Friday, November 11, 2016

2016 UTAH GENERAL ELECTIONS MODULE

Friday, January 29, 2016

Important Stuff via awesome Weber County Forum Contributor Clair Walker.

Two Norwegians are drinking in a bar. One says, "Did you know that Elks have sex 5 to 10 times a day?"


"Aww, shit!" says his friend, "and I just joined the Knights of Columbus!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AG Records Show Former Ogden Councilman Laundered Envision Ogden Donations

Contact:  Dan Schroeder, 801-xxx-xxxx, dvs1444@gmail.com

Records recently released by the Utah Attorney General’s office clearly show what local activists long suspected:  that the mysterious entity Friends of Northern Utah Real Estate, which was used to hide the origin of more than $20,000 in campaign contributions during Ogden’s 2007 municipal election, was operated by Blain Johnson, the local real estate attorney who was elected to the city council in that race.

The newly released records include copies of the five canceled checks from Envision Ogden, an organization founded in early 2007, to FNURE.  Johnson’s signature is clearly visible on the backs of three of these checks, indicating that he personally endorsed the checks on behalf of FNURE.  No signature is visible on the backs of the other two checks, but all five were deposited at Key Bank, where Johnson also deposited an earlier check written directly from Envision Ogden to his own campaign.

Of the FNURE funds, $10,990 was then passed on to Johnson’s campaign, while $9,700 went to council candidate Royal Eccles.  Johnson served on the council for two years before stepping down at the end of 2009; Eccles was defeated in 2007 by incumbent council member Amy Wicks.

In their financial disclosure statements filed with the city during the 2007 campaign season, both Johnson and Eccles listed only FNURE as the origin of these funds.  Johnson listed the address of FNURE as 4723 Harrison Blvd., in the same building where he then worked as a partner with the law firm Smith Knowles.

Envision Ogden was headed by local realtor Abraham Shreve, ostensibly to promote business and recreation in the Ogden area.  With considerable help from then-mayor Matthew Godfrey, the organization held two large fundraising events that year and raised over $87,000, mostly from local businesses.  Although Shreve later stated that it was always Envision Ogden’s intent to get involved in local politics, Envision Ogden did not register as a political organization with the state or the IRS until the following year, and none of its contributors seem to have been aware of its political nature.

The five payments from Envision Ogden to FNURE first came to light in early 2009, when local activist Dan Schroeder found them listed on Envision Ogden’s belatedly filed IRS disclosures.  Schroeder then filed a complaint with City Attorney Gary Williams, who allowed Johnson and Eccles to amend their financial disclosure statements to indicate that the FNURE funds actually came from Envision Ogden.  Williams, who was appointed by Godfrey, then pronounced the problem “cured” and took no further action.  

In news articles covering these events, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Johnson could not “come up with the names of anyone associated with [FNURE]”, while the Ogden Standard-Examiner reported that “Johnson said FNURE was established by some employees of a title company who have an office in the building where he works, but declined to identify the employees or the firm.”

As a result of these press reports, the Utah State Bureau of Investigation opened a criminal investigation of possible “financial fraud” and “public corruption” in May 2009.  During the SBI investigation, both Shreve and Envision Ogden treasurer Jeff Lucas told the investigator that FNURE was connected to Johnson.

The investigation was later transferred to the Utah Attorney General’s office, which obtained Envision Ogden’s bank records through a subpoena to Wells Fargo Bank.  After reviewing those records, the Attorney General closed the investigation without bringing any charges in March 2011.

As soon as the investigation was closed, Schroeder filed a government records request for the Attorney General’s investigation records, including the bank records.  A lengthy administrative and legal battle ensued over access to the records, culminating in the Utah Supreme Court’s August decision that ordered the records’ release.

Besides the canceled FNURE checks, the released records help fill in a few other details about Envision Ogden’s activities:

* Envision Ogden’s Business Account Application with Wells Fargo Bank indicates that the account was opened by Lucas in January 2007, and that he identified Envision Ogden as a “Political Action Group”.  It also shows that although he provided personal identification, he provided no documents to verify Envision Ogden’s existence.

* The bank records include a February 2008 deposit of 19 checks, each for $100, that were written during mid-2007.  Most of these checks were from businesses, and several were made out to Amer Sports or to Envision Ogden at Amer’s address.  These contributions are consistent with a solicitation that went out in June 2007, asking businesses to contribute $100 in return for a listing in a relocation handbook to be provided to Amer employees.  The solicitation stated that contributions should be sent to Cindy Patterson, who was working for Amer at the time.  Patterson’s husband is John Patterson, who was then Ogden’s chief administrative officer.

* The bank records also include 18 checks, ranging from $32 to $108 and totaling $1558, written to individuals on or around the date of the November 2007 election.  Most of these checks have the notation “campaign help” or “campaign support”.  Two other checks from October 2007, each for $100, are for campaign signs.  Together with Envision Ogden’s previously reported political expenditures, these payments bring its total political expenditures to more than $34,000.  (The other political expenditures were to SOS staffing for election day help, to 2008 legislative candidate Jeremy Peterson, and to the Utah Republican Party.)  Nearly all the rest of Envision Ogden’s funds were paid to cover expenses of its two fundraising events and to develop its web site.

* Finally, the bank records include a $6047 check to Envision Ogden, deposited on October 10, 2007, from the Ben Lomond Hotel.  The amount and date of this check match those of a contribution that Envision Ogden had previously reported from UBS Financial Services.  UBS told the SBI investigator that its internal protocols would not allow it to contribute directly to Envision Ogden, so it wrote a check for $6047 to the Ben Lomond Hotel instead, supposedly to reimburse expenses of one of Envision Ogden’s fundraising events.  While it had previously appeared that Envision Ogden might have simply deposited the UBS check into its own account, it is now apparent that the Ben Lomond Hotel played an active role in this questionable transfer of funds.

On the other hand, the newly released records shed little light on the workings of the Utah Attorney General’s office.  There is no clear indication of what the AG investigator was looking for in the bank records, or of why the investigation was closed soon after the bank records had been reviewed.  There is no indication of why the investigator never questioned Johnson or Eccles or Godfrey, or why no further attempt was made to question Shreve.  And there is no indication of why these records were withheld from the public for more than four years after the investigation was closed, necessitating a lengthy administrative battle, a lawsuit, and an appeal to the Utah Supreme Court to obtain their release.



Attachments:

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Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Ogden City Municipal Election Candidate Roster

The following candidates have The following candiddates have clear the Primary Election and have qualifed to stand for the Ogden Municipal Regular Election, which is set for Novemebr 3, 2015. Please click the highlighted links for Declaration of Candidacy information concerning these 2015 Ogden Municipal Election Candidates, together with all available information, concerning their respective candidadacies:


"At-Large" seats encompass all four Ogden wards
Ogden City Mayor
Mike Caldwell
1664 Cherokee Circle
Ogden, UT 84403

Sebastian Benitez
3300 Taylor Avenue
Ogden, UT 84403

Council Municipal Ward 2
Richard Hyer - Unopposed
984 East 950 North
Ogden, UT 84404

Council Municipal Ward 4
Daniel Gladwell
1330 Boughton Street
Ogden, UT 84403

Ben Nadolski
3211 Taylor Avenue
Ogden, UT 84403

Council At-Large Seat “C”
Luis Lopez
1110 Suncrest Drive
Ogden, UT 84404

John Ogden
4155 Edgehill Drive
Ogden, UT 84403

Monday, June 08, 2015

2015 Ogden City Municipal Election Candidate Roster (Primary Election)

The following candidates have filed their Declarations of Candidacy for the Ogden City Elected seats indicated below. The below-listed candidates who face opposition will stand for the Primary Election set for August 11, 2015. Please click the highlighted links for Declaration of Candidacy information concerning these 2015 Ogden Municipal Election Candidates, together with all available information, concerning their respective candidadacies:


"At-Large" seats encompass all four Ogden wards
Ogden City Mayor
Mike Caldwell
1664 Cherokee Circle
Ogden, UT 84403

Sebastian Benitez
3300 Taylor Avenue
Ogden, UT 84403

Council Municipal Ward 2
Richard Hyer - Unopposed
984 East 950 North
Ogden, UT 84404

Council Municipal Ward 4
Daniel Gladwell
1330 Boughton Street
Ogden, UT 84403

Dori Mosher
2459 Tyler Avenue
Ogden, UI, 84401

Ben Nadolski
3211 Taylor Avenue
Ogden, UT 84403

JH Thompson
1506 24th Street
Ogden, UT 84402

Council At-Large Seat “C”
Eric Holmes
2916 Brinker Avenue
Ogden, UT 84403

Vance Jay Jackson
678 31st Street
Ogden, UT 84403

Luis Lopez
1110 Suncrest Drive
Ogden, UT 84404

John Ogden
4155 Edgehill Drive
Ogden, UT 84403

Virginia Hernandez Reza
2427 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Dori Mosher - Ward 4

Candidate Declaration:: Dori Stauffer Mosher
Email: Dori4ogden@gmail.com
Phone:  801‐725‐4185
Campaign Website: None Found yet
Campaign Blog: None found yet
Social Media: 
• Facebook: Dori Mosher for Ogden City Council
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/04/15
Second Set:
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Dori Mosher
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote

2015 Ogden City Mayoral Candidates - Sebastien Benitez - Challenger

Sebastian Benitez
Candidate Declaration: Sebastian Benitez
Email: Sebasalicia@msn.com
Phone: 801-334-0492
Campaign Website: Sebastien Benitrez Ogden Mayor
Campaign Blog: Sebastien Benitez Blog
Social Media:
• Facebook:Sebastian Benitez For Ogden City Mayor
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: Not required
Second Set: 08/31/15
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Sebastian Benitez
News and other publicly available information:
Ogden's mayoral race heats up with new contender
Ogden Mayor's race starts to take shape
• Ogden mayoral race shows sharp fundraising disparity
Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate
Ogden mayor candidates debate policing, infrastructure

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Virginia Hernandez Reza - At Large "C"

Candidate Declaration: Virginia Hernandez Reza
Email:  ogdenites2005@hotmail.com
Phone: 801‐686‐4077
Campaign Website: None found yet
Campaign Blog: None found yet
Social Media: None found yet
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/04/15
Second Set:
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Virginia Reza
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - John Ogden - At Large "C"

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Candidate Declaration: John Ogden
Email:  john.ogden@dla.mil
Phone:  801‐458‐3948
Campaign Website: Vote John Ogden
Campaign Blog: None Found yet
Social Media:
• Facebook: Vote John Ogden
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/03/15
Second Set: 08/31/15
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: John Ogden
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote
Ogden man wins spot on ballot with $0 campaign contributions
Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Luis Lopez - At Large "C"


Candidate Declaration: Luis Lopez
Email:  luislopezforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Phone:  801‐686‐5685
Campaign Website: Luis Lopez for City Council
Campaign Blog:
Social Media:
• Facebook: Luis Lopez for City Council
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/03/15
Second Set: 08/31/15
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Luis Lopez
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote
Ogden man wins spot on ballot with $0 campaign contributions
Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate

2015 Ogden City Mayoral Candidates - Sebastien Benittez - Challenger

Candidate Declaration:
Email:
Phone:
Campaign Website:
Campaign Blog:
Social Media:
Financial Disclosures:
First Set:
Second Set:
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references:
News and other publicly available information:

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Vance Jay Jackson - At Large "C"


Candidate Declaration: Vance Jay Jackson
Email: vance.j.jackson@gmail.com
Phone: 801‐989‐6309
Campaign Website: http://vancejacksonforogden.com/
Campaign Blog: None Found
Social Media: None Found
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/04/15
Second Set:
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Vance Jackson
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Eric Holmes - At Large "C"

Candidate Declaration: Eric Holmes
Email:  ebholmesy@yahoo.com
Phone:  801‐540‐0079
Campaign Website:
Campaign Blog:
Social Media:
•  Facebook: Eric Holmes for Ogden City Council
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/04/15
Second Set:
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Eric Holmes
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Ben Nadolski - Ward 4

Candidate Declaration: Ben Nadolski
Email:  ben4ogden@gmail.com
Phone: 801‐643‐4953
Campaign Website: http://ben4ogden.com/
Campaign Blog: None found yet
Social Media:
• Facebook: Ben Nadolski for Ogden City Council
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/03/15
Second Set: 08/31/15
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Ben Nadolski
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote
Ogden District 4 candidates talk taxes, schools, chickens
Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Daniel Gladwell - Ward 4

Candidate Declaration: Daniel Gladwell
Email: Daniel.gladwell@gmail.com
Phone: 801‐644‐7396
Campaign Website: danielgladwell.com
Campaign Blog: http://www.danielgladwell.com/blog
Social Media:
• Facebook: Daniel Gladwell
Financial Disclosures:
First Set:08/04/15
Second Set: August 31. 2015
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Daniel Gladwell
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote
Ogden District 4 candidates talk taxes, schools, chickens
Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - Richard Hyer - Ward 2

Candidate Declaration: Richard Hyer - Unopposed
Email: rich@hyerfamily.net
Phone: 801‐782‐2865
Campaign Website: None found yet
Campaign Blog: None found yet
Social Media: None found yet
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: Not required
Second Set: August 31, 2015
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Richard Hyer
News and other publicly available information:

2015 Ogden City Council Candidates - John H. Thompson - Ward 4

Candidate Declaration: John H. Thompson
Email: johnhthompson@aol.com
Phone: 801‐621‐1809
Campaign Website:
Campaign Blog:
Social Media:
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: 08/03/15
Second Set:
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: John Thompson
News and other publicly available information:
Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote

2015 Ogden City Mayoral Candidates - Mike Caldwell - Incumbent

Candidate Declaration: Mike Caldwell
Email:mikecaldwell@hotmail.com
Phone: 801‐689‐2675
Campaign Website: Re-elect Mike Caldwell
Campaign Blog: None found yet
Social Media: 
Facebook: Mike Caldwell
Youtube: Ogden Mayor Candidate Mike Caldwell talks about his vision for Ogden, Utah
Twitter: Mike Caldwell
Financial Disclosures:
First Set: Not required.
Second Set: August 31. 2015
Third Set:
Fourth Set:
Weber County Forum keyword references: Mike Caldwell
News and other publicly available information:
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell Will Seek a Second Term
Ogden's mayoral race heats up with new contender
Ogden Mayor's race starts to take shape
Ogden mayoral race shows sharp fundraising disparity
Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate
Ogden mayor candidates debate policing, infrastructure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dan Schroeader Press Release March 15, 2015

Utah Supreme Court to Hear GRAMA Case on AG Investigation into Ogden Political Group

Contact: Dan Schroeder, 801-393-4603, dvs1444@gmail.com
David Reymann, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, 801-257-7939, dreymann@parrbrown.com

The Utah Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in a four-year-long dispute over records of the Attorney General’s criminal investigation of Envision Ogden, a mysterious political group formed in 2007.

Envision Ogden was organized in early 2007, ostensibly to promote economic development and recreation in Ogden. The group quickly raised over $87,000 in donations, much of it from businesses and other organizations including banks, hospitals, the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Then-mayor Matthew Godfrey solicited most of the major contributions to the group.

Unknown to the donors, however, Envision Ogden then funneled most of its net revenue--over $30,000--to political candidates and to the Utah Republican Party. Over $20,000 of these funds went to two Godfrey-supported city council candidates, who reported that they received the funds not from Envision Ogden but from an even more mysterious, unregistered entity called Friends of Northern Utah Real Estate. Envision Ogden further concealed its political nature by failing to register as a 527 political organization with the IRS until 2008, after its fundraising activities had ceased. (The name “Envision Ogden” may also have been intended to deceive donors, some of whom confused the group with Envision Utah, an unrelated nonprofit organization that promotes long-term urban planning.)

When Envision Ogden’s political nature was discovered in 2009, the Attorney General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation opened a criminal investigation into possible felony violations including communications fraud and money laundering. However, the investigation stalled for nearly two years until it was finally closed in March 2011, around the time that the statute of limitations would have expired. No criminal charges were ever filed in the case. Although an investigator interviewed several of Envision Ogden’s donors, there is no evidence that investigators ever contacted Mayor Godfrey or any of the political candidates who received funds from Envision Ogden.

As soon as the investigation was closed, Ogden activist and blogger Dan Schroeder filed a request for the Attorney General’s investigation records, under Utah’s Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA). The AG responded by providing some records including a two-page report and several email messages sent among its staff, but withheld other records--most notably a collection of financial documents that it had obtained via subpoena from Envision Ogden’s bank.

Schroeder appealed the AG’s decision to withhold the bank records and a few others, and won a partial victory at the State Records Committee in August 2011. Both Schroeder and the AG then appealed this decision to Third District Court, where in October 2012 Judge Keith Kelly ruled in favor of the AG’s decision to withhold the records. Schroeder, now represented by attorneys at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, then appealed Judge Kelly’s decision to the Utah Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in the Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State Street, 5th Floor, in Salt Lake City.

The principal legal question before the court is whether GRAMA requires the government to disclose financial records obtained via subpoena in the course of a criminal investigation, even when none of GRAMA’s specific exemptions apply to those records. GRAMA does exempt many records from disclosure, for instance, when disclosure would constitute a clear violation of an individual’s privacy, or when a business would be put at a competitive disadvantage through disclosure of its financial records, or when disclosure would compromise an ongoing investigation. In this case, however, the investigation is over, while the financial records are those of a defunct political organization that has not made any privacy claim and that was already required by federal law to disclose its major financial transactions. The Attorney General argues that the Utah Constitution broadly protects the privacy of financial records even in such cases. Schroeder and his attorneys argue that the constitutional requirement was met when the Attorney General obtained the records through a valid subpoena, and that GRAMA provides no applicable exemptions in this case.

Besides the legal issues, this court's decision in this case will determine how much the public will ever learn about Envision Ogden and the Attorney General's investigation. Although the content of the withheld records is unknown, it is likely that they would shed further light on Envision Ogden's financial transactions, including transactions with the mysterious Friends of Northern Utah Real Estate. The records would also show what information the Attorney General's office had in hand when the decision was made to close the investigation without filing charges.

Copies of the legal briefs filed with the Supreme Court in this case are attached.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Libertarian Candidate Craig Bowden Responses

Question: Members of Congress are regarded so poorly by the public. Time-share salesmen are probably looked at more favorably. Is that a fair assessment overall, and why are you an exception to that?

I would have to say that this is a very accurate statement. Let’s look at a couple facts: members of both the Democrat and Republican Parties are known to “flip flop” their positions based on who is in the majority at the time and also in regards to who is in the White House. The easiest example is in regards debt ceiling increases. When President Bush was in office, the Republicans supported increases and Democrats opposed them. Now that President Obama is in office, it has reversed.
There are no principles in Washington, D.C. right now. We have two parties that constantly change their position to gain favor, votes, or what happens to be politically expedient for them at the time.
I am not tied down to one of these two parties, and the agenda I have isn’t Democrat or Republican solutions to follow a platform, but solutions that work for all Americans. I’m also not beholden to any special interest groups. Both Congressman Bishop and Donna McAleer have their donor base, and going through their reports shows where their bias exists. I avoid the appearance of evil by refusing to take money from anyone other than a single voter and the Libertarian Party of Utah.

Question: Is the state or the federal government more competent to make decisions on Utah’s public lands, and why?

Let me answer with a question, if you will. Why doesn’t the federal government believe that the people of Utah are competent to decide what to do with the land?
The fact is that Utah has some of the smartest people I’ve met. I’ve gone and talked to thousands of voters throughout Northern Utah, and I have met some of the most informed people in regards to the issues at hand in our nation. We are innovators, entrepreneurs, and have some of the best universities in America.
Congressman Bishop wants control of Utah lands to be in Utah hands, and I am inclined to agree. Donna McAleer is wanting control to be handled by a group of people a few thousand miles away, not connected to the issues that uniquely face Utah. I will always give the benefit of the doubt to the people who live in an area.
And let me state that the voters fully understand that we have to protect much of the land to preserve our tourism industry. That is one of the biggest economic factors in Utah, so to think that we are just going to strip mine and drill the place into oblivion is an ill informed position.

Question: Should teachers be allowed to carry arms in schools, and if not, what are some strong methods to protect our students?

I believe if they receive training on how to use a firearm, they should be able to carry. Currently, I do feel the standard for a teacher to carry in the classroom is far too low. All you really need is a concealed carry permit to be able to legally carry in a school.
I think a common sense approach would be for tactical training groups to teach the teachers how to properly respond to an active shooting situation. There are already groups who have offered such classes free of charge to teachers and faculty members, and I feel that it should be expanded as a requirement for the teacher to carry.
Ultimately, we are talking about the safety of children, and heaven forbid something like Sandy Hook happen at Ben Lomond High School or Lincoln Elementary. We protect just about everything with some sort of an armed presence, and our children are the key to the future. We should push for this training so the teacher knows how to properly respond.

Question: The recession is over, but there is a feeling of economic insecurity among the middle class. Adjusted for inflation, the median wage is the same as in 1989. What needs to be done to boost econmic security, particularly for the middle class and new college students?

I would argue that the recession really isn’t over, just a little better. It’s time to look at a cold, hard reality; the government has stuck its fingers where they don’t belong and it has prolonged the stagnation of the economy.
If you really want to have a booming economy, you have to get the government to stop interfering. We need to take a hard look at the regulations that impact business. Most big businesses can implement just about any change the federal government wants, but those small businesses are regulated out of business because it becomes too costly to comply with the demands.
We also need to take a real look at the tax code. I worked at the IRS in the business division for three years, and I am going to tell you that businesses are suffering in a very real way to stay afloat. If you aren’t a Walmart, Exxon, or other big business, you are on the verge of going out of business. I witnessed it with my own eyes.
My solution is to get rid of all forms of taxation and replace it with the Fair Tax. This is a point of purchase, or consumption tax on all new goods. This of course would exclude things like food, since that is a requirement to live, but all discretionary spending would have a sales tax (so to speak) placed on it.
This puts more power in the wallet of the person and ensures that the poor and middle class are not affected since the necessities are not taxed, but they keep 100% of what they earn. The more frugal you are, the more money you have.

Question: As we embark on what looks like another long chapter in the War on Terror, what will Hill’s role be? Do you feel that you can represent the base well and protect it from Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) elimination and cuts?

Before I address Hill Air Force Base’s role, I would like to state my opposition to what is happening in Iraq and Syria. I have been one of the “boots on the ground” as a Marine Corps infantryman and seen what American foreign policy leads to when we start intervening around the globe. The results are not pretty. I have been there when innocent people are caught in the crossfire and I lost twenty three men I served with in Iraq, only so that we can go back again? It’s absurd and it’s time we realize that we cannot get involved every time something happens around the world.
Now, as for Hill, since we are involved, obviously we are going to be the hub for the new F-22, which has successfully been involved in combat missions in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. Since the Congress and President decided we are going to be involved in the conflict, Hill’s mission becomes very critical at this point to ensure our pilots have well maintained aircraft that accomplish the mission and get them back home to see their families.
As a veteran from the ground side of a military campaign, I know how important air support is, and Hill has one of the best groups in the armed forces. When you are pinned down by enemy fighters, those F-16s coming in are a lifesaver. Every member on Hill, civilian and Air Force, are vital to national security and making sure we get our beans, bullets, bandages and air support.

Question: Are you satisfied with current efforts to improve air quality in our state? If so, why, and if not, what do we need to do to improve it?

I am not satisfied with efforts the state has been making. I have an asthmatic step son and it is the same routine every winter: we will end up at the hospital several times for him to get breathing treatments.
Now, Congressman Bishop would like to blame it solely on geography, and to an extent, it is true. The basin does trap a lot of pollution, but we need to address the causes of that pollution to ensure people can breathe better.
Now, federally, there isn’t much more we can do. There are EPA regulations that are supposed to be followed, and I would have to assume that they are enforced. So what more can be done? I do have one thing I would like to do that would help lessen the impact, and it is in regards to federal buildings.
I would like to see every building the federal government uses in Utah fitted with solar paneling so that they produce more of their own electricity. I would also like to see a change on the lights in federal buildings. When I worked security at the Junction in Ogden, I would regularly see the IRS buildings and federal office building on 25th street. I worked graveyards and regularly saw lights remain on my entire shift, long after the last employees would leave. This causes unneeded electricity to be used, which not only impacts our air, but the wallets of the taxpayers. It’s real easy on that one: turn off the lights.

Question: If elected to Congress what could you do to improve education in Utah?

Education is so important, because our children literally are the future of our nation. What they learn today will impact our tomorrow. How do we address the future? By getting out of the way. We have spent so much time focusing on teaching children to pass a test (for money for the school) that we have stopped teaching them how to think, and instead teach them what to answer. This practice needs to stop.
We also need to stop having teachers be assessed by those tests. I have seen amazing teachers in my life step beyond the test and truly teach children, only to be chastised by the administration because that class didn’t deliver the results for more grant money. I’ve seen the opposite hold true as well, where teachers who only teach to the test are rewarded for essentially holding our children back.
We also need to have school districts be able to get rid of bad teachers. My brother told me a story of one of his teachers that essentially just handed a packet to the class and had them read on their own. No teaching, just reading a packet. That is not a teacher, and someone like that should be fired. On the flip side of this coin, good teachers need to be recognized often and publicly so they get the credit they deserve.
Finally, we need to address the problem of parental involvement with the student. A teacher can only do so much. Parents really need to step up and be involved with their kids. I think once the economy improves and one parent can again be home with the kids, things will get better, so the economy really ties into this since in many cases both parents work.

Question: If the case is accepted, how should the U.S. Supreme Court rule on Utah’s gay-marriage ban?

The Supreme Court really has no business being involved. Neither does any level or branch of government. The only role for government is contract enforcement when there is a harmed party. Two people signing a contract that they will take care of one another, regardless of their sexual preference, should have no government influence unless there is a breach of that contract like cheating, abuse, etc.
We cannot bar consenting adults from forming a contract that would allow for them to have protections given married individuals. It’s time for the argument of who gets to define marriage to be left up to the people, but no one gets to restrict a union.

Question: What would you ask your opponents?

Congressman Bishop: I would ask him why he only became fiscally responsible after President Bush left. I mean, when you go back to his beginning of holding office, he marched lock step with the Republican Party, getting a dismal rating of 44% by the New American. Now all of a sudden he’s the Tea Party, fiscal conservative champion? Sorry, but I have a longer term memory.
Donna McAleer: I would ask her what she honestly would do different than towing the same talking points offered by countless Democrats that have added to the gridlock and partisan politics in Washington, D.C., because as of now, I haven’t seen anything that counters what Democrats already do.
Dwayne Vance: I’d ask him why he think we need another lawyer in Washington, D.C. It’s already infested with lawyers. We need more people of diverse career paths.

Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 Weber County General Election Candidate Roster (Updated 10/30/14)



U.S. House of Representatives
1st Congressional District - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Rob Bishop Rob Bishop Campaign Website Rob Bishop 2014 Republican
Craig Bowden Craig Bowden Campaign Website Craig Bowden 2014 Libertarian
Donna McAleer Donna McAleer Campaign Website Donna McAleer 2014 Democratic
Dwayne A. Vance Dwayne A. Vance Campaign Website No Report Found Independent American

Attorney General
State of Utah - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Leslie D. Curtis Leslie D. Curtis Campaign Website Leslie D. Curtis 2014 Independent American
Gregory G. Hansen Gregory G. Hansen Campaign Website Gregory G. Hansen 2014 Constitution
Andrew McCullough Andrew McCullough Campaign Website Andrew McCullough 2014 Libertarian
Sean Reyes Sean Reyes Campaign Website Sean Reyes 2014 Republican
Charles A. Stormont Charles A. Stormont Campaign Website Charles A. Stormont 2014 Democratic

State Senate
District 18 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Ann Millner Ann Milner Campaign Website Ann Milner 2014 Republican
Mat Wenzel Mat Wenzel Campaign website Mat Wenzel 2014 Democratic
Dwight Steffner Dwight Steffner Campaign Website Dwight Steffner 2014 Libertarian

State Representative
District # 7 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Roger S. Condie Roger S. Condie Campaign Website Roger S. Condie 2014 Libertarian
Justin Fawson Justin Fawson Campaign Website Justin Fawson 2014 Republican
Camille L. Neider Camille L. Neider Campaign Website Camille L. Neider 2014 Democratic

State Representative
District # 8 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Gage Froerer Gage Froerer Campaign Website Gage Froerer 2014 Republican
John H. Thompson John H. Thompson Campaign Website John H. Thompson 2014 Democratic

State Representative
District # 9 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Steve Olsen Steve Olsen Campaign Website Steve Olsen 2014 Democratic
Jeremy Peterson Jeremy Peterson Campaign Website Jeremy Peterson 2014 Republican

State Representative
District # 10 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Eric D. Irvine Eric D. Irvine Campaign Website Eric D. Irvine 2014 Democratic
Dixon M. Pitcher None Found Dixon M. Pitcher 2014 Republican

State Representative
District # 11 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Brad Dee Brad Dee Campaign Website Brad Dee 2014 Republican
Amy Steed Morgan Amy Steed Morgan Campaign Website Amy Steed Morgan 2014 Democratic

State Representative
District # 12 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Joseph Marrero Joseph Marrero Campaign Website Joseph Marrero 2014 Democratic
Mike Schultz Mike Schultz Campaign Website Mike Schultz 2014 Republican

State Representative
District 29 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Lee Perry Lee Perry Campaign Website Lee Perry 2014 Republican
Alan Yorgason Alan Yorgason Campaign Website Alan Yorgason 2014 Democratic

Weber County Assessor
6 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
John Ulibarri (Unopposed) Weber County Profile John Uliberry October 2014 Republican

Weber County Attorney
4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Chris Allred (Unopposed) Chris Allred Campaign Website Chris Allred October 2014 Republican

Weber County Clerk/Auditor
4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Neil Aaron Hansen None Found Neil A. Hansen October 2014 Democratic
Ricky Hatch Weber County Web Profile Ricky Hatch October 2014 Republican

Weber County Commission
Seat A - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
James Ebert (Unopposed) None Found James Ebert October 2014 Republican

Weber County Commission
Seat B - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Kerry Gibson (Unopposed) Weber County Web Profile Kerry Gibson October 2014 Republican

Recorder/Surveyor
6 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Leann Kilts (Unopposed) Leann Kilts Campaign Website Leann Kilts June 2014
Leann Kilts October 2014
Republican

Sheriff
4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures Party
Terry L. Thompson (Unopposed) Weber County Web Profile Terry L. Thompson October 2014 Republican

Treasurer
4 year term
Declaration of CandidacyWebsite/Contact InfoCampaign Finance DisclosuresParty
John B. BondNone FoundJohn B. Bond October 2014Republican
Jared B. EricksonJared B. Erickson Campaign WebsiteJared B. Erickson October 2014Democratic



State School Board
District #1 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
David L. Clark None Found David L. Clark 2014
Terryl Warner State School Board Member Bio Terryl Warner 2014

State School Board
District #2 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Willard Z. Maughan None Found Willard Z. Maughan 2014
Spencer F. Stokes None Found Spencer F. Stokes 2014

Ogden School Board (*Incumbent) 
District #2 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Douglas B. Barker Douglas B. Barker Campaign Website Douglas B. Barker October 2014
Steven L. Marker* None Found Steven L Marker October 2014

Ogden School Board (*Incumbent)
District # 4 - 2 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Dori Stauffer Mosher Dori Stauffer Mosher Campaign Website Dori S. Mosher October 2014
Jeffrey Heiner* None Found Jeffrey Heiner October 2014

Ogden School Board (*Incumbent)
District #7 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Aaron G. Garza None Found Aaron G. Garza October 2014
Joyce J. Wilson* None Found Joyce J, Wilson October 2014

Weber School Board
District #1 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Dean L. Oborn (Unopposed) None Found Dean L. Oborn October 2014

Weber School Board
District #2 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Mitsuko Mitzi Kawaguchi (Unopposed) None Found Mitsuko Kawagaki October 2014

Weber School Board
District #3 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
John W. Bradley None Found John W. Bradley June 2014
John W. Bradly October 2104
Brent W. Richardson None Found Brent W. Richardson June 2014
Brent w. Richardson October 2014

Weber School Board
District #6 - 4 year term
Declaration of Candidacy Website/Contact Info Campaign Finance Disclosures
Janis Christensen None Found Janis Christensen October 2014
Scott L. Hansen None Found Scott L. Hansen October 2014

Judicial Retention
State and County
2014 Judicial Retention Reports
Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Reports for Weber County

Constitutional Amendments and Proposition
State and County
2014 Description and Analysis
Constitutional Amendment A
Constitutional Amendment B
Constitutional Amendment C
Weber County Proposition 1

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014 Primary Election - Weber County School Board, District 3 - John W. Bradley

Candidate Declaration: John W. Bradley
Email: john.fundaze@hotmail.com
Phone: 801-476-8229
Campaign Website: None
Campaign Blog: None
Facebook: None
Twitter: None
Other: None
Financial Disclosures: June 2014
Weber County Forum keyword references: John W. Bradley
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Our View: A final race to the polls

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