Posts tagged "Political Ethics"

Independent Ethics Commission: So Much for Political Ethics in South Dakota

The voters of South Dakota voted for an independent ethics commission and it passed. As part of the package that went along with the commission were also provisions to put limits on campaign finance and lobbying access. An independent ethics

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

commission? It was music to my ears.

The governor of the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) repealed the bill the voters of the state wanted! The politicians said that the voters were tricked into approving the ethics package which created the independent ethics commission. Here is the funny part: they were able to reject it under something called the “state of emergency,” provision. My ears are now ringing!

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Political Ethics: Kathleen Kane faces Prison for Lying and Obstruction

Although former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is a relatively young woman, for all intents and purposes, her professional life as a lawyer is over. She has just been sentenced for a period of from 10 to 23 months in prison. She is incredibly lucky; had the judge been vindictive, she could have faced 12 to 24 years. Kane’s lawyer reasoned her shortened political-ethicssentence is punishment enough as all of her status and position is gone.  When it comes to political ethics (some would argue there are none) Kathleen Kane knew better than to make the choices she did.  And, every choice has a consequence.

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Is It Ethical to Mock a Candidate’s Health?

As I use the social media a great deal, it is impossible to not come up against the ever-present issue of the health of the leading candidates whenever logging onto any of the highly-charged social sites.  So is it ethical to mock a candidate’s health?

mock a candidate's healthI have made the intentional decision to not use candidate names. We know that one candidate fainted at a ceremony and the other candidate has been forced to turn over complete medical records from colonoscopy results to blood tests.  Health is serious to anyone and to mock a candidate’s health is – well to me unethical.

Predictably, the Republican supporters, including the pro-Republican media mocked the health of the Democratic candidate. The Democratic supporters, including their media, mocked the health of the Republican.  Who gives anyone permission to mock a candidate’s health?

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One Door for Education Foundation – Corrine Brown and Fraud

Politicians have never been so emboldened, it would seem, to take advantage of the good-hearted people they are elected to serve. In an AP wire story (July 8, 2016) we are introduced to U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons who decided to create and perpetuate, a charity called the “One Door for Education Foundation.”

Corrine Brown FraudThe foundation presumably was set up to provide scholarships to disadvantaged children. This was a noble undertaking, to be sure, but Rep. Brown and her cohorts turned it into a champagne-laden party of self-indulgence and excess. In fact, the fund gave out only one scholarship amounting to $1,000 while collecting $800,000. The article stated:

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Political Ethics – Mike Hubbard’s Slippery Slope to Prison

Power and money – just two components of what earned from Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard a four year prison sentence for violating the state’s ethics law.  From improperly soliciting lobbyists and companies for consulting contracts to using his office Mike Hubbard Political Ethicsto benefit his clients, Hubbard found himself convicted on a range of, what I call political ethics, violations.

A career in shambles…

Hubbard spent 18 years in the Alabama Legislature, and five as speaker of the House.

“His betrayal of his constituents, his fellow House members, and the citizens of Alabama warrants a strong, meaningful sentence in order to punish him, deter other public officials from violating the Ethics Laws, and help restore the people’s trust in their government,” Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis wrote in a brief ahead of sentencing.

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Journalistic Ethics: Katie Couric and the Journalistic Pause

As a speaker and consultant on the topic of ethical behavior, I have been blessed by the thousands of people from all walks of life and every shade of politics who “follow, friend and connect” with me.  From time to time there are ethical issues that clearly fall into relevant categories and in this case it’s journalistic ethics.

Journalistic EthicsThe following story is a “political” topic, and I am not endorsing the position one way or the other but pointing out where the relative journalistic ethics are leading all of us. If you would like, please feel free to substitute words such as “cauliflower” or “bunny rabbits” if it will help.

Katie Couric recently made a documentary on guns. According to Variety magazine (May 31, 2016):

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The Republican Cast of Characters: Confusing Political Ethics Drama

Heading into the Republican caucus in Iowa, Americans interested in the Republican side of the race had quite a cast of characters from which to choose.  It appears to me that this is a political ethics mess.  Please note I am going to list them in alphabetical, not any kind of political or percentage order: Political Election EthicsJeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump.

Without turning this blog into either a Republican or Democratic rant, I want to ask a simple question: why? Why are some of these folks still in the race?

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Veterans Administration: When Poor Ethics invade a Government Agency

Unethical behavior infects an organization much like a cold virus spreading in a classroom filled with third graders. Unless strong ethical standards are in place, poor ethics runs rampant without regard to the title, department or mission.  Kimberly Graves and Diana RubensPerhaps no governmental agency has been more emblematic of poor ethics than the Veterans Administration.

It’s kind of strange when we think about, for almost no government agency has a higher purpose or a greater mission than helping those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

In the latest scandal to befall the VA, it is the tale of two high-ranking executives, Diana Rubens of Philadelphian and Kimberly Graves of St. Paul, Minnesota. These formerly high-ranking executives have been demoted, but not otherwise penalized for their roles in agency scandals.

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Political Ethics: DCFS Criticized for $153 Tape Dispenser.

We have long preached that without ethical training, some employees tend to take advantage of any opportunity when no expectations are in place. Contrary to popular opinion perhaps, the tendency for those without ethical training to make bad choices is not necessarily the exclusive domain of “for-profit” companies, but may affect those in nonprofits and governmental agencies at all levels.  This article deals with political ethics and what happens when no one seems to be watching the dollars being spent.

LA DCFS political ethicsThe Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is about as altruistic agency as you can get. This is the department charged with helping families in great need cope with financial and social burdens. One would think they would be most sensitive to fiscal responsibility and being good shepherds of taxpayer budgets.

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Pagedale, MO – Are Citizens the ATM for the City? An Ethics Question

While I am sure Pagedale, Missouri has been a nice community in which to live, I am not so certain I would want to live there now. Seems that the need for revenue is out pacing the ethical application of laws. This raises an ethics question and is a story about what happens when citizens allow politicians to rule rather than the other way around.

Pagedale, MOIn an article by Brooke Singman for (December 28, 2015) entitled: “City’s ‘nitpicky’ fines for tree stumps, blinds trigger civil rights lawsuit,” we are made aware of a new trend where, as Ms. Singman explains, citizens are being used as ATMs.

So no one accuses me of Pagedale-bashing, the trend of using the citizenry like ATM’s to pay for city short-falls appears to be growing nationwide. In terms of Pagedale specifically:

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