House Democrats Elect New Leadership [UPH Wire]

Media Statement For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014 Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator Utah House Democratic Caucus 801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com   House Democrats Elect New Leadership Salt Lake City– House Democrats elected new leadership tonight, choosing Representative Brian King from House District 28 as Minority Leader, Representative Rebecca Chavez Houck from House District 24 as Minority Whip, Representative Joel Briscoe from House District 25 as Minority Assistant Whip, and Representative Patrice Arent from House District 36 as Minority Caucus Manager. Newly elected Leader Representative King said, “The people of Utah…

Minutes of the Executive Appropriations Committee, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. [UPH Wire]

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. – Room 210 Senate… UPH Wire is a public service, posting the press releases from candidates, parties, government entities, non-profits, and other related political entities. But for minor edits for formatting purposes, the Hub does not revise press releases. To publish your press releases, meeting minutes, or other information, please send it to UPHwire@gmail.com.

Why Democrat Party Losses in the Utah Legislature Aren’t About the Map

It’s easy to point to gerrymandering as the reason Utah Democrat Party losses in the 2014 mid-term elections grew by three. Easy, but pusillanimous. It removes blame from Democrat candidates, donors, strategists and campaign workers and instead puts it on the shoulders of cheating Republicans, ruling with a super-er majority in the Utah Legislature.  But Legislative Dems are confederate with their Republican colleagues. Blame the Republicans, but the Democrats were confederate. When the maps were drawn and redistricting happened in 2011, every Democrat member of the Utah House of Representatives voted…

Executive Action: Misguided But Predictable Response to Total Dysfunction [Hub Debate]

President Obama’s about to effect some sort of immigration reform via executive action. The word on the street is that it will involve shielding illegal immigrants without a criminal record from deportation and expanding the Presidentially-effected Dream Act, which — in my opinion — is an improvement on our current immigration situation and something that I would likely support via legislative action. But that’s really neither here nor there (at least for purposes of this debate).  After all, one really gets the sense that the current tempest over immigration seems to be…