The Hub Sheet – March 10, 2015

So close… Holly Richardson’s legislative countdown on the Hub continues with 5 bills you’ve probably not heard of, and 4 things you need to know about the final days. Citizens for retiring the penny (dot org). Utah Senate Kills Stoned Bunnies. Did you know only six parts of the Tesla Model S ever need replacing?  Not that it matter for Utahns, right Representatives? Pig #3: The smartest animal you’ve never heard of. Thoughts of the session so far from Rep. Craig Hall. The importance of opening up police data. Latest on…

The Hub Sheet – Monday February 17, 2015

Fasten your seatbelt… or don’t Are ‘fringe groups’ getting too much attention from education leaders over Common Core? Twitter is an even bigger waste of time than you supposed. Curious how babies… er, state budgets are made?Capital West News has a ‘splainer. Hillyard: Raise the Rainy Day cap. Rep.Craig Hall summarizes week three of the session. Cardboard boxes: Still the best toy ever. Idaho legislators will debate corporate sponsorships of state parks. They’re also updating their dueling laws.  No, seriously. All the Presidents ranked. Oral-B announced bluetooth toothbrush with a performance tracking app because…

Utah Politico Hub: Fearless Predictions Revisited

Wait a minute. Hold the presses. How did those Utah Politico Hub election predictions turn out? There were eight brave souls who put their sterling reputations on the line. With the election canvas producing three different winners than election night, it is only fair that we review what the “experts” thought about Utah races going into election night. Any pre-canvas analysis was (as we now know) premature. There are 12 races with predictions, although in fairness we were having a little fun with one of our own bloggers John English on…

Top Ten Tips for Emailing Legislators

Eight days are left in the 2014 legislative session and legislators are getting swamped. Here are a few tips to help your voice be heard as you contact your legislators. 1. Make your subject line as descriptive as possible. “Vote NO” is not actually descriptive. “Please vote yes on HB105, the plant extract bill” is better. 🙂 2. In addition to the bill number, include either the title or a description of the bill. With hundreds of bills to track, it’s hard to identify them by just a number. 3.…

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Utah Capitol Hill

I have been reading political blogs for a number of years. In an effort to get more people involved in the political process and elevate the quality of political dialogue, I have joined with bloggers at Utah Politico Hub to discuss relevant issues. In 2007, when I was Chair of the Utah Republican Party, I wrote an op-ed article for the local news media about how the Utah Legislature is made up of 104 of Utah’s finest men and women. Seriously, they are the finest. I talked about the sacrifices…

Topic of the Week (2/4 – 2/11): Education

Our inaugural topic of the week for February 4 – 11, 2014 is Education.  Each of the politicos at Utah Politico Hub has weighed on one of the subjects sure to stir up the most passion during this legislative session. Check out the posts below. Book Review: “Free to Learn” by Peter Gray (Curt Bentley, Utah Political Summary). The Fundamental Flaw in Education Funding (Karen Peterson, Utah Moms Care). Competing Plans on Funding Education (Karen Peterson, Utah Moms Care). Education funding: How much more do we need to spend before…