Meet Dianna Andersen

If you don’t know Dianna Andersen yet, you should!  Tonight, she was sworn in as one of Pleasant Grove’s city council members. She and her husband Orrin are small business owners and she has an extensive network of friends and business associates. They have lived in Pleasant Grove for over 20 years and raised their…

Ruh-roh. IRS filings were falsified.

Yesterday, 7 search warrants in the John Swallow/Mark Shurtleff debacle were unsealed. Issued on December 11, the warrants went to Jason Powers’ group “Guidant Stategies”, to Google, Apple, Yahoo, NetZero and to search Tim Lawson’s home. At this point, it seems like there is almost no claim too unbelievable and yet they are still so…

John Swallow and the House Investigative Committee findings

John Swallow’s resignation as Utah’s Attorney General on Dec 3 brought to an end the question of whether he would leave under his own power or be impeached. The House investigative committee released its findings in 12 hours of testimony just before Christmas. In bombshell after bombshell, it became obvious that had Swallow not chosen to…

Money and the Utah AG race

Money and campaigning for Attorney General have been an issue this year, wouldn’t you agree? It still could be.  And no, I don’t mean John Swallow. Of the 8 candidates who are currently in the running to be in the set of 3 names submitted to the governor, most have spent very little on their…

The ongoing Swallow saga

Last week, at one minute after midnight, John Swallow resigned as Utah’s Attorney General, leaving chaos and relief in his wake. Defiant to the end of his tenure, he left the office angry and accusatory, loudly proclaiming his innocence. The state can now move forward with the clean-up and stabilization of the AG’s office, but…

Gratitude is more than a once-a-year event

When November rolls around, most of us spend at least part of a day being grateful for blessings in our lives. Gratitude, however, is not just a once-a-year thing. It is (or should be) a way of life. Thousands of years ago, Cicero reportedly said “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the…

Hubris, thy name is John Swallow

After John Swallow announced his resignation on Thursday and the report the Lt. Governor’s office released on Friday detailed campaign finance “irregularities,” today we find out that Mr. Swallow likely DOES have financial reasons for resigning on Dec 3 and not, say, on November 30 – but they’re not the ones he claimed in his…

John Swallow and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

John Swallow did not have a great week last week. Instead of just a bad day, like little Alexander, in the book by Judith Viorst, he had a “terribly, horrible, no good, very bad” week. (Let’s be honest – the entire year hasn’t been a great one.) The week before last, we learned that massive…