Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 21-27

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.

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Apostate Senator

I read the first [Warren Jeffs’ letter] that I got and it said I couldn’t have sex with my wife until further notice,” Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, told FOX 13. “I decided I wasn’t an adherent of the Warren Jeffs clan.  —Fox13


Few things in this world piss me off as much as GOPper types shooting off their mouths and doing a sarcastic “analysis” of a Democratic candidate’s campaign….especially when they totally nail it. —JM Bell

Sepia Toned Parade

For Some Must Push….

Wrong Narrative


Editorial Insensitivity

I believe in free speech. I also believe in the responsibility of a publication to edit. The editors of the Salt Lake Tribune have argued that they did not know or realize how upsetting and offensive the Bagley cartoons were. Insensitivity is a poor defense. If the Salt Lake Tribune only recognizes its editorial responsibility when the public decries the paper’s contents, we must be ever more vigilant about our outcries.

Attempts to understand and report on world events need to be educated, nuanced, clarifying, and well above the standard the Tribune has set. The people of Utah deserve more from the state’s flagship paper. — Ilana Schwartzman, rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City, in a July 25, 2014 op-ed responding to two cartoons by Pat Bagley that were, in Schwartzman’s words, “offensive to many in the Utah Jewish community.”

“Oh, no, not another committee!”

Now the governor wants another committee to study academic standards — and that is not his responsibility. Under the state constitution, the Utah State Board of Education is responsible for control over education; however, board members seem more than happy to let the governor further muck up Utah education. It makes Utah’s leaders appear to lack confidence and explains why public education is in constant chaos. — John Florez in July 26th Deseret News op-ed.

Hipster Bob Bennett

I first heard things were amiss in the attorney general’s office in 2009, after Shurtleff announced he was going to run against me in the Senate race. Lots of people came to me with lots of tales about sleazy things taking place on his watch.

I wanted to make sure that no one connected with my campaign would be tempted, in the heat of battle, to repeat any of them if they were false, so, to guard against that, we hired a researcher to look into the public record to determine what the facts really were. We did find some actions that looked pretty bad, at least on the surface. However, we stopped all further inquiries when Shurtleff pulled out of the race. — Bob Bennett in an op-ed on July 21, 2014.


This week’s favorite memes:


This week’s top post:

Democrat Doug Owens says he's running for Congress, but it's hard to tell whether he's running to win or if he's just building name id for another race.
Democrat Doug Owens

Five Signs Doug Owens Doesn’t Plan on Winning by Daniel Burton

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Top Tips for East Coast Staffers Campaigning in Utah for the First Time


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One more ICYMI:

 Shurtleff/Swallow: Let the blame game begin! by James Humphreys

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