House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah [UPH Wire]

Media Statement For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director                     Utah House Democratic Caucus                     801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah Salt Lake City – In light of the low grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement: “We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. The Medicaid expansion discussions that have been carried out over the last few months…

House Democratic Leader Brian King remarks on allegations against Representative Justin Miller [UPH Wire]

House Democratic Leader Brian King remarks on allegations against Representative Justin Miller June 15, 2015 Thank you for coming this morning. Representative Briscoe, the Assistant Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, and I, the leader of the caucus, are here with other members of the caucus. We excuse Representative Chavez-Houck, the whip of the caucus, who is out of town on a long planned family trip. Representative Brad King is also unable to attend. We also excuse Representative Arent, who is the vice chair of the House Ethics Committee, along…

Is Celebrating Non-Victories the Utah Democrat Way?

When you’re part of a losing team, you start to grasp at straws for anything you might be able to sell as a victory. As a long-time Cubs fan, I’m pretty used to being in that position. (Yes, go ahead and crack your jokes. I can take it.) I completely understand the need to turn lemons into lemonade, but at some point you’re filling a pitcher with water and some yellow food dye and calling it the same thing. It very much appears that the Utah Democratic Party and many…

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…

Campaign Finance Reform High Priority of Democratic Legislator [Hub Wire]

Media Advisory For Immediate Release: January 26, 2015 Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator Utah House Democratic Caucus 801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov   Campaign Finance Reform High Priority of Democratic Legislator Salt Lake City– House Democratic Leader Brian King will be presenting his Campaign Contribution Limits bill tomorrow in Government Operations Standing Committee beginning at 2:00 pm in House Room 30. Representative King has run a similar bill for the past two years, encouraging the state to adopt stricter regulations on donations to political campaigns, committees and candidates. Last year the bill…

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…

Utah Reps Read Mean Tweets

If there’s one quality we can grant to at least some of the members of the Utah House of Representatives, it’s that they don’t take themselves too seriously. That’s a something we could all do a little better. With that in mind, we give you this, a production of the Utah House communications team, an effort to poke a little fun at their own expense: legislators reading mean tweets about themselves.

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Drops by the Alta Club

Wendy Davis, gubernatorial candidate in Texas, dropped by the Alta Club for a fundraiser, according to Utah State Representative Brian King. Brian King: “Listening to the next Governor of Texas, Wendy Davis. What a dynamo!” Related articles Embattled Texas gubernatorial candidate hits Chicago to raise money (illinoisreview.typepad.com) Will Wendy Davis Keep Texas Red? (patrickspeigneralblog.wordpress.com) Former Cowboys player Emmitt Smith donates $10K to Wendy Davis campaign (twitchy.com)