Political accountability

As Donald Trump implodes, and (perhaps) takes the Republican Party with him, finger-pointing abounds. Why should I resist the temptation? I have written before in this space about my dismay that Republican Party officials signed on with Trump long before there was any need to. Whatever one may say about the need for party loyalty after Cleveland, Trump’s unacceptability to Utah Republicans was glaringly obvious when Utahns For Trump was organized, way back in February. Three elected party leaders were part of this effort, and my finger is now pointing…

Email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members regarding no November Special Session to address USBE and SB 54

The following is an email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members.  From: Greg Hughes Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 11:08 AM To: House All Members Subject: No November Special Session Representatives! On November 3rd Governor Herbert issued a press release stating that he “will not convene a nominating committee for the 2016 Utah State Board of Education elections.” The statement also “encourages legislative leaders to continue working together to find a resolution to this important issue.” It was interesting that the Governor called upon the Legislature to act…

State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion [UPH Wire]

 CONTACT: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Greg Hartley ghartley@le.utah.gov 801.231.2756 Ric Cantrell rcantrell@le.utah.gov 801.647.8944 STATE LEADERS ANNOUNCE FRAMEWORK FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State leaders announced today that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid Expansion. A group of six state leaders has continued meeting since the close of the 2015 General Legislative Session to find a resolution to the ‘coverage gap’ created by Obamacare. The key principles they are working to address include coverage for those most in need, data accuracy regarding assumptions and…

Republicans not piling on to Democrats over the Miller scandal

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” Proverbs 24:17 After 32 days of near silence, the Democratic Caucus of the Utah House called for Rep. Justin Miller to resign. About time (says Maryann Martindale). And stop dragging my party through the mud, says Senator Jim Dabakis. And yet, there’s been nary a bit of mud thrown by official Republican folk, whether elected officials or party leaders. With the exception of Senator Todd Weiler’s quite justifiable call for Miller’s resignation and a very brief…

Polite Politics Podcast #4: Utah Speaker Greg Hughes, trade wars, and economics in-depth

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes joined the latest Polite Politics Podcast to talk about the unique part-time role of state legislators in Utah, the state’s economic success, and the anti-discrimination / religious freedom bill that won national acclaim. The podcast also includes: The Trade War between President Obama and Elizabeth Warren Activists Exposed on a College Campus An In-Depth Look at how Republicans and Democrats view Economics Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. Here are sources on the podcast and some explanations referenced within it. On…

A Drive By About Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

If someone offered to buy you a car and asked you to pay 10% of the cost, what is the first thing you would do? began Speaker Greg Hughes Wednesday morning at a Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce event on Medicaid Expansion. The answer is: Figure out the total price of the car. If the car is a Bentley, you might have second thoughts since your 10% is still a lot of money. If the car is a Chevy, then the 10% is easier to say ‘yes’ to. That analogy summed…

Transparency in the Healthy Utah discussion

Healthcare

Whatever your position on expanding Medicaid in Utah, attacking the post-legislative session discussions as being “secretive” only makes sense if you don’t know anything about public policy formation. When Healthy Utah failed to pass out of a House committee late in the 2015 Legislative Session, Governor Gary Herbert promised to call a special session in July. It set a deadline by which he, Speaker Greg Hughes, and President Wayne Neiderhauser would iron out differences between Healthy Utah and the House’s Utah Cares (which also failed). And that’s the rub. The left leaning activists who…

Midday Commentary on the Weekend News — May 11, 2015

Your PSA of the day:   And now on to the news! First, up Around the Hub: • Former GOP party chair Stan Lockhart gives us a CMV history lesson and some very blunt perspective: “The result is an all-or-nothing approach that has culminated in the Party losing at every turn to get their way. The Party has lost the public relations battle with polling still showing large majorities for an alternate path to the ballot. The Party lost their Legislative battle with their own Republican Legislature super-majority. The Party…

New Poll Shows Healthy Utah Has Less Than Fifty Percent Support Among Informed Voters

Informed voters don’t support Healthy Utah, according to a new poll. The poll results will provide ammo to opponents of the Medicaid expansion, further complicating Governor Gary Herbert‘s efforts to find a compromise with conservative legislators to cover uninsured Utahns. The poll, released today and embedded below, shows less than fifty percent of informed voters support Healthy Utah when given information about the impact of the law on the federal debt. The poll was conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen on behalf of Republican consultant Chuck Warren’s Silver Bullet. Warren has also been retained by Jonathan Johnson, who is expected…