67 things I learned from watching the Fox News #GOPDebate

For the first time this cycle, I skipped the undercard debate. Jim Gilmore is there out of charity, and the crass last-second decision by Huckabee and Santorum to join Trump at his anti-Fox News rally just solidifies that they’re going to bomb on caucus night. So I’ll say Carly Fiorina won the debate by default, right? Doesn’t matter. None of these four should still be in the race this time next week. So on to primetime. What did I learn? 1. Rand Paul gets a loud pop. Libertarians in da…

Democratic Legislators Attempt to Halt Transfer of Rehabilitation Office [UPH Wire]

Media Statement For Immediate Release: January 29, 2016 Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director                     Utah House Democratic Caucus                     801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov Democratic Legislators Attempt to Halt Transfer of Rehabilitation Office   Salt Lake City – Democratic Members of the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee attempted to halt the transfer of the Utah Office or Rehabilitation from the State Office of Education to the Department of Workforce Services, citing concerns of funding and of clients of the Office. The recommendation for the move passed the subcommittee and a final vote…

Democrats Celebrate Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act by Proposing Fair Wage Legislation [UPH Wire]

Media Statement For Immediate Release: January 29, 2016 Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director                     Utah House Democratic Caucus                     801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov Democrats Celebrate Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act by Proposing Fair Wage Legislation Salt Lake City – Democratic Representatives Lynn Hemingway, Mark Wheatley, and Sandra Hollins are celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by unveiling 4 pieces of legislation that would increase wages and transparency in employment in the state. They issued the following joint statement:   “We are excited to be legislators…

Legislators Ask Governor To Reverse Planned Parenthood Funding Directive [UPH Wire]

Media Statement For Immediate Release: January 28, 2016 Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director                     Utah House Democratic Caucus                     801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov Legislators Ask Governor To Reverse Planned Parenthood Funding Directive Salt Lake City – House Representatives Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss and Angela Romero are requesting that Governor Gary Herbert reverse his decision to order state agencies to discontinue disbursing federal funds to Planned Parenthood of Utah. The Governor attempted to defund the organization as a response to the release of highly controversial videos last year. A…

The Mero Moment: In Defense of Signature Gathering – January 28, 2016

As candidates for Utah public office begin to position themselves for this election year, nearly all of them face the dilemma of the fallout from a new state campaign law, most commonly referred to as SB 54 or the “Count My Vote” compromise. The new law allows a candidate access to a primary ballot, circumventing Utah’s traditional caucus/convention system, through a reasonably easy signature gathering process. This new process was primarily designed by its authors to allow more seemingly moderate candidates to get around more ideological voices inside the Republican…

Libertas Institute: The 2016 Real State of the State [UPH Wire]

The following is Libertas Institute’s response to Governor Gary Herbert’s 2016 State of the State address.  Last night, Governor Gary Herbert addressed government officials and members of the public to deliver his annual “State of the State” address. He touched on job creation, education, air quality, self-reliance, and health care, among other issues. Below, we present the real state of the state—one that does not rely, in whole or in part, upon politically popular issues that poll well with key constituencies. What is the state of the state? Governor Herbert…

Utah Governor Gary Herbert 2016 State of the State address and text [video]

Start watching at 12:22.  Delivered on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol, House or Representatives. Salt Lake City. 3,158 words. President Niederhauser, Speaker Hughes, Members of the Legislature, Justices of the Utah Supreme Court, Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Cox and Utah’s First Lady, my wife, Jeanette. My fellow Utahns. The Utah we know and love today stands on higher ground because of the many sacrifices of hardworking Utahns who have gone before us. Let me begin this evening by acknowledging two of these giants who left us this past…