Sim Gill, you need some wins

I’m starting to wonder what it is that Sim Gill does all day. As the district attorney for Salt Lake County, his job is to investigate crimes and, if sufficient evidence is found, prosecute perpetrators of those crimes. In the last few years it seems like he’s not very successful when it’s a high-profile case. Let’s take a look at a few examples. The first is the now completely botched investigation and prosecution of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. The report compiled by the legislature was extremely…

The Dust Settles on UT-3’s GOP Primary

Until now, we haven’t seen much effect from SB54, the bill that allows candidate to still get on a primary ballot even if they don’t make it in the top two at the convention. This is now only the second GOP primary in Utah where a signature gatherer defeated at convention beat the top vote-getter, and we will feel the repercussions for a while. This was a strange one, in that Jason Chaffetz resigned in the middle of his term, and Gov. Herbert butted heads with then Utah GOP-chair James…

Lots of booing at Chaffetz town hall

Jason Chaffetz held a town hall in Salt Lake County, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the results meant he never does so again. Democratic organizers did a better job of getting their people out than Chaffetz did. (If he’s still a Congressman in 2020, this might inspire him to try to gerrymander more of SLC out of his district.) I arrived around 5:50 for the planned 7:00 event. Several hundred people were already there at Brighton High School. The auditorium had a capacity between 1000-1100, which meant that people…

Rep. Jeremy Peterson: CMV cracks the edifice of Utah’s caucus-convention system

After this year’s experience at the Weber County Republican Convention, I had some time to reflect on what happened and what it means for the future of politics in Northern Utah and the State at large. Three Republican candidates submitted their names to run for the County Commission seat up for grabs this election cycle.  Brad Dee, Caitlin Gouchner, and Jim Harvey threw their hats into the ring.  In a typical year, the three names would be winnowed down to one by delegates elected to attend the County Republican Convention.…

Sen Adams & Rep Gibson letter to colleagues: Visit UPSTART family and early intervention reading schools

The following is a letter Senator Stuart Adams and Representative Francis Gibson sent to members of the Senate and House. Visit UPSTART family and early intervention reading schools Dear Colleagues: As you know, Governor Herbert made a line item veto to SB2 eliminating funding for five education programs including funding that would have expanded UPSTART and provided continued support for early intervention reading programs in our schools. This means about 2,300 4-year-olds will not be able to use UPSTART and will have an adverse effect on about 22,000 Utah students…

Senator Jerry Stevenson: Please support IT Academy

During the Session we approved an appropriation for our IT Academy, which unfortunately was vetoed by the Governor. This is an excellent program that provides high school students the opportunity to graduate from high school certified in Microsoft and other software programs, which helps these students gain employment straight out of high school. I appreciate that this program offers these high school graduates the potential to support themselves through higher education as they find employment with their certification. I have attached a letter from the IT Academy and a PDF with more information…

Utah Senate: Senator Howard Stephenson veto override statement

Dear Colleagues, I write for the purpose of providing you with context and information related to the Governor’s veto of SB 2, Item 6 (found on lines 205-220). I strongly believe that we should exercise our Constitutional authority to override this veto. This veto significantly impacts funding for important educational programs in our state which we had carefully studied and vetted through the legislative process. In his veto letters, the Governor explains his reasoning for vetoing this item – but I don’t believe he had complete context, or accurate data,…

Sen. Daniel Thatcher: To vote yes on medical marijuana, we need reliable data

To vote yes on medical marijuana, we need reliable data. We won’t have that until the Federal Government reclassifies marijuana and the FDA can properly research it, including what conditions are helped, dosage, potential side-effects, and warnings against drug interactions, just like any other drug. Throughout this process, I have seen individuals being shamed and attacked for holding differing opinions. These tactics are causing many good people who hold strong and valid opinions to keep their heads down and their mouths shut. This does not make for good policy. I…