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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . a constitutional amendment to make the attorney general's office an office appointed by the governor . . . would be a mistake."

Never thought I'd say it, but, well done, Prof!

Removing any governmental office from accountability to the people is always be a big mistake. The kind liberals usually love to make. Your suggestions on limiting campaign contributions is an error of Constitutional dimension, of course, but why rain on the parade?

When you're right, you're right. Keep up the good work -- but ditch the fuzzy, socialist economic thinking.

one old man
Ogden, UT

NO! Absolutely not. Making this an appointed office would serve only to further entrench the Good Ol' Politician's club -- usually called the GOP.

You think we have corruption now? Just wait until corrupt cohorts of corruption can outflank the voters by using appointments.

Even though too many Utah voters look no further than the GOP label when casting their ballots, there is still at least some hope that the best man or woman will be elected.

It's also time for term limits for all elected positions and for strict campaign finance reforms. It's time to ditch the greedy capitalistic economic thinking so elections can no longer be purchased by the highest bidders.

one old man
Ogden, UT

And YES -- nonpartisan.

Yes, yes, and yes to that.

Fairview, UT

So where do we sign to make the US Attorney General an elected office? The current office Holder (pun intended) is the poster child for corruption and impeding the process of justice.

Mark l

It's an interesting idea to try and have non partisan races, but unfortunately, you still end up with partisan candidates. Republicans and democrats are not going to give up their power and still select the candidates they want. It just gets harder to tell who belongs to which coalition.

And we don't need term limits with our current caucus system where it is easier to oust a representative. Term limits are not on the table, so why do we want to make it more difficult to remove someone from office?

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Additionally, appointing the office is no guarantor of avoidance of corruption. It is useful to review the tenure of the appointed US AG, Ed. Meese who only resigned after three years of investigation into multiple ethical allegations.

Tooele, UT

Re: "It is useful to review the tenure of the appointed US AG, Ed. Meese . . . ."

It'd be even more interesting, and much more revealing of the inner workings of government corruption, to review the tenure of the current USAG.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I have no problem with the AG being appointed.

The AG is the Governor's closest legal adviser... he needs to be someone the Governor can work well with. Let him PICK his closest advisers? The President appoints his AG!

You may say, "I don't trust the Governor". If you don't trust him... unelect him!

In ways it would be even better IF the AG was appointed. Then IF the AG gets into a situation like Swallow... the Governor can just replace him (without the need for investigations and another election like we are having now). And IF there was an issue and the Governor won't do anything about it... you just un-elect the Governor to get rid of him AND his dirty AG the next election.

You may say, "well I don't want the Governor and the AG working together".... Well... that's exactly what they are supposed to do (work together).

Some think the AG is there as a watch-dog over the Governor. That's NOT his role. We have other people who do that. The AG is supposed to consult with the Gov to insure everything the State does is legal.

Salt Lake City, UT

The approx. 180 State central committee members are elected by county delegates to represent their county, with a few exceptions, such as party chair, elected by state delegates. There are 4,000 of the state GOP delegates, but Many times that many county delegates. These delegates are elected at Neighborhood Caucus Elections. In 2012, over 110,000 came and voted for these delegates to represent them in vetting candidates and electing party officers.

I believe these candidates can be AG, and should also file to run in 2014, without over politicizing the office and still being able to restore the trust needed for it to succeed. They believe if they do a good job prior to the elections, they would be elected. They said didn't have to focus all their efforts on fundraising and campaigning, especially with our current neighborhood caucus elections, convention and primary system. At least one candidate has said they would only be appointed if they didn't file to run in 2014. With these fine candidates, and with our current election system, I believe that would be a mistake.

We want someone to be AG that is willing to face the voters next fall.

2 bit
Cottonwood Heights, UT

We're not talking about the interim replacement process. That's already decided (in our Constitution). We're discussing making it an appointed position from now on.


I seriously don't think it would be any more scandal prone for a State Governor to appoint his AG than it is for the President to appoint HIS cabinet (including his AG).

The Governor needs trusted advisers he can work with just like the President needs HIS cabinet. I don't see why we are so afraid to let the Gov appoint his cabinet like we allow the President to appoint his.

The pretense that "IF we make it an elected position that he will magically be an independent AG"... is a false pretense. History proves this. When was the last time we had an AG that was a different party than the Governor?

I personally don't think the AG should be an adversarial position (in the State OR the Federal level). He needs to be a TRUSTED confidant of the President/Governor. Not an outsider they try to keep in the dark.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Or a purchased position.

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