Jay Evensen: Be careful when changing Utah's attorney general system

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  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    Publicly financed elections. Get rid of the pay-to-play bribe riddled system we have today and, instead of donors (who absolutely expect something) have the taxpayers fund (and limit the funds and their uses) elections.


    "You and me". I expect you think I'm an immoral sinner (I'm liberal and gay); but I can assure you, you're no more (nor less) moral than I. Howard's point was that, in Utah, people will simply vote for whoever has an "R" by their name, regardless of their goodness or badness. They don't care about the "morals" of the person, they assume that because they have that precious "R", that they're "moral". Not to mention that that precious "R" usually comes with that automatic "get-into-heaven-free" card, the local "M".

  • JDL Magna, UT
    July 17, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    Howard, Did you read my post top to bottom? My point is not about republican or democrat, it's about you and me.

  • Greenwich Time Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    Jay Evensen has done a good job of pointing out the dilemma between electing or appointing Attorneys General. Both systems present problems. Maybe a solution might be to maintain an elected Attorney General, and to toughen up Utah’s anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-influence peddling, and campaign financing laws, and to enforce them vigorously. Perhaps we owe this to Utah’s citizenry.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 17, 2014 12:40 p.m.


    It appears the less moral candidate got elected primarily because he had an (R) by his name.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    July 17, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    Corruption is rampant in both parties locally and nationally and corruption begins with the individual. Strict moral character is absolutely necessary for government to be successful. I'm not talking only about those elected, appointed, or employed by government.

    When corruption is made evident inside of the government, it must be rooted out but it can only be rooted out by truly moral people.

    Thomas Jefferson was a near genius in understanding human nature when he wrote, "Government derives its just powers from the consent of the people." When people are just and true the government will be just and true but when the people are corrupt the government must be corrupt also.

    Before we start tossing out rhetoric that blames another person or party for the conditions we are living in we need to take a serious look into our own corrupt morals and choose to correct our own course.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 17, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    Irony Guy:

    Those of us old enough to remember the stories recall how President Woodruff, in preparing Utah for admission to the union as a state, directed LDS Bishops to split their wards 50/50, often assigning every other house as Democrat or Republican. This was to stimulate two-party politics, as you say.

    Before this occurred, when Utah was still a territory, Brigham Young signaled to the territorial legislature that granting women the right to vote would be advantageous in preserving polygamy, and so the measure passed with unanimous support, and Utah was the 2nd territory (after Wyoming) to allow women to vote.

    Of course, these kinds of directives would be labeled as "Theocratic" today, and they were certainly that, in the past.

    Nonetheless, we find ourselves in another situation where a lack of political diversity is viewed as unhealthy for Utah, with no way out of the morass, unless a directive is issued by President Monson.

  • Black Knight American Fork, UT
    July 17, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    In order for there to be bi-partisanship in Utah, the Democrat party would first have to declare its opposition to both abortion on demand and gay marriage. Until that happens, the Democrat party will not be a major factor in state-wide politics, sort of like the situation the Republicans currently face in California.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 17, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Yesterday, the D News casually dismissed the real root of this problem--the people of Utah refuse to put any political check on the rampant Republican machine that runs this state. I suggest the D News do what President Wilford Woodruff did over a century ago and run an aggressive campaign to promote bipartisanship in Utah.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 17, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Utah would certainly benefit from a robust two-party system, or at least a remote possibility the party in power might be defeated at the ballot for misdeeds or bad performance.

    Republicans are not likely to rat out other Republicans, and everyone knows having two AGs in a row prosecuted for corruption in no way signals that a Democrat may win the office next time.

    A single party does have some benefits, as the government of China like to point out, like an absence of rancor and the political fighting that threaten social and economic stability, like we see in DC.

    In Utah, and in China, there is no serious threat of political upheaval, and most people go about their daily lives in a peaceful existence, often blissfully unaware of scandals. There is no need for serious reflection among the populace.

    "All is well".