To Mellons: How about sharing some of the good stuff you're smoking. Walker
offered the job to Ellis, bragged about doing it, check it out with Zion
employees, and was upset when he passed on the bribe since it meant he wouldn't
get to play golf for the next few months. Get a life, help Walker get his signs
down. And to Stewart: where do you get off calling Ellis vengeful? Do you know
him? Do you know the facts. You and Mellons must be part of the family and
can't accept Walker is not who you think he is. It's obvious that the two of
you haven't yet figured out it takes more to be the treasurer than being endosed
by a bunch of two faced politicans, you actually have to have creditability.
Walker was walking on thin ice, and broke through with his disgusting behavior
Curtis, Hughes, Steve U, AG Shurty, they all need to go. Curtis and Hughes did
help Walker and the truth will be revealed.
Split Supporter and NoGo are you guys on Curtis's payroll. Curtis was an active
in trying to support the Jordan School District Split. His brother-in-Law is
Kelvin Cullimore. Curtis, Dolan, Cullimore all wanted to split the District so
they could put their lackeys on the School Board. Curtis's wife was endorsed by
Cullimore, Workman and Niderhauser when she had no qualifications. Mayor
Workman endorsed her using the envelopes from the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber has never endorsed a political candidate. Greg Curtis hates the
schools. He has passed two tax increases on the backs on the School Districts
in the valley. One of the tax increases was the school equalization plan that
was supposed to go state wide but just applies to Salt Lake County thanks to
Curtis. The other tax increase that Curtis implemented is to pay for the
Charter Schools. Each District in the County will pay millions for these plans.
Curtis is dirty and needs to get voted out. He is in the pocket of developers
and is power hungry. He needs to be sent packing in November. Jay Seegmiller
is a good honest man. He cares about good open government. He's no lawyer!!!
You're stupid and naive to think job offers only go through postings - only
those jobs that haven't been filled "inside" show up there.I know,
because I don't work there...
Oh, I thought this was about 'Walker...TEXAS RANGER'...phewww!
Spin, Seegmiller, spin. Like those union bosses are pure like the new fallen
snow. I don't want any sort of clean up they are doing, since they will only
clean out my wallet and shutdown my business. Small business men and women
provide jobs for people. Unions kill jobs.
Our legislature is so corrupt it makes me sick. It is not just this alleged
bribe, it is conflict of interest issues, use of political office for personal
gain, back room deals, last minute omnibus bills, campaign finance and much
more. It is time to head in a different direction and that will
only happen when we elect those that will commit to ethics reform, including
reigning in lobbyists, ban on gifts to legislators, limits on corporate and PAC
campaign contributions, tighter conflict of interest rules and an independent
ethics commission. Do your research and only vote for those that are committed
to cleaning up our legislature.
Government Man - what world do you live in? The split of the Jordan School
District is an attempt to get soccer funding? Sorry, but the issue is about a
school district administration and school board who didn't have the courage to
come clean with the public and explain that not only were they overwhelmed by
student growth on the west side, but their neglect of public safety needs in the
aging buildings on the east side combine for a $1 billion cost to the tax
payers. I am sure that Greg Curtis wrote the script for the $281 million in
bonds for the Jordan District that promised a new middle school in Draper and
$42 million to address life safety problems in the aging schools. He did this
in 2003 knowing full well that Real would need funding from a new district in
2007...hello. The new district doesn't start operation until July 2009. Revenge
on Mayor Corroon...if you check the record Salt Lake County did very well during
the 2008 session of the Legislature. And, like it or not, record spending was
appropriated to public education over the past two legislative sessions.
You're right the legislature has given record funding increases to public
education. Record increases, at least, for Utah. For all their efforts, we've
gone from being 51st in the nation to...... 51st! With no real hope of escaping
last place anytime in the near future without substantive changes. So, Utah has
tried the last couple of years, but the rest of the nation is doing more.Why are they doing it? Because poll after poll after poll consistently
tells them that people in Utah have more public education funding as one of
their top priorities. So they have to listen every once in a while.
SunnyJim,What planet are you from. Mascaro was given a caution for making
an intern uncomfortable. The intern didn't even want to go there, and was not
happy the whole thing even came out. There has been no evidence that
Mascaro has ever done anything wrong, other than question whether or not Mark
Walker should be looked at for ethics. The only reason Mascaro is in the news in
Mark Walker. The only reason Mark Walker is in the new is Ellis. Walker didn't
want the hassle. I am not sure I am voting for Ellis yet. I was hoping this
would clear Ellis, but it hasn't.
Government man-you watch too many movies or drink too much UEA koolaid. I was
involved with the JSD split and the movement started long before the soccer
stadium was even thought about. (This idea first circulated in about 1999 or
2000) Nor was the split overtly supported by Curtis. The split was an example
of parents in action and to say otherwise denigrates a lot of time and sacrifice
and the part of a lot of parents who lobbied the legislature, walked
neighborhoods and put out signs and raised money to get their message out. And
now parents who are really hoping for a better school district that treats
parents with respect and gives parents and teachers more say at what happens at
their local schools. I should also add that for a legislature that you think
hates teachers and public ed so much, it is intersting that the same legislature
has supported record increases in education funding over the last several years.
I guess they hate it so much they are hoping to kill it with more money.
To DAVIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN:It's still a bribe regardless of one's
ability ot deliver what was promised.Sheryl Allen tried to get her
2000 opponent to essentially drop his vote counting challenge and out of the
race with what could be considered a bribe.If you don't believe me
ask her 2000 opponent.
Nasty, nasty, nasty. Curtis is going down in his election this year anyway, but
I would like to see him sweat it out with an ethics committee. Everybody needs
to keep in mind that he only won his last election by 20 votes or less. Jay
Seegmiller is a stellar candidate and will prevail this time. Where did these
GOP hot shots ever learn they were impervious? Walker fulfilled about what I
would have expected from him by resigning, he was just a puppet anyway. I
applaud the investigative committee. It takes some "big ones" to stand for truth
and justice knowing that you will be privately/publicly vilified for it.
Whatever "they" think they can get away with.
Dont forget the Gonzo AG as a GOP policy enforcer. Without his opinion of
justification to endorse particular primary candates smells like a fishy use of
the legal profession.
At the Republican Convention I voted for Ellis, but after his "victim" status
used in the primary, and his vindictiveness since has caused me to decide to
vote for Mr. Clark, the democrat, in the general election. The democrats need to
win something. I wonder what Mr. Clark's qualifications are? This
guy (Ellis) needs to be forced out of the Republican Party. A sore loser is one
thing, but a sore and vengeful winner is even worse. The only good thing about
this is that it is causing the Republican Party to eat some of their arrogant
own. Some of those being eaten deserve it.
And the taxpayers get the shaft. Again.We pay these legislators to
work for us and when we finally get a toehold on the wall and we're just about
to peek into the arena and see what's really happening, they resign.Show's over. Nothin' to see here. Go back to work so you can send us more of
your paycheck. There's no scandal. Of course there isn't. Since he's resigned
and we have no jurisdiction that means there wasn't any bribery.We
want the TRUTH! It really does appear that this scandal goes all the way to the
top! If not, why drop it so early in the investigation? If Mark Walker is
innocent, let the evidence be presented and we, as your taxpaying employer, will
tell you so.
Greg Curtis is up to his neck in this event. Walker's brother lives in Curtis's
ward. The big boys in the Legilsature wanted Walker in this important job so
that they could privatize the State Retirement system. Curtis and his bandit
friends want to totally stick it to teachers and state employees. Curtis keeps
blaming the teacher's union and PTA ladies for all of the investigations
concerning him. The school people are only concerned about fair pay and
reducing class size. Curtis hates them with a passion. He can't stand the fact
the teachers and PTA people got the Voucher law stopped. Curtis does not
believe in open government. He tried to still implement the Voucher law with
the 2nd clean up bill. Curtis, Dolan, and Valentine are also getting payback on
Mayor Carroon for not supporting the soccer stadium. Curtis pushed the split of
the Jordan District so that he and his band of clowns could come back and try to
get several million dollars from the New District to pay for the soccer stadium.
Curtis's wife (Teresa) ran for the School Board in District 3. She was
endorsed by Kelvin Cullimore, Niderhauser, and Mayor Workman.
C'mon, Tony! Sheryl Allen couldn't offer her 2000 opponent a job in Davis
School District. Jobs offers in school districts come from human resources
departments and are offered only after job postings and interviews by a
selection committee. I know. I work there. Stop making stuff up.
TO ALL VOTERS/PATRIOTS;THROW THE BUMS OUT!!!!
"What is it about the Republicans?Why the rampant corruption and
cronyism?"And Democrats are exempt from this? Have you ever heard of
Continue the probe. Mark Walker was the pawn who was sacrificed to save King.
I, too, suspect others are involved and the truth needs to come out.My hat
is off to the brave legislators who have asked for the probe.
What is it about the Republicans?Why the rampant corruption and
cronyism?Here are some of their role models:George W. BushDick
CheneyKarl RoveRush LimbaughGOP is toast for a decade or so.
The House ethics complaint ended because Walker is no longer a member of the
Utah House of Representatives. The AG's investigation (through Davis and Weber
County investigators) is still in process.
I've got a simple solution to this mess.I'm voting for Mr. Clark,
the Democratic candidate for treasurer. He's well-qualified.I'm
washing my hands of Republicans this year.
I think it is a mistake to halt the ethics probe. There is still a cloud of
suspicion and doubt that lingers over Mr. Walker, the Republican legislative
leadership, and certain elected officials. And the public still deserves to
know if there was, in fact, any wrongdoing. Too many legislators and elected
officials are involved in this incident to let this drop just because Mr. Walker
has resigned.This is not just about Mr. Walker. I suspect others
are involved and would be embarrassed by the outcome of such a probe. Perhaps
Mr. Walker was little more than a sacrificial lamb for the protection of those
individuals. If so, then whatever happened will likely happen again and bring
about additional questions of ethics - unless those involved are more careful
and do a better job covering their tracks.Continue the probe in the
name of true ethics. Otherwise, how will we know just how honest and ethical
are these other individuals?
I am amazed Sheryl Allen requested an ethics investigation over bribery when it
is alleged that she did the same thing in 2000 against her eventual primary
opponent.Sheryl was originally declared the winner at the Davis
county Republican convention.Her opponent challenged the vote
tabulation.It was clear that Robert's rules of order supported the
challenge and Sheryl was going to be forced into a primary.When
Sheryl realized this she allegedly offered her opponent a position with the
Davis School District or her support if he should decided to run for the School
Board (I'm not sure which) if the opponent would drop his challenge.Her opponent declined the offer.
now why aren't these five legislators doing something about the tryanny and
monopoly of Intermountain Health? after all ihc assigned lobbyists to each task
force member paying each of them around 99K to harass the legislative task force
members and see to it their ways were engraved in stone. it's all politics and
everything is okay on either side of the aisle as long as it suits the
individual politician. both sides do unethical things and get away with it until
these kindergartners suddenly can't play well together. then they go get their
teachers to straighten out the mess they have created. utah is no different than
Chicago in many ways.
At this point witch hunt.As for Phil Reason, he clearly does not
understand that nature of the ethics committee. It is ultimately about
protecting the honor and reputation of the House and Senate. Utah rarely has
ethics committee hearings though when they do they are for real, not like DC.
Phil shows by his comment that he is also engaged in a witch hunt.
Pretty big game that is being played right now.
Doogie, That is an interesting analysis. I hadn't looked at it that
way. I am going to think this through today but I believe you may be onto
The article states: 'Irvine said he was "not 100 percent sure" the person
referred to was Curtis. But, Irvine said, the House speaker certainly was among
the handful of GOP leaders able to make such a commitment.'So Irvine
is on a witch hunt. He doesn't have the facts, but was willing to drag Walker
thru the mud anyway to find some unknown individual. Despicable.It's
unconscionable that 5 legislators would be pawns to this corrupt individual.
What's Irvine's motivation? Who's paying him and why?
Walker should be going to jail if guilty of offering a bribe.
SunnyJim: These allegations are sensational! The teachers' union behind it all?
Love it, love it!I would like to write about this, but I'd need
documentation; could you please provide links?
So this allegation about "an unnamed lawmaker" is merely based on Ellis'
complaint? You've got to be kidding. This is the same guy that solicited a job
from Walker, talked about it, discussed it but then decided against it??? That
Richard Ellis. And with everyone accusing Walker of being a liar,
why is we want to believe him on this one particular point. I think I know the
Talk about retaliation. The UEA gave Ellis a $10,000 donation because Walker
voted for vouchers. Then they've hired an attorney to draft the complaint
against Walker. This is all politics. I bet they will hire an attorney for
Mascaro the Molester just to keep him around for an occasional vote.
The should make a movie out of this and call it "Revenge of the RINOs".