Outrage over Geist should be directed to other causes, too

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Before I start let me make one thing perfectly clear. I love my pets! I have seven children, four of which are of the furry variety, so before anyone thinks that this blog is anything other than supportive for animal rights, you aren’t actually reading it.
We’ve all heard about the recent shooting of a Salt [...]

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Martindale: System that created Shurtleff and Swallow still here

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It’s an important question: Are Shurtleff and Swallow bad apples in an otherwise fair electoral system? Or does the system itself need reform?
In a weekend op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune, Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, argued that citizens should avoid thinking of the Shurtleff/Swallow arrests as proof the system works.
The establishment [...]

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UDOT’s HOV lane is the newest smog-causing fast lane

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The ultimate goal of UDOT’s carpool lanes is to maximize efficiency, and maybe even clean the air, but the lanes are now getting piled up with single drivers who are paying to use the lane.
The other day, I read an article in the Salt Lake Tribune concerning High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. The article was about [...]

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Shurtleff and Swallow show the system needs reform

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Utah had a first last week when not one but two former Attorneys General were arrested and charged with a dozen crimes each.
Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow have been in the news steadily for the more than a year now so the charges came as less of a surprise and more of an “it’s about [...]

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Swallow and Shurtleff arrests are the beginning; new ethics laws are next

Legislature should enact new campaign finance laws
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Salt Lake City–The group that filed the election law violation complaint that ended in former Attorney General John Swallow’s resignation is speaking out after learning that both Swallow and former boss, Mark Shurtleff, have been arrested this morning.
Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for [...]

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In our opinion: Deseret News on Better UTAH

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Our efforts to bring balance and transparency to the Draper Prison move is starting to pay off. We were pleasantly surprised to wake up Sunday morning and read that the Deseret News Editorial Board has endorsed our position on the Draper Prison relocation bid.

One close observer and critic of the prison relocation process is Maryann Martindale, executive [...]

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