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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Killer Bees are at it again

By Howard Stephenson
Utah State Senator, District 11

Just to clarify, I have not endorsed, nor am I campaigning for democrat Stuart Reid in his bid for Utah Senate. Stuart and I are friends but, once again, Paul Rolly at the National Enquirer, er, I mean, Salt Lake Tribune has published misleading information.

Rolly has my phone numbers. As often as I’ve appeared in his column, you would think he and I talk once in a while, even if it’s just so he can verify important facts. I can't recall once in the past five years when he has contacted me to authenticate the negative stories he often writes. Other legislators tell me they have had the same experience with Paul. They wonder too, how he can report so authoritatively on meetings he fails to attend.

Last session, Tribune reporter Matt Canham gave me a can of bee spray for occasions like this.

If that doesn’t work I’ll get a big flyswatter . . . wait, I'll just use these Stuart Reid doorhangers. SPLAT!


Anonymous Paul Rolly said...

Damn it, Stephenson! How am I supposed to get these stories right when I am never even up at the Capitol?

10/05/2006 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Stephenson, "thou dost protest too much" comes to mind. Not a very professional reaction in the world of politics, where you certainly have learned that this is expected. Learn to take a higher road, and perhaps more of us (your constituents) would be able to stomach having you represent us. But you more and more are resorting to these kinds of rants. Even at town meetings you're handing out "evidence" of your "sainthood" with references to LDS materials.

Stop it already! You don't have to defend your character if there is nothing to defend. And no one really takes a politician's reputation seriously, so it's just a waste to try to defend that. Your best defense for your reputation anyway is your character...

10/06/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Um. Marie - you've brought up some points worth reading but, just to clarify... Howard doesn't seem to be addressing his reputation. He is observing and expressing the frustration many legislators feel with those (thankfully) few reporters that would rather print rumor than make an easy phone call to verify the truth. I think that's a criticism with which most professional journalists and public officials would sympathize.

10/06/2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tribune is the largest newspaper in the state. Therefore, they have the right and the responsibility to define the truth. Whatever they report as being true, is true. Whiny Republican senators from Draper do not have a say in what is truth.

10/06/2006 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

the senate site: You clarified the issue in one sentence without taking jabs. This comes across as a much more professional expression of frustration than does Senator Stephenson's defensive post. When you see a trend of defensiveness, you do sometimes wonder if one is sensitive because he feels some guilt about something he is doing. We wouldn't have to wonder if Senator Stephenson would simply and directly express himself in the same professional way you have done. As a constituent, I am grateful for some of the work Sen. Stephenson has done, but he is also becoming less trustworthy in my book. This type of rant does not help that perception. Considering he is likely going to win re-election, I'd just like for him to at least recognize this and make a more conscious effort to present himself with the stature that a Senator should have.

10/06/2006 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Nathan Thurm said...

He's not the one being defensive. You're the one being defensive. Why is it always the other guy being defensive? Ever ask yourself that? Why don't you ask yourself that?

10/06/2006 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But seriously, how is Stephenson being defensive? Rolly (apparently) made some inaccurate statements so Stephenson decided to set the record straight. Compared to Rolly's crap, Stephenson was rather tame.

Capitol Hill insiders know that Rolly's column is unintentionally comical. Sadly, most Tribune readers are not aware of this.

Most of us are tired of the double standard. It's ok for reporters to talk smack but not for politicians.

10/06/2006 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give our Uber Conservative Public Education Slaying senator a break; his only redeeming quality is his sense of humor.

10/07/2006 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Public education slaying Senator"? Annonymous if you are going to spew such retoric at least have the guts to post your name. Coward.

Senator Stephenson is a great man, who serves with principle and honor. That's who he is, who are you?

Phil Cordova

10/08/2006 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Public education slaying Senator"? Annonymous if you are going to spew such retoric at least have the guts to post your name. Coward.

Senator Stephenson is a great man, who serves with principle and honor. That's who he is, who are you?

Phil Cordova

10/08/2006 5:21 AM  
Blogger Roland said...

Please Stop The ography.

It is campaign season and I ask you to challenge your candidates on what action they plan to take to stop the distribution of bad material in our society. Over 80% of Utah Citizens surveyed detest this stuff and want it stopped, but yet again our politicians got nothing accomplished.

Sociologists have repeatedly shown that there is a strong correlation between this wicked material (called ography) and contibuting to greated incidents of domestic crime, broken homes and the abuse of other human beings.

Ask these political candidates running for federal, state and local office if they are working on any initiatives to tax or restrict companies that sell or distribute or process credit card payments for this junk.

This problem has increased dramatically with the advent of new technology in the last ten years and will not stop until the people of Utah unit their voices and speak out strongly against it.

10/08/2006 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Here, here. If we could just tax the Trib out of business.

For my part I pledge not to buy the UEA puppet, National Enquirer styled, and Sierra Club lovin Trib.

10/10/2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

To add a little depth perception: some of the best and most accurate stories in existence about the legislature have come from the Trib. No fair beating down an entire organization because of the actions of one or two individuals.

10/19/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Phil is so courageous he published his name twice.

10/19/2006 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Published in the Salt Lake Tribune. . .

GOP messages
Public Forum Letter
Article Last Updated:11/04/2006 02:33:40 PM MST

In Paul Rolly's Sunday column a week ago ("Voters have a right to know who is behind attack ads," Opinion), he erroneously stated that political fliers bearing the disclaimer of the Utah Republican Party "are being produced and paid for by Parents for Choice in Education," a group whose name adequately describes who they represent. Rolly was wrong, and the public record deserves correction.
I know and like Rolly, but I'm disappointed that he would present such a statement as fact, without evidence and without asking the Republican Party to confirm its veracity. Unfortunately, Paul's column simply regurgitated complaints made by Democrats who apparently think the public has no right to scrutinize past votes and statements.
For the record, the Republican Party pays for the design, printing and postage of all mail pieces that bear our name and postal mark. Further, while thousands of individuals and many interest groups contribute to the GOP, no donor is allowed to dictate how the party uses our funds. Messages the party employs to support our candidates are determined by party staff and the candidates themselves.
Looking for innovative ways to augment Utah's education system is something the Republican Party has advocated for years. We're proud of that record and welcome support from those who share our values.

Jeffrey Hartley
Executive director, Utah Republican Party

11/06/2006 12:32 PM  

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