Hey Josh Kanter? It’s easy to attack the “free market” when you don’t know what it is

Just like Pee-wee Herman saying “I meant to do that”, Alliance for a Better Utah’s founder and chair Josh Kanter likes moving the goalposts and declaring victory. In an op-ed light on both facts and arguments to support his thesis, he derides the abysmal health care industry as being an example of the free market being an abject failure at delivering medicine. Let’s pick apart this exercise in how to write like an overconfident high school sophomore. One thing he does get correct is defining a functional free market, one in…

Who calls for James Evans to resign but not Justin Miller? Alliance for a Better Utah, that’s who.

You’d think that a bad time to engage in blatant hypocrisy would be right after you’ve been called out on it. Apparently, Alliance for a Better Utah just enjoys doing things differently. After the complete disaster that was Utah Republican Party State Chair James Evans embarrassing himself, the GOP, and the state of Utah on national TV with widely discredited tabloid conspiracy theories was enough for Better Utah to start demanding his resignation. To me, it’s just another cherry on top of the crap sundae of reasons why Evans has…

When do issues with political fundraising actually concern Alliance for a Better Utah?

Remember when Alliance for a Better Utah was a fighter for clean, ethical campaign fundraising? A quick look at their own website shows that they’ve spent a lot of bytes going after what they perceive to be campaign financing evils and violations. Heck, they even demanded a quick way to investigate any allegation of violating campaign finance laws. So given that Utah House Democrats stand accused of illegally fundraising at the Capitol, ABU should be all over this one like they were with Mike Lee’s home sale, right? Pfft, as…

ImpactHub, Alliance for a Better Utah partner, and totalitarianism

When ImpactHub first announced that they were coming to Salt Lake City, it didn’t take me long to roll my eyes. They’re basically a franchise co-working space (79 locations and counting) wrapping themselves in a vague mission statement of supporting businesses seeking to change the world. It all felt very forced, as if community building among entrepreneurs was some kind of magic cloneable formula. Still I was content to merely go Jennifer Lawrence on them since they were more-or-less harmless. Now, however, it looks like ImpactHub has let the facade…

Better Utah Demands that Utah GOP Follow the Rule of Law [UPH Wire]

*PRESS RELEASE* *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2016* CONTACT: *Josh Kanter, Alliance for a Better Utah* * (801) 893-2281 <%28801%29%20893-2281>│ **josh@betterutah.org <josh@betterutah.org>* *- – – – – -* *Better Utah Demands that Utah GOP Follow the Rule of Law* *- – – – – – * Salt Lake City – The Alliance for a Better Utah urged delegates at the Utah Republican Party State Convention this weekend to vote against a resolution to be introduced by Lowell Nelson, former vice chairman of the state Republican Party. This resolution “encourages public…

Is a focus on stunts instead of policy hurting the Alliance for a Better Utah?

The Alliance for a Better Utah has a problem keeping good people on staff. After losing long-time Utah politico Maryann Martindale last year and then Rob DeBirk this year, ABU is rapidly becoming an extension of the Utah Democratic Party. Given Utah’s proclivity for conservative government, it can be hard to be a progressive-leaning advocacy group like the ABU. Republicans dominate in the state House, Senate and the governor’s mansion, and there’s no sign of that changing soon. Utahns tend to prefer a more conservative approach to government, both in style and…

Alliance for a Better UTAH calls out Speaker Hughes for red herring on Healthy Utah [UPH Wire]

MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Josh Kanter Founder & Board President, Alliance for a Better Utah info@betterutah.org 801.893.2281 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 29, 2015 *Better UTAH calls out Speaker Hughes for red herring on Healthy Utah* In an interview with Utah Policy, Speaker Hughes is reported to have said that the “Gang of Six” is making progress “but it all hinges on what the Supreme Court does next month.” In response, Better UTAH Founder and Board President, Josh Kanter, issued the following statement: “Speaker Hughes has again thrown out a red…

Alliance for a Better Utah’s selective silence on violence

Alliance for a Better Utah has no shortage of selective outrage or hypocrisy on our state’s political stage. The recent silence on Rep Justin Miller’s “alleged but everyone is pretty darn sure he did it because HOLY CRAP HE SAID THAT ON TAPE” embezzlement of upwards of $34K from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ campaign is a pretty shining example, especially considering the, er, “enthusiastic” participation in calling for former Attorney General John Swallow to suffer every possible consequence but stoning in a public square. There’s also their rather glaring…

Another Scandal: Why didn’t this come out in October? Oh, wait…

Utah blindsided by another political scandal File this under: “Things That Would Have Been Nice To Know Last October.” Wednesday morning, Utah woke up to another political bombshell.  Accused of stealing $30,000 in campaign funds, Rep. Justin Miller, a first-term member of the Utah House, was fired from his job working for Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. In addition to working as an adviser to McAdams, Miller had previously been McAdams campaign manager. Oh, and P.S.: Miller was fired  in October of 2014. In a tit-for-tat, Miller accused McAdams of firing him…

Transparency in the Healthy Utah discussion

Healthcare

Whatever your position on expanding Medicaid in Utah, attacking the post-legislative session discussions as being “secretive” only makes sense if you don’t know anything about public policy formation. When Healthy Utah failed to pass out of a House committee late in the 2015 Legislative Session, Governor Gary Herbert promised to call a special session in July. It set a deadline by which he, Speaker Greg Hughes, and President Wayne Neiderhauser would iron out differences between Healthy Utah and the House’s Utah Cares (which also failed). And that’s the rub. The left leaning activists who…