Rep. David Lifferth announces his candidacy for Utah State Senate District 13

In a press release, David Lifferth announced his candidacy for Utah State Senate District 13. Lifferth has represented  Utah House District 2 since 2013. Senate District 13, which includes Lehi, parts of Bluffdale, Herriman, American Fork, Highland, as well as Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, Cedar Fort and Fairfield, is currently represented by Mark Madsen, who will retire at the end of this year. Jake Anderegg has also announced he will run for the seat. “There is a general sentiment nationwide that people are sick and tired of politics as usual,” said Lifferth. “I…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Oct 20 – Oct 26

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Big Whoops! Always check your ballot! When I voted today the candidates for HD 40 were on my ballot instead of HD 36, where I live & am running.#utpol — Patrice Arent (@RepPatriceArent) October 23, 2014   And After Realizing that Last…

Weird Gems from Campaign Disclosures

Every so often, when perusing the candidates’ campaign disclosure forms, you stumble upon weird gems.  Something different than flyers, mailers, and food.  Here are a few of the gems found in this year’s forms: I am all for friendly and civil elections.  But I find it strange that Senator Jim Dabakis provided his opponent, Jacquie Nielsen, with campaign advice.  According to her disclosure, Dabakis provided her with an in-kind donation of a campaign consultation.  The question becomes, was it really worth $100? I can just imagine it: “Don’t run,” he…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 21-27

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Apostate Senator I read the first [Warren Jeffs’ letter] that I got and it said I couldn’t have sex with my wife until further notice,” Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, told FOX 13. “I decided I wasn’t an adherent of the Warren Jeffs clan.…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 14-20

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the mouth dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. What’s in a name? As I wrote in a previous column, my chief complaint with Johnson is that he has an incredibly redundant name. Worse, his parents apparently couldn’t decide on the appropriate way to spell John/Jon, so they ended up just splitting…

Daylight Saving Time Creates Problems and Doesn’t Meet Objectives [Hub Debate]

We’re debating whether Daylight Saving Time should end. Learn more about it here. If you’d like to contribute a post, send it toUtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. I believe that we should do the right thing for the right reasons. Doing something just because it has been done before is not justification for doing it again.  Doing something that creates problems and inconvenience just because it has been done before is not smart. Daylight Saving Time creates all kinds of problems and doesn’t fulfill its objectives. In this regard it is just like ObamaCare and many…

Cut From the Same Cloth?

There is a fundamental question making its way around the Capitol this session: should taxes be tied to users? For example, should those that drive more pay more for roads through gas taxes or tolls? Or should those directly utilizing our public schools pay more towards education? These items never quite correlate exactly, but there has always been a sense especially among conservatives that user taxes are better policy.