Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels and the Intermountain West

The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) published an administrative rule that requires states to lower atmospheric ozone levels to 60-70 parts per billion. For states in the Intermountain West, where the level of naturally occurring ozone (or “background concentrations”) routinely reaches 60 – 75 ppb, it’s going to be tough to comply. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led research, it’s not a problem limited to inversion prone valleys like Salt Lake and Cache. “We expected we were going to see intrusions big enough, individual events, which would…

The HubCap Spin | Rob Bishop or Donna McAleer: Who Wins Utah Congressional District 1?

The HubCap Spin | Rob Bishop or Donna McAleer: Who Wins the Race for Congressional District 1?

HubCap Spins: Where the Rubber Meets the Road is a collaborative effort of Utah Political Capital (UPC) and Utah Politico Hub (the Hub). One person from each site answers a question about upcoming races, elections, and issues. The 2014 race in the First Congressional District is a rematch of 2012 between Rob Bishop and Donna McAleer Today’s question: Who will win the race? Democrat Donna McAleer or Republican Rob Bishop? CURTIS HARING (UPC): Ho-hum Republican Congressman Rob Bishop is poised for an overwhelming victory over Democrat Donna McAleer in November, having…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Sept 22-28

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politics 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. Some Count Sheep, Others Zion Curtains I couldn’t sleep; so, I started contemplating the interplay of private property, free markets, and religion. (Good heavens! Did I just write that sentence?! I need a life. I straight-up channeled pre-saved Carl Wimmer for that lede.) Instead…

Bishop v McAleer: Utah First Congressional District Debate [Audio]

It’s Bishop v. McAleer, folks. In case you missed the debate, we’ve got it for you–or at least the audio version–below.  The Utah First Congressional District met its candidates last night (September 23, 2014). In a debate hosted by the Utah Debate Commission and moderated by Ken Verdoia, Republican Rep. Rob Bishop and Democrat Donna McAleer met for an hour to debate on broadcast television. Find the audio, as provided by KCPW, below.  

Is Bishop’s Land Initiative a “Grand Bargain” or Not?

The State of Utah along with several Utah Counties, citizen groups, and Congressmen Bishop, Chaffetz, and Stewart’s staff have put a lot of time and effort into the Bishop’s Land (Bill) Intuitive.   They did this with the hope of bring Utah’s public lands issues to a consensus of all stakeholders.  This was referred to as the “Grand Bargain” in an article in the Deseret News on Jan. 13, 2014. Bishop expressed his views on the initiative: I have observed and participated in the debate over the management of public lands for more than…

This land is my land…

Who better to manage Utah (and the west’s land) that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)? There is a reason as to why the BLM is in place. It is to protect the heritage of our country from the worst of those among us. There are those who have proven they can’t even pretend to be mature adults and respect important heritage sites. This goes farther than Cliven Bundy and his issues. Formed in 1946, the BLM was the culmination of several different offices and agencies within the executive with the specific…