It’s time for real ethics reform

With a part-time Legislature, Utah is prone to difficulties with ethics in at least two ways. First, there always is the possibility that legislators will legislate matters pertaining to their own business interests. Second, and the more serious concern, legislators may create business interests because of their political power. More often than not, the public debate over government ethics reforms centers on systemic issues. Time is the biggest one. It is both a blessing and a curse. When the Legislature is not in session it cannot do any harm. The…

Anti-Trump group decries Congressman Bishop

When Monte Ogden was a teacher, United States House Representative Rob Bishop taught just down the hall at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden. “We broke bread every day in the faculty room,” Ogden said of the former teacher. Bishop was elected to Congress in 2002. The teachers who ate lunch with Bishop recently took a poll among themselves. “Not a single one of us now would vote for Rob,” Ogden said. Perhaps some of the teachers’ concerns may have been expressed at a Washington Terrace, Utah town hall in…

Who bears responsibility for misleading campaigning?

During the recent Republican Congressional District 3 convention race, we heard a lot of misleading information. A little came from the actual campaigns but much came from various supporters. At what point should the campaigns bear responsibility? The Attack During the recent GOP special convention, we all saw a lot of false information flying around. Unfortunately, some people chose to create this nonsense without even bothering to talk to the people involved. There was a particular article, posted by Ed Wallace, that caught a lot of attention alleging a secret…