Rep. Mike Kennedy’s General Session Week 3 Update

In 2014, after years of study and deliberation, the legislature made the decision to move the Utah State Prison. This session, among the major issues we’re confronting are those of funding construction of the new prison and reforming our criminal justice system. The current prison needs hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements just to keep operating at current capacity. It is unable to accommodate programs proven to reduce recidivism and more likely return prisoners to productive lives upon release. Unfortunately, the current prison structure doesn’t allow for many of…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 1-7

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. Stop and smell the freeway Post by Greg Hughes.   And Furthermore “My leather-soled shoes might be the most uncomfortable shoes on the planet, which I didn’t know until I walked two miles round-trip to run to the dentist and back,” Hughes said. “Comfortable…

Buzz: Who will replace Senator John Valentine? [UPDATED]

Capitol at night

[UPDATED 8/14/ 2014 11:00 AM] Sumpsion announced via email to delegates that he will run for Valentine’s seat. [UPDATED 8/7/2014 9:00 AM] See update below for  Greene. [UPDATED 8/6/2014 11:00 AM]  See updates below for Philpot, Jackson, Sumsion, Kane, Stratton, Kennedy, and Herrod.  With Senator John Valentine resigning to accept Governor Gary Herbert’s appointment as head of the Utah Tax Commission, it took all of a Utah County Minute for speculation to commence on who would replace him. Here’s the list, so far (and we’ll update it as more buzz emerges)(that’s right,…