Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Day Bonus Special

Here's an added bonus from our ole pal Dave Barry, the only political humorist in America even funnier than our own Mark Saal:
Happy New Year, EVERYONE!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Funnies: Utah's Fight to Overturn Gay Marriage Ruling Could Cost $2 million - Updated

Thankfully, in the Theocratic State of  Utah, taxpayer money apparently "grows on trees"

In Friday's Weber County Forum story we reported that our newly elected Utah Attorney General will be "turning to outside counsel for help with its efforts to stop same-sex marriages, a move the office said Thursday would temporarily delay its application for a stay to the U.S. Supreme Court." Well... Lo and Behold, The Standard-Examiner now reports the probable Utah taxpayer price tag for this "fool's errand":
Thankfully, in the Theocratic State of  Utah, taxpayer money apparently "grows on trees." 

Utah: The best-managed state? "Utah manages itself with savvy business acumen," opined the Pew Center on States Government Performance in 2008.

Of course it hurts a little less when you laugh about it, right?

Just a little something to add to your Sunday morning merriment and mirth.

Over... and Out!

Update 12/29/13 6:00 p.m.: Added bonus:  Just to keep this whole brouhahah in context:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Seeks Outside Help In Request For Gay-marriage Stay

Newly-appointed Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, apparently recognizes that his office is "way" over its head

Fascinating development in the Kitchen v. Herbert Utah same sex marriage case, as the Utah A.G.'s Office prepares to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court, on the heels of being rebuffed in its requested "stays" of execution four (count 'em 4) times by both US. District Court Judge Shelby and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier in the week:
Encouraging to learn that our newly-appointed Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, apparently recognizes that his office is "way" over its head, ainnit?

Of course, if you take the time to read Judge Shelby's well-reasoned full decision it becomes obvious that whatever private law firm takes up the task of rescuing Utah's ill-conceived, and now constitutinally overtuned "ban" on same sex marriage most definitely has its work cut out for it:

Needless to say, we'll be keeping a close eye on the U.S. Supreme Court docket over the next four days.

Stay tuned, folks.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Standard-Examiner Op-Ed: Reaction by Herbert, Others to Gay Marriage Ruling is Rotten

This Standard-Examiner Guest Op-Ed piece deserves a hearty WCF thumbs-up, wethinks!
Bravo, Mr. Clark!

Best thumbnail analysis of the current Utah Gay Marriage legal situation yet!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Weber County Forum Christmas Day Special

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wishing you all a joyous holiday.

See ya's all back tomorrow a.m.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune: Herbert Picks Reyes as Utah’s Next Attorney General

We congratulate Sean Reyes for finally ascending to the Office which he ought to have occupied a year ago

Whoa! looky here!  We now have a new replacement Utah Attorney General, after a year or so of digesting this extremely uncomfortable political  BS:
Hard core political wonks will recall that the new AG, designee, Sean Reyes, was the runner-up, during the the 2012 election, second only to the sadsack John Swallow, the now-disgraced poster boy for the good-ol-boy Utah Caucus/Convention Nomination System.

We'll suggest that there is some justice in Governor Herbert's Sean Reyes Attorney General appointment, inasmuch as Reyes is the guy who probably would have been elected, if the creepy John Swallow hadn't successfully corrupted the entire Utah GOP political nomination system.

So whaddaya think, folks?  Was Sean Reyes the right pick?

And can we see by a show of  hands how many of you believe Utah Republican "delegates," the very same people who let Swallow "slip through the cracks," properly "vet" other Utah political nominees, and do  a good job of "vetting" corrupt bastids like John Sswallow?

"All's well that ends well," though, we suppose, in which connection we congratulate Sean Reyes for finally ascending to the Office which he ought to have occupied a year ago.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Standard-Examiner: City Council Candidate Sues Riverdale For Being Disqualified From Race

The Riverdale City Council would be calendering a motion at the earliest available date to reinstate Mr. Griffiths to his elected council post, if the Council had a lick of sense

The Standard's Mark Saal reports the latest development in the 2013 Riverdale Municipal Election SNAFU.  Yep.  Just as we predicted, Riverdale City's ham-handed mis-handling of  the November City Council race has landed the City in 2nd District Court:
"They (Riverdale City) broke several laws, and we're addressing each of those," (ousted candidate Gary) Griffiths said in a telephone interview Friday.

Weirdly, Riverdale officials however seem committed to "gambling," that their actions, which nullified Mr. Griffiths' election, will be upheld, apparently under a twisted mis-application of "contract" theory.

Seems that Riverdale City's blunders continue to be compounded, inasmuch as the plaintiff, Mr. Griffiths, may be statutorily entitled, assuming he does prevail in court (a sound assumption, we think), to "costs" and "attorney fees," in addition to reinstatement to his council seat:
(9) (a) A private party in interest may bring a civil action in district court to enforce the provisions of this section or an ordinance adopted under this section.
(b) In a civil action under Subsection (9)(a), the court may award costs and attorney fees to the prevailing party.
Gamblers that they appear to be, Riverdale City officials should keep in mind the primary rule of "smart" gamblers:
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away, know when to run.
Turning to the legal and equitable merits of this case, we believe the Standard-Examiner editorial board said it best:
In short, Riverdale goofed on its interpretation of the deadline for signed filings. Its initial response -- to allow Griffiths to be a candidate -- was correct. Herrick's decision to change that after the vote has led to a man unfairly losing his election to city council. If Griffiths decides to challenge Riverdale's decision, it's our opinion he will have an excellent case.
Riverdale should simply admit it made a mistake and restore Griffiths' election victory.
The Riverdale Council would be calendering a motion at the earliest available date to reinstate Mr. Griffiths to his elected council post, if the Council had a lick of sense.

Given the City's shamefully arrogant and stubborn behavior to date however, we certainly won't be holding our breath.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Weber County Officials: Marriages Will Be Performed Today

Just a little something for our "outcast" Weber County-situated WCF LGBT friends who might want to BE legally binded" in their relationships over the weekend

Take this for what it's worth, since we haven't been able to independently verify any of this:

On the heels of yesterday's monumental U.S. Federal Court ruling , and in the wake of this morning's magnificent Cathy McKitrick story, we learn from several sources that our local Weber/Ogden government public agencies will be open during a short time window to issue marriage licences today, and to allow "non-traditional" couples to be promptly "hitched":

Via Weber County Forum's good friend, James Humphreys:
"Rudi: this is James Humphreys calling I was wondering if you could put something out for me today.. [Ogden Mayor Mike] Caldwell will be available to perform wedding ceremony today for those who would like to do so and the Weber County clerks office will be open for a few hours this afternoon to help those who would like to receive marriage licenses. take(?) given there's a short week next week for Christmas and the staff is already gonna be inundated with requests on Monday. This could be the pressure valve for them so if you wouldn't mind passing that word along I would be very very grateful Sir. Thank you.
Via Equality Utah:
Weber County Clerk's office: They will open from 1 to 2 pm, anyone in line at 2pm will be served. The front doors will not be open, so you have to park in the garage, and go in the entrance from the garage. The address is 2380 Washington BLVD. The garage entrance to the Weber Center is off of 24th street.
Just a little something for our heretofor "outcast" WCF LGBT friends who might want to legally "bind" their relationships over the weekend.

Yeah.  The timeline is a mite fuzzy.  Might be worth the extra effort, though, for "non traditional" couples  to "press" to receive the legal benefits of their mutual commitment and love, we believe.

Update 12/21/13 6:43 p.m.:  Well... we gotta say this totally sucks:
Of course, nobody ever believed that achieving a level playing field for equal rights in Utah would be easy, did we?

Hang in people. Ultimately, "We" Shall Overcome, right?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune: Federal Judge Strikes Down Utah’s Ban on Same-sex Marriage - Updated

Gotta say this cracks us up

Great news for Utah advocates of individual liberty this afternoon, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports that "[a] federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process."

"The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby. "Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional."
Here's the full text of Judge Shelby's written decision:
And Yes. Of course.  The forces of  status quo bigotry have vowed to immediately appeal, and to turn back the ineluctable tide of  history:
Ryan Bruckman, spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, said its attorneys plan to appeal the decision and were currently drafting a motion to seek a stay of the ruling "as quickly as we can get it taken care of." 
No doubt about it.  The post-decision pandemonium will something we'll keep on the Weber County Forum front-burner.

Gotta say this cracks us up.

Stay tuned for further breaking developments, folks.

Update 12/21/13 8:16 a.m.: "SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. District Court for Utah has denied the state’s emergency request for stay of the court’s ruling issued earlier Friday declaring Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional":
You can bet your boots that the Utah A.G.'s office will have lawyers standing on the courthouse steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday morning, looking for a stay order. So For those readers who'd like to urge Governor Herbert to keep his mitts off Judge Shelby's Friday ruling, here's an online citizens petition to which you can affix your electronic signatures:
Update 12/21/13 9:56 a.m.: Clever and timely photo image via James Dabakis...

Salt Lake Tribune: Obstruction of Justice? Swallow Fabricated Documents, Investigators Say - Updated

Looks like our former Utah Attorney General's in a heap o' trouble, dunnit?

There's a truly mind-boggling set of alleged facts and revelations emerging from the reeking John Swallow cess-pool this week, as the Special Utah House Investigation Committee winds down its activities, and enters the second day of reporting its findings in their six-month investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow. The Salt Lake Tribune's Robert Gehrke is all over the story this morning.  Hold onto you hats, folks:
Here's the gist, folks:
John Swallow left a 2012 meeting at Krispy Kreme with Jeremy Johnson so alarmed that he was in the cross hairs of federal investigators that Swallow took drastic measures to cover his tracks and ties to the indicted businessman, Utah House investigators said Thursday.
In the weeks that followed, Swallow obliterated his electronic footprints and created new documents designed to mislead anyone who might delve into his activities, according to evidence pieced together by a five-month investigation by a special House committee.
"We believe the evidence here shows Mr. Swallow panicked following the Krispy Kreme meeting, thinking about the consequences that would occur in terms of his political run for attorney general if Mr. Johnson went public with his allegations," said Steve Reich, special counsel to the committee. "And it was this panic that led him down a path of evidence elimination and evidence fabrication."
Within weeks of the doughnut shop exchange, Swallow had thehard drives on his state-issued computers wiped clean and appears to have purged thousands of emails, later lying to the public and investigators about their disappearance, Reich said. He bought a "burner" phone that couldn’t be traced and created a fake paper trail for consulting work he did on a Nevada cement project.
"Based on the record available to us, our conclusion is that the Krispy Kreme meeting that Mr. Swallow had with Jeremy Johnson … set off a months-long spree where Mr. Swallow destroyed or lost records while creating new ones designed to support his version of events."
His record of behavior, his shifting story and attempts to mislead investigators and the public, taken as a whole, Reich said, cannot be innocently explained away.
Yes. Many of us expected the worst; and it appears that's just what's being rolled out, as the discussion turns to the possible legal blowback for the beleaguered John Swallow, as is set forth in the accompanying SL-Trib "companion" story:
Howbout obstruction of justice and criminal provisions within the Government Records Access and Management Act, and Utah State Bar disbarment, just for "starters?"

Looks like our former Utah Attorney General's in a heap o' trouble, dunnit?

Of course, Swallow and his "mouthpiece," Salt Lake attorney Rod Snow, continue to proclaim his innocence, as Snow's hourly billings keep on mounting up.

Update 12/20/13 11:40 a.m.: Added bonus for those who'd like to follow today's Utah House of Representatives  hearing in realtime:
Simultaneously fascinating and disturbing, indeed.

Remember my fellow Utah voters.  Always vote GOP straight ticket [Wink].

Update 12/21/13 6:30 a.m.:  The Tribune carries the day 2 report, which is even creepier than day 1:
Tony Soprano for Utah Attorney General!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Standard-Examiner: Judge: NSA Bulk Collection of Phone Records Unconstitutional - Updated

Richard Nixon is rolling over in his grave a wants a do-over

By Dr. Pump and Dump

Richard Nixon was removed from the U.S. presidential office for authorizing a few clowns to break into an office and yet the NSA rapes your privacy on a daily basis:
Richard Nixon is rolling over in his grave and wants a do-over.

Update 12/19/13 8:28 a.m.: Excellent analysis of  U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's decision by Fox TeeVee  Judge Andrew P. Napolitano:
"Even though [author of our Constitution, James] Madison would be aghast, surely the Obama administration will appeal this, and just as surely, appellate judges or Supreme Court justices will have the final say. But for now, we have the great satisfaction of knowing that an independent judiciary has saved our liberties from the tyranny of the majority. And this is a cause for great joy," Napolitano says, breathing an almost audible sigh of relief.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Utah Political Capitol: Matheson Announces He Will Not Run in 2014

Time to get down to work, Utah Democrats, wethinks

Breaking News from internet heavywight Utah Political Capital, which came out about an hour ago with this blockbuster Utah political story:
Meet your new GOP US House Rep, O Ye citizens of  Utah's 4th Congessional District, folks, assuming Utah Democrats can't scramble to find somebody to take Matheson's place in 2014.

Time to get down to work, Utah Democrats, wethinks.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Standard-Examiner: Utah GOP Makes Its Picks to Replace Swallow

Barring any last minute legal maneuverings from the loyal opposition party, it looks like we could have a replacement Attorney General in place by the end of the month

Via the below-linked AP story, we learn from the Standard-Examiner this morning that the field of candidates to replace disgraced Attorney General John Swallow was on Saturday narrowed to three:
SANDY -- The Utah Republican Party selected three finalists Saturday to replace former Attorney General John Swallow, who stepped down last week amid ongoing allegations of bribery and misconduct.
The party's central committee, meeting in Sandy, forwarded the names of Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet to Gov. Gary Herbert.
Herbert, also a Republican, will choose one of the three to serve as the state's top law enforcement officer until a special election can be held in November 2014.
Here's the full writeup, folks:
You can click this link to review these candidates' bios, folks:
Barring any last minute legal maneuverings from "the loyal opposition", it looks like we could have a replacement Attorney General in place by the end of the month:
Herbert said he does not have a fixed deadline to make his choice but hopes to decide before Christmas. He plans to interview and vet each candidate.
"I think I've got three great people to choose from," Herbert told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Needless to say, we'll all be sitting on the edge of our seats, eagerly awaiting the next development in this ever-enthralling matter.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jay Hill Named Weber State Head Football Coach - Updated

The coaching situation is obviously improving drastically at Weber State, yes?

Fantastic news for we beleguered Weber State University football fans this week, folks.  And as an aside, and if you don't believe we're beleaguered, just read this mindless crap, from some wimpy little pansy-ass fool who plainly doesn't believe WSU should further continue funding our temporarily-embarrassed WSU football program.

Moving on from the naysayers however, we have great news this week, from a multiplicity of online sources, indicating that our WSU Football Program is moving forward.  In the aftermath of WSU Football coach Jody Sears' involuntary departure, Hallelujah, we now have a new WSU Head Coach:
Heavyweight Standard-Examiner sportswriter Jim Burton provided this top-notch follow-up analysis of this WSU coach pick yesterday, within which, for the most part, he explains why Coach Jay Hill is the perfect pick for the WSU Football program, O WSU Fans:
And here are the main "pluses" which Mr. Burton identifies with particularity:
"See, Hill is a great hire for three reasons":
No. 1, he's an in-state guy, raised in Lehi and an alumnus of Ricks College and the U of U. He understands Utah kids, their wants, needs and motivations. He knows how to recruit them as well as the out-of-state kids who'll fit in here.
No. 2, he's coming from U., which means he's worked under Ron McBride, Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham over the past 13 years. He not only saw that program's transformation, he was a part of it.
No. 3, he's a first-time head coach, which to some may seem risky. However, considering Nos. 1 and 2, the risk doesn't seem all that great. What's more, the reward is Hill's hunger to succeed.
And with no disrespect meant to Jim Burton, here's another important  factor which this ever-great sportswriter inadvertently missed:
No 4, Jay Hill was named to Rivals.com’s Class of 2009 Top Recruiters and as one of the Top 10 Recruiters in the Pac-12 in 2012. 
The coaching situation is obviously improving drastically at Weber State, yes?

So what about this, WSU Football Fans?

Update 12/16/13 8:00 a.m.:  According to this morning's Roy Burton story, Coach Hill is hitting the ground running, and putting his recruiting skills to productive use:
[SUU] Thunderbirds offensive coordinator Steve Clark and passing game coordinator/receivers coach Fesi Sitake will join Hill's coaching staff at Weber State, moves that were first reported by CoachingSearch.com.
The Standard-Examiner has also learned that SUU defensive coordinator Justin Ena will be joining Clark and Sitake in making the move north, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Read up, Wildcats fans: 
After his hiring last Thursday, Hill said his biggest immediate challenge was getting a staff in place as soon as possible and said he intended to interview the assistants from Weber State's previous coaching staff first.
"I owe it to these players to have the best staff that I can hire," Hill said.

Salt Lake Tribune: Federal Judge Declares Utah Polygamy Law Unconstitutional

The phrase "or cohabits with another person" is a violation of both the 1st and 14th amendments, says Judge Waddoups 

There's blockbuster news on the Utah domestic relations front this weekend, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports on what can only be described as a stunning Federal Court development:  On Friday (12/13/13) "a U.S. District Court judge sided" with a polygymous Utah family, ruling that "key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional." Here's yesterday's eye-popping Jim Dalrymple II story, folks.
Specfically, Friday's ruling invalidates portions of  Utah Code Section 76-7-101which provides, among other things, that "(1) A person is guilty of bigamy when, knowing he has a husband or wife or knowing the other person has a husband or wife, the person purports to marry another person or cohabits with another person." [Emphasis added.]

Here's the gist,  from the above linked SL-Trib writeup:
Judge Clark Waddoups’ 91-page ruling, issued Friday (12/13/13) , sets a new legal precedent in Utah, effectively decriminalizing polygamy. It is the latest development in a lawsuit filed by the family of Kody Brown, who became famous while starring in cable TV channel TLC’s reality series "Sister Wives." The show entered a fourth season at the end of the summer.
Waddoups’ ruling attacks the parts of Utah’s law making cohabitation illegal. In the introduction, Waddoups says the phrase "or cohabits with another person" is a violation of both the First and 14th amendments. Waddoups later writes that while there is no "fundamental right" to practice polygamy, the issue really comes down to "religious cohabitation." In the 1800s — when the mainstream LDS Churh still practiced polygamy — "religious cohabitation" in Utah could have actually resulted in "multiple purportedly legal marriages." Today, however, simply living together doesn’t amount to being "married," Waddoups writes.
"The court finds the cohabitation prong of the Statute unconstitutional on numerous grounds and strikes it," Waddoups later writes. Utah’s bigamy statute technically survived the ruling. However, Waddoups took a narrow interpretation of the words "marry" and "purports to marry," meaning that bigamy remains illegal only in the literal sense — when someone fraudulently acquires multiple marriage licences.
Needless to say, the the plaintiffs and their trial counsel are "whooping it up" (even more than usual), in which connection we're delighted provide this link to prevailing attorney Turley's blog, where the post-decision tone is more than a mite celebratory:
As Mr. Turley anticipates, this matter will be no doubt taken up on appeal by the Utah Attorney General’s Office (what's left of it) to the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

It goes without saying, of course, that we'll be keeping a close eye on this.

As an added bonus, we'll present what we suggest might be the possible new "Brown Family" theme-song, heheheh:
In the meantime, what say our gentle readers about all this?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Salt Lake City Weekly: Tim Lawson, Shurtleff/Swallow "Fixer" Busted - Updated

Sodden question: With "multiple arrests to be made in the ongoing Salt Lake County investigation," which other miscreant(s) will be frog-marched next?

Breaking news concerning the reeking John Swallow Political Cesspool via Salt Lake City Weekly.  Here's the blockbuster lede:
Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office [today] arrested Tim Lawson, a fundraiser, political fixer and ally to Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, on six felony charges, including obstruction of justice, threatening a witness and failing to pay taxes on roughly $120,000 he received in payments from Marc Sessions Jenson, a businessman convicted of securities fraud who used Lawson to gain access to Shurtleff and Swallow.
Read up, folks:
"Thursday’s bombshell charges indicate the first of potentially multiple arrests to be made in the ongoing investigation being conducted by a joint operation between investigators with the FBI, the Utah Department of Public Safety and the office of the Davis and Salt Lake County District Attorneys," SLCWeekly's Eric Peterson further reports.

A Weber County Forum Tip O' the Hat to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill for doggedly following up his office's "ongoing investigations," and conscientiously "bringin' on" these charges.

Sodden question:  With "multiple arrests to be made in the ongoing investigation,"  which other miscreant(s) will be frog-marched next?

Take a wild guess, O Gentle Ones.

Update 12/13/13 6:00 a.m.:  The Trib's Robert Gehrke has more on this story.  Turns out that it's both Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings jointly bringing forth these 3d District Court felony charges:
"Lawson is the guy that is going to bring down the house of cards," Swallow’s co-deputy, Kirk Torgensen, "prophetically" warned Swallow in 2010.

This whole story reads like a a cheesy dime-novel, dunnit?

We'll be standing by, eagerly awaiting the next upcoming perp-walk.

    Monday, December 09, 2013

    Publius Online: Background on All Candidates for Utah Attorney General - Updated

    The Utah Republican State Central Committee will vote for three names to send to Governor Gary Herbert on Saturday

    As our latest installment in the John Swallow political corruption saga, we're delighted to provide a link to this top-notch rundown of the 9 candidates vying to take the reins as "top dog" in the Utah Attorney General's office:
    "The Utah Republican State Central Committee will vote for three names to send to Governor Gary Herbert on Saturday," the Publius Online blog reports.

    A Weber County Forum Tip O' The Hat to Utah political gadfly and blogger Daniel Burton for compiling and publishing this most robust and information-rich A.G. candidate "short list."

    Update 12/9/13 9:39 a.m.: We learn from one of our Gentle Readers that there are a huge number of people on the Utah GOP State Central Committee looking for information on what the public thinks....The entire SCC list is available on the GOP website." Here are the relevant links, for those WCF readers who'd like to offer their own input (for what it may be worth):

    Saturday, December 07, 2013

    WCF Saturday Special: Ogden Area Count My Vote Petition Site Map and Addresses

    Please sign the Count My Vote petition, and in November we’ll decide which system we want!

    Thanks to a tip from one of our Gentle Readers, and in response to several private inquiries, we're delighted to provide this morning a short list of Ogden area locations where those of you who are who are eager to affix your signatures the now active Count My Vote petition can find these petitions available for signing.  Via the Count My Vote website, we've gleaned the petition location site map and street addresses set forth below:

    Ogden/Weber Count My Vote petition signature sites

    Legend: Site Addresses and Google Street View Pics :

    1) Event/Location: Union Station Fermentation Station
    Senate: 18
    Type: Business
    Address: 2404 Wall Ave Ogden, UT 84401 801-392-9772
    Phone #: 801-392-9772
    Hours: During business hours

    2) Event/Location: The Junction - Megaplex Theater
    Senate: 18
    Type: Ongoing
    Address: 2351 Kiesel Ave. Ogden 84401
    Phone #: 801-528-5800
    Hours: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

    3) Event/Location: Turner Bitton
    Senate: 19
    Type: Residence
    Address: 960 E. 21st Street Ogden, UT 84401
    Phone #: 801-564-3860
    Hours: Call to arrange

    4) Event/Location: Ogden-Weber UniServ
    Senate: 18
    Type: Ongoing
    Address: 939 25th St. Ogden 84401
    Phone #: 801-399-3746
    Hours: Call to arrange

    5) Event/Location: Grounds For Coffee
    Senate: 18
    Type: Business
    Address: 3005 Harrison Blvd Ogden, UT 84403
    Phone #: (801) 621-3014
    Hours: During Business Hours

    6) Event/Location: Office of Ed Allen M. D.
    Senate: 18
    Type: Business
    Address: 3860 Jackson Avenue Ogden 84403
    Phone #: 801-392-1050
    Hours: Call to arrange

    Let's all show the crackpot political insiders our votes should mean something! Please sign the Count My Vote petition, and in November we’ll decide which system we want!

    Update 12/8/13 8:55 a.m.: For those readers residing outside the Ogden/Weber area, find your nearest petition signing location via this handy interactive map:

    Friday, December 06, 2013

    Salt Lake Tribune: Alleged Ogden Gang Members Plan Suit Over Injunction

    Hopefully Weber County's malpractice insurance is fully paid up

    Notable development in the Ogden Trece Gang Injunction matter, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports this morning that in the wake of the Utah Supreme Court's October decision, which "threw out" the Weber County's vaunted anti-gang injunction lawsuit on the grounds of defective service of process, the taxpayers of Weber County now find themselves at risk of significant economic blowback, as "defense attorney Michael Studebaker, who represents some of the alleged gang members, has filed a notice of claim detailing his intent to sue the county and police." Yesiree folks, there's a lawsuit coming up, with a potential Weber County taxpayer liability which could amount to as much as ten million bucks:
    "It’s the appropriate measure to take simply because these people were wrongfully enjoined," Studebaker said Wednesday. "My clients’ rights were violated. ... These people should be compensated for the actions of the government and what they did."

    Undaunted by this latest setback, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith however "endeavors to persevere" and vows to "soldier on":
    Weber County Attorney Dee Smith declined to comment on the potential litigation. He said prosecutors continue to work on a way to fix the issue with how the injunction is served, and hopes to put it back in place.
    "The gang injunction is something that is important to this community," Smith said. "We intend to move forward with it."
    It'll be fascinating to find out whether Smith can "pull a rabbit out of his hat," and salvage a situation which appears, at this juncture at least, to be a Michael Studebaker legal "checkmate." 

    The sodden and thorny question, of course: How do you go about serving a loose "association" of individuals who have no "formal" leadership structure?

    Hopefully the County's malpractice insurance is fully paid up.

    We'll of course keep you all posted on future developments in this matter, folks.

    Thursday, December 05, 2013

    Salt Lake Tribune: Lee Receives Endorsement from Tea Party Express

    "The kiss of death" for our Junior Utah Senator?

    Great news from the Salt Lake Tribune (we suspect), for any bona-fide, prospective GOP candidate who might be jockeying for position to challenge Utah's Senator Mike "Shortsale" Lee for his U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming 2016 General Election:
    To frame any possible discussion this morning, we'll put the spotlight on this clever retort from one Trib reader in the lower comments section:
    I'm sure Mikey is now eagerly awaiting endorsements from the KKK, the American Nazi Party, John Swallow, and various payday loan sharks, vitamin supplement pushers, and other con artists.
    So what about it, O Gentle Ones?  Is this endorsement "the kiss of death" for our Junior Utah Senator? Or does the tea party still have traction in Utah, the reddest of all red states?

    Tuesday, December 03, 2013

    Standard-Examiner Editorial: Riverdale Goofed, Restore Griffiths

    A slam-dunk remedy for Riverdale City's unfathomable incompetence and hubris

    Yep. The Standard-Examiner editorial board "nails it" this morning, concerning Riverdale City's ham-handed bungling of its 2013 Municipal Election City Council race:
    In short, Riverdale goofed on its interpretation of the deadline for signed filings. Its initial response -- to allow Griffiths to be a candidate -- was correct. Herrick's decision to change that after the vote has led to a man unfairly losing his election to city council. If Griffiths decides to challenge Riverdale's decision, it's our opinion he will have an excellent case.
    Riverdale should simply admit it made a mistake and restore Griffiths' election victory.
    Check out this morning's "strong" editorial here:
    The Standard gets it exactly right, of course.

    We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that Griffiths will insist on his "Day in Court," in what will surely serve as a slam-dunk remedy for Riverdale City's unfathomable incompetence and hubris.

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