Utah Democrats, sexual harassment, and accountability

The longer you are involved with politics the more obvious it is the inclination toward cliques, tribes, bullying, and fighting for or about identity we all learn in grade school stays with us into adulthood. Nothing exposes that sad reality like a controversy. This isn’t a fun post to write. Empathy for Rob Miller, or anyone, having their past combed over and every personal flaw debated publicly makes me hesitant. Anger at those without clue or scruple condemning the women who signed the letter to leadership accusing him of sexual…

The Hub Sheet – Mar 26, 2016: Caucus, Easter Crime, and the American Dream

The Utah Politico Hub live blog of caucus night captured the excitement (and crowds) from around the state. A 2.5 foot tall stack of voter registration cards was delivered to Salt Lake County. The Utah engineer who warned of (and tried to stop) the Challenger explosion 30 years ago died this week. Three ways to improve the online voting experiment. America’s competition deficit. Gov. Herbert signs 52 bills and sort of maybe endorses Ted Cruz finally but not really.at his monthly news conference. After Scalia’s death, Dow Chemical drops appeal, settles in class-action price fixing…

The Hub Sheet – Mar 19, 2016: Presidential Hopefuls and Mug Donuts

Salt Lake Tribune’s Matt Canham on why predicting the outcome of Utah’s 2016 caucus is difficult. Speaking of, everything you need to know to attend a caucus available here. Study: Who is posting comments on news stories and why are they doing it? Utah is enjoying it’s 15 minutes in the presidential race. Ad money is being thrown around like parade candy. Twitter coverage via Ben Winslow. And everyone gets a front page! [Kasich] [Cruz] [Trump] [Bernie] Why the online sales tax bill died. Speaker Hughes… what the…? Brotailers? More details…

The Hub Sheet – Mar 5, 2016: SATS, storm economics, and lead enthusiasts.

Mr. English: 74 things I learned from the lowest debate in American history. Repeal the 17th Amendment? Don’t bother. The Beehive Bugle lampoons “lead enthusiast” Sen. Mike Lee’s hold on Flint water crisis aid money. Economists discussing the impact of weekend snowstorms on local economies. Utah Division of Consumer Protection is investigating an Ogden business that’s been “going out of business” for a really, really long time. Thousands of students will take the new SAT tests this weekend. Here is what’s changed and why. From the highest mountain in the Alps to a miniature train…

The Hub Sheet – Feb 27, 2016: Cheap Stuff, Super Tuesdays, and Travels to Azerbaijan

Mr. English recaps the latest GOP debate and looks ahead at Super Tuesday. A Dayton, ID family says their daughter, who took her own life last week, was a victim of vicious cyber-bullying. Senators Okerlund and Hillyard discuss Trump, Rubio, higher education audits and more via the Utah Senate YouTube channel. “It’s about a third, a third, and a third,” Rep. Froerer says of medical marijuana’s odds in the house. Groupon won Unroll.me’s Biggest Spammer 2015 award for email frequency. Better Utah explains opposition to Rep. Dunnigan’s medicaid proposal. Governor Herbert says…

The Hub Sheet – Feb 10, 2016: Act of Sitting

The origin of the word “session,” as in “general session,” stem from a Latin phrases for ‘act of sitting” or “have a seat.” True story. Gordon Jones says Rep. Love’s “one thing at a time” proposal is well intentioned, but ultimately meaningless. Utah on the brink of losing “herd immunity” with more parents choosing not to vaccinate. Pew: 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in U.S. history. At the 13.15 mark, Senator Lyle Hillyard proves he’s the Banksy of explaining base budgets in this Utah Senate Q&A. A skeptic infiltrates…

Open data and local government: Part One

In December, Route Fifty hosted a panel on the increasing role access to public data is playing in local governments both as a public service and an internal disruptor of existing practices. Panelists included city clerks, lawmakers, mayors, and more from around the country, large cities and small. The forum provided an intriguing snapshot of how transparency and open data are helping to reimaging city and county government, and how that transformation isn’t top-down but being driven mainly by younger city employees and public involvement. Some of the key takeaways:…

The Hub Sheet – Jan 26, 2016: Nuclear salesmen, Big Cereal, and #UTLeg week one

An interactive exploration of Utah’s budget, 2000-2017. For nerds, in the #UTleg and the #UTpol. Legislative session gets underway with day one focus on education, water, and public lands. Single-issue bills could make their way from Utah to DC. Sen. Adams wants  to link Lake Powell Pipeline project to transportation and road funding. A new book collects business cards from nuclear industry salesman and it is strangely intriguing. State auditor announces new online budget and open government training videos for local governments. Hunger has come to the suburbs. Gov. Herbert’s State of the State…

The Hub Sheet – Jan 11, 2016: Industrialist dilemmas and the TSA vs. gravy

Rep. Jeremy Peterson explains signing on as co-sponsor of Rep. Arent’s HB119, ending straight ticket voting. Utah played a key role in Delta Airlines’ near-demise… and revival. City council member Jenney Rees on how women in politics are treated differently than men in the same positions. An incredibly thing we all do during conversations. Ballot Battles: A history of disputed elections in the US. Sorensen: Candidates expected to worship at the altar of the Party, as led by Chairman Evans. Former Rep. Justin Miller gets 18 months probation for fraud charge. Provo…

The Hub Sheet – Jan 4, 2016: #Yallqaeda, coal mines, and tow truck conspiracies

How a balanced budget amendment “con con” could lead to bigger government and higher taxes. Four new elements will be added to the periodic table. Ammon Bundy and armed militia have taken over a federal building at a bird refuge in Oregon, resulting in some fun hashtag trends. #yallqaeda Monte Wells cautions against lumping the family at the center of the Oregon issue with armed militia members, and former Salt Lake Tribune reporter Jim Dalrymple says to understand the standoff, you need to understand Mormons. More on the Bundy brand of Mormonism. Utah…