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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Haters gonna hate

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There is a saying, “If you don’t have enemies, you’re not doing it right.”
You never know what is going to make people react. We’ve been around now for over three years. We’ve worked on redistricting, guns, sex-ed, corruption in the Attorney General’s office, less-than-ethical elected officials, just to name a few. But it took gays [...]

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Exclusive analysis of 10th Circuit’s marriage equality ruling


Last week the 10th Circuit ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. For most of us with day jobs, reading through the full 108-page ruling is an unlikely undertaking. We asked Courtney Bowman, one of the attorneys who helped draft our own amicus brief in the case, to provide an insider summary. This summary can also be [...]

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Hobby Lobby ruling a blow for individual rights

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The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here.
The nation’s highest court made waves yesterday by ruling that the religious rights of male company owners outweigh the reproductive rights of the women who work for them.
Yes, I’m perhaps being a bit sensational on this issue, but the [...]

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