The paper trail left behind by those who redrew all of the state's congressional and legislative districts the last time around has always been a public record. The Republican leaders of the Legislature admitted as much late last week when they finally decided to actually make those records public, rather than face an embarrassing and expensive court battle with the Democrats and the state's news organizations.
Thus the leadership's argument that the records should only see the light of day if the Democratic Party would pay all the costs associated with the search is revealed as totally bogus. Only in a state where one party so dominates the landscape would any elected official utter, and expect to get away with, such a transparent stonewall.
Friday, the elections safely over, legislative leaders deposited a 16,000-page document dump onto the people of Utah. They credited a belated realization that journalists also wanted the information for their change of heart.