July 22, 2020

Why are teens so angry?

Katie Kern is a high school policy intern for Alliance for a Better Utah. Why are teens so angry? Why are they so violent? Why are they so radical about politics? As a 17-year-old activist who cares deeply about politics, I hear those questions all the time. In my short …

Sean Reyes: Greatest Hits

The primaries are over and the general election is quickly approaching. There are going to be many important races on the ballot this year, and I know how difficult it is to learn about each candidate so  that you can make an informed decision when you vote. Not everyone gets …

Press Release: Alliance for a Better Utah statement on attack on vote-by-mail

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, President Trump stated in an interview segment on Fox News that he apparently opposes increased funding for the USPS out of opposition to voting by mail. Speaking about Democrats’ push for emergency funding for the USPS and …

Press Release: Utah advocates call for block of $20 million bailout for bankrupt coal port company

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2020  Salt Lake City– Today, a team of Utah environmental and public interest groups called on the Utah Legislature and Permanent Community Impact Fund Board (CIB) to forgo spending public funds to bail out a bankrupt California coal port developer. As reported by the …

The modern-day Tiny Tim

Macy Pingree is a policy intern with Alliance for a Better Utah. We have all heard the phrase, money doesn’t buy happiness. This saying can be traced back to the eighteen hundreds, so it is safe to say that it has been around for a while. While it has gone …

Press Release: Better Utah statement on community activist arrests

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Last night, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that protesters Madalena McNeil and Martin Oliveros were arrested and charged with first degree felonies with a gang enhancement for their involvement in protests against the Salt Lake County DA’s office. …

Press Release: Better Utah calls for external investigation into Cottonwood Heights Police Department response to peaceful protests

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department, along with other local police departments, responded to a peaceful protest that ended in protestors being pepper-sprayed and detained. Cottonwood Heights City Councilwoman, Tali Bruce, was in attendance at the protest and …

5 Ways to Get Unstuck: A small act now can lead to a new direction in January

Shauna Bona is a Better Utah board member. My friend LaVonne recently created a Facebook meme highlighting the fact that our next presidential inauguration day is a palindrome: 1/20/21. What could it portend? Most of the comments that followed saw the palindrome as a positive sign—an omen of good change. …

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