The Politico Reading List: Rep. Jeremy Peterson

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the fourth in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Representative Jeremy Peterson represents Utah’s 9th Legislative District, which covers part of Weber County. He was quick to respond when I asked what he was reading this summer. He doesn’t have a list, but gave just one title. Given that it’s one of the great classics in English literature and a…

Living Through Tyranny and The Reformer’s Burden

As we watch our nation’s influence in the world ebb, our citizens’ dependency on government programs escalate, and our economic engine become mired in crony capitalism, it would not be out of the question for us to hear calls for reform.  In fact, it seems the voices calling for a ‘reset’ in Washington have only grown louder over the past decade as these unmistakable markers of decline become more obvious and prevalent by the month.  Yet, despite the rhetoric and the fervor, we have not seen a man rise to…

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.…

Why people listen to the Utah Eagle Forum

People often ask why people listen to the Utah Eagle forum. We’ve all seen and heard about the influence they have, but we rarely see how they are able to mobilize. Recently the UPH and myself were recently forwarded some e-mails from readers of UPH that shed some light just what makes them so darn effective. Gayle Ruzika being interviewed for stories, quoted in the newspapers, sitting on the dais of a senate committee engaged in conversation. We have also have heard the stories about the pull the Utah Eagle…