Elephantiasis of the Mind:
to the Majority Party
Utah Republican Party Platform:
"ETHICS AND STANDARDS: We demand honesty, integrity, morality,
and accountability of our public officials. We will work to
expose and stop corruption."
Governor Michael Leavitt
"It's no surprise. The
Legislature always seems to desire more power. It's
something the governor has just learned to live with."
— Governor Michael Leavitt's spokeswoman Natalie
Gochnour, fishing for sympathy. Oh, Mike, we
feel your pain. To aid you in your painful recovery,
we made a special
— just for you.
Source: "Lawmakers Seek Session
Power," Dan Harrie, Salt Lake Tribune, October 31,
"But at least I did read it."
— Congressman Chris Cannon in response to Republican
state delegates who attacked him for supporting the "USA
Patriot Act". Holy Mackerel! He
admitted it! Either Cannon supports the onerous
provisions of the Patriot Act, or
he needs remedial tutelage in reading comprehension.
Perhaps he can squeeze into a tax-funded English as a Second
Language (ESL) class offered to illegal aliens.
flare at Utah conventions," Bob Bernick, Deseret News,
August 24, 2003. View
Cannon's voting record on illegal aliens.
"You're still peddling your wares?"
— Senate President Alma Mansell
to AU volunteer Daniel Newby at the August 23, 2003 state
organizing convention of the Republican party. AU
volunteers passed out materials to convention delegates
exposing the senate's shameful actions on two anti-infanticide
bills. Actually, Mr. Mansell, we were peddling your
"[Leavitt is] the best Democrat governor we've had
since [Scott] Matheson." — Democrat Senate Minority Leader
We are still unsure whether to attribute this
Flounder Quote to Senator Dmitrich or to the people
who still think Governor Leavitt stands for limited
Quiet Confidence," Kirsten Stewart, Salt Lake Tribune,
August 17, 2003.
"They're at the top." — Sen. Parley Hellewell,
responding to the question as to how high abortion bills are
on his priority list.
"We already knew that bill [HB
— banning partial birth abortions] wasn't
going to pass, and so there was no point in... stopping
other bills when you knew that bill wasn't going to
pass... I suppose you could go back and do things
differently, but when you knew the bill wasn't going to
pass and there were other bills, then why..." —
Sen. Parley Hellewell, defending his vote on the last
night of the session to move an illegal immigration
resolution (HJR 28) and other bills ahead of HB 241.
Not one senator offered so much as an audible no when
several bills were moved ahead of the anti-infanticide
bills. Hear their cowardly silence from senate audio
(These are .wav files. If you have a really slow
connection, right click on the desired link above and
select "Save Target As" to save the file to your hard
drive before you play it.)
Source: Conversation between Parley Hellewell and citizens
Daniel Newby and Terry Trease at the Weber County
Republican Party Convention on May 9, 2003.
Infanticide Report for additional background.
"They die because
House leaders don't prioritize them so we don't deal with
them. They die because the sponsors don't get them moved
through the process fast enough. And they die, quite
frankly, because they aren't important enough." —
Utah Senate Majority Leader Michael Waddoups, explaining
why two anti-infanticide bills died in the senate.
Waddoups repeatedly made motions to delay and postpone the
anti-infanticide bills from being heard — see our
Infanticide Report for details. Also see
Waddoups congratulating his filibustering partner and fellow
Democrat Senate Minority Leader Mike Dmitrich.
groups ranks GOP Senate worst-ever," Bob Bernick Jr.,
Deseret News, May 13, 2003; and "LEGISLATURE:
2003 Session Wrap Up," Salt Lake Tribune, March
"Ok, I'm gonna
interrupt this debate while you're having a good time."
— Utah Senate President Alma Mansell, interrupting
the boisterous laughter of the Utah State Senate as
anti-infanticide bills were filibustered and killed on the
last night of the session.
Hear the shameful exchange for yourself.
Infanticide Report for additional background. (This is a
.wav file. If you have a slow connection, right click
on the laugh link above and select "Save Target As" to save
the file to your hard drive before you play it.)
You can also try this
Beware, you dastardly property
owners! Step aside, Batman and Robin! Salt Lake
County has its own caped vigilantes: councilmen Steve
Harmsen and Randy Horiuchi. Read and tremble:
"I don’t place a big
importance on the first bid. The ace that nobody else has is
the C-word. The fact they know that can happen gets us in
the door." — Salt Lake County Councilman Steve
Harmsen, during a private discussion with county
officials over offering a low bid to a private property
owner and then threatening to condemn that property if the
owner didn’t play ball. The "C-word" he's referring to
is "condemnation," or the theft of desired property by
"Let’s show some
guts, baby. Let’s condemn the crap out of them..."
Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi, who
relished Harmsen's daring scheme. BAM! ZOWEE! POW!
Let's hear it for our dynamic duo of property confiscation!
Source: "County Releases
Candid Talks on Failed Bid," Thomas Burr, Salt Lake
Tribune, September 13, 2002.
"I want to live to fight another day." —
Sen. Greg Bell, on March 4, 2003 (the second to last
day of the session). This was Sen. Bell's excuse for
refusing to make a simple motion to bring the anti-infanticide
bills [HB 123 and HB 241] to the Senate floor.
Unfortunately, the infants who will be murdered in the womb
because of his refusal to act will never live to fight at all.
Source: Eyewitness account of David Hansen, AU investigator
and citizen of Davis County, Utah. For more information,
"Our agencies have nothing to gain by doing
forfeitures. In fact there is a disincentive for doing them
when you consider costs we will suffer and can no longer
recoup under the law." — David Yocom, Salt Lake
County Attorney. Yocom neatly sums up what opponents of
confiscation abuses have been saying all along: Forfeiture
provides perverse incentives for police agencies to pad their
own budgets. To really bend your mind out of shape, try
applying this reasoning to other aspects of law enforcement.
Should police not respond to a homicide because they receive
no financial reward?
makes forfeitures a hot potato," Kirsten Stewart, Salt
Lake Tribune, July 4, 2003.
has been part of the law for
centuries. There is nothing about it which is unconstitutional
or lacking in due process."
chief deputy to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
Sieg heil! Shurtleff's office now sees things quite a
bit differently than he did in his
2000 campaign literature.
law rightly denies criminals their ill-gotten gains," Kirk
Torgensen, Salt Lake Tribune, July 6, 2003.
"Is that all?" — Sen. Howard
Stephenson, head of the Utah Taxpayers Association,
responding to the sad news that the Internet sales tax bill he
voted for (Senate Bill 147) would only net $30 million to Utah
government. Sorry, Stephenson, you can’t pilfer any more money
from the taxpayers right now. With flip-flopping taxpayer
advocates like this, who needs enemies?
on Internet sales to net Utah $30 million," Deseret
News, June 21, 2003.
"Forfeiture is an important crime fighting
tool, but must only occur within Constitutional limits.
While I oppose civil forfeiture, I support criminal
forfeiture, once an individual has been found guilty." —
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on his
2000 campaign literature. Shurtleff now leads the
charge to gut the innocent owner protections enacted by
citizen's Initiative B, passed by 69 percent of voters in
2000. My, how time flies.
"We really have very little—to my knowledge
no—abortions being performed in the state of Utah." —
Sen. David Gladwell at the May 9, 2003 Weber County
Republican Party Organizing Convention, during a debate on a
resolution chastising the Utah State Senate for its failure to
act on anti-infanticide bills during the 2003 general session.
In 2001 alone, over 2,389 infants were murdered in Utah. See
"Whenever I hear a paper shredder, it sounds like the
screams of identity thieves!" — Utah Attorney General
Mark Shurtleff, during his May 14, 2003 press conference
at the Salt Lake County seniors center. Shurtleff was stumping
for a shredding program supposedly designed to protect seniors
from identity fraud. Due to state budget cuts, this program
will itself be shredded on June 24, 2003. Oh, and it also
happened to be the day for the deaf at the seniors center.
Pitch Ends Up in Tatters, Glen Warchol,"
Salt Lake Tribune, May 15, 2003.
"It deserves an 'R,' but kids need to see
that movie. Not all 'R' movies are bad... especially the
ones I act in." —
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, referring to the movie
"Traffic," which is Rated R for sexual scenes, violence,
pervasive drug content, and swearing.
Gives School a Boost," Laura Sanderson, Deseret News, May
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