 comments

  5. Local Government Regulation of Political Robocalls

    ... questions a candidate's "moral values," with respect, of course, to his position on civil unions. Maine's campaign finance laws ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-06-27 06:47 - 0 comments

  6. A Gift Exception That Undermines the Rule

    ... by the Baltimore ethics code (§6-27), but there are, of course, exceptions, including a big one relevant to acceptance of travel costs: ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-12-21 16:00 - 0 comments

  7. Narrow and Vague Ethics Code Definitions of "Doing Business"

    ... has, only days after his client was indicted , given a course to drafters of local government ethics codes on how not to define "doing ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-01-12 16:19 - 1 comment

  8. Some Problems Relating to Local Governments Accepting Gifts

    ... by a neutral body, but not if it's given as a matter of course. In this case, the committee made three conditions on acceptance of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-04-08 06:22 - 0 comments

  9. Non-Substantive Considerations for Dismissing Ethics Complaints

    ... request is suggested by the ethics code itself, which of course is the product of the very council that the president presides over. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-25 12:25 - 0 comments

  10. "De Minimis" Is a Big Term in Government Ethics

    ... the complaint or by requiring, say, an additional training course. It is a waste of limited time and resources to investigate and hold ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-07 09:20 - 0 comments