Mark Shurtleff’s version of justice looks a lot like payback

Watching the legal cases against Mark Shurtleff and his hand-picked successor John Swallow collapse was very hard. I was one of the first voices calling for Swallow to resign (which it took him a year to do), and the case by all appearances seemed to have been killed by incompetence, not on its own merits. While I continue to believe that the two of them are guilty as sin, the legal system performed as it should, placing as much emphasis on process as substance. This is the foundation of a…

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…

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…

Another Scandal: Why didn’t this come out in October? Oh, wait…

Utah blindsided by another political scandal File this under: “Things That Would Have Been Nice To Know Last October.” Wednesday morning, Utah woke up to another political bombshell.  Accused of stealing $30,000 in campaign funds, Rep. Justin Miller, a first-term member of the Utah House, was fired from his job working for Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. In addition to working as an adviser to McAdams, Miller had previously been McAdams campaign manager. Oh, and P.S.: Miller was fired  in October of 2014. In a tit-for-tat, Miller accused McAdams of firing him…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 17 – Nov 23

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, 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. Reason #59 for Passing Legislation It’s just really a fun project to partner with these kids to teach them about the legislative process. — Senator Aaron Osmond, on his proposal to declare the golden retriever dog breed as the official “state domestic…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…