KSL's Nightside Project (7 p.m. weekdays, 102.7 FM) is doing something clever, having guest hosts for the next few days. Tomorrow night is Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. One of us voted for Shurtleff in the past; the other did not. Apart from politics, though, we would like to ask Shurtleff a few things but are unable to call in on the 19th. If anyone out there wants to call in tomorrow evening (575-8255) and doesn't have a question of their own, we would like to know:
1) Rumor has it that some Republicans are floating the idea of Orrin Hatch running for re-election, then retiring after the election so that Shurtleff can be appointed in his place. (Apparently, they are concerned that Shurtleff would not make it out of convention if he ran for senate the usual way.) Has Shurtleff heard anything about that, and would he consider that fair to Utah voters?
2) Most people in this state fall somewhere between the political extremes. Does Utah's convention process deprive mainstream voters of true choice by screening out too many moderate candidates?
3) Typically, lawyers give clients advice, and the client decides whether to follow the advice. Why did Shurtleff believe his advice was mandatory on the voucher issue (especially when the client was getting contrary advice from other attorneys)?
4) When Utah is asked to sign on as an amicus in U. S. Supreme Court cases, how is the decision made which cases to join and which cases to decline? Is it strictly the A.G.'s decision? Is there a record somewhere of which cases Shurtleff has signed Utah on as an amicus, and which requests he has declined? (We're referring to cases to which the Utah A.G.'s office is not already a party. For example, Utah signed up as amicus in a Tennessee death penalty case, a Texas sodomy case, etc.)