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County to strengthen lobbyist bill

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countysealThe Montgomery County Council will consider a bill to implement recommendations by the Montgomery County Ethics Commission for strengthening the County’s laws on conflicts of interest, financial disclosure and lobbying by closing the so-called “revolving door” between the lobbying industry and the County government.

Introduced Tuesday by Council President Hans Riemer (D-At-Large), Bill 2-18 would subject anyone employed by the County Executive or the County Council to a one-year lobbying ban when they leave their public employment. The bill would also prohibit County employees who are former lobbyists from working in departments that overlapped with their lobbying activities.

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Ethics questions linger in Gaithersburg

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GAITHERSBURG – Residents are questioning the legality of a vote to annex the Johnson property after a weak majority approved it last month following the departure of an angered council member who wanted a full council to decide the matter.

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Sex, lies and videotape just part of today's ethics

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Allegations of sabotage, fraud, and collusion. A yearning for power and money. And let’s not forget about the sex, lies, and videotape. No, I’m not referring to this year’s presidential election – I’m talking about Realtor® ethics (although the similarities are intriguing). I’ve reported in the past about real estate agents who’ve engaged in fraud, sabotage and collusion while taking part in scams. There have also been the recent reports of alleged money laundering and extortion. And let’s not forget the agents caught on video in homes for sale engaging in sexual acts, rummaging through underwear drawers, and stealing.

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Just get it right

ben bradleeI have had the good fortune to meet many people as a reporter. Some of them are anonymous, some famous, some of them are infamous and all of them have added to the tapestry of my life.

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Poolesville lawyer claims judge violated ethics requirements

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audrey creightonA Poolesville lawyer and Circuit Court judicial candidate  has written an open letter to the sitting judges alleging that Montgomery County Circuit Court (MCCC) Judge Audrey Creighton circumvented court rules and lied to police in order to protect her lover, a convicted felon accused of kidnapping and assaulting her last month.

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