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  • Spokane City Council President Stuckart fined for ethics violation

    Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart was fined $250 by the city’s ethics committee this week for improperly sharing a confidential email dealing with a lawsuit. In a unanimous decision, …


  • Shawn Vestal: Stuckart’s email forward fails the smell test

    A few months back, Don Waller, the head of the Spokane firefighters union, criticized the mayor’s plan to expand political appointments as “not the way government is supposed to work.” …


  • Stuckart action referred to city’s ethics panel

    Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is the subject of a possible ethics violation for leaking what city officials call a “highly confidential email regarding a pending matter of litigation.” …


  • Spokane mayor proposes city ethics ‘upgrade’

    Spokane Mayor David Condon proposed Monday an overhaul of the city’s ethics committee, saying the decade-old body needs an “upgrade” to give citizens “the assurance of transparency.” Condon said no …


  • Ethics ruling: Kick Hart off tax panel

    A special House Ethics Committee voted unanimously this afternoon to recommend that Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, be removed from the House Tax Committee while he presses his personal fight against …


  • Hart cast deciding vote on state tax rules

    Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, who has big tax disputes pending over back state and federal income taxes, sat on a three-member legislative subcommittee this year that reviewed new state tax …


  • Hart’s tax woes add up to $700K

    Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s tax problems appear to be worse than previously disclosed. When federal tax liens filed against Hart’s various business entities are combined with the hundreds of …


  • Rep. Hart responds to ethics complaint

    Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, denied the ethics charges against him Wednesday in a formal response to a special House Ethics Committee, and decried the complaint against him for citing …


  • Ethics panel meets in Hart case

    BOISE – A newly convened House Ethics Committee promised a “by the book” investigation into the conduct of Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart on Tuesday. Hart, R-Athol, faces ethics charges …


  • Ethics panel to go ‘by the book’ on Hart

    A newly convened House Ethics Committee promised a “by the book” investigation into the conduct of Idaho Rep. Phil Hart on Tuesday. Hart, R-Athol, faces ethics charges for invoking legislative …


  • Ethics committee to investigate Hart

    Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney has appointed an ethics committee to investigate the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol.


  • Hart has property tax troubles, too

    BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, who’s currently facing a House ethics review over his ongoing fight over unpaid federal and state income taxes, has paid property taxes late …


  • Lawmaker also delinquent on property taxes

    Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart, who’s currently facing a House ethics review over his ongoing fight over unpaid federal and state income taxes, has paid his property taxes late on …


  • Hart ready to tell his side

    BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart on Friday defended his long tax fight against the IRS and the state Tax Commission, and said he looks forward to going before …


  • Hart defends tax fight, welcomes ethics probe

    Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart on Friday defended his long tax fight against the IRS and the state Tax Commission, and said he looks forward to telling his story to …


  • Hart faces ethics inquiry

    BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives will convene a rare ethics committee to investigate the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, who’s been invoking legislative privilege in his own income …


  • Idaho House to convene ethics panel on Hart

    The Idaho House will convene a rare ethics committee to look into whether Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, abused legislative privilege or had a conflict of interest in serving on the …


  • French cleared on ethics

    The Spokane Ethics Committee has cleared City Councilman Al French in accusations that he violated ethics rules when he supported maintaining bus bench advertising. French asked the committee in August …


  • Ethics panel delays review of French

    A review of city Councilman Al French’s work on bus bench advertising rules was delayed again Wednesday. For the second meeting in a row, the Spokane Ethics Committee did not …


  • Congressional ethics report leaks, revealing names

    Internal investigations into the conduct of over two dozen House members were exposed in an extraordinary, Internet-era breach involving the secretive process by which Congress polices lawmaker ethics.

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