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…

Maryann Martindale: In the Justin Miller scandal, does nuance matter?

Let’s just cut to the chase—Justin Miller should resign, now. I get the nuance, really I do. Despite the wishful thinking of Utah Republicans, this is not the Democrats’ Swallow scandal.  There are some pretty significant differences between the John Swallow charges and the allegations against Miller. Swallow’s are directly related to his role as an elected official—he essentially hung a “For Sale” sign on the door of the Attorney General’s office, while Miller is accused of stealing money from a campaign he previously managed. Just to keep it interesting,…

Miller and McAdams Damaging to Democrats

I feel like a hypocrite. If a story had broken last week about a Republican political operative who had been accused of stealing somewhere between $24,000 and $34,0000 from a campaign he was managing, I would have been all over that.  Especially if said operative was also a state representative. And an admission on tape of said impropriety would be the icing on the cake. Throw in a counter-charge from said operative-turned-legislator of possible impropriety involving rental of office space by the person he allegedly stole the money from, and…

The Dabakis Factor: a guide to ignoring facts and slamming Republicans

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams. I think Senator Jim Dabakis forgot to check the votes before he decided to slam the Republican members of the Utah House for killing a bill that would have allowed Tesla to sell cars in Utah. In a bizarre twist during the Utah’s Legislature’s 2015 session, the predominantly conservative House killed a law that would have rewritten how cars are sold in…

Was Justin Miller Kicked Out of the Democratic Party?

Tonight, I was looking at the Utah Democratic Party’s web site, and something troubled me: Representative Justin Miller, Freshman Democrat representing district 40 (Millcreek) is missing from the list of elected officials. Which could only mean three things: 1) Representative Miller was abducted by aliens and therefore is no longer representing the good people of Millcreek (my parents will miss having you as their Representative). 2) Representative Miller was kicked out of the Utah Democratic Party for unknown reasons.  Maybe he failed a James Evans-esque litmus test. 3) The Utah…

Did Utah Legislative Dems Miss A Chance on Healthy Utah?

The Utah House will take up Healthy Utah, sending both it and an alternative House plan (“Utah Cares,” or HB 446) to the House Business and Labor Committee. It’s not fertile ground for Healthy Utah to take root in the House. A more welcoming reception would have been the Health and Human Services Committee. Did House Democrats miss an opportunity? When Rules addressed what committee should take the bills (SB 164 and HB 446), neither Democratic Representatives Susan Duckworth nor Brad King made a motion to send the bills to Health and Human Services, where…

Election Day Voter Registration to Increase Utah Voter Turnout [UPH Wire]

*Media Statement* *For Immediate Release: November 3, 2014* *Contact:* Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator Utah House Democratic Caucus 801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com *Election Day Voter Registration to Increase Utah Voter Turnout* *Salt Lake City*- Election Day Voter Registration in five Utah counties is designed to increase voter participation in Utah, one of the worst states in the nation for voter participation. Potential voters who show up on Election Day can now cast a provisional ballot that, once validated, will be counted towards this year’s elections. Democratic Assistant Whip Representative Chavez Houck, the law’s sponsor, said “I am…

What REALLY happened on Facebook during the Shurtleff/Swallow Arrests….

Utah Politicos on Facebook – A Satire. What it might look like if Tuesday’s events were a Facebook discussion thread. Again, if I’ve not been clear, this is  satire, not intended to be taken seriously. All content is used without permission and contributed by different UPH contributors.