Why National Delegate selection matters

A group of diverse, loosely organized Utah conservatives have formed a slate of national delegate candidates in preparation for the upcoming state Republican Convention on Saturday in response, it seems, to the “Official” Ted Cruz slate of “committed” candidates. The “Stop Trump Stop Hillary” slate claims to be vetted, like the Ted Cruz candidates, and committed to electing a conservative to the White House. What is the biggest difference? It seems the Stop Trump Stop Hillary slate candidates won’t have their hands tied like the official Cruz candidates. “History shows…

The Smart Questions Club: Utah Ed Science and Engineering Standards [streaming live]

Join Utah Board of Education members Brittney Cummins and Stan Lockhart as they talk science standards. The Utah Board of Education is implementing new science standards in September. Some have expressed concern that the standards include controversial topics such as global warming and evolution. What should you know and understand about the Utah Board of Education’s process to adopt these standards and what does it really mean? Like what you see? Get the Hub in your Inbox. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Email Format html…

Midday Commentary on the Weekend News – June 8, 2015

Ben over at Fox 13 pulls an awesome one out of thin air. Take it away, Jake Anderegg! • The Lehi representative stepped in it deep coming out against the prison and claiming he had support from colleagues, which he does not. But then the real fun began when he went to court over a speeding ticket. Two things here: First, I think the good representative is probably right about police clocking speeders in one zone and ticketing them for that speed in slower zone. That’s a crap move, Five-Oh.…

A Terrible Negotiating Strategy: the Utah Republican Party goes all or nothing on SB 54

I love the Caucus/Convention system. I began at the grassroots level 25 years ago. I have served in virtually every grassroots position in the Republican Party. I’ve been Chair of the Utah Republican Party and Chair of the Utah County Republican Party. I continue to serve today as a Legislative District Chair. I’ll put my grassroots credentials up against anyone’s. I want our Caucus/Convention system to survive. Just three years ago, Count My Vote (CMV) was formed by Utah political power brokers demanding changes to Utah’s Caucus/Convention system. Direct primaries…

Do You Want To Go To College? Do You Want To Complete College? STEM Matters.

There is more innovation taking place today than at any time in the history of the world. With 52 years of watching a world go from land line phones, black and white televisions, no personal computing power, snail mail and automobiles getting ten miles per gallon to smart phones for everyone, television shows on demand, laptops traveling with you anywhere you go, texting and electric cars, I have found STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is the mother of most invention. The next time you see someone downplay the importance of…

Praying for the Lockharts

In politics it’s easy to caricature. One action, one vote, one public statement – and we clamor to mock, to ridicule, to label, and to gossip. Snark is easy and public service is hard. It is easy to forget the humanness. Yesterday, we were all reminded. The announcement that former Speaker Becky Lockhart is ill sent a wave of shock through Utah’s political community, and we remembered.  Becky Lockhart is more than the former Speaker. She is a wife, a mother, a daughter. Her husband, Stan, is part of our…

Utah Politico Hub: Fearless Predictions Revisited

Wait a minute. Hold the presses. How did those Utah Politico Hub election predictions turn out? There were eight brave souls who put their sterling reputations on the line. With the election canvas producing three different winners than election night, it is only fair that we review what the “experts” thought about Utah races going into election night. Any pre-canvas analysis was (as we now know) premature. There are 12 races with predictions, although in fairness we were having a little fun with one of our own bloggers John English on…

VOTE: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?

Capitol at night

We asked; you nominated. Now it’s time to vote: Who is Utah’s top lobbyist?

The Top 12 Qualities of a Great Lobbyist

Handshakes

There is an old saying that “Lobbyists are paid to be your friend.” I once asked a legislator who had just lost his race for reelection what the biggest difference was the day after the election. He thought for a minute and then said, “the phone stopped ringing”. Government, lobbying and politics is largely a transactional experience. Since I just wrote on what it takes to be a great legislator having never been one, I thought certainly I could write on what makes a good lobbyist. 1. Find the right…

The Top 11 Qualities of Good Legislators

Capitol at night

Over the years, I’ve watched legislators come and go and candidates come and go, I’ve often pondered what qualities are most important for a legislator. Here is a start: Learn process – The legislative process is like a monopoly game. Those who know the rules best mostly get their way. Take the time to learn parliamentary procedure. Learn how to pass and kill bills. Learn appropriations – The difference between Executive Appropriations and Appropriations SubCommittees is immense. Figure out how to get funding. Don’t define your worth by the office you…