Jim Dabakis: Salt Lake’s West Side dissed again? Tax increase and the prison?

The Mayor worked to get a tax increase if prison goes to West Side–should the revenue go to build up the long neglected West Side? The Salt Lake City Airport site for the new prison is wrong. Dead wrong. The proposed site is near I-80 and 7200 West. The Prison Relocation Commission is looking for a 500 acre patch, the airport location has about 4,000 acres from which to choose. In March of 1853, Governor Young established a territorial prison. On the outskirts–of civilization. That area today contains Sugarhouse Park. By the 1951, the city had engulfed…

Jim Dabakis: My trip to Delta

Twenty-one year old Rick Jones was robbed, had ‘Die Fag’ carved into his arms and was forced to drink bleach. It happened in Delta, Utah (pop 3,485). But it doesn’t stop there. Five days later, the words “Die Fag” were spray-painted on his and his family’s house. And last week, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the young man’s bedroom. Q Salt Lake broke this story. Kudos to Michael Aaron (support QSL). Soon after Q Salt Lake posted his story, I received a call from a national news source asking for a comment. The tone of the…

Jim Dabakis: Unlike GOP and the endless Swallow wallow, let’s get this Justin Miller matter cleared-up fast

As usual, House Minority Leader Brian King has it right. When the people’s confidence in their elected officials has been seriously questioned the situation needs to be addressed immediately by those public officials who stand accused. Waiting for weeks, months or even years is not acceptable. The business of the state and the right of constituents to be represented by unencumbered representation must rule the day. These matters ought not to be solely addressed by the laborious judicial process. Public officials should put the public good ahead of their own personal issues. People have a right to know if their elected…

Why is Sen Dabakis perpetuating the obvious gerrymandering lie?

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. – Mark Twain Gerrymandering is a pretty good story. In it, the evil Republican legislature crammed a proposal down the throat of Utah voters to disenfranchise them from voting for the Democrats who they really wanted in office in the first place. As a professional bomb-thrower, Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis is all too eager to keep on repeating the story as it gets handed down from session to session. I mean, it’s a lot easier than saying…

The Dabakis Factor: a guide to ignoring facts and slamming Republicans

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams. I think Senator Jim Dabakis forgot to check the votes before he decided to slam the Republican members of the Utah House for killing a bill that would have allowed Tesla to sell cars in Utah. In a bizarre twist during the Utah’s Legislature’s 2015 session, the predominantly conservative House killed a law that would have rewritten how cars are sold in…

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…

What Jim Dabakis said…and what he really meant.

Why Jim Dabakis said he got out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor:   What Jim really meant: WONK ALERT!!  I sat down with Jackie Biskupski this afternoon. I was the better candidate, but whatever. Jackie has been complaining and complaining for the last 9 days.  Jackie is a hell of a persuasive lady!  She decided that it would be best for me to leave the race.  She told me “Jim, put on your FB page, ‘I am endorsing Jackie for Mayor.’” This election is too long for me to…

BUZZ: Could Jim Dabakis be getting out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor? [UPDATED]

UPDATED 4.15.2015 at 3 PM to reflect Dabakis withdrawal from the race for Salt Lake City Mayor and endorsement of Jackie Biskupski to replace Ralph Becker in City Hall. In a Facebook post this morning, Jim Dabakis announced that he would meet with Jackie Biskupski later today, indicating that it was possible that only one of them would remain in the race for Salt Lake City mayor. By 3 pm,  Biskupski had posted on Facebook a picture of her and Dabakis together, noting that he had endorsed her for Salt…