Political Winners and Losers of 2017

Hey, there’s never enough of these year-in-review posts, right? Here’s a look at the winners & losers in politics in 2017. ==NATIONAL== WINNER: Donald Trump – He didn’t get impeached, his fans are still as loyal as ever, and he actually accomplished a lot of what he wanted to. He helped get a big tax deal through that will add an estimated billion dollars to his net worth, he nominated a Supreme Court justice that conservatives will applaud for the next 25 years, and he got rid of a lot…

Mike Noel receives the 2016 Friend of the Trust Award

Salt Lake City – Representative Mike Noel has been awarded the 2016 Friend of the Trust Award, the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and School Children’s Trust Section of the Utah State Board of Education announced today. Noel will receive the award Thursday, October 20, at a 9 AM assembly of students, educators, and community members at Kanab High School. “Mike Noel is a true champion- perhaps the true champion- of the school trust lands and their mission” said Tim Donaldson, Director of the School Children’s Trust. “In recent decades, Utah’s school trust lands…

Auditor Report on Kaysville City Review of Expenditures for “Big Red” Fire Engine 2016 Parade Entry [UPH Wire]

  For Immediate Release August 2, 2016 Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Report on Kaysville City Review of Expenditures for “Big Red” Fire Engine 2016 Parade Entry Salt Lake City, UTAH – The Office of the Utah State Auditor (Office) today released its Report on Kaysville City Review of Expenditures for “Big Red” Fire Engine 2016 Parade Entry.  The Office reviewed City expenditures related to this parade entry and the City’s compliance with city policy and state laws. The Office also reviewed certain City purchasing policies to determine…

Lee Announces Senate Field Hearing in Utah on Public Lands Management

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Thursday, July 14, 2016 *Lee Announces Senate Field Hearing in Utah on Public Lands Management* WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced Thursday that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be conducting a field hearing at San Juan County High School in Blanding, Utah on July 27, at 3:00 p.m. “When it comes to how the federal government wishes to dispose of its land in Utah, Utahns deserve to be heard,” Lee said. “This field hearing will provide Utahns a forum to share their views…

Sen. Lee Introduces the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Thursday, July 14, 2016 *Sen. Lee Introduces the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Act* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mile Lee (R-UT) and Orin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Act Wednesday, a bill that would allow more Americans to mountain bike in wilderness areas. “Our National Wilderness Preservation System was created so that the American people could enjoy the solitude and recreational opportunities of this continent’s priceless natural areas,” *Lee said*. “This bill would enrich Americans enjoyment of the outdoors by making it easier for them to…

Sen. Lee Introduces The Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Thursday, July 14, 2016 *Sen. Lee Introduces The Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act* WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act Wednesday, a bill that give would give farmers and ranchers the freedom not to participate in Department of Agriculture check-off programs. “If farmers and ranchers want to get together and pool their resources to better promote their products, then that is the free market at its best,” Lee said. “But as soon as the power of the federal government is used…

Senator Hatch and Speaker Ryan Sign Bill to Combat Opioid Abuse [UPH Wire]

Daniel Burton Cell: 801-358-3613 *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *July 14, 2016 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Senator Hatch and Speaker Ryan Sign Bill to Combat Opioid Abuse* Washington, D.C.—Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., signed critical legislation this morning to address the prescription painkiller and heroin abuse epidemic sweeping the country. The bill, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, recently passed in the House and Senate, and included several provisions with a direct impact on Utah championed by Senator…

Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Thursday, July 14, 2016 *Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced on Wednesday‎* S. 3201, the Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016*, a measure intended to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity check off programs. Checkoff programs are mandatory participation programs under the US Department of Agriculture. These programs are funded through compulsory fees on producers of eggs, beef, pork and a multitude of other agricultural products. The…

Attorney General’s Office Announces Human Trafficking Arrests [UPH Wire]

Attorney General’s Office Announces Human Trafficking Arrests *Over 70 arrests, including for child sex exploitation and human trafficking of minors* SALT LAKE CITY July 13, 2016 – In cooperation with local and national law enforcement agencies today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced in a press conference a multi-month investigation that resulted in the arrests of a number of individuals on human trafficking and child sex exploitation charges. The arrests are related to cases where victims of human trafficking were trafficked inside Utah. Some cases involved minors and some crossed…

Senator Mike Lee: Protecting the First Amendment [UPH Wire]

Senator Mike Lee: Protecting the First Amendment Yesterday I testified in a hearing with the House Oversight Committee in defense of the First Amendment Defense Act. The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the government from discriminating against covered individuals or institutions that define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The most important feature of the First Amendment Defense Act is its exceptionally narrow scope. If enacted, the bill would do one thing and one thing only: it would prevent the federal government from discriminating against particular…