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…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 8-14

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. Good luck, but Not Really At the end of the event we each wished each other luck in our respective campaigns…but not too much.–Rep. Jeremy Peterson after a debate with his opponent. Curse You, Partisan Spell Checker Your spell check is an anarchist. “@BjaminWood:…

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…

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…

Sim Gill drops the bomb during the Salt City Throwdown Podcast!

Sim Gill is a pretty popular guy. He has been in the media a lot lately. From investigating issues in the West Valley City Police Department, to investigating two of our Former Attorneys General on some serious campaign finance, and public trust issues.  But there is more to Sim Gill than what you see in the media. He is a guy who has some prolific thoughts in his writing, and some big ideas when it comes to reforming the justice system in Utah. In this episode we talk about his…

Confessions of a Campaign Intern: What they don’t tell you (Parade Edition)

As some of you know, I decided to volunteer on a campaign this cycle. I got tired of complaining, and not doing. Beginning at the start of the year, when everyone (except apparently for Luz Robles) was kicking off their campaign, I decided to start finding a candidate I could support, and help. I have had several on my podcast, including Doug Owens (Utah 04) Charles Stormont (AG) and Jennifer Johnson. Jennifer decided not to run, because of some other issues, and the Owens campaign seemed like they were doing…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 14-20

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the mouth 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. What’s in a name? As I wrote in a previous column, my chief complaint with Johnson is that he has an incredibly redundant name. Worse, his parents apparently couldn’t decide on the appropriate way to spell John/Jon, so they ended up just splitting…

There is a silver lining to Shurtleff and Swallow arrests

The arrests of former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff this week mark the end of a sad chapter in Utah’s history. Now a new chapter is about to begin, one that I suspect will become an even bigger public spectacle as criminal cases proceed. While I am personally satisfied that criminal charges have been brought against Swallow and Shurleff, I fully endorse their constitutionally guaranteed rights to due process under the law. Like anyone else, they deserve their day in court and a presumption of innocence before a…

Automatic Endorsement: A “Professional Courtesy” That Needs to End

As former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff headed off to jail Tuesday, I couldn’t help but think of the long list of elected officials that have endorsed their campaigns. In fact, Swallow’s list of endorsements reads like a who’s who of GOP elected officials in Utah. I’m sure a lot of them are left with a very strong sense of buyer’s remorse (some more than others). I think this also underscores a very distasteful cultural practice in party politics: the expectation that elected officials will automatically provide their…