Senator Bramble and Stan Lockhart In News Over Suspicious Political Behavior (Update)

Every once in a while, I check out Utah Standard News. This week I caught a report about some possible unethical, if not criminal intrigue at the Utah County and State GOP conventions.

Some of the actors are the “usual suspects” for me. I’ve written before on the cozy relationship between State Senator Curt Bramble and Stan Lockhart. I’ve also noted Bramble’s Chicago-style political ‘tactics’ (click here for all posts on Bramble). This may well be another example of such.

I’m only going to put a very small excerpt of the article here as it would be best to read the entire article (read to the end for the big stuff). Ultimately, the charges should be investigated and verified as what may have occurred strikes to the heart of the caucus system (which I’m a big proponent of) and integrity of the Utah County and State GOP as a whole.

Caucus Obstruction, Delegate Tampering & Voter Fraud in Utah County

In what could be the biggest scandal in the Utah GOP of the past decade, this tale of corruption involves two sitting Utah State Senators (Curt Bramble & Deidre Henderson), the new Utah County GOP Chair Robert Craig, legislative district officers, precinct chairs, and state delegates. Their activities include clear and blatant infractions of the GOP Constitution and Bylaws and could result in a multiple criminal investigations and charges of voter fraud.

EDIT: I just finished typing up the above and checked back on the USN website and there’s a follow-up article: UPDATE Part 2 : Caucus, Delegate & Voter Tampering. New info. Evidence. YAK info. Be sure to read it in full too – it includes some additional information along with some more personal reports of ‘anomalies’ along the lines of the first article and some possible better perspective on Sen. Henderson. Again, this stuff should be investigated and verified.

Obviously, some are having conniptions about it and State Senator Todd Weiler (Davis County) is on threatening the publisher with libel:

I know you’re the messenger, Ed Wallace. At least one of the people you lied about called me tonight for legal advice on a libel lawsuit. Hope you’ve got good insurance!

While I’ve found Weiler to be nice and polite in person (the couple of times I’ve met him), I’ve noticed he’s disrespectful, derisive and condescending online. Par for the course.

UPDATE: USN has posted another follow-up: FINAL UPDATE Caucus, Delegate & Voter Tampering. INCLUDING EVIDENCE.

UPDATE II: This is exactly why the caucus is so important and any potential corruption thereof must be investigated. Chris Herrod probably wouldn’t have had a prayer as he isn’t an establishment/donor class favorite. Thanks to the caucus and neighbors representing their areas and vetting candidates, he now has a chance:
Utah GOP delegates pick candidate to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz

He still has to make it through a primary and I doubt he’ll be favored by the establishment GOP. Check him out and consider helping him out.

Utah’s Sanctuary Link To An Illegal Immigrant Cop Killer

During President Trump’s address to Congress, he had the widows of Officers Michael Davis and Danny Oliver in attendance. An illegal immigrant, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka Marcelo Marquez), had murdered them.

Looking up the case, one finds a Utah link of neglected opportunities in CBS Sacremento’s article “How Did Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte Hide In United States Illegally Until Deputy Killings?” Apparently, Mr. Bracamonte was a return client to law enforcement and the revolving border door:

Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte had a lot to hide. He was living in the United States illegally, had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs and twice deported to Mexico.

Eventually, he and his wife moved from Arizona and settled in West Valley City. However, he still had brushes with the law:

A search of Utah court records for Marcelo Marquez shows a history of about 10 tickets and misdemeanor traffic offenses between 2003 and 2009, which typically don’t trigger a fingerprint check against immigration records. The records list one speeding ticket in 2009 and three small claims filings attempting to collect outstanding debts.

One of the traffic offenses was more than a minor parking ticket, it was a hit-and-run:

Police in West Valley City, Utah, said they took a fingerprint from a man using the name Marcelo Marquez during a misdemeanor hit-and-run arrest in 2003.

However, Utah authorities say fingerprints from such suspects are not regularly entered into a database that would flag other arrests in the US or deportations.

Fortunately, Utah is an accommodating State for illegal immigrants. Salt Lake City Police Chiefs consistently and explicitly state that they refuse to enforce immigration law. Meanwhile, the LDS Church monetarily assists illegal immigrants (via fast offerings), pushes “compacts” intended to lead to amnesty, and lobbies the state legislature to pass clearly unconstitutional legislation (among it’s myriad of flaws).

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce (via Senator Curt Bramble “Bramnesty”), in an apparent lust for cheap labor, heads up efforts at the Utah legislature as well for the aforementioned legislation and fights tooth-and-nail to block legislation that would address enforcement or even identity theft prevention measures like E-Verify (illegal immigrants frequently engage in employment-related ID theft, leaving victims in their wake).

This welcoming sanctuary coupled with flouting established law has consequences. In this case, enforcement officers bore those consequences:

Two deputies who approached the pickup while it was parked alongside a road were shot with an AR-15-type assault weapon, police said. Homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42, died at a hospital.

Despite being illegally in the United States and a convicted felon, Bracomonte, aka Marquez, had illegally obtained a firearm  and, despite multiple police stops while he was using his Driving Privilege Card which clearly identified him as someone who could not provide proof of legal presence in the United States,  no law enforcement officer saw fit to check with or hold him for immigration authorities nor even run his fingerprints. After all, they were just following the policy established by their police chiefs and elected officials. However, had just one officer checked his immigration status or entered his fingerprints in the above database, he could have been incarcerated for illegal re-entry and two lives would have been saved.

It’s no wonder the Mexican Consulate plans on aiding illegal immigrants in Utah with legal assistance to fight deportation. If you were Mexico, would you want someone like Mr. Bracamonte/Marquez to ‘come home’? No, especially when you have a state and with leaders so willing to enable his presence and turn a politically-correct blind eye to his crimes and the victims left behind.

Tony Yapias Charged With Rape

I was going to just post this on the Utah Rattles microblog but my comments and two articles made it too long and better suited here.

I didn’t know him on a deeply personal level so I can’t comment on his personalty. I know he liked playing the race card against people opposed to him. Nevertheless, this just about knocked me over when I saw it. I’m still shocked.

The article seems to indicate that he may have used her “immigration status” as leverage.

Prominent Latino activist Tony Yapias charged with rape

The defendant was also aware of the victim’s immigration status. As part of the text exchange on March 21, court documents indicate, Yapias stated: ‘I’m at meeting about immigration with representatives from Washington D.C.’

SL Trib article clarifies why Davis County will be prosecuting this instead of Salt Lake County:

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said police initially brought the case to his office, but he asked Davis County to take over. Gill said he has known Yapias for years, their paths crossing in Utah Democratic Party circles and on community work on immigration issues. Gill said he had appeared on Yapias’ radio show during the previous election cycle, so he passed the case on to another prosecutor to avoid any possible conflicts.

They aren’t kidding when they say he was prominent, either. He was a lead in lobbying the LDS Church on the Utah Compact (I think he’s even in the photo op from that) and, as I recall, was also a staunch opponent of e-verify and big proponent of HB 116 likely teaming with LDS Church lobbyists, Senator Bramble, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce to lobby for the bill’s passage. He also coordinated a bunch of the amnesty marches in Salt Lake. So yea, he was prominent.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty so we’ll see where this goes but based on the evidence presented in the article this doesn’t sound like it will end well for him. I’m still dumbfounded at this whole thing.

Utah’s Illegal Immigration Humanitarian Border Fiasco Enablers

It’s been months since I posted here. Wish I could keep up better but time is very short so I’ll just get on with it.

For about the last month, we’ve been (and still are) witnessing a royal mess at our southern border. The crush of people coming through seems to have so overwhelmed the border patrol that we effectively have an open southern border and defacto amnesty not only for those already illegally in the United States but for the entire world as long as they can get to the Southern border.

The results of this free flow amount to an environment ripe for human trafficking, child rape and victimization, and a likely public health hazard (here too) as illegal immigrants are being transported and dropped of in various states (and let’s be honest – they ain’t showing up for their court dates). Obviously, the situation is being capitalized on by various criminal enterprises to more effectively funnel their own “products” and personnel into the US.

So who turned the magnet on that has Central Americans believing (and their media affirming) the welcome mat is out on the US southern border? Who gave them that idea and enabled all this? Nationally, it’s the usual suspects: the President, the majority of Democrats and plenty of Republicans (McCain, Grahamnesty etc), various amnesty groups, religious organizations, the US Chamber of Commerce, and a plethora of corporate welfare leaches, crony capitalists with their amoral lobbyists.

And how about on the local level?..In Utah, we have our enablers:

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and it’s head, Lane Beatty. They’re the mastermind of the illegal labor/cheap labor at all costs unconstitutional Utah amnesty legislation (which is also hardly a favor to the illegal immigrants, in my estimation). They’re also the same group that sold it (and the Utah Compact sophistry) to the LDS Church to get them to lobby legislators for it’s passage. HB116 serves as an enticement that leads illegal immigrants to believe that they will be welcomed, defacto legalized, and provided for – it turns on the magnet locally. Of course, that legislation is so loused-up that implementation keeps getting delayed and the bill’s Godfather (Bramble) now plans on repealing it in a couple of years…if you trust the word of a died-in-the-wool Chicago-style politician. Meanwhile, the magnet with the promise of potential implementation stays on.

The LDS Church (at least Public Affairs) likes the Utah Compact. They intentionally continue to avoid differentiating legal and illegal immigrants, make special provisions for illegal immigrant missionaries and do so under the guise of “keeping families together”. From the get-go that line was always a farce and the current situation demonstrates this perfectly: 1. Children are leaving their families and being placed at risk and in the hands of predators to come over here under a false promise creating orphans and 2. Other children are coming here and ICE is trying to link them with family already here (ie: mom and/or dad ditched them at home when they illegally came into the US).

Better yet, a few Sundays ago I listened to a missionary report on teaching an illegal immigrant family that couldn’t be baptized because the father was still married to his first wife in Mexico (I think he left her with the kids too – so much for keeping that family together) because he couldn’t go back to get a divorce. Meanwhile he’d had children with his illegal immigrant girlfriend in the US. Well, the father died so the shack-up girlfriend wasn’t living in sin anymore and they were able to baptize the family (in the US). It was intimated that things worked out well because dad died (WTH?!). I wondered if I had somehow flipped on an LDS Jerry Springer episode!

Evidently, ditching children, shacking up and having more kids is not uncommon and is deserving of support and “prosecutorial discretion”.  One wonders which family we should keep together…

Anyway, back to our list of local enablers:

Salt Lake City Police Chief Burbank, Radio Host Doug Wright, and Former AG Mark Shurtleff. Besides being amnesty shills who set up a sanctuary city (Burbank) and helped make Utah a sanctuary state, they also find illegal immigrant identity fraud funny.

Senator Curt Bramble (and HB116 supporters in the Legislature). See the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce section for details.

Paul Mero and The Sutherland Institute. Open borders folks who also supported HB116. I’m still not sure if their often inept political posturing isn’t actually a hindernace to the Utah amnesty push but they’re big amnesty proponents.

Senator Orrin Hatch – an early DREAM Act proponent (with his ousted compatriot, Bob Bennett who was outwardly supportive of amnesty). Hatch has been co-opted by the crony capitalists and high tech rich kids like Mark Zuckerberg (such as a  traveling and monetary relationship ).

Governor Herbert’s lackluster leadership on this issue (especially E-Verify) and coziness with the Salt Lake Chamber, even heading to DC to do their bidding and, of course, signing Utah’s amnesty bill.  Let’s also not forget the House and Senate leadership at that time (eg Speaker Becky Lockhart and and former Senate President, Michael Waddoups). Lockhart and others have also just doubled down to keep the orphan magnet flowing with a letter to congress to shove amnesty down our throats:

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, House Majority Leader Brad Dee and 23 other GOP legislators — joined by former U.S. Senator Jake Garn — signed the letter.

The other usual suspects – amnesty and race-focused groups, Tony Yapias, etc. etc.

I’m sure we can expect them all to step up and personally fund medical care, child and adult victim rape/abuse counseling, housing, transportation, resettlement (keeping families together, of course), and education for all the illegal immigrants entering thanks to their promises. Surely, they’ll continue to do so in perpetuity so as to avoid any costs to taxpayers and those supportive of actually obeying laws both personally and in business and to avoid employment-related identity theft by the illegal immigrants (and avoid child victims of this identity theft). Surely they’ll pay for the humanitarian crisis they’ve created and provide for the orphans they’ve created.  Or are victims just collateral damage and enablers’ foreseeable mess something the rest of us are on the hook for?

So let’s keep enticing people to enter illegally with promises of amnesty, tax-subsidized in-state tuition, and free transportation to their final destination, among other programs. What could go wrong?

Senator Bramble’s Illegal Immigration Hokey Pokey (UPDATE)

For the second year in a row, Senator Bramble wants to kick the can down the road on his super-wonderful Utah illegal immigrant amnesty bill (2011 HB116). Why? This time, he doesn’t think the feds will grant any waivers.

Waivers? C’mon Senator Bramble, you’re affirming that the bill is unconstitutional but who really cares about that? Obama has clearly demonstrated he’s good with unconstitutional executive orders waiving immigration enforcement/laws, HB116 totally qualifies, baby. You’ve got friends in high places – let’s go full steam ahead with this Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce panacea!

Last year, Bramble showed himself to be nothing more than the “great pretender” on his beloved 2011 HB116. This year, his tune is more hokey pokey.

UPDATE: Should’ve known.  Bramble is out to butter his own bread with this.  If he would’ve left the previous bill/date alone, he would’ve had to change/delay it close to his election year (what politician would want to remind voters of the crap sandwich they passed?).  By moving the date to 2017, he can hokey pokey after his next election.  As usual, he’s using his Chicago-style politics (ala Obama) to look out for #1.

Does Utah State Senator Reid Have Amnesia?

I think selective amnesia really a very common ailment among politicians.  It really should be clinically diagnosed by now…

According to Senator Stuart Reid’s op-ed (Congress neglecting duty on immigration reform)  in the Salt Lake Tribune:

HB116…was also passed after a long and emotional debate.

Ummm…what?!

HB 116 is Utah’s illegal immigrant amnesty bill and anyone paying attention knows that it was passed with virtually no debate late on the very same night as the panned HB477 (which limited access to government records, particularly legislative communications, under GRAMA).  HB477 sucked up the maority of attention as it impacted the media which didn’t report on HB116.  Ultimately, both bills were developed behind closed doors in rushed process where legislators didn’t have time to read or publicly debate the bills before voting on them.

Just like Obamacare and other rushed, unvetted bills, major flaws and unintended consequences with huge repercussions were observed.  Beyond that, the bill is clearly unconstitutional.  Thus, this year, they delayed implementation of HB116…and didn’t fix any portion of the bill.  Senator Reid then bemoans (emphasis added):

If Congress fails to reform immigration, Utah will be faced with trying to manage immigration problems not of its own making, potentially without the necessary authority to do so. This is an untenable position for Utah to be in.

HB116 was of Utah’s own making with the knowledge that it was outside our scope of constitutional authority to do so.  The bill itself had a constitutional warning attached from the Legislative Counsel’s office!  Better yet, I’ll give you three guesses (and the first two don’t count) on who the Senate Floor Sponsor for HB 116 was .

For the record: selective amnesia exists.  It is known as “Lacunar amnesia” – Senator Reid must have a chronic case…or he just nuked the BS meter.

HB116: Time To Put Up Or Shut Up (SB 225)

In 2011, during a late night session with negligible public review or debate, the legislature passed HB116 which creates a Utah amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Shortly thereafter the bill was touted as a great program and model for the entire nation by proponents and legislative supporters with Senator Curt Bramble acting as the coordinator and head cheerleader.

The law is to go into effect this year, at a significant cost to the state, and will comprise of several significant costs including the likelihood of litigation since the bill is conceded by everyone to be unconstitutional.  Yet Senator Bramble (and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce) are now wimping out by altering the enactment date (via SB225).  This is pure deceit.  If the bill is as wonderful as the architects (Bramble/Salt Lake Chamber) and its proponents continue to herald, then they should man-up and be allowed it to go into effect.

If the bill really is so troublesome that implementation must be delayed, then an immediate repeal of HB116 is in order to avoid the various costs, unconstitutional nature, and significant flaws the bill encompasses.  No wonder why the architects of the precursory Utah Compact don’t want their “fingerprints on it”.

I would urge you to contact your legislators an ask that they oppose any motion (SB 225) to alter HB116’s effective date and support a repeal.  Tell them to stop pretending that this is the best thing since sliced bread and repeal this disaster.

Take it away Sen. Bramble…