Gov. Herbert signs letter to encourage federalism [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards Public Information Officer 801.538.1509 desk 801.755.3085 cell edwards@utah.gov Gov. Herbert signs letter to encourage federalism SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) – This week, Gov. Gary R. Herbert joined 24 of his fellow Republican governors in signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the 114th Congress to actively restore balance between the states and federal government during the session. The governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine,…

Sen. Margaret Dayton: The Conundrum of the Common Core Waiver

By Senator Margaret Dayton I had the opportunity to address the State School Board today (on Friday, August 8, 2014) about the legislative intent of a bill that I passed nearly a decade ago. HB 135 was passed in 2005, but the drafting and crafting process took a full two years. During the 2004 interim, every single education committee meeting discussed the onerous ramifications of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and what could be done. HB 135 was the result of some of those discussions. When the bill was considered in the 2005…

What does the NCLB waiver vote mean?

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) votes whether to renew the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver on Friday August 8. While the ostensible result of the vote will be to renew or not renew the waiver, there will be efforts by all interested parties to label what the vote means. Common Core: if the USBE decides not to renew the waiver, Common Core standards foes will see it as a victory and a step towards extracting Common Core standards from our education system. Utah would still need to replace…

Can the judiciary limit itself? Not if we can help it [Hub Debate]

Plenty of people are spending time talking about the Hobby Lobby ruling itself and are missing a much bigger issue: the ever-expansive role of the judiciary. When we don’t get what we want out of the legislative process, we lawyer up and try to create all kinds of fancy language to inject new meaning into existing law. Sometimes, the courts go along with it and encourage the same bad behavior in others. The end result is that we don’t even have a real system of law anymore; we have a…

5 Thoughts on the Kitchen v. Herbert Argument

For those who somehow didn’t hear, yesterday was the oral argument in the Kitchen v. Herbert appeal at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Since there are few things I enjoy doing more than listening to a well-argued appeal, I listened to the arguments online yesterday afternoon and have a few thoughts that I thought I would throw out there for anyone who’s interested.  If you’re inclined to listen to the argument yourself, you can find an MP3 here. (1) The State of Utah and the Plaintiffs are…