Countdown: The “Three Amigos” of the House

As our countdown continues, the 3rd to the last day of the 2015 session focuses on the “Three Amigos” of House Leadership. First, Speaker Greg Hughes. At the end of his first session, it has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, with a number of significant bills and not insignificant differences of opinion. Speaker Hughes comes from a scrappy Philadelphia background and his “fighter” instincts have been on display this session. He has been willing to take punches for the body and they, in return, have his back. (He’s also…

BUZZ: Greg Hughes Selected Utah House Speaker

As the Utah House Republican caucus closes its meeting tonight, Greg Hughes will be announced as Speaker of the Utah House. Jim Dunnigan will be House Majority Leader, Francis Gibson will be Majority Whip, and Brad Wilson has a lock on House Majority Assistant Whip. The selection of Hughes as Speaker comes after rumors prior to the meeting put the Salt Lake legislator at the front of the race for the spot. He won selection after just one round of voting, with the vote tally stopping once the count rose above 31,…

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…