Tips on influencing local government

“No individual is so insignificant as to be without influence. The changes in our varying moods are all recorded in the delicate barometers of the lives of others. We should ever let our influence filter through human love and sympathy. We should not be merely an influence,―we should be an inspiration. By our verypresence we should be a tower of strength to the hungering human souls around us.”—William George Jordan, The Majesty of Calmness, 1900 As a member of the city council in my small town I have an opportunity…

Tips for dealing with the media

A couple of year’s ago in a House majority caucus meeting – an open meeting, btw – a couple of young women handed out a few tips and hints on how legislators should deal with the media.  As you might imagine, it contains these helpful hints: *Nothing is ever “off the record“.  Refrain from saying anything to the press you would not like to see on television or in print.

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…

A Few Tips for Contacting Your Legislator [Utah Moms Care]

Utah Capitol Hill

The session is underway; here are a few hints to keep in mind when contacting your Senator or Representative. Email Tips The subject line of your email is vital.  Make it specific.  Include the bill you are writing about, how you would like your legislator to vote, your address, and if you are a delegate (do not say you are a delegate if you are not one).  For example: Support HB 69 Autism Bill – Republican/Democratic Delegate – Constituent from District #__ –  Address