Top Ten Tips for Emailing Legislators

Eight days are left in the 2014 legislative session and legislators are getting swamped. Here are a few tips to help your voice be heard as you contact your legislators. 1. Make your subject line as descriptive as possible. “Vote NO” is not actually descriptive. “Please vote yes on HB105, the plant extract bill” is better. 🙂 2. In addition to the bill number, include either the title or a description of the bill. With hundreds of bills to track, it’s hard to identify them by just a number. 3.…

Why people listen to the Utah Eagle Forum

People often ask why people listen to the Utah Eagle forum. We’ve all seen and heard about the influence they have, but we rarely see how they are able to mobilize. Recently the UPH and myself were recently forwarded some e-mails from readers of UPH that shed some light just what makes them so darn effective. Gayle Ruzika being interviewed for stories, quoted in the newspapers, sitting on the dais of a senate committee engaged in conversation. We have also have heard the stories about the pull the Utah Eagle…

The Top 11 Qualities of Good Legislators

Capitol at night

Over the years, I’ve watched legislators come and go and candidates come and go, I’ve often pondered what qualities are most important for a legislator. Here is a start: Learn process – The legislative process is like a monopoly game. Those who know the rules best mostly get their way. Take the time to learn parliamentary procedure. Learn how to pass and kill bills. Learn appropriations – The difference between Executive Appropriations and Appropriations SubCommittees is immense. Figure out how to get funding. Don’t define your worth by the office you…