Sim Gill, you need some wins

I’m starting to wonder what it is that Sim Gill does all day. As the district attorney for Salt Lake County, his job is to investigate crimes and, if sufficient evidence is found, prosecute perpetrators of those crimes. In the last few years it seems like he’s not very successful when it’s a high-profile case. Let’s take a look at a few examples. The first is the now completely botched investigation and prosecution of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. The report compiled by the legislature was extremely…

Skeletons in the Closet: failing to vet candidates

Lately, Utah has seen a rash of candidates win public office while concealing a trouble past. First, John Swallow led the Utah Legislature on the most expensive legislative investigation in Utah history, bringing down both his and Mark Shurtleff’s political career before it was over. The criminal trial is ongoing. In Utah County, Greg Graves earned the Republican nomination before he was discovered to have filed multiple bankruptcies (and much later was implicated in the Ashley Madison scandal). Utah County is still reeling. Then, Utah Democrats watched in horror as Justin Miller, a…

The Hub Sheet – June 20, 2015: Don’t want it printed? Don’t let it happen.

FEC files complaint against Jeremy Johnson for illegal donations to Shurtleff, Lee, Reid. How and eastern Idaho farm boy became a contract torturer. Orem Owlz: On second thought, “Caucasian Heritage Night” was a dumb idea.  This guy tried to warn them before jumping ship. Utah ranked #1 in job growth, fourth consecutive month. Rep. Chaffetz isn’t dropping push for online sales tax. Quantifying the full costs of raising a child. Monte Wells says this audio proves BLM gave permission for Recapture protest. Paul Mero on the nobility, morality, and conservative…

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…

Jim Dabakis: Unlike GOP and the endless Swallow wallow, let’s get this Justin Miller matter cleared-up fast

As usual, House Minority Leader Brian King has it right. When the people’s confidence in their elected officials has been seriously questioned the situation needs to be addressed immediately by those public officials who stand accused. Waiting for weeks, months or even years is not acceptable. The business of the state and the right of constituents to be represented by unencumbered representation must rule the day. These matters ought not to be solely addressed by the laborious judicial process. Public officials should put the public good ahead of their own personal issues. People have a right to know if their elected…

The 5 Stages of Scandal

We are probably all familiar with the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  It seems lately as we have watched political scandals unfold in Utah, those stages also apply.  Some take a little longer to move through the steps of scandal than others, but you must admit, there’s a lot of predictability. So, if your friendly neighborhood politico has been caught in a political scandal – or if YOU are the politico, here’s a little guide on the 5 steps of political scandal to help see…

Eight Stories Getting More News Coverage Than Justin Miller

You’d think that the story of a sitting member of the Utah House of Representatives embezzling a good $34K from one of the state’s brightest political stars would end up creating an endless stream of front page news. Instead, the Utah media got in their initial stories and have been almost entirely silent. Even folks like Paul Rolly and Pat Bagley who delight in poking powerful people in the eye have been keeping their mouths shut (because I suppose it’s only interesting if a Republican does it). But, apparently, other…

It’s not a question of if Rep Justin Miller will resign, but of when and how

Utah is no stranger to elected officials forced to resign under a cloud of controversy. There is, however, a pretty stark difference in how they do it. Most recently, we saw John Swallow forced to finally resign as Attorney General as the evidence piled up that he ran a pay-to-play operation inherited from mentor and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. It took ten full months of near-daily bombshells in the news for him to make this decision. During that time employee morale sank and his office accomplished little. The scandal meant he…

New Idea or A Timely Proposal? Creation of the Office of Inspector General

In his State of the State speech on Wednesday night, Governor Gary Herbert announced that he was working with Representative Mike McKell, Senator Deidre Henderson and Attorney General Sean Reyes on the creation of an office of inspector general for the state. In his speech, the Governor said that the position would be “one that will act as an independent entity to elevate and ensure the highest levels of ethics and official conduct in state government.” But this isn’t the first time that an Office of Inspector General has been proposed…

The HubCap Spin: Who will win the AG race? Stormont or Reyes?

HubCap Spin: Where the Rubber Meets the Road is a collaborative effort of Utah Political Capital (UPC) and Utah Politico Hub (the Hub). One person from each site answers a questions about upcoming races, elections, and issues.  Due to scandals that have left the previous two Attorneys General indicted, the Supreme Court Appeal of Kitchen v. Herbert, and a number of other high profile cases, the race for Utah Attorney General is among the most watched in Utah this year. QUESTION: Who will win the race for Attorney General? Democrat…