Why I believe the accusations against Rob Miller

Way back when blogging about politics in Utah was a relatively new thing, almost everyone was doing it. At one point there were probably close to 50 people running their own politics blogs including almost all of the writers here at UtahPoliticoHub (myself included). We would occasionally meet face-to-face to break down the toxic barrier of only recognizing a person as words on a screen. Rob Miller was a frequent attendee and put off an immediately likable vibe at each of these events. He was everyone’s friend, fellow Democrat or opposing…

Abortion is never the answer to helping women

A recent op-ed appeared in these pages titled “Abortion bans lead to disability and death,” which argues that “some abortion is required,” especially in developing countries. I beg to differ. Abortion leads to death 100 percent of the time, and with very rare exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, it is a violent option that does nothing to advance the status of women. The ultimate “war on women” is the one that kills them by the millions. A Lancet article published less than one month ago puts…

Interviewing the candidates: Utah Senate District 14

We find ourselves in another election season with three great candidates to choose from to replace Senator Al Jackson in Senate District 14. This race will likely be determined by the delegates at convention even though two of the candidates have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the primary, regardless of the convention outcome. In an attempt to help both the delegates learn more about the candidates and help candidates get their message out, I have interviewed all three and am doing this write-up. As there have been some whisper…

10 Tips for easily following the Utah Legislature

The Utah legislature ranks among the best in the nation for state legislative transparency and ease of following the goings-on on Capitol Hill. Here are 10 easy ways you can follow along with the legislative session, which also gives you info for some awesome small talk at dinner parties. Go to the award-winning legislative site: le.utah.gov You can search for bills by topic, number or legislator. Track bills electronically.  Each time there is a change to the wording and each time it is scheduled to be discussed in committee or on the floor, you…

Holly Richardson enters race for Senate 14, calls for leaders “who look for solutions”

Former state legislator Holly Richardson has joined the race for Utah Senate District 14. The seat is currently held by Al Jackson, who will not seek reelection. “Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to talk about policy, but today, I want to share the type of leader I believe we need,” said Richardson. “We need leaders who look for solutions, not just the next soundbite. We need leaders who understand that diversity and differences make for a richer, more robust conversation and are to be…

Holly Richardson enters Utah Senate Race [UPH Wire]

Contact: Holly Richardson Cell: 801-369-2836 HollyforSenate.com HollyforSenate@gmail.com <HollyontheHill@gmail.com> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2015 HOLLY RICHARDSON ENTERS UTAH SENATE RACE Pleasant Grove, UT – Today, Republican Holly Richardson formally announced her candidacy for the open seat in Senate District 14. Current Senator Al Jackson will not be seeking re-election. “Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to talk about policy, but today, I want to share the type of leader I believe we need,” said Richardson. “We need leaders who listen, not lecture. We need leaders…

The Smart Questions Club: This week in headlines [streaming]

Starting at about 9:30 PM MST  (give or take) on Wednesday, get in the conversation with the editors of Utah Politico Hub as they review this week in headlines and talk about the stories behind the stories. Including Holly Richardson, John English, Curt Bentley, and Daniel Burton, they’ll look at polling that puts Trump over Hillary in Utah (if just barely), Planned Parenthood’s ongoing drama, tax increases sought by over three dozen municipalities, and, of course, the ongoing ripples of the hacking of Ashley Madsen.

Swapping branches: Moving between Utah’s Legislature and the Herbert Administration

Jon Cox resigned his seat in the Utah House on July 8 to take a job in Governor Gary Herbert’s office as Communications Director. Cox is a savvy and likable hand and he’ll do well in the new job. He won’t be the first legislator to join the Herbert Administration, however (nor the first Cox. In addition to Spencer Cox, the LG and Jon’s fourth cousin, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget is Kristin Cox, though she is not related, at least directly, to the other two. This is what we call…