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Corruption should be prevented, not just revealed

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” — Justice Louis D. Brandeis   Despite its overuse, I have always loved this quote from Brandeis. However, most people tend to only quote the first half of the sentence. I believe this is because most people only tend to

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Something stinks in Utah. It’s our congressmen.

Something in in the air stinks. No, it’s not the delightful scent with overtones of boiled egg wafting in from the great Salt Lake, nor is it our EPA-rated-dangerous air. It’s an odd scent, one that people on the political left in Utah are familiar with and have come to recognize as omnipresent. That smell

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Commentary: Hughes should resign from port authority board

It was heartening to see Speaker Greg Hughes adamantly argue in favor of following the letter of the law during the stalled first meeting of the Utah Inland Port Authority earlier this week. His willingness to “debate this right now” with Gov. Gary Herbert over ambiguities in the board’s conflict of interest requirements was a

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Let’s talk about nuance and civility

Let me start this piece by admitting my bias. I’m on the left of the political spectrum, and I’ve been staunchly left for the majority of my life. I like to think that in the right race, with the right candidate, I’d vote for a moderate to moderate-right candidate. And in my previous home state

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An Open Letter to Mike Noel

Dear Rep. Noel, You’ve finally, fully lost me. Up until last week, I may not have agreed with your policies, but I always gave them an extra listen because I assumed at a gut level that you were the kind of straight-shooting, salt-of-the-earth “good man” I grew up with in rural Michigan. That you shared

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Mitt Romney: ‘I’m in the fight,’ and with Trump’s policy agenda

Over a plate of oversized buttermilk pancakes, Mitt Romney said Friday he’s running for Senate because he wants to be “in the fight” and supports President Donald Trump’s policy agenda. “I’m in the fight. Just because you don’t get promoted to general doesn’t mean you stop fighting. There are things I believe in very deeply,”

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Commentary: An open letter to Rep. Chris Stewart, who never responds but expects campaign contributions anyway

Dear Rep. Stewart: You’re my congressman. I’ve written you more than once, but I never receive a response. I recently received your Feb. 2 email which announced, “BREAKING: House Intel Committee Releases Memo.” This “breaking news” message about the Nunes Memo was issued on your campaign letterhead and, at the end, you wrote, “David, we

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