Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Sept 22-28

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious.

Did we miss any? Send them to us at, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition.

Some Count Sheep, Others Zion CurtainsUtah-bar-partition

I couldn’t sleep; so, I started contemplating the interplay of private property, free markets, and religion. (Good heavens! Did I just write that sentence?! I need a life. I straight-up channeled pre-saved Carl Wimmer for that lede.) Instead of counting sheep, I counted Zion Curtains—a partition that Utah forces restaurants to building in order to hide drink pouring from impressionable youths. (Stupid, sexy Tom Cruise)… — State Senator Steve Urquhart. Read the rest of Urquhart’s pontification here.

Apathy is the Issue

Lieutenant Governor Uncensored

 “If you aren’t on one of the extremes, be an extreme centrist,”  Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said. “Be loud about things that are rational.”

“These problems we have with people not voting their conscience and worrying about the next election would go away,” he said, “if we had term limits.”

He also took a poke at Mitt Romney, his party’s 2012 presidential nominee, saying the candidate suffered from not having served as a city councilman or in a role that put him closer to average people.

If he had, Cox said, “he wouldn’t have kept saying really, really stupid things only rich white people say.” — Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, read the full article by Robert Gerhke on his remarks here.

Blame Game

 “I don’t want to sound like I’m blaming everything on Harry Reid, but I am.” — Congressman Rob Bishop during this week’s debate

Better Things to Do.

“Chaffetz faces only a nominal challenge from the Democrats. Brian Wonnacott, a semi-retired software engineer, is smart and sincere, but even he is not sure if he’s ready for Congress. He entered the race in the last week before the filing deadline, and he’s been turning down donations because he believes the donors have better things to do with their money. He readily acknowledges he doesn’t know much about specific legislation.” — Salt Lake Tribune editorial endorsing Jason Chaffetz for Congress.


This week’s meme dedicated to BYU hopefuls protesting the Honor Code:

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This week’s top posts:

Money and Politics: Like Water Flowing by Dan Burton

Utah State School Board Selection: The ‘Partisan is Unconstitutional’ Argument by Sutherland Institute

Bishop v McAleer: Utah 1st Congressional District Debate [Audio]


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