SHURTLEFF - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SHURTLEFF News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Behind the Headlines: Shurtleff/Swallow go to court, solar fee proposed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58247127-231/sltrib-com-utah-solar.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58247127-231/sltrib-com-utah-solar.html.csp">Behind the Headlines: Shurtleff/Swallow go to court, solar fee proposed</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T22:11:10.193-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 10:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow make their first court appearance. The Utah Public Service Commission considers a fee for homeowners with solar panels. Democratic senators throw their support behind a new national monument in Utah, to the chagrin of the state’s congressional delegation. Libertarians sue Utah over the Common Core. And the owner of a dog shot by Salt Lake City police turns down a settlement offer. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Matt Canham, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58247127@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:11:10 MDT Op-ed: Fix Utah’s “broken windows,” or we’ll see more scandal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246249-82/utah-shurtleff-judge-broken.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246249-82/utah-shurtleff-judge-broken.html.csp">Op-ed: Fix Utah’s “broken windows,” or we’ll see more scandal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marcus R. Mumford</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T16:09:10.463-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 04:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In response to criminal charges recently filed against former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, many Utahns are asking: How could this happen? Acknowledgement: I’m not disinterested. I represent some of the principal accusers in those matters. I have also been litigating a class action on behalf of Utah homeowners against Bank of America for illegal foreclosure practices – a case Shurtleff allegedly attempted to undermine before going to work for the bank’s D.C. law fir...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58246249@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:09:10 MDT Swallow, Shurtleff appear in court, vow to beat charges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238557-78/degree-count-felony-shurtleff.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58238557-78/degree-count-felony-shurtleff.html.csp">Swallow, Shurtleff appear in court, vow to beat charges</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and robert gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-30T23:05:54.596-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 11:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">History was made Wednesday in a Salt Lake City courtroom — but not the good kind. Two former Utah attorneys general appeared in criminal court to answer to a slew of public corruption charges, ranging from accepting or soliciting bribes to tampering with witnesses and evidence. Mark Shurtleff and his protégé, John Swallow, face a combined 23 counts in what has mushroomed into the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history. The courtroom, overflowing with more than 80 onlookers, dozens of l...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58238557@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:05:54 MDT Experts doubt Swallow, Shurtleff will be tried together http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58224624-78/swallow-shurtleff-cases-jury.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58224624-78/swallow-shurtleff-cases-jury.html.csp">Experts doubt Swallow, Shurtleff will be tried together</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-27T17:39:26.792-06:00">Updated Jul 27, 2014 05:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Much ado has been made about the ties between Utah’s embattled former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. Swallow was Shurtleff’s top deputy and his handpicked Republican successor. The men have been widely accused of accepting gifts from and engaging with the same questionable characters. In text messages and emails, they refer to one another in familiar terms. On Wednesday, when the former attorneys general appear in 3rd District Court for the first time, they will stand before ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58224624@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:39:26 MDT Op-ed: System that created Shurtleff/Swallow still here http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215815-82/swallow-shurtleff-system-campaign.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215815-82/swallow-shurtleff-system-campaign.html.csp">Op-ed: System that created Shurtleff/Swallow still here</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Maryann Martindale</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T17:02:02.337-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 05:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In the wake of Swallow and Shurtleff’s arrests, the attention in most state media outlets has quickly, and unfortunately, pivoted from reporting on systemic problems to suggesting that, perhaps, the problems are not systemic but are, in fact, merely a reflection of a few bad apples. One story in the Tribune (“Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and silver lining,” July 20) went so far as to suggest that Swallow’s and Shurtleff’s arrests prove the system works. Perhaps. More likely is that the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215815@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:02 MDT Judge won’t make Shurtleff, Swallow testify in Jenson case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215995-78/jenson-shurtleff-case-general.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215995-78/jenson-shurtleff-case-general.html.csp">Judge won’t make Shurtleff, Swallow testify in Jenson case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T21:59:34.501-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 09:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For the second time, a judge has refused to order Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify about the prosecution of a convicted fraudster, who has alleged that the former attorneys general went after him for resisting a “pay-to-play” scheme at the heart of a scandal that led to the arrests of the two former Utah politicians. Undeterred by the judge’s decision, defense attorney Marcus Mumford insisted there was more politics to the prosecution of his client, Mark Sessions Jenson, than the case ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215995@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:59:34 MDT Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow really any different? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58194360-82/investigation-shurtleff-swallow-bruce.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58194360-82/investigation-shurtleff-swallow-bruce.html.csp">Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow really any different?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T08:21:44.76-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 08:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As I have been watching the drama around the Shurtleff and Swallow investigation, I have wondered how many politicians could survive two years of intense digging by the press and at least $4 million of investigation by motivated government officials without finding something that could be considered a crime. R. Bruce Draper Sandy</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58194360@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:21:44 MDT Letter: Why bail break for politicians? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198151-82/bail-post-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198151-82/bail-post-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp">Letter: Why bail break for politicians?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T08:21:45.006-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 08:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I appreciate and applaud the exemplary efforts of Sim Gill and his office in pursing the investigation of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. In the same breath, I am repulsed regarding Swallow and Shurtleff’s apparent “Get out of jail free card.” Both of these men have been charged with multiple felonies, and their bail was set at $250,000. Neither Swallow or Shurtleff were required to post bail. As was reported in the Tribune, “Although bail was set at $250,000 for each, both were released t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198151@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:21:45 MDT Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and a silver lining http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58199236-90/swallow-charges-degree-felony.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58199236-90/swallow-charges-degree-felony.html.csp">Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and a silver lining</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-21T18:40:27.113-06:00">Updated Jul 21, 2014 06:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The scene was unprecedented: Two former statewide elected officials — who swore an oath to uphold and enforce the law — jailed after being arrested and charged with a slew of public-corruption charges. Their alleged crimes, equally unprecedented, range from bribery to accepting rides on private jets and massive houseboats, vacationing in beachfront villas of a convicted criminal and lying to federal investigators about their dealings. The alleged conduct of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtlef...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58199236@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:40:27 MDT Swallow, Shurtleff arrested, face 23 counts, up to 30 years prison http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58185969-78/swallow-shurtleff-utah-general.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58185969-78/swallow-shurtleff-utah-general.html.csp">Swallow, Shurtleff arrested, face 23 counts, up to 30 years prison</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke,</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">BOB Mims, Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-20T10:01:24.221-06:00">Updated Jul 20, 2014 10:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In the culmination of the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history, former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested Tuesday and charged with a combined 23 counts that could land each in prison for 30 years. The two men were taken into custody at their homes without incident Tuesday morning and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Bail was set at $250,000 each. Shurtleff was released about 11:45 a.m. Swallow was let out about 12:15 p.m. Swallow, who was forced fro...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58185969@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:01:24 MDT The Commentariat: A sampling of reader comments posted on sltrib.com http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58187920-82/sltrib-shurtleff-com-swallow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58187920-82/sltrib-shurtleff-com-swallow.html.csp">The Commentariat: A sampling of reader comments posted on sltrib.com</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T17:20:50.773-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“I’m pretty sure Nixon felt his only mistake was getting caught. I’d imagine Swallow and Shurtleff feel the same way. Pesky, persistent reporters in both cases, too. Were it not for the Washington Post, Gerald Ford would have never been president. And were it not for the Tribune, Swallow would still be in office. — Boss_Hog commenting on the July 16 Tribune editorial, “Shurtleff and Swallow will have their day in court” “Maybe they could name the new prison after Swallow and Shurtleff.” ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58187920@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:20:50 MDT Letter: Shurtleff protests, but he doesn’t deny http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198188-82/shurtleff-innocent-response-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198188-82/shurtleff-innocent-response-utah.html.csp">Letter: Shurtleff protests, but he doesn’t deny</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T17:33:43.442-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 05:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I follow the recent developments of the arrest of former Attorneys General Shurtleff and Swallow with amazement, as do all the residents of Utah. What got me was Mr. Shurtleff’s response after being released on bail. He makes several statements that the arrest was “politically motivated” and a “political witch hunt.” My response to that is “So?” I did not see anything in his responses that says he was innocent, that he did not do what he is being charged with. He only attacks Sim Gill. Mr. S...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198188@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:33:43 MDT Rolly: As ex-AG is booked, his Dem foe rises to Mormon temple leader http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187160-90/shurtleff-attorney-richards-mormon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187160-90/shurtleff-attorney-richards-mormon.html.csp">Rolly: As ex-AG is booked, his Dem foe rises to Mormon temple leader</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T22:29:38.109-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 10:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested and charged with multiple felonies Tuesday, another event not nearly as sensational and with far less public attention took place 40 miles north of the Salt Lake County Jail. The comparison of the two events, though, evokes a symbol in Utah politics that can’t go without mention. Reed Richards, the Democrat whom Shurtleff defeated in 2000 to become the state’s attorney general, was made a member of the presidency of th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58187160@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:29:38 MDT Is the case against Swallow and Shurtleff solid? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58191811-90/shurtleff-swallow-case-attorney.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58191811-90/shurtleff-swallow-case-attorney.html.csp">Is the case against Swallow and Shurtleff solid?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T10:56:15.657-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 10:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The amount of evidence, prosecutors say, is monumental. Thousands of pages of documents, interviews, emails and text messages, along with reels of recordings and receipts — they all implicate former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow in crimes with which they were charged Tuesday. And that’s only what’s been made public in news reports and previous probes. “There’s a lot of information — from the [Utah] House panel investigation, the lieutenant governor’s report, investigations ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58191811@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:56:15 MDT Gallery: Embattled former Utah AG Mark Shurtleff through the years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58186328-78/attorney-former-general-mark.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58186328-78/attorney-former-general-mark.html.csp">Gallery: Embattled former Utah AG Mark Shurtleff through the years</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T10:22:05.676-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 10:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. Here, we take a look at John Swallow through his time as Attorney General and through the scandal that forced his resignation and eventually led to the latest developments.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58186328@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:22:05 MDT Could Mormon church excommunicate Shurtleff, Swallow? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58191132-180/church-mormon-disciplinary-lds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58191132-180/church-mormon-disciplinary-lds.html.csp">Could Mormon church excommunicate Shurtleff, Swallow?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T16:39:43.938-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On the heels of Mormon feminist Kate Kelly’s recent excommunication for “conduct contrary to the laws and order” of the LDS Church, a new question has emerged: Could former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff lose their Mormon memberships, too? The short answer is yes. If convicted, the two prominent LDS politicians, who now face 21 felony charges between them, could end up in disciplinary councils before Mormon leaders in Sandy. After all, according to LDS Handbook 1, which s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58191132@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:39:43 MDT Charges tie Shurtleff job interview to Bank of America deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188015-78/shurtleff-bank-america-attorney.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188015-78/shurtleff-bank-america-attorney.html.csp">Charges tie Shurtleff job interview to Bank of America deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tom Harvey</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T17:00:56.463-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 05:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff interviewed for a job with a law firm that represents Bank of America just two months before he personally signed a settlement of a lawsuit against the financial giant over whether it was illegally foreclosing on homes in Utah. He subsequently was hired for the post. The disclosure of the two days of job interviews was included in criminal charges filed Tuesday against Shurtleff and his handpicked successor, John Swallow, who resigned in December in the wake...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58188015@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:00:56 MDT Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow and ‘the Utah way’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190046-82/utah-medicaid-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190046-82/utah-medicaid-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp">Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow and ‘the Utah way’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:27:32.368-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Take a state, like Utah, controlled by an ultra-conservative religion like the LDS Church. Add a political caucus/convention system controlled by a very few thousand ultra-conservative LDS Church members who nominate the Republican candidates for public office, who then win the elections because they vote and most other Utahns don’t because they have given up. And you have, voila, Shurtleff and Swallow. Another victory for Gayle Ruzicka, who knows the system and works it well. What to do about...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190046@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 MDT More punditry on Shurtleff & Swallow ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190497-82/shurtleff-utah-swallow-general.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190497-82/shurtleff-utah-swallow-general.html.csp">More punditry on Shurtleff & Swallow ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T15:09:19.774-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 03:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Today’s papers bring more commentary on the Tuesday arrests of two former Utah attorneys general. The Spectrum throws the book at them. Do does the dude from The online St. George News. (It’s really hot down there.) The Herald (which writes very few local editorials) urges patience. The Deseret News has a suggested solution which, perhaps surprisingly, bemoans Utah’s status as a one-party state. — Arrests of ex-AGs stain Utah’s image — St. George Spectrum Editorial “The last two Utah attorneys g...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190497@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:09:19 MDT Editorial: Shurtleff's Bank of America deal deserves more scrutiny http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58186751-82/shurtleff-bank-america-case.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58186751-82/shurtleff-bank-america-case.html.csp">Editorial: Shurtleff's Bank of America deal deserves more scrutiny</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T12:07:51.145-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 12:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill went to the heart of a crucial question Tuesday when he noted that everyone would have been better off if the federal officials whose job it is to probe official misconduct had not bailed on the investigation of former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. It is hard to make the charge of partisanship stick when Gill is the only Democrat among the platoon of Republicans who have been looking into all the allegations of bribery and lying made again...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58186751@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:07:51 MDT