Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 29, 2015

So, you know, the majority caucuses are meeting today to talk about approving the Gang of Six’s full Medicaid expansion proposal. The pitch theoretically puts the cost on the institutions who stand to gain from it, mainly doctors, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. Makes sense, right? Wrong. Businesses don’t pay taxes. People pay taxes. No matter what is said, no matter what the bill ends of promising, you and I are going to pay for any sort of expansion. It’s called pass through. But at least it’s not like the reddest…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 20, 2015

Ooooooooooh, scathing editorial from the Trib today on the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller dustup. Ha-ha, kidding. It’s about booze. And they’re calling for it to be run, wait for it, waaaaaait for it: like a business. Oh sure, health care? Government run. Lands? Government run. Power generation? Government run. The amount of water my toilet can use every time I flush it no matter which restaurant I went to that night? Government. But alcohol? In the name of the Fosters, the Seagrams and the Heineken Ghost, let our booze flow free!…

Midday Commentary on the Weekend News — May 18, 2015

Well, we finally got a full-throated appeal to ethical government from the left over the weekend in regards to the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller slap-fest-a-roo. The leaders of Utah’s Democratic Party, including Peter Corroon, Brian King, Jim Dabakis and Pat Bagley, as well as other self-proclaimed ethical government voices like Alliance for a Better Utah and the Tribune Editorial Board have all weighed in. Links below! Calling for resignations and ethics investigations and/or resignations just days after news breaks only applies to Republicans caught on tape, I guess. • To his…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 14, 2015

By now you’ve all read/heard/seen the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller throwdown on the news. But I think it’s safe to say there’s really just one question left on everyone’s mind: How long will it take Pat Bagley to draw an editorial cartoon that bashes a couple of Democrats? Come on, Pat, this one has everything: Top tier elected politicians, the possibility of hiding crime before an election, tens of thousands of dollars misused, accusations of corruption and whistleblowing. The only thing we’re missing are some Krispy Kremes. For those living under…

Richardson, Pyrah, Gehrke Discuss Lockhart Impact [video]

On Wednesday, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Jennifer Napier-Pearce spoke to Holly Richardson, Joe Pyrah, and Robert Gehrke about Speaker Becky Lockhart’s legacy on the Tribune’s “Trib Talk.” At a public memorial on Thursday January 22, 2015 and a funeral the following day, Utahns will honor Becky Lockhart, the first female speaker of the Utah House and veteran lawmaker. Lockhart died last weekend of a rare and aggressive brain disease known as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Dec 8 – Dec 14

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Reactions to Governor’s Proposed Budget    So @GovHerbert proposed 6.25% increase in WPU for #uted & if you want to see that happen, talk to your legislators! #utpol #utleg — Sue Carey (@swcarey) December 11, 2014 Gov said a legitimate argument gas…

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…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 3 – Nov 9

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Quotes Here… #FirstWorldCampaignProblems Best part of finishing the election: I can go to Costco w/o worry that my groceries won’t fit in my minivan bc of campaign signs. #utpol — Aimee Winder Newton (@AimeeNewton) November 5, 2014   Inappropriate Agendas Little concerned…

Utah Reps Read Mean Tweets

If there’s one quality we can grant to at least some of the members of the Utah House of Representatives, it’s that they don’t take themselves too seriously. That’s a something we could all do a little better. With that in mind, we give you this, a production of the Utah House communications team, an effort to poke a little fun at their own expense: legislators reading mean tweets about themselves.

A Labor of Love: Helping Legislative Interns Find the One. #internpickuplines

Rep. Dan McCay gets in on the #internpickuplines meme on March 11, 2014.

With just three days to go, those following the Utah Legislature on Twitter Tuesday morning (March 11, 2014) were treated to an explosion of, well, intern pick up lines. Blame Spencer Nitz, who styles himself the “Official Meme Creator” of the Utah House of Representatives. Observing that the imminent sine die motion in three days was leading to an uptick in intern romance, Nitz provoked a bit of legislative “Dad humor,” as Jesse Harris called it. There’s a strong correlation between time remaining in #utleg session and number of interns…