Utah Politicos React to Obama’s State of the Union Speech

Tonight was the annual State of the Union address, and President Obama did not disappoint.  To paraphrase a much better writer than myself: It was the best of speeches, the worst of speeches, it was an account of wisdom,  it was a narrative of foolishness, it was a recitation of belief, it was a delivery of incredulity, it was a soliloquy of Light, it was a monologue of Darkness, it was the briefing on hope, it was the prophecy of despair, it had everything before it, it had nothing before it…in short, the State of the Union was so far like…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels and the Intermountain West

The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) published an administrative rule that requires states to lower atmospheric ozone levels to 60-70 parts per billion. For states in the Intermountain West, where the level of naturally occurring ozone (or “background concentrations”) routinely reaches 60 – 75 ppb, it’s going to be tough to comply. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led research, it’s not a problem limited to inversion prone valleys like Salt Lake and Cache. “We expected we were going to see intrusions big enough, individual events, which would…

Chris Stewart v Luz Robles: Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Debate [Video]

Chris Stewart v Luz Robles: Utah's 2nd Congressional District Debate

It’s Chris Stewart v Luz Robles, folks. In case you missed the debate, we’ve got it for you below.  The Utah First Congressional District met its candidates last week (September 25, 2014). In a debate hosted by the Utah Debate Commission, Republican Rep. Chris Stewart and Democrat State Senator Lus Robles met for an hour to debate on broadcast television. Find the video, as provided by KSL, below.

Is Bishop’s Land Initiative a “Grand Bargain” or Not?

The State of Utah along with several Utah Counties, citizen groups, and Congressmen Bishop, Chaffetz, and Stewart’s staff have put a lot of time and effort into the Bishop’s Land (Bill) Intuitive.   They did this with the hope of bring Utah’s public lands issues to a consensus of all stakeholders.  This was referred to as the “Grand Bargain” in an article in the Deseret News on Jan. 13, 2014. Bishop expressed his views on the initiative: I have observed and participated in the debate over the management of public lands for more than…

Ten Utah Races To Watch On Primary Night

Early voting in the Utah Primary ends today, and the Primary Election will be on Tuesday, June 24. With no statewide or federal offices grabbing headlines, it might be easy to forget that there’s a primary at all. But there is, and here’s ten races that you should keep your eyes on. 

This land is my land…

Who better to manage Utah (and the west’s land) that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)? There is a reason as to why the BLM is in place. It is to protect the heritage of our country from the worst of those among us. There are those who have proven they can’t even pretend to be mature adults and respect important heritage sites. This goes farther than Cliven Bundy and his issues. Formed in 1946, the BLM was the culmination of several different offices and agencies within the executive with the specific…

Thirty Minutes with my Congressman: Chris Stewart

During the first week of may Utah Politico Hub contributing writer and podcaster Shon Harris was able to spend some time in Washington D.C.. During this unique “behind the scenes” experience he met with all six members of the Utah Congressional delegation. Over the next couple of days, he will post about the time spent with all of them; because each of them were interesting in their own way and had their own quirks.    Today’s subject, is the representative of Utah’s Second Congressional District, Chris Stewart. Representative Stewart was elected in 2012, after Jim Matheson decided…