2nd Amendment takes down the 1st, again

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By now everyone has heard of the threat made against Anita Sarkeesian, an online gaming critic who was scheduled to speak at Utah State University. According to Utah law, university officials cannot bar attendees from open-carrying weapons into any public venue, in this case, a public university. Fearing for her safety and uncomfortable with the [...]

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Polls are both art and science


Did you see the latest poll?
No doubt you’ve heard that sentence several times over the course of this election season. It seems that every day there is a new poll showing this candidate ahead or that one behind.
But what do these polls really tell us?
There is a famous picture that shows a grinning Harry Truman [...]

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Secret bills threaten transparency in Utah

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There is a saying that is often used about lawmaking–“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”
While we may not want to watch, it is important for Utahns to pay close attention to the sausage making that takes place on our own Capitol Hill.
Our legislative process is actually pretty straightforward. [...]

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Marriage equality in Utah will unify, not divide

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Salt Lake City — In light of this morning’s news from the Supreme Court, Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, has issued a statement. Better UTAH submitted an amicus brief in support of marriage equality when Utah’s case was heard before the 10th Circuit.
“We share in the joy thousands of Utahns [...]

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That one time Mike Lee shut down the Mighty 5

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The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. – Horace Greeley
Popularity is a curious thing. Everyone wants it–especially politicians. No elected official wants to have an unfavorable rating [...]

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