BUZZ: Reporter Billy Hesterman named VP of Utah Taxpayers Assoc

The Utah Taxpayers Association just announced on Facebook and Twitter that Billy Hesterman, political reporter for the Daily Herald, has been named their new vice-president. Hesterman will be replacing Royce Van Tassell, who is leaving to become the executive director of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. Senator Howard Stephenson, president of the UTA (no, not THAT UTA) said “Billy’s unique combination as a hard-nosed political reporter and disarming, happy demeanor makes him an ideal representative for the Association.” Billy will now be trading in his PRESS badge for a…

May Legislative Summary | Rep. Craig Hall, House 33

May 2014 Interim SessionFollowing the completion of the general legislative Session begins the off-season, or “Interim” Session.  Once a month we meet in committees comprised of both House and Senate members and begin to craft and discuss proposed legislation for the 2015 session and other issues on the Master Study list.  Over this interim period I will be serving on the Judiciary and Political Subdivisions Interim Committees. Items discussed by the legislature during the Interim Session include: The condition (not good) and future of the Utah State Fair.  See article here. The status of Utah’…

Rep Craig Hall and needed campaign finance reforms

Representative Craig Hall had a couple of great bills this year. One of them was HB246, officially titled “Government Ethics Revision,” which dealt with reporting deadlines and lobbyists. Whether through deliberate intentions, neglect or ignorance, some candidates were not filing reports on time – and there were no consequences. Representative Hall, an advocate for ethics, openness and transparency, ran a bill to close that loophole.

Top Three Lobbyists in Utah [Poll Results]

Foxley and Pignanelli

The results are in for  our 100% unscientific, but fully “official” Utah Politico Hub poll on Utah’s top lobbyist. If we can learn nothing from what an non-scientific, non-statistically relevent, online poll, it’s that our readers believe that the best lobbyists in Utah are come in twos. And the top three lobbyists are: Doug Foxley and Frank Pignanelli:Not only do Doug and Frank get our official nod as Utah’s top lobbyists, but they get a nod for their willingness to poke fun at themselves as well. Chris Kyler and Mike…

VOTE: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?

Capitol at night

We asked; you nominated. Now it’s time to vote: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?