Alliance for a Better UTAH Press Statement regarding future of Healthy Utah [UPH Wire]

Contact: Josh Kanter Founder, Board President, Alliance for a Better UTAH 801.520.0757 | info@betterutah.org – – – – – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 *Alliance for a Better UTAH issues statement on future of Healthy Utah* After meeting with Secretary Burwell, Governor Herbert, Speaker Hughes, and President Niederhauser announced they needed to continue working on Utah’s revised plan to expand Medicaid. Over the past year, the Governor has worked diligently to craft an elegant Utah solution, Healthy Utah, which is widely supported by the public, faith community, business community, and healthcare industry –…

New campaign to hold legislators accountable for Healthy Utah votes

Contact: Isaac Holyoak Communications Director, Alliance for a Better UTAH 801.664.9751 | isaac@betterutah.org – – – – – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 New campaign to hold legislators accountable for Healthy Utah votes – – – – – Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH is launching a campaign to hold Rep. Jim Dunnigan and Sen. Allen Christensen accountable for their roles in blocking Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. Herbert’s plan, while still falling short of full Medicaid expansion, would allow access to…

Why King’s Campaign Finance Bill is Ironic (and DOA)

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Brian King’s campaign finance bill hit a snag when the House Government Operations Committee voted unanimously to hold HB60, ostensibly because of concerns about the Swallow scandal. King’s bill would limit donations from individuals to candidates to $10,000 for statewide races and $5,000 for legislative races. “I want to see if there is something we can do to address dark money … in the form of greater disclosure and transparency,” King said according the Salt Lake Tribune. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the progressive non-profit Alliance for a Better Utah (ABU), also spoke…

There’s no escaping the harmful effects of inversion season [UPH Wire]

Contact: Isaac Holyoak Communications Director, Alliance for a Better UTAH 801.664.9751 | isaac@betterutah.org – – – – – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 There’s no escaping the harmful effects of inversion season – – – – – Salt Lake City — It’s coming. Watery eyes, prolonged cough, and a serious Vitamin D deficiency, all courtesy of Utah’s inversion season. While driving less and eliminating wood burning are the herculean tasks necessary to diminish northern Utah’s air quality problems, a local group is hoping to improve the immediate life of…

An Insider’s Look at the10th Circuit Kitchen v. Herbert Ruling

Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit upheld Judge Shelby’s decision and ruled that Utah’s marriage bans are unconstitutional.  In so holding, the court ruled that marriage is a fundamental right and that any deprivation of this right is subject to strict scrutiny.  Since this is the first circuit court decision on the issue since Windsor, the opinion provides an especially instructive interpretation of that case, as well as a potential framework for future circuit-level decisions on the issue consistent with Supreme Court precedent.

Egg on its face: the Utah Bar and the Swallow Complaints

Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns

Has the Utah Bar failed in its duty to the public to self-regulate? That’s a question a pair of lawyers have asked in the wake of the John Swallow scandal, still unfolding as prosecutors in Davis and Salt Lake Counties continue their investigation into John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff, and their associates. Wrote Russell Fericks and David Irvine in the Salt Lake Tribune: The Bar’s refusal to act on the two Swallow complaints is not a convincing demonstration of its ability and willingness to self-regulate. The legal profession in Utah, and the public…