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…

College Performance Funding

With the legislative session fast approaching, I wanted to update where I currently stand regarding the Senate side of higher education appropriations. More accurately, I should say that I will report where I have been moved to by the many, many discussions I have enjoyed regarding reform, graduation pathways, and performance funding. Thanks to all who have worked to guide me and this process. I have learned a great deal. And—please note—I continue to learn a great deal. This process has been extremely iterative, and it will continue to be…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Oct 6 -Oct 12

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. Utah Still Driving the Bus Report from @seanreyesag indicates Utah has control if own education standards, district control curriculum. #utpol pic.twitter.com/1TK05B4fHg — martycarpenter (@martycarpenter) October 7, 2014 Reactions to the Supreme Court’s Failure to Take Up Kitchen v. Herbert, Utah’s Same Sex…

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…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 14-20

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the mouth 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. What’s in a name? As I wrote in a previous column, my chief complaint with Johnson is that he has an incredibly redundant name. Worse, his parents apparently couldn’t decide on the appropriate way to spell John/Jon, so they ended up just splitting…

Automatic Endorsement: A “Professional Courtesy” That Needs to End

As former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff headed off to jail Tuesday, I couldn’t help but think of the long list of elected officials that have endorsed their campaigns. In fact, Swallow’s list of endorsements reads like a who’s who of GOP elected officials in Utah. I’m sure a lot of them are left with a very strong sense of buyer’s remorse (some more than others). I think this also underscores a very distasteful cultural practice in party politics: the expectation that elected officials will automatically provide their…

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…

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…

Comparing SB100 and Municipal Anti-discrimination Ordinances

One of the perennial hot topics during the legislative session is a statewide anti discrimination bill that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The first municipality to adopt a sexual-orientation anti-discrimination ordinance was Salt Lake City, which adopted it in November 2009 with the support of the LDS Church.  Incidentally, my view is that the LDS Church was very shrewd in its support of the ordinance.  By throwing its weight behind the ordinance it was able to secure specific religious…