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  •  Post-Election Recovery: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

    Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 11:51 AM

     In the wake of the recent contentious election, it's time for both sides to search for common ground.  So Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics, will argue at a program Dec. 13, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, sponsored by Catholic Professionals.  

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  •  Why Do Candidates Lie?

    Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 9:03 AM

    The public can have an impact on the truthfuness of political disourse, according to Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler.

    In an op-ed in today's San Francisco Chronicle, Nadler writes,

    Our civic responsibility extends beyond the election, and we need to start at the local level.

    Voters need to study the ballot, and consult with nonpartisan organizations like the League of Women Voters that research the issues, making recommendations without political bias. Over time, we can pick better local candidates, because term limits means council members often end up as senators and members of Congress.

    We can press them to back up their statements, explain how they can accomplish what they have promised, and speak of their own record rather than tearing down an opponent's.

  •  Transparency in Political Campaigns

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 3:14 PM

    Ann Ravel, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discussed the effect of the Supreme Court's Citizens United case on the 2012 elections, especially at the state and local level, at a recent presentation to the Ethics Center's Public Sector Roundtable. 

    Ravel stressed the importance of transparency in the process.  Disclosure, she argued, allows voters to understand where the money comes from so that they can assess the validity of campaign claims. "We have to have enough disclosure so people know what they need to know about the candidates," she said.

  •  Lying in Political Campaigns

    Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 10:55 AM

    Twenty states have laws against making false campaign statements, but if Ohio is a typical example, the law is not stringently enforced.  "In the last decade, the commission has not referred a single case involving a false statement to a county prosecutor," according to an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Interviewed for the article, Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler, talked about the effect of unchecked lying on the political process:  "The problem is that this leads to an eroding of people's confidence in government. People throw up their hands and say, 'I don't believe any of them,' and it decreases voter registration and turnout."


  •  Ethics in High Pressure Campaigns

    Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 12:27 PM

    In a panel discussion that focused on the presidential election after the first debate, Kirk O. Hanson, Center executive director, analyzed the ethical issues that arise in a high pressure campaign. He was joined by Terry Christensen, Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University, and Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News.  John Zipperer, Vice President of Media and Editorial, The Commonwealth Club, the program sponsor, was the moderator. 


  •  Voting, Religious Liberty, and the Common Good

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 3:14 PM

    Cathleen Kaveny, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University, reflects on faith and ethics in an election year in a talk Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at the Jesuit Theological Seminary. 

    A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993, Professor Kaveny clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as an associate at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray in its health-law group.

    We are fortunate to present Professor Kaveny through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought funded by Phyllis and Mike Shea.  The event is co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Jesuit School of Theology, and Commonweal magazine.

  •  Transparency and Campaign Finance

    Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 4:33 PM

    Ann Ravel, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, speaks on the ethics of political campaigning at Santa Clara University Oct. 5 from noon-1 in the Weigand Room of the Arts and Sciences Building.

    Prior to her appointment as commission chair, Ravel served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

    Most of her career was as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office, ultimately serving as the appointed County Counsel from 1998 until 2009. As County Counsel, she represented the County and its elected officials, providing advice on the Political Reform Act.

    After Ravel's public lecture, she will meet with the Ethics Center's Public Sector Roundtable, a group of locally elected and appointed officials who address ethical issues in government

  •  Mixing Politics and Policy in Campaigns

    Monday, Jul. 18, 2011 3:28 PM

    Should a government employee simultaneously be allowed to work on a political campaign?  That's the issue Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler takes on in her blog, Her Honor. 

    Nadler commented on the issue for Chron.Com, the online site of the Houston Chronicle. 

  •  What's Okay in a Campaign Blog

    Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2011 11:20 AM

    Social media have changed the way political campaigns are conducted in the US, not always for the better.  In this fictionalized case study a candidate for city council who has declined the services of a local campaign consultant finds herself the target of attacks in his blog.  Then her own supporters strike back.  Written by Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler, the case asks how to refocus the campaign on important issues.