Money and Politics: Like Water Flowing [Hub Debate]

Money and Politics: recently, Salt Lake Tribune columnist George Pyle wrote that the onus is on voters to choose the leaders of our republic.  Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics? “Get money out of politics.” “Heightened transparency.” “Campaign finance reform.” “Restore strength to our democracy.” Whatever the euphemism, the phrases  amount to one thing: veiled proposals to limit the means, manner, and amounts of spending on political campaigns. Proponents point to the galactic sized…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 15-21

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politics 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 UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Debates Start This Week! Many observers say debates don’t matter, and often that is true. But not always. In 1980, Reagan and Carter were in a dead heat until the debate where Reagan asked the viewers his devastating question, “Are you better off than…

Money in Politics: The Wealthy Have Better Lawyers [Hub Debate]

Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics?   A recent editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune titled “Does Money Influence Politics? Oh Grow Up!” makes the argument that no amendment or regulation will keep those with money and power from exploiting any political process to amass more money and power.  The author, George Pyle, is 100% right.  He’s also right that it is we, the (sometimes) voting public, who have the responsibility of seeing…

Dear Mark Shurtleff: STOP TALKING

Lately, Mark Shurtleff has been in the news a bit and seems to have some confusion about the meaning of words. First, let’s look at the definition of the word in question. What exactly is a “scandal”? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary: Ok. Now that we have the definition of the word at issue, let’s get to the meat. Last Wednesday evening, the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted about an event it was hosting at the Salt Lake library regarding the Shurtleff/Swallow scandal. Just a couple hours until our town hall on Swallow/Shurtleff scandal at the…

Even though the Bar dismissed it: Why Filing a Bar Complaint against John Swallow was still the Right Thing to Do.

With news that prosecutors have finally filed charges against two telemarketers whose relationship with John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff played a part in the  “pay-to-play” allegations against the former Utah attorneys general, former Director of the Utah Division of Consumer Protection Traci Gunderson explains why her Bar complaint against Swallow mattered.  The recent news that serial telemarketers Aaron Christner and Ryan Jensen were charged with felony counts regarding their ongoing telemarketing activities was greeted at the Gundersen household with delighted approval. For one, as the former Director of the Utah Division of Consumer…

Seven Reasons It’s Getting Harder to be a Print Reporter

Reporters are being laid off in waves. Pressure from Wall Street on print media is requiring change to century old business models. And police seem increasingly willing to use force when reporters are in the way. Here are seven reasons it’s getting harder to be a First Amendment warrior in the Age of the Internet.

Salt City Throwdown: Better know a Candidate: Steve Nelson (Salt Lake District Attorney) Edition

Episode 39 of the Salt City Throwdown is here! Continuing to bring our listeners the best to offer in rare, long form interviews of those who are running for office we bring you another episode of “Better Know a Candidate” where you can listen in on a conversation about the campaigns that are occurring in this cycle. We thought about calling this episode “What is a Juggalo?” but decided against it. Episode 37 we had incumbent first term Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. (D) in this episode we…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | July 28-Aug 3

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 UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. This isn’t the poll you’re looking for. “As a general rule, I think it’s always good to be a little bit skeptical of polls that come from campaigns. That is especially true if we don’t have full information about the poll.” — Chris Karpowitz, co-director of…

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…