Jim Dabakis: Salt Lake Tribune to be sold

A number of reports from different sources are saying there will soon be a new owner for the Salt Lake Tribune. Reportedly, the paper is losing money and its owner, the New York Hedge Fund, Alden Global Capital is ready to dump the Tribune. It is not market conditions that have turned the Tribune unprofitable. It’s because the Trib’s Hedge Fund owner and Deseret News Publishing came to an agreement in the fall of 2013. The deal called for Tribune to stop getting its traditional 58% take from the papers…

Jim Dabakis: After tap dancing for 2 years, just take Medicaid expansion!

Utah, quit stalling. Take full Medicaid Expansion. ‘The Gang of Six’ Republicans (Gov Herbert, Lt Gov Cox, Senate President Niederhauser, House Speaker Hughes, Senator Shiozawa and Rep Dunnigan) are deciding who will live and who will die. They are negotiating on whether the state should accept Medicaid Expansion–or not. They are taking their sweet time. The Medicaid Expansion decision is the biggest single issue to face the state in a generation and our state seems paralyzed, unable to make a decision. The reason this is taking so long is not because this…

Jim Dabakis: Salt Lake’s West Side dissed again? Tax increase and the prison?

The Mayor worked to get a tax increase if prison goes to West Side–should the revenue go to build up the long neglected West Side? The Salt Lake City Airport site for the new prison is wrong. Dead wrong. The proposed site is near I-80 and 7200 West. The Prison Relocation Commission is looking for a 500 acre patch, the airport location has about 4,000 acres from which to choose. In March of 1853, Governor Young established a territorial prison. On the outskirts–of civilization. That area today contains Sugarhouse Park. By the 1951, the city had engulfed…

Jim Dabakis: My trip to Delta

Twenty-one year old Rick Jones was robbed, had ‘Die Fag’ carved into his arms and was forced to drink bleach. It happened in Delta, Utah (pop 3,485). But it doesn’t stop there. Five days later, the words “Die Fag” were spray-painted on his and his family’s house. And last week, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the young man’s bedroom. Q Salt Lake broke this story. Kudos to Michael Aaron (support QSL). Soon after Q Salt Lake posted his story, I received a call from a national news source asking for a comment. The tone of the…

Jim Dabakis: Unlike GOP and the endless Swallow wallow, let’s get this Justin Miller matter cleared-up fast

As usual, House Minority Leader Brian King has it right. When the people’s confidence in their elected officials has been seriously questioned the situation needs to be addressed immediately by those public officials who stand accused. Waiting for weeks, months or even years is not acceptable. The business of the state and the right of constituents to be represented by unencumbered representation must rule the day. These matters ought not to be solely addressed by the laborious judicial process. Public officials should put the public good ahead of their own personal issues. People have a right to know if their elected…

Let the Supreme’s Settle, Forever, Who Owns Utah’s 32,000,000 Acres!

It could settle, forever, Utah’s longest festering sore. I have a bill, SB 105, it gets a hearing Monday afternoon at 2. There are a lot of people who think Utah owns 32,000,000 acres of land that the Feds claim in Utah. That group, apparently includes the Governor, the entire Utah DC delegation, the Attorney General  and big majorities in the Utah legislature. Evidence of their belief is the wrong-headed 2009 HB 148. These good folks claim that the Enabling Act of the Utah Constitution gives Utah that public land. I say that is bunk. Not even…