August 20, 2017

FEC files complaint against Jeremy Johnson for illegal donations to Mark Shurtleff, Mike Lee and Harry Reid

This is why we can’t have nice things. In a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint filed in federal court, Jeremy Johnson is in hot water again, charged with violating federal elections law in 2012 by using  illegal “straw donors” to funnel up to $170,000 candidates for the US Senate, Mark Shurtleff, Mike Lee, and Harry Reid. According to […]

Sequester: a trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland [Contributor]

Rhett Wilkinson is a senior at Utah State University. He is studying journalism and political science. The opinions expressed are his own.   The feds ought to follow the lead of a certain rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, who famously said “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” The first problem with this […]

Why didn’t Shurtleff tell voters what he knew about Swallow before the election?

In the days before the general election in 2012, Mark Shurtleff was putting out fires around town. His protege, John Swallow, was on track to win the election against Democrat Dee Smith, as Shurtleff and Swallow had long-planned, but cracks were appearing in the otherwise flawless campaign strategy. Shurtleff, his legacy on the line in […]

Swallow swallows his words and Powers’ memory gets less “hazy”

Every week seems to bring a new revelation about John Swallow’s pre-election activities. His supporters (all three of them) keep saying to wait until the evidence gets out, but the way I see it, it’s only getting worse. I don’t know how you explain it all away. Forget about the facts. Never mind claims that  Swallow tried […]

With Public Polls Favoring His Resignation, Swallow’s Case is Murky

The news about John Swallow seems to get progressively worse.  His behavior may not have been illegal, but it skirts the line of what the public expects from elected officials enough that a plurality supports his resignation. Though none of the headlines this week has landed with the bombshell effect of that first story in […]

Where is the investigation John Swallow requested?

It’s been almost two weeks since a Salt Lake Tribune’s article showed connections between indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson and Utah’s new Attorney General John Swallow.  Despite calls for an investigation from almost everyone–including Swallow himself–we have yet to see one. Accusing Swallow of offering to bribe US Senator Harry Reid, Johnson provided emails, photos, financial records and […]

Obama’s surreal fiscal cliff speech

After a refreshing vacation to Hawaii for Christmas, President Obama took the stage this afternoon (EST) to make a speech on the impending fiscal cliff. Driving home during lunch, I listened to KSL’s Doug Wright describe the scene, and I arrived home just in time to watch the President speak.

Wright was describing the scene while waiting for the President to take the stage, and since Obama was late, he tried guessing where they were at. He could see a podium, but he after listing through the typical rooms where Obama addresses the nation from the White House, he concluded that he didn’t know where they were.