Does every college in Utah need NCAA athletics?

by Dan Burton and Shon Harris Does every Utah institution of higher education need NCAA sports? Let us put that differently: should students and taxpayers be subsidizing NCAA sports in Utah to the tune of $56M or could that money be prioritized for other needs, such as lowering student costs and fees? A couple weeks ago (or more, but we’re slow, okay?) the Utah State Auditor’s office released an analysis of subsidization of the NCAA by Utah, and it had all the impact of a bird pooping on the shiny glass of the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium.…

Public Lands Debate at SUU [video]

Public lands debate: who will best manage public lands in Utah: the state or the federal government? The following is a video of a public lands debate over control of public lands in Utah.  The debate took place  September 18, 2014 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Becky Lockhart, Utah Speaker of the House and Ken Ivory Utah State Representative spoke in favor of the State of Utah taking over management and title to Utah’s Public Lands. Dr. Bob Keiter, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment University…

Buzz: Who Will the Board of Education Hire as State Superintendent?

Applications are in and interviews will begin soon. Since a GRAMA request won’t divulge who has applied for the Utah State Superintendent job opening, here’s who we have heard has applied. If we’re wrong and one or two of these haven’t applied, well, maybe they ought to. Martin Bates, Superintendent of Granite School District. Bates has been in his current post since 2010 and is frequently mentioned for the job. Prior to appointment as Granite Superintendent, Bates was an Assistant Superintendent in the Granite District over Administrative and Legal Services. All three of Bates’ degrees,…

Salt City Throwdown: Better know a Candidate: Steve Nelson (Salt Lake District Attorney) Edition

Episode 39 of the Salt City Throwdown is here! Continuing to bring our listeners the best to offer in rare, long form interviews of those who are running for office we bring you another episode of “Better Know a Candidate” where you can listen in on a conversation about the campaigns that are occurring in this cycle. We thought about calling this episode “What is a Juggalo?” but decided against it. Episode 37 we had incumbent first term Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. (D) in this episode we…

Confessions of a Campaign Intern: What they don’t tell you (Parade Edition)

As some of you know, I decided to volunteer on a campaign this cycle. I got tired of complaining, and not doing. Beginning at the start of the year, when everyone (except apparently for Luz Robles) was kicking off their campaign, I decided to start finding a candidate I could support, and help. I have had several on my podcast, including Doug Owens (Utah 04) Charles Stormont (AG) and Jennifer Johnson. Jennifer decided not to run, because of some other issues, and the Owens campaign seemed like they were doing…

Thirty Minutes with my Congressman: Chris Stewart

During the first week of may Utah Politico Hub contributing writer and podcaster Shon Harris was able to spend some time in Washington D.C.. During this unique “behind the scenes” experience he met with all six members of the Utah Congressional delegation. Over the next couple of days, he will post about the time spent with all of them; because each of them were interesting in their own way and had their own quirks.    Today’s subject, is the representative of Utah’s Second Congressional District, Chris Stewart. Representative Stewart was elected in 2012, after Jim Matheson decided…

What should Utah do with USTAR?

In 2006, business leaders and the Presidents of Utah‘s two Research Universities University of Utah and Utah State University embarked on a big initiative called USTAR. The value proposition was that if Utah were willing to invest in University research, best in class research teams from all over the world would migrate here and bring with them large federal grants/money that could be spent in Utah. That research would give valuable experience to student assistants and could in turn result in patents and products that would lead to new companies…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: A Conversation with Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Welcome to Episode 11.1 – Mark L. Shurtleff, Principal of the Shurtleff Group and former Utah Attorney General joins us to talk about a myriad of topics. Including Utah’s co-habitation laws being struck down, and then Amendment 3 (Which he was originally against) receiving the same fate three weeks later. We also hit on topics like medical marijuana, the death-blow to the BCS system, Adoption reform, and Intellectual Property lawsuits that result in patent trolls making tons of money for doing nothing. In this episode We talk about: Amendment Three…