Separation of Powers 101, or Stormont Wants to Be a Legislator

Capitol at night

Two hundred and fifty years after the US Constitution took Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws seriously and separated the executive, legislative and judicial functions, some still want to be everything. Take for example, Charles Stormont, the Utah Democratic candidate for Attorney General. A Texas transplant to Utah, his campaign platform sounds not unlike someone who wants to impose Texas justice on every policy he can get his hands on. He doesn’t like Utah’s ethics laws, the three ethics committees and processes already in the Attorney General’s office, or the people who…