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Supreme Court should adopt an ethics code

By voluntarily subjecting itself to the same high standards of conduct applicable to every other judge in the United States, the Supreme Court would demonstrate ethical leadership by example at …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

The winner of a Washington photo contest likely tromped through delicate Mount St. Helens’ flowers to get “the shot”

Fields of Indian paintbrush fill the foreground. Mount St. Helens, pockets of snow still visible in the soft glow of a summer sunset, anchors the entire scene. Clouds stretch into …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they’re talking to a robot.


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

EPA says Pruitt’s condo lease didn’t violate ethics rules

An agency ethics official at the Environmental Protection Agency says Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a prominent fossil-fuels lobbyist didn’t violate federal ethics rules.


Lawyers accused of ethical lapses in Sandusky investigation

The agency that investigates and prosecutes wrongdoing by Pennsylvania lawyers wants the state Supreme Court to punish Penn State’s former general counsel and a prosecutor who helped convict Jerry Sandusky …


Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers agree to hear new statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure bill

New statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure legislation – which would require filings for all Idaho candidates and officeholders, disclosing their occupation and employer and other potential conflicts of interest, but not income …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Idaho House committee kills disclosure bill

An Idaho House committee on Wednesday killed legislation from its own chairman – endorsed unanimously by a


Report: Trump-tied lobbyists cash in on their connections

A new report has found that Washington’s “swamp” of lobbyists appears to have expanded during President Donald Trump’s short time in office, with scores of former campaign staffers, transition workers …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Ahlquist calls for term limits, ethics reforms in Idaho

Idaho’s top politicians should face term limits and tougher disclosure laws, political newcomer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist declared Tuesday as he unveiled a 10-point plan for ethics reforms.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Lawmakers: Idaho ‘uniquely poised’ to stiffen campaign, lobbying disclosure requirements

Idaho is “uniquely poised” to make major improvements in its public disclosure system, state lawmakers on a special panel said Monday, from requiring more and more frequent reports from candidates, …


Outside View: Genetic breakthrough raises ethical questions

Is this a glorious new frontier or a troubling situation? Unequivocally, the answer is yes to both.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Complaint: Trump strategist may have improper PR arrangement

The Campaign Legal Center is complaining in a letter to the White House that a top adviser to President Donald Trump may be illegally accepting outside professional services.


Eye on Boise: Vermont’s new disclosure law makes Idaho one of just two states without

Thanks to legislative action this year in Vermont, Idaho is now one of just two states in the nation with no requirements for personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers or …


2018 gubernatorial candidates already out on the stump together

All three major GOP candidates for governor were sitting at the same table on the Fourth of July, at the big Idaho Falls fireworks extravaganza hosted by Melaleuca owner Frank …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Denney: OK to ‘buy’ a legislator, as long as it’s transparent

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told lawmakers Wednesday that if it were up to him, he’d be fine with no limits on campaign contributions, as long as all are …


Government ethics director who prodded Trump resigns

The government ethics director who prodded President Donald Trump’s administration over conflicts of interest is resigning to take a new job.


Mainstream ethics laws overdue in Idaho

The state remains just one of three without financial disclosure requirements for any elected or appointed state official.


Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws

Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …


Trump tried to avoid certifying financial disclosure as true

President Donald Trump’s attorneys initially wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 12:07 p.m.

Congressman Chris Collins part of probe into insider trading; HHS Secretary Tom Price also part of investigation

The Office of Congressional Ethics is reportedly conducting an inquiry into whether Rep. Chris Collins improperly attracted investors to an Australian biotech company and gave a stock tip to then-Rep. …


Dana Milbank: Trump provides cover for D.C. swamp

For everybody else who believed Trump’s populist talk about tackling a rigged system, it’s time to recognize you’ve been had.


Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.


Trump’s ousted adviser Michael Flynn didn’t sign ethics pledge

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn did not sign a mandatory ethics pledge ahead of his forced resignation in February, raising questions about the White House’s commitment …


How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media-vs.-FBI fight

The 2007 bust of a Washington state hacker put an end to bomb scares and saved graduation at the Lacey, Wash., high school but would also raise a troubling question …


No penalties for Kellyanne Conway for plugging Ivanka Trump’s line from the White House

Kellyanne Conway, the adviser to President Donald Trump who made a commercial pitch for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line from the White House, won’t face punishment for the ethics breach.


Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as …


Facebook posts by lawmaker draw $5,000 fine from ethics board

The Legislative Ethics Board has fined Rep. Melanie Stambaugh $5,000, saying that she violated ethics rules by posting state-funded photos and videos to a Facebook page she used during her …


Trump Cabinet nominees meet growing ethical questions

Three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks came under growing fire Wednesday on ethical issues, potentially jeopardizing their nominations.