Two years ago, a Utah state representative named John Dougall introduced, and succeeded in passing, a particularly vile piece of legislation known as HB477, sprung upon the Legislature and the public in the waning hours of the session.
The bill, which eviscerated the state's exemplary public information law, was so bad, in fact, that a media and public outcry quickly arose and, in relatively short order, Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders worked to have the measure repealed.
Last year, again operating under the radar, Dougall managed to get himself elected state auditor. The important but little-known job went to Dougall after he ousted long-time Auditor Auston Johnson in the Republican primary. Johnson was a professional CPA who ran on his experience and his devotion to openness in government. Dougall is not a professional auditor or accountant, and ran on a promise to be cheap.