Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Aug 4-10

Photo by Craig Hall and posted on FB. Used without permission. Hall's comment on the photo: "Congrats to my friends Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Mayor Ben McAdams for having a bit of bipartisan fun this weekend with the demolition derby. Although, Spencer, this is not the way you win one of these contests (that's him in the red car)."
Photo  posted by Craig Hall on FB. Used with permission. Hall’s comment on the photo: “Congrats to my friends Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Mayor Ben McAdams for having a bit of bipartisan fun this weekend with the demolition derby. Although, Spencer, this is not the way you win one of these contests (that’s him in the red car).”

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious.

Did we miss any? Send them to us at, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition.

Good Vibrations

I just got off the phone with a client interviewing me for a listing. My client’s psychic told her that the Realtor she had in mind (me) was a “go get’er”. In response, I told the client that I must have sold the psychic’s home recently. Nevertheless, it appears my reputation proceeds me, even in the cosmic-vibrosphere.–Rep. Jeremy Peterson, a real estate agent

You will be assimilated.

Kick the Habit

“Continuing to pay [UTOPIA] is like supplying drugs to an addict,” Murray City Councilwoman Diane Turner said. “It is totally irresponsible.” — on Murray’s payment of $141,666 to UTOPIA

But People Rely On It

“No one wants to use public funds to reward poor management, failed marketing or a flawed business plan,” [Murray Mayor Ted] Eyre said. But paying $141,666 toward UTOPIA’s day-to-day budget until the end of 2014, he said, “will help to give me the credibility I need in a good-faith offering and a cooperative effort toward these cities.”

Rest in Peace, Richard Burwash

Although the term [extortion] has a derogatory meaning when used either way, we cannot assume that the term always refers to a crime or similarly heinous conduct. Like with other words, context matters. In this case, no reasonable reader would interpret the articles’ statement that Hogan was accused of extortion to mean that Hogan was being accused of a crime or even especially sharp behavior. — Judge Timothy Tymkovich in the unanimous opinion that an article penned under a false name by then-West Valley Mayor Mike Winder about alleged threats of extortion and blackmail by an ousted consultant for a government-run Internet company was not defamatory.

You keep saying that…

I suspect that part of the current confusion about this particular waiver is two-fold.

First, you do not need to seek this waiver. In fact this “waiver” is not actually a waiver at all, but simply an alteration of required mandates.

This first problem leads to the second problem, which is that the Federal Department of Education seems to have redefined the word “waiver” so that it no longer means “exemption” which was clearly the meaning when it is referenced and allowed in NCLB. But now “waiver” seems to mean “we won’t hold you accountable for one set onerous unconstitutional obligations if you will agree to another set of onerous unconstitutional obligations.” (Section 9401 of NCLB refers to the waiver process.) — Utah State Senator Margaret Dayton on the NCLB Waiver

Not just because he’s my boss

Gary has plans to continue to modernize the office and as your county recorder will continue to do so.

Gary is a proven fiscal conservative. His philosophy is to treat your tax dollars the same as he treats his own money.

It is no wonder that with Gary’s philosophy of protecting taxpayers’ dollars, his pioneering spirit in technology and innovations he has brought to his office that he was chosen as the 2014 Best of State Winner for elected officials. Gary Ott exemplifies the type of elected official we want to keep in office. — Julie Dole, Salt Lake County Chief Deputy Recorder, in an op-ed praising Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott for technological updates to the office.

Always in the wrong place at the wrong time

This brings us to the latest chapter in bad timing.

[Craig] Frank and his wife recently closed on a condominium in Provo, which is in Sen. Curt Bramble’s district.

The couple closed on that condo just days before Valentine announced he was leaving the Senate to head the Utah Tax Commission. Now there is an opening for that Senate seat — but Frank doesn’t live there anymore. — Paul Rolly explaining why Craig Frank won’t be running to replace John Valentine in the Senate.

Step away from the smart phone.

Social media has a place and a purpose, but too many parents are creating unnecessary stress by trying to be in two places at once, while modeling to their children that online relationships take precedence over real ones. In an era of constant distraction, we must decide what’s more important: heeding the constant ping of our devices or telling our children, in word and deed, “I am listening. I am here. And there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” — Jane Scott, a Colorado pediatrician, on parents distracted by smart phone overuse.

It’s one or the other.

The state deserves credit for finally admitting what this case is ultimately about: whether a majority can legislate away the rights of a minority group. “It comes down to this,” the state writes. “Thousands of couples are unconstitutionally being denied the right to marry, or millions of voters are being disenfranchised of their vote to define marriage.” — Paul C. Burke, Brett L. Tolman and John W. Mackay on the history making Amendment 3 case appealed to the US Supreme Court.

Colorado River Water Use

Rivers like the Colorado River are already over-allocated, but demand for water continues to grow. We cannot supply what we already know we will need, let alone address a big new demand like the one that oil shale brings to the table. Energy companies will have only one place to turn to acquire new water rights: farmers and ranchers.

That is not in our nation’s or our communities’ economic interest. We all need to grasp that what hurts farmers and ranchers hurts the region. Agriculture is a keystone of the regional economy, an economic driver that is perennial and sustainable, not a boomtown bubble. And water is the key to agriculture. Appropriation and diversion by oil interests of the water supplies crucial to crops and herds would jeopardize our ability to produce food and threaten the jobs and economic activity that agriculture creates. — Bill Midcap, director of external affairs for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, making the case for protecting water use for agriculture.

For the children’s sake

In essence, H.R. 5137 attempts to save time and money by locking children in cells, and then parading those children into court, without an attorney, to face an adult judge sitting high on a dais, an adult prosecutor with years of immigration law training and a justice system with which they are completely unfamiliar. The result in such a scenario is almost guaranteed — returning the child to the violence from which they fled and possible death. This is certainly not humane. — John C. Wester, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, on why the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act does not match up with Utah ideals.

Impeachment talk on the Left only

Certainly, talk of impeaching the president is nutty — but Democrats are the ones exploiting the issue. A review by The Hill newspaper showed that congressional Democrats talk about impeachment 20 times more than Republicans on the House and Senate floors. Democrats have raised the issue 86 times, while Republicans have used the word “impeach” or “impeachment” only four times. Democrats are trying to raise money and excite their apathetic base. Republican leaders have made it absolutely clear no attempt will be made to impeach the president. — LaVarr Webb on recent impeachment buzz. 

Pavement over people

By contrast [to transportation policy], Utah has no long-term, unified plan for education. No consensus exists on what improvements and reforms must be made, how much they will cost, how the money will be spent, what funding gap exists, and what results and outcomes can be expected.

It’s no surprise that a clear and precise plan beats a lot of hazy hopes and wishes. — A. Scott Anderson, CEO and President of Zions Banks, appealing for more education planning and funding.

This week’s favorite meme:


Picture by Sean Reyes. Used without permission. We just ripped it from Facebook, yo.

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Voting and Elections:

One more ICYMI:

What they’re reading: Rep. John Knotwell, Sen. Todd Weiler, and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox.

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