Tag: scandal

In aftermath of Swallow scandal, ethics legislation more important than ever

Salt Lake City–The House Special Investigative Committee, formed to investigate former Attorney General John Swallow, met today to consider ethics and campaign disclosure legislation that would require future officeholders to be more accountable to their constituents and less accountable to their pocketbooks. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, released the

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Utah’s Gov. Herbert should call on state AG to step down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 8, 2013 Salt Lake City — As thousands of emails, documents and calendar appointments have gone missing in the midst of a legislative investigation into the Utah Attorney General’s ethical misconduct, Governor Gary Herbert stands by and says little more than there is “cause for concern.” In January of this

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My view: The Swallow investigation is a chance to restore public trust

Better UTAH Executive Director Maryann Martindale and League of Women Voters of Utah Co-President Jenn Gonnelly penned an op-ed earlier this week in the Deseret News in which they expressed support for the legislature’s investigation into the John Swallow scandal. As we have watched the Swallow scandal unfold over the last several months, we have

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80% say Swallowgate tarnishes Utah’s other leaders, too

There are numerous polls that demonstrate the public’s shattered confidence in the Attorney General. Now, there is evidence that the public’s lack of confidence is starting to leak into other areas of the democratic process. Our own informal polling, the results of which are similar to BYU’s recent poll, demonstrate this breakdown in public confidence. Out

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Attorney General must resign for sake of public confidence

Salt Lake City — In light of John Swallow’s private entreaties with key members of the Utah State legislature, the Alliance for a Better UTAH has issued the following statement: “The allegations surrounding Attorney General John Swallow are sufficient to merit impeachment proceedings. Should Swallow feel the need to explain to legislators his side of

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With Swallow, we got what we deserved

The last six months have been full of allegations against Attorney General John Swallow. But it didn’t just start in January with the first public accusation. This saga has been going on for years, starting with Mark Shurtleff, Swallow’s 12-year predecessor. The truth is, everyone on this side of the political game knew about Shurtleff’s

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 49 – May 21, 2013

The news the last few weeks has been aflutter with talk of scandals: Benghazi, IRS, and AP phone records. Republicans are mad, Democrats are mad, journalists (perhaps rightly so) are mad. But Republicans are especially mad. And the degree to which they will protest is reaching new heights. Benghazi has been called “the most egregious

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Rep Steve Eliason: I Would’ve Been Fired

Representative Steve Eliason (R – Sandy) had a “Was My Mic On?” moment at the May meeting of the Interim Education Session. Speaking about the Education Department’s $25 Million “miscalculation,” he told Superintendent Larry Shumway that he understood the mistake, and that: “If every mistake I made came to light I probably would’ve gotten fired

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Better UTAH Beat episode 3! May 22, 2012

Orrin Hatch still refuses to debate Dan Liljenquist, Mayor Mike Winder finds himself in yet another ethical scandal, Mike Noel’s son and the proposed I-15 cameras.. it’s all here on your weekly Utah politics recap!

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