No action yet on campaign ethics proposals

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With the ticking of the clock on the New Mexico Legislature’s 30-day session growing louder every day, no legislative committee so far has acted on an ethics bill designed to prohibit political campaign contributions by lobbyists and contractors. The House Voters and Elections Committee on Tuesday discussed […]

Governor proposes ethics and campaign finance reforms, domestic partnerships for unmarried same-sex couples

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson warned Tuesday of possible government worker layoffs in the coming year if state agency budgets are slashed and he declared his opposition to reinstating the sales tax on food to deal with New Mexico’s financial problems. On the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, Richardson […]

Ethics advocates hoping to be heard at Legislative session

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican With most of lawmakers’ attention focused on the state budget this session, ethics reform and good government advocates are hoping legislators have time to dedicate to reform. Already, several lawmakers have prefiled ethics bills online while other public officials have outlined what measures they are willing to […]

Ethics issues surface for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., appears to have gained an unfair advantage in competing for TRICARE’s North Region support contract, valued at $16.7 billion, by hiring a former chief of staff at TRICARE headquarters to help the company draft its winning proposal. The Government Accountability Office, auditing arm […]

Ethnic committee chair presented with key to city

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer On an otherwise light agenda for Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting, heavy praise was reserved for Selmus Price. The longtime chair of the Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee was presented with the key to the city, primarily for his work over the last 19 years with the Clovis Ethnic Fair. […]

Our choices revolve around ethics

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” What standards apply to me as I conduct my life?” “What are the fundamental principles that I should follow?” Those are pretty much equivalent questions, butthe answers are extremely complicated and multifaceted. There are […]

Workplace romance hinders ethics

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist With David Letterman — just as with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky — the problem is that he is the boss. He’s the top banana who wields considerable clout with the rest of those on the team. For their employees to say no to them is obviously somewhat difficult and […]

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol. It decided 33-8 to open conference committees to the public, […]

Senate sets limits on campaign contributions

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Ethics reform advocates say they made progress with the approval by the Senate on Thursday of a campaign contribution limit measure, but still have other reforms on their to-do list this session. “It is a big step forward,” Steve Allen, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico said of […]