January 22, 2018

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 […]

Is Count My Vote actually Count My Contribution? [Contributor]

The initiative commonly referred to as Count My Vote is presented as an effort to give greater access for all Utah citizens to the electoral process.  This is to be accomplished through greater reliance upon Primary Elections for selecting party candidates. This post is neither the time nor place to discuss the vast field of […]

Ending the Swallow Investigation Due to Cost Ignores the Cost to Public Trust

A few are calling for a halt in the House investigation of Attorney General John Swallow due to the cost and the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute. However, failure to continue investigation would not only short circuit other investigations by hampering evidence collection, but would also fail to address the loss of public […]

The newest candidate to replace Greg Bell or news you can’t make up?

City Weekly has an interesting one in the ongoing John Swallow saga/scandal.  Timothy Lawson wants to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Utah. (The jury’s still out on whether the story will wind up being a saga or a scandal… right now, I’m guessing the latter.  In the meantime, the story just got stranger.) Over […]

Phone calls, threats, and deputies: dysfunctions in John Swallow’s office

With his chief Deputy Kirk Torgensen making phone calls described as “threatening” to opposing counsel, claiming that he’s questioned Attorney General John Swallow’s behavior for years, and that he’s disgusted with Swallow’s behavior, it’s hard to believe Swallow when he says that morale is ok in the Attorney General’s office. Even if he is having […]

The Utah House Votes to Investigate and Swallow Reacts

The House will begin its investigations of John Swallow on July 3. Wednesday the Utah House Majority Caucus (also known as “Republicans”) met to discuss the possible impeachment of Attorney General John Swallow. It was an interesting discussion to watch. If you can find a video  of it, I recommend it. The upshot was that […]

There is zero chance that John Swallow will resign, unless…

Last week, it hit the fan for John Swallow. And it hit over and over and over again. It started back in January as shaky bribery accusations from an indicted businessman. Swallow, on the other hand, appeared to be an upstanding, conservative and newly elected attorney general.  In just the last couple weeks, though, it […]