In addition, nearly all the incumbents raised most, if not all, of their money from special-interest groups who may well want something from the 2008 Legislature, which meets in its annual general session in just two weeks.
Shouldn't that read "who damn well want something"? Last year, Curtis did not raise a single dollar from his own constituents. But then, he barely raised votes from them either, so maybe that makes sense.
[A] review of the submitted reports by the Deseret Morning News late Monday showed that many legislators are carrying huge cash surpluses — money that can be used for anything, including legislators giving it to themselves.
So the special interests giving to Curtis (the ones we know about, anyway) know that Curtis can do whatever he wants with the money they give him. Two words I never want to hear from Greg Curtis: "Pay raise."
Even though Curtis only won re-election by 20 votes in 2006, in 2007 he was actively raising funds for his 2008 re-election — and maybe bigger races down the road.
What do you mean, "even though"? Curtis was humiliated in 2006 with a nail-biter against a complete unknown, and since then he has behaved even more badly. Of course he's going to do whatever he can to stomp his 2008 opponent. House Bill 001: Property tax increase for persons running against Speakers of the House. H.B. 002: Bill to make public names of Utahns who voted against vouchers (for purely educational purposes). H.B. 003: Mandatory taxpayer-funded trip to Paris for state legislators. H.B. 004: Tax incentive for attendance at professional sporting events in Sandy involving the kicking of round white balls. Yep, it'll be another busy session for Curtis.