Salt City Throwdown: An Interview with Holly Richardson

Holly Richardson – GOP Candidate for Utah House 57. ©2014 | Courtesy Photo     In the interest of full disclosure, the Salt City Throwdown and Holly Richardson both contribute to the Utah Politico Hub website. Where we give opinions and content regarding Utah Politics. Although we contribute to this website, and work closely with Holly, this is not a fluff piece, and is meant for our listeners to learn more about the Candidates running for the Utah State House of Representatives. –Smitty Everyone knows Holly. It sounds like it should be a T.V. Series.…

50 ways to kill a bill

Paul Simon had 50 Ways to Leave your Lover. Train has 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. And the Utah legislature has 50 Ways to Kill a Bill.     You can make a new plan, Stan. So, *Slap a huge fiscal note on the bill. *Hold it in rules. *Table it. *Circle it. *Offend someone in leadership. *Call in expert witness John Swallow. *Send it back to rules *Send it to interim study *”This bill is about legitimate rape….” *Forget to put it on a committee agenda *Pull it from…

Top Ten Tips for Emailing Legislators

Eight days are left in the 2014 legislative session and legislators are getting swamped. Here are a few tips to help your voice be heard as you contact your legislators. 1. Make your subject line as descriptive as possible. “Vote NO” is not actually descriptive. “Please vote yes on HB105, the plant extract bill” is better. 🙂 2. In addition to the bill number, include either the title or a description of the bill. With hundreds of bills to track, it’s hard to identify them by just a number. 3.…

John Swallow and massive data recovery

The House investigative committee met again to discuss potential legislation resulting from the Swallow investigation. They discussed several different bills (including one that beefs up the section of code that deals with organized crime!!) but one of the most important bits of information came at the end of the meeting. Chairman Jim Dunnigan spoke to committee members and notified them that there was a significant amount of additional data that had just been recovered. If you remember, out of all the devices that John Swallow had been using, only one…

Digital Natives, Devices and Education Funding [Holly on the Hill]

We have been hearing a lot lately about education funding, WPUs, and one-to-one but we haven’t spent as much time talking about those who really matter: the kids. Those kids who are already in the school system and those who will be entering it in the next few years have a distinct advantage over those of us who are their parents and grandparents. They are digital natives. Unlike those of us who are digital immigrants (born before the mid-90’s), digital natives live in a world where they are fluent in…

Tips for dealing with the media

A couple of year’s ago in a House majority caucus meeting – an open meeting, btw – a couple of young women handed out a few tips and hints on how legislators should deal with the media.  As you might imagine, it contains these helpful hints: *Nothing is ever “off the record“.  Refrain from saying anything to the press you would not like to see on television or in print.

“On Point,” Jan 31, 2014

Senators Luz Robles and Deidre Henderson are joined by Michelle Mumford, assistant dean at BYU Law School, and Holly Richardson of the “Holly on the Hill” blog. The group discusses the tragic shooting of Sgt. Cory Wride and another officer; congratulates Sen. Robles on her engagement; discusses activity from the first week of the 2014 session; goes in depth on the Uintah Elementary school lunch scandal and Governor Herbert’s State of the State address.