Here’s Why Judge Waddoups Put Another Candidate Back On The Ballot

If it wasn’t official before, it is now.  The Utah State School Board (“USBE”) nomination and election process is an absolute mess. After Judge Waddoups ruled last week to allow two candidates for the USBE back on the ballot, a third–Joel David Wright–asked the court to do the same for him and successfully got himself a place on voters’ ballots. At this point, the Utah Legislature has failed at multiple attempts to reform a board of education selection process that no one really likes, a federal court has struck down that process,…

An Analysis of the Libertas Common Core Lawsuit

Lawsuits should never be a first resort. Unfortunately, all too often lawsuits are the only way policy makers listen. Whether it’s civil rights, healthcare, the environment, or education standards, lawsuits are a part of our national political system, turning to courts to address issues that we have been unable to resolve by political action. Enter the Libertas Institute, a local libertarian leaning non-profit, which just last week filed a lawsuit challenging the process by which Common Core educational standards were adopted by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) in…

BUZZ: Libertas Sues Utah Board of Education Over Common Core

In a lawsuit announced on July 31, 2014, Libertas is suing the Utah Board of Education over the implementation of Common Core standards. “When violations of the law occur, it’s important that justice be served and accountability be had,” said Connor Boyack, President of Libertas.  “That’s what this lawsuit aims to do with the State Board of Education—state law requires them to have provided for substantive public input, which they denied others by rushing through Common Core’s adoption.” The lawsuit appears to be limited to addressing the Board’s responsibility as…

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…