The candidates to replace Justin Miller in HD 40

With Justin Miller’s resignation in effect on November 11, Democrats will gather to select a replacement, choosing from four candidates to send one to Governor Gary Herbert for appointment to fill out Miller’s term representing HD 40. Early on, prior even to Miller’s resignation, former HD 40 Representative Lynn Hemingway let it be known that he wanted the seat back and was seen as a favorite for getting it. Insiders watching the race have place attorney Amy Fowler and accountant Chris Stout in a competitive position, speculating that delegates may…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 9, 2015

After months of silence (both by himself and the media), Justin Miller will be resigning and likely be pleading guilty to communications fraud. The traditional media was so out of the loop on this one that UPH had it before everyone else. Which is strange to me given the gravity of the situation. I guess there’s no accounting for not being accountable. Anyhow, the links: Miller’s statement Speaker Hughes’ statement Minority Leader King’s statement And the UPH link that started it all this morning. And it looks like Jesse Harris finally…

Representative Justin Miller Resigns From Utah Legislature [UPH Wire]

*Media Statement* *For Immediate Release: *October 9, 2015 *Contact:* Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director Utah House Democratic Caucus 801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov *Representative Justin Miller Resigns From Utah Legislature* *Salt Lake City* – Representative Justin Miller released the following statement this morning: “I understand the charges against me, and I take full responsibility for the mistakes I have made. My failure to communicate in a timely and transparent manner led to the loss of trust with my friend and colleague, Mayor McAdams. While this mistake occurred prior to my legislative service, I…

BUZZ: Justin Miller charged with communications fraud; resignation imminent

Updated with statements from House Democratic Leadership, Speaker Greg Hughes, and Justin Miller’s resignation statement.   With DA Troy Rawlings announcing charges today, Justin Miller‘s resignation resigned at 9:30 AM from the Utah House of Representatives may be imminent, ending the saga that began with a recording by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams one year ago. Sources indicate that the Davis County prosecutor will announce that Miller will plead guilty to communications fraud. Miller was accused of stealing approximately $30,000 from the McAdams for Mayor campaign while he was campaign manager. In a recording made…

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…

4 Reasons why Rep. Justin Miller just might not resign after all

The pressure is mounting for Rep. Justin Miller to resign. Even House Democrat leadership has made a personal plea to Miller that he step down. Most assume that ultimate resignation is inevitable.  Indeed, some are asking that with so many groups urging him to resign, why in the world would he stay? While acknowledging that Miller may in fact resign, and may resign soon, I assert that it’s not so certain. Here are some possible reasons why. 1. Becoming a legislator takes a lot of work, and Miller simply wants to…

Republicans not piling on to Democrats over the Miller scandal

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” Proverbs 24:17 After 32 days of near silence, the Democratic Caucus of the Utah House called for Rep. Justin Miller to resign. About time (says Maryann Martindale). And stop dragging my party through the mud, says Senator Jim Dabakis. And yet, there’s been nary a bit of mud thrown by official Republican folk, whether elected officials or party leaders. With the exception of Senator Todd Weiler’s quite justifiable call for Miller’s resignation and a very brief…

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…