Becky Lockhart: Don’t Stop Believin’

This is a repost of Ryan Wilcox’s tribute to former Speaker Becky Lockhart, posted on UPH with permission. Today is the four month anniversary of her passing.  ONE SHORT MONTH AGO, a few short weeks even, I flew back to Washington, D.C., in part to accompany my friend through some meetings in the Senate.  Speaker Becky Lockhart had been feeling a little under the weather, telling me the day before we left that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to make the trip, that she was fighting what…

BUZZ: Governor Gary Herbert Vetos HB385 At Lockhart Family Request

At the request of the family of former Speaker Becky Lockhart, Governor Gary Herbert has vetoed HB385. In a statement Herbert indicated that he had spoken with Stan Lockhart, Becky Lockhart’s husband. “This afternoon, I received a phone call from Stan Lockhart who requested I veto the bill and I have opted to honor his wishes,” said Gov. Herbert. “While I am disappointed by the controversy that seemed to diminish the Legislature’s recognition of Speaker Lockhart, I am committed to working with lawmakers and the Lockhart family to find an…

We Need Women in Leadership Roles, Including the Home

Have you ever heard of the “Mommy wars?” It’s the sad, judgemental insecurity-laden false narrative that pits mothers against each other to see who can be the best. Homebirth or hospital birth, breastfeed or bottlefeed, preschool or not, work outside the home, work in the home (something EVERY woman does, of course) or do outside work from home, pursuing a college education after marriage or kids, lots of kids, no kids or just a few kids, political involvement, PTA or PTO involvement, homeschool, public school, private school or charter school.…

Final Countdown: One Theme to Rule Them All

The 2015 session is close to adjourning sine die. As we come the end, there is one word I have heard more than any other to describe this year. WEIRD Some bills passed that are uber-conservative (opt-in sex ed, anyone) and some that are a lot more middle of the road (primary seat belt law?!). There’s no Becky Lockhart. There’s no Jen Seelig. The legislature did some incredibly heavy lifting on some bills addressing health care, criminal justice, non-discrimination and religious liberty. The health care heavy lifting still did not…

UTGOP Statement on the passing of Speaker Becky Lockhart [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, January 17, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: 435.574.1560 UTGOP Statement on the passing of Speaker Becky Lockhart SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following message on the passing of Former Speaker Becky Lockhart: “I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Speaker Becky Lockhart. Both Stan and Becky are my friends and I’m truly brokenhearted,” said Chairman Evans. “As the first woman Speaker of the Utah House, Becky made history and made Utah a better place. She…

Praying for the Lockharts

In politics it’s easy to caricature. One action, one vote, one public statement – and we clamor to mock, to ridicule, to label, and to gossip. Snark is easy and public service is hard. It is easy to forget the humanness. Yesterday, we were all reminded. The announcement that former Speaker Becky Lockhart is ill sent a wave of shock through Utah’s political community, and we remembered.  Becky Lockhart is more than the former Speaker. She is a wife, a mother, a daughter. Her husband, Stan, is part of our…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Oct 20 – Oct 26

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, 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 UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Big Whoops! Always check your ballot! When I voted today the candidates for HD 40 were on my ballot instead of HD 36, where I live & am running.#utpol — Patrice Arent (@RepPatriceArent) October 23, 2014   And After Realizing that Last…