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Tiahrt in the clear

At last Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, can stop worrying about an ethics inquiry and its potential threat to his U.S. Senate campaign. According to U.S. House ethics committee reports obtained by the Associated Press, Tiahrt and six other current or former members of the House Appropriations Committee violated no ethics rules related to defense appropriations and companies represented by the now-defunct PMA Group lobbying firm. That means Tiahrt was accurate in predicting in January that he would be "fully exonerated by March 2." That also neutralizes ethics as a talking point for Tiahrt's rival for the Senate seat, Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays.