What do town halls say about Utah politicians in the wake of Trump?

Utah’s federal delegation has taken different approaches to town halls — some holding them far from constituents, others not at all — following the Trump inauguration. Out-of-sync? When it comes to town halls, at least, that may be one way to describe the congruence of Utah’s federal delegation with its constituents. Ninety-two percent of registered Utah voters say congressional members should meet with constituents in open forums, according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll. Yet no in-person town halls were held by Utah’s six federal politicians for…

Sutherland Institute: Public lands compromise is a win for conservation

By Matthew Anderson There is a process to producing sound public policy in America. It begins with lively debate, where essential values are articulated and the free exchange of ideas reigns supreme, and it culminates in principled compromise. Both competition and cooperation are necessary parts of this process. Without various interests posturing to present the best arguments in favor of their position, an elected body cannot fully explore the issue, and public policy will be left wanting. Once arguments and opinions have been exhausted, principled compromise comes into play, making…

Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative is only a smoke screen

The Public Lands Initiative (PLI) will consolidate State lands into energy corridors, create new wilderness, and national conservation areas.  It’s being marketed as the bill to end all land disputes. There has been several thousand public meetings according to those promoting the PLI  in order to build it from the bottom up.  Congressman Bishop and Chaffetz know that not everyone will be happy but during an interview on “Inside Utah”  they said this bill is a good thing for Utah.   Governor Herbert made a statement that the people that…

Polite Politics Podcast #3: A Conversation with Rep. Rob Bishop

Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah breaks a little news in the latest edition of the Polite Politics Podcast. The third edition of the podcast also includes in-depth discussions of: Free speech and the media’s abysmal failure to understand it President Obama’s executive amnesty program Whether the Clintons are held to a higher standard Be sure to listen to the latest edition of the Polite Politics Podcast. listen to ‘Week 3: A conversation with Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah #UTpol’ on audioBoom

Who’s in charge in Washington?

Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2015 – On March 26, 2015, a bipartisan letter was sent to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee Chairman Don Young (AK-at-large), Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Elizabeth H. Esty (D-CT) to express concern with proposed regulations governing tribal recognition (Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code Federal Regulations). Yesterday evening, during a subcommittee oversight hearing on Part 83, the Department announced the rule had already been sent to the Office of…

Bishop’s Land Bill and the Skeleton in the Closet

Since 2013 there has been a lot of  talk and public meetings about Congressman Rob Bishop’s Land Initiative.  In rural Utah it has caused contention and mistrust as the government attempts to get the people to go along with designating more land to wilderness, conservation areas, and other special designations.  This is all being done under the guise of protecting the environment and the archaeological history that litters the landscape in most of Utah. Why a lands bill now when it has been tried before and failed?   Is all the effort…

Another Lands Bill Facade

On January 13, 2015 the San Juan County Utah Lands Council had another meeting to go over different county roads and to decide which roads were needed or not needed on the county’s Congressman Bishop’s lands bill proposal. The group has been at this since 2013 working together to come up with a plan.  Representatives of the Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) Josh Ewing and Vaughn Hadenfeldt were invited to be a part of the group by the county.  I guess the hope was that by working with the Friends of Cedar Mesa and compromising with…