No Surprise That Healthy Utah Is DOA In the House

When news emerged that Healthy Utah would not be debated or voted on in the House, pundits, Democrats and the Governor’s proxies began to express shock and dismay. Why not give it a chance to get a hearing? The bill deserves a chance to be debated! It’s disingenuous to pretend like there’s not been a debate in the public for over a year, if not more. No other issue has seen more push polling, marketing, and out-of-state interest group advocacy than Healthy Utah. Governor Herbert has put his full effort and brand behind the…

House Chief to Step Down at Year’s End [UPH Wire]

SALT LAKE CITY –  Joe Pyrah, Chief Deputy of the Utah House of Representatives, will be departing at the end of the year. Joe has worked for Speaker Rebecca Lockhart for four years and has served as a senior advisor and energetic and dedicated supporter not only to her, but to representatives and staff of the House. “Joe has helped guide the House through some of the toughest issues we’ve seen in decades,” said Speaker Lockhart. “Whether it was redistricting, the landmark investigation of the Attorney General, or his efforts…

30 minutes with my Congressman: Jason Chaffetz

During the first week of May, Utah Politico Hub contributing writer and Salt City Throwdown podcaster Shon Harris was able to spend some time in Washington D.C.. During this unique “behind the scenes” experience he met with all six members of the Utah Congressional delegation. This is the 21st year the University of Utah has offered this unique program to qualified, students who are unable to take part in a full semester term internship at the local or federal level.  Over the next couple of days, he will post about…

Utah’s Fourth Congressional District: What’s in a Young Gun?

[Updated 4-3-2014] A candidate’s level in the Young Guns program is largely determined by fundraising. Rumors are that Bob Fuehr, who is at the first level of the program, is largely there due to loans to his campaign to put him over the threshold. People close to his campaign, however, indicate that Bob Fuehr is “in it to win it.” With Jim Matheson retiring at the end of his term, the odds on favorite to win the seat will be a Republican. I say “will” because short of a scandal…