Did the senate save SB100 supporters from themselves?

Kenny Rogers said “you’ve gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em”. He was talking about gambling, obviously, but I’d like to think it applies to politics as well. Much like poker, the political process sometimes requires that you give up a hand in pursuit of the bigger picture. There’s no point in winning a battle if it’ll cost you the war. Curiously, SB100 supporters seem to think otherwise, and the senate may have saved them from themselves by killing it. It wasn’t just SB100 that got…

Is protest culture fundamentally broken?

There’s few traditions as deeply embedded in our national culture as the protest. The American Revolution was marked by dozens of protests including the Boston Tea Party and what would later be called the Boston Massacre. When we don’t like a law, we make sure our displeasure is heard in a public forum. Protest culture, however, has slid from an effective means of directly confronting a law we don’t like into merely making a media spectacle. Utah’s protest culture is particularly bad at it and suffers from a kind of…

Utah AG didn’t tell Republican caucus not to pass SB100…? [Publius Online]

Capitol at night

To listen to Senators Jim Dabakis or Steve Urquhart, at least through the lens of the Salt Lake Tribune, you would think that Assistant Attorney General Gene Schaerr, hired just for the purpose of running the Amendment 3 case, had single handedly killed SB100 by advising legislators not to pass it. [Sen.] Jim Dabakis and Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, met with Attorney General Sean Reyes Tuesday night to voice concerns about Schaerr’s role in defeating SB100, the non-discrimination bill that Urquhart sponsored. Legislative leaders said that Schaerr, in closed-door meetings with Republicans…

Thoughts on SB100 and Amendment 3: Delayed Debate, Subordination, and Separation of Powers

UPDATE – February 10, 2014, 2:52 PM.  Daniel Burton of PubliusOnline confirmed with multiple sources at the legislature that it was not Gene Schaerr or the Attorney General’s office that instructed the legislature to put a moratorium on SB100.  This fits better with my impression of Reyes and Schaerr as smart guys and much more experience litigators than myself.  ——————– The talk of the capitol last week was the fate of SB100, Senator Urquhart’s statewide non-discrimination bill, which was tabled — ostensibly along with all other bills related to gay…