Who’s Who on Capitol Hill…on Twitter

Some legislators on Capitol Hill know how to turn a good phrase into a 140 characters of beauty. Others should never be allowed anywhere near social media. And still others are like the illusive Ivory Billed Woodpecker: We know they’re out there, but they only rarely tweet in public. If you’re game to follow, and interact, with the members of the Utah Legislature up on Capitol Hill (or their staff or the reporters that cover them), here’s a nearly comprehensive list of the Who’s Who on Capitol Hill and their Twitter handle. If you…

Eric Cantor forgot the #1 rule in politics

“Unprecedented!” “Historic!” “Out of left field!” (or in this case, right field) “Unexpected!… Stunning!… Shocking!…” Writers all over the country are pulling out the old thesaurus to try and find the right words to describe US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss last night. In addition to the right headline grabber, writers were (and are) scrambling to find out WHY Cantor lost. People I know and trust call him the “workhorse of the Republican majority, a statesman, a faithful husband, and a great father. He also surrounded himself with some of the best…

Actions on the Hill Threaten Hill Air Force Base

In case anyone has not heard through the propaganda machines posing as news organizations in this country, the new proposed White House budget proposes significant cuts to our military over the remainder of this decade and beyond. This talk is just gaining momentum and disguises serious consequences for Hill Air force Base, Camp Williams and other areas of Federal spending in Utah. Rationalizations such as the lack of need for a land based military without major land based conflicts to fight roll off of editorial pens like so much Washington…

VOTE: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?

Capitol at night

We asked; you nominated. Now it’s time to vote: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?

The Top 11 Qualities of Good Legislators

Capitol at night

Over the years, I’ve watched legislators come and go and candidates come and go, I’ve often pondered what qualities are most important for a legislator. Here is a start: Learn process – The legislative process is like a monopoly game. Those who know the rules best mostly get their way. Take the time to learn parliamentary procedure. Learn how to pass and kill bills. Learn appropriations – The difference between Executive Appropriations and Appropriations SubCommittees is immense. Figure out how to get funding. Don’t define your worth by the office you…

Heard on the Hill: Shhh…someone might be recording this conversation.

Utah Capitol Hill

As legislators debate a bill penalizing “revenge porn,” it may be the secret recording of the legislators themselves that is most disconcerting to the part time lawmakers on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Rumors, perpetuated by several legislators, are circulating that at least three legislators have found themselves the focus of recordings without their knowledge or consent. As Representative Dana Layton said during the debate over revenge porn, according to Eric Peterson,  its “almost natural law” that sending anything electronically means losing control of it. Is it also natural law that elected officials…