Senator Todd Weiler makes The View [video]

Ban On Internet Porn?“It is such a perversion to me of what sex is supposed to be, what it was created for,” Candace Cameron Bure says of Internet porn after a Utah lawmaker calls it more addictive than cocaine and says it should be banned. “I think this is fantastic that he’s trying to put this into law.” Do you agree? Posted by The View on Monday, February 1, 2016

Lieutenant Gov’s office responds to SB 54 questions from Sen. Todd Weiler

It’s been a busy week for the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office. On Friday, Mark Thomas, the LG’s Chief Deputy, responded to a series of SB 54 related questions from Utah State Senator Todd Weiler. Thomas’ letter spells out a legal line of reasoning at odds with the Utah Republican Party’s arguments that Judge David Nuffer’s decision guts SB 54. Find the letter below. Thomas’ letter Friday comes on the heels of LG Spencer Cox’s letter to Evans laying out similar arguments, as well as Cox’s personal apology for some of tense words exchanged during the dispute.…

The FortyFive Podcast, Episode 3: Ken Ivory, guest Norm Thurston and Healthy Utah

In episode 3 of the FortyFive politics podcast we talked about the frivolous fraud allegations leveled against Representative Ken Ivory and Senator Todd Weiler’s pro-Medicaid expansion op-ed. We also spoke with Representative Norm Thurston (R-Provo) about Healthy Utah, the House compromise bill, and more. 00:00-01:18 – Intro 01:19-10:32 – Fraud allegation against Rep. Ken Ivory 10:33-22:05 – Senator Todd Weiler Healthy Utah Op-Ed 22:06-1:05:43 – Special guest Representative Norm Thurston 1:05:44-End – FortyFive Roundup From the FortyFive Roundup: Swallow waives preliminary hearing; lawyer says no plea deal in works (Salt Lake Tribune) Final…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 27, 2015

Quick note to Salt Lake County employees: No one is paid what they think they’re worth. But unless your last name is Messi, that will always be the case. The other thing is that government work has always been about reasonable pay and awesome benefits. If you’re still there in this Utah economy, things ain’t so bad. (Trib) • Max Roth sits down with Sen. Mike Lee to talk politics. The topics are pretty standard: His sparring with Chris Christie, friendship with presidential candidates, and gay marriage. The real eye-opener…

Sen Todd Weiler to Propose Davis County GOP Resolution Thanking Bramble, McCay for SB 54

Utah State Senator Todd Weiler has never been one to shy from a fight. At the Davis County Republican Party Convention next week, Weiler will propose a resolution that thanks Utah State Senator Curt Bramble and Utah House Member Dan McCay for their work on SB 54. The law, passed in 2014, was born in the best tradition of legislative sausage making and was designed to stave off the Count My Vote efforts to end Utah’s caucus/convention system. According to the resolution (find the full text below), many legislators believed that the Count…

Todd Weiler, Utah State Senator, rated an “emerging leader” by GOPAC

Utah Senator Todd Weiler has been tapped as an “Emerging Leader” by the Republican leaning GOPAC, a political action committee that helps to “coach and develop state legislators from across the country on how to be effective legislative and political leaders.” Weiler has been made news in recent weeks for his outspoken defense of the Utah Legislature’s 2014 SB 54, compromise legislation that held off the Count My Vote effort to end the Utah Caucus system. The Emerging Leader program will meet in Florida in June to conduct training and networking.…

What he said: 40 quotes from Judge David Nuffer during the SB 54 preliminary injunction hearing

Various parties have attempted to spin what Judge David O. Nuffer said or didn’t say during the five-hour SB 54 hearing that took place on April 10, 2015.  The 135-page transcript was released last Friday.  The following is a summary of actual quotes, organized by topic, from Judge Nuffer during the hearing. I. PARTY BYLAWS ARE NOT BINDING ON THE COURT  “I’m here not to enforce your [party] bylaws or your [party] constitution, I’m here to enforce our bylaws and Constitution. Every attorney in the room and I took an…

The Hub Sheet – April 23, 2015: Highlights from the week’s renewed SB 54 debate

It started with a tweet from a senator, and a response from the party. Senator Weiler joined Paul Mero on KVNU to discuss purity tests and fees for candidates, and Chair Evans called in.  There was shouting [Audio]. Headlines were written. [SLTrib] [DNews] [Utah Policy] The word ‘politiburo’ saw it’s first use in 35 years. Paul Mero later elaborated on his criticism of “litmus tests” for candidates being a bad for the party. Senator Bramble weighed, saying without SB 54 there’d be no caucus system at all. Republican Party Executive Committee votes…

21 gifs to explain the Utah Republican Party’s SB 54 lawsuit

Last week,  Senator Todd Weiler wrote a well thought out post explaining the Utah Republican Party’s SB-54 lawsuit. I thought his post was amazing and informative, and it inspired debates within the Republican Party. Utah’s politicos seem divided on the issue, which has some party insiders with two separate, yet equally understandable reactions. First: On the left you have the Republicans Who think they have valid arguments and are going to win the Lawsuit. On the right we see the republican who sees some validity to the arguments but knows they are going…

Utah GOP Chair James Evans calls in to KVNU’s For The People on the SB 54 lawsuit

On Monday April 20, Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans called in to KVNU’s For The People program to discuss the SB 54 lawsuit. Former Sutherland Institute Director Paul Mero was guest hosting with host Jason Williams a conversation with Utah State Senator Todd Weiler. Start listening at about 7:07.