Neil Walter to announce candidacy for State Treasurer

In an interview with Utah Politico Hub Tuesday night, Neil Walter confirmed that he is running for Utah State Treasurer. Richard Ellis will resign from the office in November. Walter ran for the Congress in 2010, losing the Republican nomination to Morgan Philpot. In addition to working as Chief Operating Officer and an owner of Brookings Holdings, a residential and commercial real estate company, Walter is a part-time/adjunct instructor at Dixie State University in finance and economics. Walter holds a BS in finance from BYU, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University,…

BUZZ: Justin Miller charged with communications fraud; resignation imminent

Updated with statements from House Democratic Leadership, Speaker Greg Hughes, and Justin Miller’s resignation statement.   With DA Troy Rawlings announcing charges today, Justin Miller‘s resignation resigned at 9:30 AM from the Utah House of Representatives may be imminent, ending the saga that began with a recording by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams one year ago. Sources indicate that the Davis County prosecutor will announce that Miller will plead guilty to communications fraud. Miller was accused of stealing approximately $30,000 from the McAdams for Mayor campaign while he was campaign manager. In a recording made…

BUZZ: Marco Rubio coming to Utah

On October 19, Marco Rubio will join the ranks of presidential candidates that have visited Utah to raise support and funds for their presidential campaigns. Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton have all made campaign stops in Utah this year. According to invitation obtained by Utah Politico Hub, Rubio for President will be participating in a fundraiser on October 19 hosted by Karen and Scott Keller of Davis County. During the 2012 presidential campaign, the Kellers hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney. The location of the fundraiser has…

BUZZ: Utah Senate Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

With the House Majority caucus (aka “Republicans”) meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion on September 29th, the Senate is getting in on the act, too. In an email from Senate Chief of Staff Ric Cantrell to Senate Republicans,  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Majority Leader Ralph Okerland asked Senate Republicans to attend a meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion, as well as a few other issues that could be addressed during a special session later this year. Email follows. From: Ric Cantrell Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:56 PM To: Senate Republicans Subject: Special Caucus Meeting…

BUZZ: Utah House Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

In an email Thursday afternoon (see below), Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan asked Republican members of the Utah House of Representatives to attend a meeting on September 29th.  Representatives will be discussing Medicaid expansion in Utah. Dunnigan said that the meeting is the first of two for the Republican majority on the topic before Governor Gary Herbert calls a special session later this year. From: Jim Dunnigan <   > Date: September 17, 2015 at 4:05:38 PM MDT To: House Republicans <  > Subject: Majority Caucus Meeting Dear Representatives, Please make arrangements to attend a Majority…

Utah AG: Planned Parenthood ‘cavalier and dehumanizing’ in videos

The Planned Parenthood videos keep hitting, and with each, the conversation becomes more awkward and difficult, for pro-life and pro-choice advocates alike. Now, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office has received calls to investigate Planned Parenthood for wrong doing. While he did not comment on any investigation, in a statement to Utah Politico Hub, Reyes said that Planned Parenthood’s attitude in the videos was “cavalier and dehumanizing.” “My office has ethical obligations not to comment on our investigations or even whether one is taking place. “However, I can…

FEC files complaint against Jeremy Johnson for illegal donations to Mark Shurtleff, Mike Lee and Harry Reid

This is why we can’t have nice things. In a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint filed in federal court, Jeremy Johnson is in hot water again, charged with violating federal elections law in 2012 by using  illegal “straw donors” to funnel up to $170,000 candidates for the US Senate, Mark Shurtleff, Mike Lee, and Harry Reid. According to the FEC complaint, first posted by the Salt Lake Tribune, Johnson donated the money in “the hope that doing so would help protect Johnson’s business interests from federal prosecution.” Johnson donated approximately $100,000 to Shurtleff’s…

BUZZ: Orem Owlz to cancel ‘Caucasian Heritage Night’

The Orem Owlz created a bit of a firestorm when it was discovered that they had on their schedule ‘Caucasian Heritage Night.’ One can only imagine how no one in the front office thought that might be a problem. NBCSports noticed it, and eventually the Washington Post picked up on it as well. I left voicemails with some front-office people, but then Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox came through with some breaking news on the subject. For the record, ‘Hispanic Heritage Night’ is still on their schedule for July 10.  …

Stan Lockhart: Mark Openshaw always full of excitement about education

Today my friend and State School Board member Mark Openshaw perished in a plane crash. Literally last night, Mark and I were talking about flying and education in Utah. He had just gotten done baling hay and my call was a chance for him to relax after a physically exhausting day. He was so full of excitement about the future of public education in Utah. Now he is gone. His wife is gone. Two children are gone. I’m in shock and heartbroken. Facing my wife Becky’s death is the hardest…