Choosing Greg Bell to mediate the Count My Vote dispute is a good thing

In an effort to get to a resolution of the dispute between the Utah and the Utah Republican Party over last year’s SB 54, the judge on the case has asked the parties to get a mediator. According to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Robert Gehrke: The competing sides in the Utah Republican Party’s court battle over changes to Utah’s nominating process have chosen former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell to try to mediate a resolution to the lawsuit. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer urged attorneys for the GOP,…

What should Utah do with USTAR?

In 2006, business leaders and the Presidents of Utah‘s two Research Universities University of Utah and Utah State University embarked on a big initiative called USTAR. The value proposition was that if Utah were willing to invest in University research, best in class research teams from all over the world would migrate here and bring with them large federal grants/money that could be spent in Utah. That research would give valuable experience to student assistants and could in turn result in patents and products that would lead to new companies…