Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 13, 2015

• Republican infighting is old news. Between Gov. Hebert’s Medicaid expansion proposal and the County My Vote debacle, it’s getting a little tiring even for the peanut gallery. But Democrats? Bring on the fresh meat! Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is in a now-very-public fight with his former top adviser-turned Representative Justin Miller. McAdams claims $30,000 is missing from his campaign funds, and Miller claims he was fired for whistleblowing on inappropriate campaign maneuvers. (Trib) In a press conference Wednesday (that’s today if you’re reading this on Wednesday and…

Minutes for Executive Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 1:00 PM [UPH Wire]

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. – Room 445 State Capitol   Members Present:                                                      Members Excused: Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard, Co-Chair                                  Sen. Luz Escamilla Rep. Melvin R. Brown, Co-Chair                                 President Wayne L. Niederhauser Sen. Jerry W. Stevenson, Vice Chair                           Sen. Ralph Okerlund Rep. Brad R. Wilson, Vice Chair                                 Rep. Tim M. Cosgrove Sen. J. Stuart Adams                                                    Rep. Brad L. Dee Sen. Gene Davis                                                        Sen. Patricia W. Jones                                                  Staff Present: Sen. Peter C. Knudson                                                 Mr. Jonathan Ball, Legislative Fiscal Analyst Sen. Karen…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 17 – Nov 23

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. Reason #59 for Passing Legislation It’s just really a fun project to partner with these kids to teach them about the legislative process. — Senator Aaron Osmond, on his proposal to declare the golden retriever dog breed as the official “state domestic…

Want your driver’s license? Register to vote, first.

In a year when Utah elected the first black, Republican woman (and a Mormon, to boot) to Congress , the Beehive State still only managed to turn out an estimated 40% of registered voters to the polls. That’s about 27% of the total population of the state weighing in on who should represent Utah to the US Congress, the Utah Legislature, county councils, and commissions. In other words, only one in four people in our state are contributing to selecting the politicians who will vote on taxes, regulate business, fund roads and…

Utah Democrats don’t want to win

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It was a little jarring to review my ballot for Iron County and see so many unopposed races. My state senator didn’t have any opponent. My representative had a third-party opponent which is almost the same thing. Aside from a couple of write-in candidates (neither of whom broke 20%), all of the county races were unopposed. After having to make a lot of careful choices and analysis from living in major metro areas like Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, it didn’t sit well with me to have so few…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Oct 27 – Nov 2

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. Go Big, or Go Home Here are my #utpol predictions: All 4 congressional seats and AG got to the #utgop, and +2 seats in the House but +0 in the #utsen — Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) October 31, 2014 Barbra Streisand Effect In other news,…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Sept 29-Oct 5

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 UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Hotel Utah “How are we expecting to increase revenue that way?” [Salt Lake County Mayor Ben] McAdams asked in his article. “The amount of revenue this new bill will generate in hotel and restaurant taxes will pay for the closing of all Salt Lake’s…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 8-14

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL 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. Good luck, but Not Really At the end of the event we each wished each other luck in our respective campaigns…but not too much.–Rep. Jeremy Peterson after a debate with his opponent. Curse You, Partisan Spell Checker Your spell check is an anarchist. “@BjaminWood:…

SB216 Cheats Unincorporated Salt Lake County

I could tell you that cheaters never prosper, but if you know anything about how legislation is passed, you know that’s a steaming pile of manure. With only fifteen days left in the Utah legislative session, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is making a last minute push to pass legislation, introduced only last week (SB216, introduced by Democratic Senator Karen Mayne), that will lock unincorporated Salt Lake County from any further incorporations. Because the legislation is retroactive to January 1, 2014, locking out incorporations taken before the legislation passes, it…