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  • Idaho House amends ethics rules

    The Idaho House voted unanimously on Tuesday to amend its ethics rules in the wake of its struggles with four ethics complaints this year, three of them against tax-protesting Rep. …


  • House panel approves rule to prevent citizens from filing ethics complaints against lawmakers

    BOISE – Idaho residents would be barred from filing ethics complaints against state lawmakers under legislation that won the approval of a key House committee Tuesday. The new restriction, part …


  • Tax-protesting lawmaker Hart gives up committee post

    BOISE – Idaho Rep. Phil Hart agreed to give up his committee vice chairmanship Friday to avoid an ethics sanction, and the tax-protesting state representative apologized to fellow lawmakers. “If …


  • Hart facing another ethics complaint

    BOISE – Yet another ethics complaint has been filed against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, this one by the write-in candidate who unsuccessfully ran against him in November. Hayden businessman Howard …


  • New ethics complaint targets Rep. Hart

    Yet another ethics complaint has been filed against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, this one by the write-in candidate who unsuccessfully ran against him in November.Hayden businessman Howard Griffiths, who garnered …


  • Lawmaker’s ethics challenged

    BOISE – A North Idaho political activist and backer of embattled Rep. Phil Hart is trying to file a House ethics complaint against Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake – even …


  • Representative says he’s paying price for complaint

    BOISE – Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, who filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, says Hart confronted him over it during the Dec. 2 organizational session of …


  • Hart facing further investigation

    BOISE – A special House Ethics Committee voted 6-1 on Monday to launch a full investigation into the latest ethics complaint against tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart. Hart said …


  • Ethics committee backs full inquiry on Hart

    A special House Ethics Committee voted 6-1 today to launch a full investigation into the latest ethics complaint against tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and reconvene in January.


  • Hart booted from House tax committee

    Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday that he’s removing embattled Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, from the House Revenue and Taxation Committee for the next two years and that he’ll …


  • IRS backtracks, saying it filed duplicate liens against Hart

    BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart only owes half as much in back taxes, penalties and interest as tax liens against him suggest – just over half a …


  • Finance case against Rep. Hart closes

    BOISE – The Idaho secretary of state’s office says Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has supplied the missing information from his campaign finance filings for his North Idahoans for Liberty PAC, …


  • No fine for Hart on PAC report discrepancy

    The Idaho Secretary of State’s office says Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has supplied the missing information from his campaign finance filings for a PAC he formed this year called “North …


  • Ethics panel says Hart should leave committee

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


  • Hayden man to challenge Hart as write-in candidate

    A Hayden businessman has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, saying Hart’s tax woes prompted him to jump into the race against a fellow …


  • Ethics panel: Charges filed against Rep. Waters

    A House panel announced today that it had charged Rep. Maxine Waters with violating ethics rules, setting the stage for a second election-season trial for a longtime Democratic lawmaker and …


  • Rangel faces ethics action

    WASHINGTON – Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel, once among the most powerful members of Congress, will face a hearing on charges of violating House ethics rules after a panel of …


  • 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 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 …


  • 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 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 …


  • Honked at parking lot operators, plenty want my gold pass

    The votes are tallied and the people’s verdict is in: Heck, yeah. Stick it to the downtown parking lot companies. Last week I asked readers to weigh in on my …


  • 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 …


  • Parking jackpot made a lot of sense

    The subject of today’s story: My ethically ambiguous revenge against Spokane’s downtown parking lots. For anyone who has jousted with the parking moguls of downtown Spokane, this may read like …


  • 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.


  • Spitzer discusses principle-based ethics

    People and institutions that forge identities only by comparing themselves to peers waver between fear and hubris in an ethical no-man’s-land, the Rev. Robert Spitzer said Wednesday. Fear that they …


  • Jones’ Team Accused Of Violating Gag Order Clinton’s Lawyers Demand Contempt Citation

    President Clinton’s lawyers on Monday said Paula Jones’ legal team should be cited with contempt for violating a gag order and disclosing the identity of a woman allegedly assaulted by …


  • Simpson Will Repay State For Use Of Airplane

    Idaho House Speaker Michael Simpson admitted Friday that he was wrong to use a state-owned plane for a seven-city tour kicking off his Republican congressional campaign in eastern and southern …


  • Suit Claims Ewu Prof Assaulted Student Woman Seeks Damages From Sociology Teacher And University

    A former Eastern Washington University student who claims a respected professor sexually assaulted her is suing him and the school. April Strader, who graduated with honors in 1996, filed a …