Utah’s online sales tax bill died because it had serious flaws

The Salt Lake Tribune carried an op-ed this week bemoaning Utah’s Legislature caving-in to Amazon by failing to enact an online sales tax this legislative session. While I certainly agree that the price differential is hurting Utah businesses, this bill was the wrong way to level the playing field. The primary obstacle to this bill was in its implementation. The bill declared that if internet companies advertised on a website owned by a resident or corporation (commonly called an affiliate link) that is incorporated in the state of Utah, that is enough…

Honest Press Releases | House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact     Utah Politico Hub www.utahpoliticohub.com House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah Salt Lake City – In light of the low-grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement: “We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. We welcome any effort at all that could help move the Utah Democratic Party from a…

BUZZ: Utah House Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

In an email Thursday afternoon (see below), Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan asked Republican members of the Utah House of Representatives to attend a meeting on September 29th.  Representatives will be discussing Medicaid expansion in Utah. Dunnigan said that the meeting is the first of two for the Republican majority on the topic before Governor Gary Herbert calls a special session later this year. From: Jim Dunnigan <   > Date: September 17, 2015 at 4:05:38 PM MDT To: House Republicans <  > Subject: Majority Caucus Meeting Dear Representatives, Please make arrangements to attend a Majority…

Swapping branches: Moving between Utah’s Legislature and the Herbert Administration

Jon Cox resigned his seat in the Utah House on July 8 to take a job in Governor Gary Herbert’s office as Communications Director. Cox is a savvy and likable hand and he’ll do well in the new job. He won’t be the first legislator to join the Herbert Administration, however (nor the first Cox. In addition to Spencer Cox, the LG and Jon’s fourth cousin, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget is Kristin Cox, though she is not related, at least directly, to the other two. This is what we call…

Republicans not piling on to Democrats over the Miller scandal

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” Proverbs 24:17 After 32 days of near silence, the Democratic Caucus of the Utah House called for Rep. Justin Miller to resign. About time (says Maryann Martindale). And stop dragging my party through the mud, says Senator Jim Dabakis. And yet, there’s been nary a bit of mud thrown by official Republican folk, whether elected officials or party leaders. With the exception of Senator Todd Weiler’s quite justifiable call for Miller’s resignation and a very brief…

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…

Becky Lockhart: Don’t Stop Believin’

This is a repost of Ryan Wilcox’s tribute to former Speaker Becky Lockhart, posted on UPH with permission. Today is the four month anniversary of her passing.  ONE SHORT MONTH AGO, a few short weeks even, I flew back to Washington, D.C., in part to accompany my friend through some meetings in the Senate.  Speaker Becky Lockhart had been feeling a little under the weather, telling me the day before we left that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to make the trip, that she was fighting what…

Healthy Utah is getting the Jimmy Hoffa treatment

Isn’t it funny that Healthy Utah, the one big issue that everyone even mildly interested in the legislature was talking about, hasn’t had much said about it lately? In fact, other than some reporting on quiet behind-the-scenes negotiations and the Gov’s planned trip to DC, there’s not much in the public to chew on. So what do we make of the silence? First off, the House already drew their line in the sand. They won’t want to spend more state money on entitlements. It’s hard to see how “spend no more state…