Utah Legislature Leadership Races and Rumors

Just when you thought elections were over, there are a whole new round of elections–at the Utah Legislature–taking place today. Tonight, the Utah House and Senate will elect their leadership for the next two years. With Speaker Becky Lockhart’s decision not to not run for reelection, the House will be electing a new speaker and a new slate of leadership as everyone attempts to scramble up the chain. In the House there is not a filing deadline, meaning candidates could still jump into the races.  There is a chance the…

Weird Gems from Campaign Disclosures

Every so often, when perusing the candidates’ campaign disclosure forms, you stumble upon weird gems.  Something different than flyers, mailers, and food.  Here are a few of the gems found in this year’s forms: I am all for friendly and civil elections.  But I find it strange that Senator Jim Dabakis provided his opponent, Jacquie Nielsen, with campaign advice.  According to her disclosure, Dabakis provided her with an in-kind donation of a campaign consultation.  The question becomes, was it really worth $100? I can just imagine it: “Don’t run,” he…

What if Utah legislators were board games? [Publius Online]

Want to Play a Legislative Game

And now for something new and creative (and, as Cornflakes notes,an indication that someone over at Utah League of Cities and Towns has a lot of extra time on their hands): what if your legislator was a board game? Brought to you by the Utah League of Cities and Towns, some of my favorites imagine Rep. Craig Hall as Batman (“Give him a cape, and he can do anything!”), the Utah House as a game of Monopoly (the Senate is apparently more of a “Secrets and Symbols” type game),  Rep. LaVar…