What, or who, will it take to rescue UTA?

Is it time for new leadership at UTA? With the failure of Prop 1 in Salt Lake County, where opposition to the transportation tax was unfunded and supporters raised $675,000, blame was quickly placed on UTA for sinking the transportation tax. UTA would have been the recipient of 40% of the revenues raised by the tax hike. UTA executives make high six figure salaries and regularyly enjoy exotic foreign trips to research other metropolitan transit systems; consequently, sympathy for subsidizing public transit has fallen. While Salt Lake County voters in the past have supported bonds for things like…

Utah political dopplegangers

Notice anything weird about this Salt Lake Tribune story…or at least with the pictures that ran with it? If you guessed that Rep. Justin Miller looks uncannily like Rep. Jon Stanard, you win!  And the Trib loses – for running a picture of the wrong representative.  But these things can happen.  There are an incredible number of white guys in Utah politics, and, frankly, all white guys look a lot the same.  Here are a few other common mix-ups (aka political doppelgangers) we’ve seen over the years. Sen. Jerry Stevenson has…

Sen Todd Weiler to Propose Davis County GOP Resolution Thanking Bramble, McCay for SB 54

Utah State Senator Todd Weiler has never been one to shy from a fight. At the Davis County Republican Party Convention next week, Weiler will propose a resolution that thanks Utah State Senator Curt Bramble and Utah House Member Dan McCay for their work on SB 54. The law, passed in 2014, was born in the best tradition of legislative sausage making and was designed to stave off the Count My Vote efforts to end Utah’s caucus/convention system. According to the resolution (find the full text below), many legislators believed that the Count…

No Surprise That Healthy Utah Is DOA In the House

When news emerged that Healthy Utah would not be debated or voted on in the House, pundits, Democrats and the Governor’s proxies began to express shock and dismay. Why not give it a chance to get a hearing? The bill deserves a chance to be debated! It’s disingenuous to pretend like there’s not been a debate in the public for over a year, if not more. No other issue has seen more push polling, marketing, and out-of-state interest group advocacy than Healthy Utah. Governor Herbert has put his full effort and brand behind the…

House Leaders Draw Lines Over Healthy Utah

In a set of op-eds that must leave Governor Herbert less than sanguine, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Representative Dan McCay have spelled out their opposition to Healthy Utah. Healthy Utah just passed the Utah Senate on a vote of 17 for and 11 against and is headed over to the House. With Hughes spelling out discrepancies between what Healthy Utah was projected to cost a year ago and what it’s being projected to cost now, it’s hard to see a clear path to passage for the Medicaid expansion in Utah.…

Book Review: Mia Love — The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, by Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr

With Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, a biography of Mia Love by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham,  with Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr, readers are fortunate to find a glimpse into the history and biography of Utah’s newest Representative to Congress, the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The book (which you can find at mialovebook.com or at the Amazon link below) is not authorized by Mia Love or her campaign. Americans should be so lucky as to have…

Utah Politico Summer Reading: Rep. Dan McCay

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the sixth in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Representative Dan McCay represents Utahs 41st legislative district.  He lives Riverton in Salt Lake County. His automatic reply to emails is one of the funniest I’ve received, so do me a favor and shoot him an email. He reads them all.   Dan McCay’s Summer Reading List Infinite Progress: How the Internet…