What REALLY happened on Facebook during the Shurtleff/Swallow Arrests….

Utah Politicos on Facebook – A Satire. What it might look like if Tuesday’s events were a Facebook discussion thread. Again, if I’ve not been clear, this is  satire, not intended to be taken seriously. All content is used without permission and contributed by different UPH contributors.

Enabling Act Silliness

Politics has its silly season. But litigation provides for perpetual silliness, as litigants (and their lawyers) continuously grasp at straws to justify outcomes.  I’m even tempted to say I’ve seen more ridiculous arguments practicing law than I’ve seen on Facebook . . . but that might be pushing things a bit far. Regardless, I can say that I’ve been on the grasping side enough times to know when someone has entered the silly zone — and, I hate to break it to you, fellow conservatives: on the idea of a grand public…

Public Lands: Who Should Manage Them?

Last night I went to an Oxford style debate  on the statement “The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders.” The question asked whether management should be by Utah or the Federal Government. On one side were Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and Representative Ken Ivory for Utah controlling those lands and on the other side, former Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea and University of Utah professor Dan McCool. A big crowd of close to three hundred people showed up. The evening began with a poll of…

On the Hill: Chaffetz and Ivory clash over land bill

Capitol at night

Sparks flew today between Congressman Chaffetz and Ken Ivory, a Representative who is supposedly on the same side in the public land debate. Chaffetz spoke to his bill that has passed out of committee and would sell off 123,000 of surplus land identified by the Clinton administration. Chaffetz, who gave Ivory a shout-out in his floor speech, was cross-examined by a relentless Ivory who apparently wanted Chaffetz to scuttle his bill and re-write it to include language Ivory liked better. “I am disappointed, Madame Speaker,” said Chaffetz as he walked…