Legislators Clueless in Salt Lake

Hoo boy. Can it get weirder? Oh most certainly.

So the Legislature, as of this writing, has sort of repealed HB 477. Trib story here (click) and our own website (www.standard.net) will have regular updates if our reporter doesn’t go nuts.

I love this excerpt about House Maj. Leader Brad Dee:

He had a “heavy heart” about the House’s action, but the message he had heard from his constituents was clear, “that they would like input on what we may or may not do with open government.”

Brad’s normal camaign slogan is something to the effect that he’s down there keep an eye on politicians for us. It’s clear from his behavior during this whole episode that he doesn’t realize he is one of those we think need an eye kept on.

Not that he cares. Not that any of them care.

All the deliberations on Friday’s special session on open government and whether the Legislature should allow any of it took place in closed caucuses. The real debate, deal making, arguements and pressure tactics all took place out of view of that pesky public. The final votes on the floor are all for show, a Potemkin village of open government.

And then those guys will go home tonight and grouse that “people just don’t seem to trust us!” and profess to not have a clue why.

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3 Responses to Legislators Clueless in Salt Lake

  1. Bob Becker says:

    Right up there with Rep. Brad “Free Lunch!” Dee’s comment was Speaker of the House Lockhart’s:

    “I’m not interested in having us go out there and publicly flog ourselves over this issue with speech after speech, ‘Oh, we’re so sorry, et cetera, et cetera,’ ” she told colleagues in a caucus before the House vote. “I believe that’s beneath the dignity of the House.”

    After all that happened these last three tumultuous weeks, she seems still not to grasp that the dignity of the House arises from its passing prudent, well-considered, effective legislation that serves the public good [as opposed, say , to the personal interests of certain legislators who are aghast at the idea of the public's business actually being conducted in the sunshine].

    And let’s give at least a little nod to Sen. Urquart. When Waddoups, Noel and company began whining angrily that it was all the fault of a biased press, Urquart was having none of it. He said, on the record: “We messed up. It is nobody’s fault but ours.” Kind of refreshing, that kind of bare-nekid rhetorical honesty. We could use more of it.

  2. John Watson says:

    My argument for repeal had nothing to do with the content of the bill. For all I know it was full of gumdrops and lollipops for all. What did concern me was the way in which it was passed. I don’t care what side of the isle you claim as yours, no law… NO law (and that includes Obamacare) should be ramrodded through without an opportunity to properly vet the content of the bill.

    Are there things in GRAMA that need to be updated? There probably are, but this was not the way to go about doing it under any circumstances.

  3. ZENOS says:


    Ditto. Regarding the Utah House body politic.
    Advocate for human rights Mahatma Ghandi summized it plentiful;

    …The multitudes that cannot realize the difference between
    Religion, Science & Politics cannot get a grasp of
    Science, Religion & Politics…

    Incidently Charley. Care to Lead a “Salt-March” to the shores of
    the Great Salt Lake? It would be a [Kosher] event!!!

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