Campaign finance loopholes closed this year

Representative Craig Hall had a couple of great bills this year. One of them was HB246, officially titled “Government Ethics Revision,” which dealt with reporting deadlines and lobbyists. Whether through deliberate intentions, neglect or ignorance, some candidates were not filing reports on time – and there were no consequences. Representative Hall, an advocate for ethics, openness…

John Swallow’s unrecoverable hard drive recovered

The House investigative committee met again to discuss potential legislation resulting from the Swallow investigation.  They discussed several different bills (including one that beefs up the section of code that deals with organized crime!!) but one of the most important bits of information came at the end of the meeting. Chairman Jim Dunnigan spoke to…

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…

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…

Time to end the Culture of Corruption

I’ve had it. I’m disgusted at the stories that continue to come out about Utah’s Attorney General. Current guy, previous guy….it’s disgraceful. And the hubris…..the hubris knows no bounds.  In a recent appearance on the Doug Wright show, current AG John Swallow said “I am not a crook” and “I did not have criminal relations…

Time for Swallow to step down

Since I posted a couple of days ago about the need for an outside investigation into allegations involving John Swallow, more information has come out about campaign donors and “making problems go away.” Disappointing doesn’t cover it. John Swallow needs his day in court, but the controversy surrounding him continues to grow, is now a huge…

Poor Charlie Rangel

He’s only had 2 years to prepare for his ethics trial but he couldn’t figure out how to have an attorney present with him this morning as the trial began. He argued with the ethics committee chairwoman, Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California as the hearing opened. He asserted he was “entitled to a lawyer”…