Office of the Attorney General Announces Fraud Conviction for Lamont Squires [UPH Wire]

Office of the Attorney General Announces Fraud Conviction for Lamont Squires SALT LAKE CITY March 23, 2016 – After two days of testimony, a jury found Lamont Boyd Squires guilty of four counts of Communications Fraud and one count of Pattern of Unlawful Activity, all 2nd Degree Felonies. The case was prosecuted by the Mortgage and Financial Fraud Unit of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). Squires’ partner, Stephen Anderson, had previously plead guilty on August 25, 2015 for his role in the fraud. “Stopping white-collar crimes and protecting…

Sutherland announces Boyd Matheson as new president [UPH Wire]

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016 Contact: David Buer Sutherland Institute Director of Communications 801-355-1272 (w) dbuer@sutherlandinstitute.org *Sutherland Institute names Boyd Matheson as new president* SALT LAKE CITY—Sutherland Institute’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the hiring of Boyd Matheson as president of the Institute. Matheson, former chief of staff for Utah Sen. Mike Lee, will be formally introduced as president Wednesday, March 30, in downtown Salt Lake City and is slated to take the helm April 4, allowing board chairman Stan Swim to conclude his service…

Gov. Herbert signs 41 bills [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: * For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Gov. Herbert signs 41 bills SALT LAKE CITY (March 24, 2016) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed 41 new bills, bringing the total number of bills signed during the 2016 Legislative Session to 270. The governor signed the following bills: Bill Number Bill Name Bill Sponsor H.B. 16 Offender Registry Amendments Rep. Jack Draxler H.B. 33 Fire Prevention Board Membership Amendments Rep. James Dunnigan H.B. 54 Economic Development Tax Increment Financing Amendments Rep. Rebecca Edwards H.B.…

Gov. Herbert signs 20 bills [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: * For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Gov. Herbert signs 20 bills SALT LAKE CITY (March 23, 2016) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed 20 new bills, bringing the total number of bills signed during the 2016 Legislative Session to 228. The governor signed the following bills: Bill Number Bill Name Bill Sponsor H.B. 34 Business and Labor Interim Committee Report Amendments Rep. Val Peterson H.B. 40 Agency Reporting Requirements Rep. Bradley Last H.B. 49 State Liability Protection for School Employees Rep. Curtis…

Utah – the voice of reason

“Song of my soul, my voice is dead; Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed, Shall dry and die in Lost Carcosa.” —From “The King In Yellow”, by Robert W. Chambers If Nostradamus and The Book of Revelation gave birth to demonic twins destined to swallow the whole of humanity into their flagitious mouths, they would be named Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. With Trump and Clinton as the prospective nominees for the two major political parties in the U.S., this country has officially lost its collective mind. By propping these…

BUZZ: Sutherland Institute announces Boyd Matheson as new president

In a press release, the Sutherland Institute announced that Boyd Matheson as its new president. The conservative public policy think tank, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been without a permanent president since it parted ways with Paul Mero in August of 2014. Matheson is well-known in Utah politics, including for his service as Utah Senator Mike Lee’s Chief of Staff, a position he held from 2013 until 2015, when he stepped down to work on Lee’s reelection campaign. The full press release can be found below. SALT LAKE CITY—Sutherland…

Why the silence on education?

By Christine Cooke Have you noticed what’s missing from this presidential election cycle? It’s not social media wars, parody, physical assaults, or other drama. It’s a substantial discussion of education. In January one Slate writer wrote, “None of the [2016 presidential] candidates are talking about education. Like, at all.” The head of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools noted, “Candidates on both sides of the aisle have said distressingly little about K-12 education.” The observation seems to be a fair characterization. Education doesn’t seem to be the biggest issue…

To President Obama: We hate manure

You might want to stand on a chair for this one in order to save your shoes because the manure is getting deep.   In the speech Obama gave to the Cuban people sometime before or after doing the wave with Raul Castro, he states that he believes people should be allowed to peacefully protest their government. Basically he tells the people he believes in the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. and here it is: Obama doing the wave pic.twitter.com/1erVpjEVYN — Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) March 22, 2016 Obama doesn’t believe in the…

A third party candidate doesn’t have to compete everywhere to win

One of the great fallacies of the 2016 election is that we are somehow too late in the cycle for a third-party candidate to enter the race and make a difference. As a result, we are left with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There have been looks at ways for a third-party candidate to use an existing party to get on the ballot. Perhaps Marco Rubio could jump to the Libertarian party, beat Gary Johnson for the nomination, and end up being on the ballot in 31…