What if Utah Politics Were Like High School

A recent discussion about Utah politics got me thinking: What if we boiled down Utah’s politicians to the same kids we all knew in high school? And, since I’m the one writing this, our “Utah Politico High” looks a bit like Olympus High School in the mid-1990’s. The Band Geeks. They think they are the cool kids. They know their craft well, but few outside this group appreciate their skills.  The majority of the school doesn’t even know they exist.  This group is represented by the writers of Utah Politico…

No Surprise That Healthy Utah Is DOA In the House

When news emerged that Healthy Utah would not be debated or voted on in the House, pundits, Democrats and the Governor’s proxies began to express shock and dismay. Why not give it a chance to get a hearing? The bill deserves a chance to be debated! It’s disingenuous to pretend like there’s not been a debate in the public for over a year, if not more. No other issue has seen more push polling, marketing, and out-of-state interest group advocacy than Healthy Utah. Governor Herbert has put his full effort and brand behind the…

Lt. Gov. Cox challenges legislators to stay fit and healthy [UPH Wire]

*attached contains the following:  For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards Public Information Officer 801.538.1509 desk 801.755.3085 cell edwards@utah.gov Lt. Gov. Cox challenges legislators to stay fit and healthy SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) – Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox has challenged members of the Legislature to join him in a contest aimed at improving eating and exercise habits during the legislative session and setting an example to constituents about the benefits of eating right and staying fit. “I know firsthand how difficult it is to find time to exercise…

We Need a Sean Reyes v Spencer Cox Rap Battle

Utah to every other state: our attorney general is way cooler than yours. With news about his participation undercover to bust a sex trafficking ring in South America, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is fast establishing his place in Utah (and national?) politics. Recently, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin caught up with Reyes in San Diego, somehow convincing Sean to first rap, then dance the haka, and finally croon like Frank Sinatra (now we know how Reyes snagged Saysha). Now, we just need a Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox v Attorney General rap battle. Governor Herbert can judge the…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Dec 8 – Dec 14

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, 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. Reactions to Governor’s Proposed Budget    So @GovHerbert proposed 6.25% increase in WPU for #uted & if you want to see that happen, talk to your legislators! #utpol #utleg — Sue Carey (@swcarey) December 11, 2014 Gov said a legitimate argument gas…

Want your driver’s license? Register to vote, first.

In a year when Utah elected the first black, Republican woman (and a Mormon, to boot) to Congress , the Beehive State still only managed to turn out an estimated 40% of registered voters to the polls. That’s about 27% of the total population of the state weighing in on who should represent Utah to the US Congress, the Utah Legislature, county councils, and commissions. In other words, only one in four people in our state are contributing to selecting the politicians who will vote on taxes, regulate business, fund roads and…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 3 – Nov 9

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, 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. Quotes Here… #FirstWorldCampaignProblems Best part of finishing the election: I can go to Costco w/o worry that my groceries won’t fit in my minivan bc of campaign signs. #utpol — Aimee Winder Newton (@AimeeNewton) November 5, 2014   Inappropriate Agendas Little concerned…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Oct 27 – Nov 2

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, 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. Go Big, or Go Home Here are my #utpol predictions: All 4 congressional seats and AG got to the #utgop, and +2 seats in the House but +0 in the #utsen — Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) October 31, 2014 Barbra Streisand Effect In other news,…

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…