Countdown: The “Three Amigos” of the House

As our countdown continues, the 3rd to the last day of the 2015 session focuses on the “Three Amigos” of House Leadership. First, Speaker Greg Hughes. At the end of his first session, it has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, with a number of significant bills and not insignificant differences of opinion. Speaker Hughes comes from a scrappy Philadelphia background and his “fighter” instincts have been on display this session. He has been willing to take punches for the body and they, in return, have his back. (He’s also…

Utah Legislature Leadership Races and Rumors

Just when you thought elections were over, there are a whole new round of elections–at the Utah Legislature–taking place today. Tonight, the Utah House and Senate will elect their leadership for the next two years. With Speaker Becky Lockhart’s decision not to not run for reelection, the House will be electing a new speaker and a new slate of leadership as everyone attempts to scramble up the chain. In the House there is not a filing deadline, meaning candidates could still jump into the races.  There is a chance the…

Buzz: Rep. Francis Gibson urges legislators “not to start leadership” races, yet

With Rep. Don Ipson’s kick-off of the leadership race in the Utah House of Representatives yesterday, some are wondering if it’s a bit premature. In an email to his colleagues in the House, Rep. Frances Gibson asked: “Do we really want to start leadership races now?” After expressing his appreciation for the work done by his colleagues as a body, the long few weeks through the convention cycle, and that there is some who may be weary of being asked to take sides against friends in leadership elections, Gibson called from…