Elections for 2016 Just Changed and You Probably Missed It

Last week, perennial rivals Facebook and Twitter announced huge changes that are going to make elected officials and candidates much more accessible. Elections for 2016 may have just changed and here’s what you need to know. Twitter’s Periscope App First: the micro-blogging service Twitter finally showed the world what they were planning to do with their Periscope acquisition from earlier this year. Now anyone can be a broadcaster, with live and breaking news, all in glorious HD. It is a free download, and within 30 seconds you can be up and running.…

Utah Political Argument Random Comment Generator

Have you ever found yourself caught in one of those political arguments in a Facebook thread and needed an appropriate comment, but you struggled to find right words? Never fear! Utah Politico Hub’s got you covered! Whatever your political stripes–whether you’re a Libertarian, Republican, Democrat, or even a Utah Democrat–we’ve got the the response you need to win the argument and get to Godwin’s Law faster. Just use visit our random political comment generator, enter your political affiliation, and we’ll provide you with an appropriate response. Or just try it out for fun. [iframe src=”https://www.utahpoliticohub.com/randomcomment/” width=”100%” height=”350″]…

Who’s Who on Capitol Hill…on Twitter

Some legislators on Capitol Hill know how to turn a good phrase into a 140 characters of beauty. Others should never be allowed anywhere near social media. And still others are like the illusive Ivory Billed Woodpecker: We know they’re out there, but they only rarely tweet in public. If you’re game to follow, and interact, with the members of the Utah Legislature up on Capitol Hill (or their staff or the reporters that cover them), here’s a nearly comprehensive list of the Who’s Who on Capitol Hill and their Twitter handle. If you…

Mia Love v Doug Owens Debate | Live Tweets from #UTHub

It’s Mia Love versus Doug Owens time! Long awaited, it’s the debate between Democrat Doug Owens and Republican Mia Love, hosted by the Utah Debate Commission. Check in here during the debate for the best tweets from Hub contributors, live, through-out the debate. Want to get your tweet in on the action? Just use the #uthub hashtag, and it’ll be included in the feed below. #uthub Tweets

Dear Mark Shurtleff: STOP TALKING

Lately, Mark Shurtleff has been in the news a bit and seems to have some confusion about the meaning of words. First, let’s look at the definition of the word in question. What exactly is a “scandal”? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary: Ok. Now that we have the definition of the word at issue, let’s get to the meat. Last Wednesday evening, the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted about an event it was hosting at the Salt Lake library regarding the Shurtleff/Swallow scandal. Just a couple hours until our town hall on Swallow/Shurtleff scandal at the…

Top Ten Twitter Tidbits (#UTLeg Edition)

Recently, I went through the process of culling the list of people I follow on Twitter. It had, frankly, gotten a little out of control and was in need of updating. Among the profiles that I unfollowed were Snowball (@utahferalcat), Carl Wimmer (@carlwimmer), John Swallow (@JohneSwallow), and Mark Shurtleff (@MarkShurtleff). In the process, I was reminded that the world of Twitter is full of fascinating little tidbits, even when it comes to Utah politics. So I put together my list of Top Ten Twitter Tidbits, #UTLeg Edition.

A Labor of Love: Helping Legislative Interns Find the One. #internpickuplines

Rep. Dan McCay gets in on the #internpickuplines meme on March 11, 2014.

With just three days to go, those following the Utah Legislature on Twitter Tuesday morning (March 11, 2014) were treated to an explosion of, well, intern pick up lines. Blame Spencer Nitz, who styles himself the “Official Meme Creator” of the Utah House of Representatives. Observing that the imminent sine die motion in three days was leading to an uptick in intern romance, Nitz provoked a bit of legislative “Dad humor,” as Jesse Harris called it. There’s a strong correlation between time remaining in #utleg session and number of interns…