Should the Utah Legislative Session be Longer?

This past week the Legislative Process Committee recommended extending the legislative session.  Currently the session runs 45 continuous days, that count including weekends.  The committee expressed concerns over the often rushed decision-making process, and the lack of time they have to fully vet all bills.  These concerns are valid, but is the answer a longer session? No. The answer lies in other reforms, such as: Requiring all bills to have two committee hearings This seems counter intuitive.  Legislative committees take time.  But by requiring bills to have two hearings it…

Utah Politico Summer Reading: Auditor John Dougall

It’s not too late to start a new book, and if you’re Utah State Auditor John “Frugal” Dougall, you’ve started at least three in the time it takes to read this post. If you need a reading suggestion or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the twelfth in a series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Utah State Auditor John Dougall lives in Highland, Utah and getting his summer reading list up was a constantly moving target. Where most politicians shared what they intend to…

Utah Politico Summer Reading: Rep. John Knotwell

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 ninth in a series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Representative John Knotwell represents Utah’s 52nd District and lives in Herriman. He acknowledged that it sounded like “smart sounding” but promised it was legit…and wished he could match State Auditor John Dougall’s (forthcoming).

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | July 28-Aug 3

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL 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. This isn’t the poll you’re looking for. “As a general rule, I think it’s always good to be a little bit skeptical of polls that come from campaigns. That is especially true if we don’t have full information about the poll.” — Chris Karpowitz, co-director of…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 14-20

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the mouth 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. What’s in a name? As I wrote in a previous column, my chief complaint with Johnson is that he has an incredibly redundant name. Worse, his parents apparently couldn’t decide on the appropriate way to spell John/Jon, so they ended up just splitting…

Ten Utah Races To Watch On Primary Night

Early voting in the Utah Primary ends today, and the Primary Election will be on Tuesday, June 24. With no statewide or federal offices grabbing headlines, it might be easy to forget that there’s a primary at all. But there is, and here’s ten races that you should keep your eyes on. 

Audit: Utah’s “Ghost Student” problem.

Editor’s note: This article is specifically written to highlight serious allegations and problems noted within the State Board’s audit. This is in no way written, or meant to infer that home schooling and charter schools are bad. It highlights specific issues, and specific actors. Who have committed acts that must be addressed and fixed if school choice, and educational freedom are to be able to function without scrutiny. Recently, the State of Utah requested a performance audit of distance and online educational programs from the Utah State Board of Education. The results, released on…