The Mero Moment: In Defense of Signature Gathering – January 28, 2016

As candidates for Utah public office begin to position themselves for this election year, nearly all of them face the dilemma of the fallout from a new state campaign law, most commonly referred to as SB 54 or the “Count My Vote” compromise. The new law allows a candidate access to a primary ballot, circumventing Utah’s traditional caucus/convention system, through a reasonably easy signature gathering process. This new process was primarily designed by its authors to allow more seemingly moderate candidates to get around more ideological voices inside the Republican…

New Poll Shows Healthy Utah Has Less Than Fifty Percent Support Among Informed Voters

Informed voters don’t support Healthy Utah, according to a new poll. The poll results will provide ammo to opponents of the Medicaid expansion, further complicating Governor Gary Herbert‘s efforts to find a compromise with conservative legislators to cover uninsured Utahns. The poll, released today and embedded below, shows less than fifty percent of informed voters support Healthy Utah when given information about the impact of the law on the federal debt. The poll was conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen on behalf of Republican consultant Chuck Warren’s Silver Bullet. Warren has also been retained by Jonathan Johnson, who is expected…

Senator Mike Lee’s impressive turnaround

Senator Mike Lee

Less than one year ago, the government was shutting down and Utah’s junior Senator was taking heat for it. A lot of heat. A public opinion poll conducted by BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy showed Senator at with a 40% approval rate and a 51% disapproval rating or a -11%. Fast forward to yesterday: A new public opinion poll by Dan Jones and Associates for UtahPolicy.com shows Senator Lee now holds a 54% approval rating – a healthy 14 point increase. But, his disapproval rating has also…

The Healthy Utah Poll: Pushing Public Opinion, not Finding It

Released on June 17th, a poll shows massive public support for Governor Gary Herbert’s Health Utah Medicaid expansion plan. In fact, if the poll numbers are to be trusted,  legislators with any kind of political self-interest should be scrambling to accept the Medicaid expansion. On a second look, though, the poll isn’t so helpful as it looks and may actually have methodology problems. Utah policy makers should be wary before accepting the results of the poll. Utahns have a lot still to learn about Medicaid expansion before a decision is made to accept…

Top Three Lobbyists in Utah [Poll Results]

Foxley and Pignanelli

The results are in for  our 100% unscientific, but fully “official” Utah Politico Hub poll on Utah’s top lobbyist. If we can learn nothing from what an non-scientific, non-statistically relevent, online poll, it’s that our readers believe that the best lobbyists in Utah are come in twos. And the top three lobbyists are: Doug Foxley and Frank Pignanelli:Not only do Doug and Frank get our official nod as Utah’s top lobbyists, but they get a nod for their willingness to poke fun at themselves as well. Chris Kyler and Mike…

VOTE: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?

Capitol at night

We asked; you nominated. Now it’s time to vote: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?