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AG Reyes takes oath after ‘whirlwind year’

On Monday, Jan. 5, Sean Reyes took the Attorney General oath of the office, just as he did when he was appointed by Governor Herbert to fill the vacancy a year ago. In so doing, he continues as Utah’s chief … Continue reading

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Regrettable words and the ethics of tale-bearing

Recently, the news reported some comments from a well-known, and by all accounts, generous and philanthropic individual in the state, of an unfortunate and ad hominem nature about a prominent politician. Such comments are, of course, always regrettable. What could … Continue reading

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Swallow, Shurtleff, and a culture of corruption – Mero Moment, 7/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When I received news that former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow had been arrested for alleged illegalities associated with their office, … Continue reading

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California shows that ‘independent commissions’ are an illusion

  Some in Utah, including interest groups, the media, and a few elected officials (usually former elected officials) favor creating “nonpartisan,” “independent” commissions to oversee important political processes like congressional redistricting and legislative ethics investigations.[pullquote]The influence of money and partisan … Continue reading

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So what was the DABC drinking, anyway?

  If recent media reports surrounding the performance of the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) have left you scratching your head, you’re not alone. Information from the media over the past few months has ranged from singing the … Continue reading

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Who’s running UTA, anyway?

  Terry Diehl used to be a board member of the Utah Transit Authority. But no longer. He’s being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office for allegedly misusing official information about the location of a potential commuter rail station in … Continue reading

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