Countdown: 2 good bills

On “sine die” Eve, I wanted to talk about two bills that I really like. SB 157, Government Records Amendments, deals with transparency and access to government records. It does a couple of things. It modifies the process of appealing the denial of a record request and allows petitioners who were denied by a governmental…

LD 57 Debate, 3/22/2014

On March 22, the 3 candidates for Utah House District 57 held their first debate. The room was packed – great turnout for an event a mere 2 days after caucus night. Here is the debate in its unfiltered entirety. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Part 1: Opening statements, Medicaid Part 2: Consensus building,…

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…

John Swallow and “probable cause”

Today, the special counsel to the Lt. Governor presented their findings regarding potential election law violations to the House investigative committee.  From the opening statements, the testimony from Mr. Lalli, lead investigator, was disturbing but no longer surprising. Mr. Lalli outlined 5 areas of probable cause and then took the next couple of hours to…

Ending the ‘culture of corruption’ will take more than a resignation

Over the last year, I’ve talked a lot about the “culture of corruption” that the Attorney General has been steeped in.  I’ve mentioned before that some people within my own party have told me to “Sit down, shut up and stop rocking the boat.”  Not likely. Corruption is never OK. Cover-up is never OK.  Those…

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…