What If Utah Politicos were Simpson Characters…

We all know that there are no shortage of characters here in the political sphere in Utah.  So we decided to incorporate a few of them and see how they would stack up against the lovable characters from the Simpsons. Jason Powers / Mr. Burns Both are incredibly smart and capable at what they do best.  However, the methodologies by which they use to achieve their means can be questionable at times. Comic Book Guy / JM Bell I don’t think that anyone is going to disagree that there is anyone in…

Snapshot of GOP Caucus Night #OR28

I attended the GOP caucus for Orem Precinct 28 – the Fighting 28th! – on the evening of March 20. I preregistered online and also checked the boxes of the offices for which I planned to run. I was able to give my printout and show my driver’s license to the lady in charge of last names E-L. She’s known me for over ten years, but they still made sure everyone had their ID. We had the gymnasium of Orem Elementary. In 2012, we’d been assigned an arts & crafts…

Dark Money, From the NYT to Utah County

“Dark money” put Utah on the front page of the  New York Times. Utah found itself receiving prominent mention on the front page of the print edition of the New York Times for the recently released Utah House report on John Swallow. Calling it a “nightmare scenario,” the Times described “dark money” like this: A candidate colludes with wealthy corporate backers and promises to defend their interests if elected. The companies spend heavily to elect the candidate, but hide the money by funneling it through a nonprofit group. And the main…

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, his “good friend” John Swallow, and taking your own advice

When the John Swallow investigation was getting started in the House, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser instructed his fellow senators to lay low and not make public statements on it. At the time, it seemed like a prudent course of action to follow. Since the Senate would be responsible for any trial, you don’t want the potential jurors saying something they can’t back out of, nor would it be wise to make a statement you would later need to walk back. Curiously, though, Sen. Niederhauser chose again and again to not…

John Swallow: Utah’s Most Corrupt Politician Ever?

The full report is out on the misconduct of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, and it is indeed a web of lies and deceit. It’s interesting because the web extends to former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Mike Lee.  Here’s some highlights taken directly from the first 20 pages of the report: “The Committee’s investigation revealed that, during his tenure in the Office, Mr. Swallow compromised the principles and integrity of the Office to benefit himself and his political supporters. In so doing, Mr. Swallow…

Some Gems from the John Swallow Report, Part 1

Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns

Just in case you had neither the time of inclination to read the full House Committee Report on its investigation of John Swallow, I thought I’d provide some snippets that I consider, in an unfortunate use of that term, “gems.”  Others will (and have) summarized the conclusions of the report, which aren’t good if your name is John Swallow.  And while most of the story has been summarized and restated ad naseum, but here are a few things that may be new  to you, or at least offer some more details/context on…

Brad Daw “considering” running for House again

Former House Representative Brad Daw of Orem has confirmed he’s “considering” running for office again after he was vindicated in a vicious smear campaign orchestrated by John Swallow consultant Jason Powers. Daw served four terms in the House before losing in the 2012 GOP primary to challenger Dana Layton after an avalanche of negative ads funded by a Powers PAC that didn’t like his stance on the payday-loan industry. “My biggest concern is gauging public interest.”