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Press Release: Better Utah calls on Herbert to pull out National Guard

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah called for the recall of the Utah National Guard presence in Salt Lake City. Earlier on Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall lifted the city’s nightly curfew after days of peaceful …

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Romney criticizes Trump clearing out peaceful protesters to make way for photo op

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney met Wednesday with Utah National Guard soldiers deployed to Washington, D.C., to help deal with protests over the death of a black man in police custody, as a left-leaning group in Utah urged the governor to call …

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Kaysville City Council issues censure letter for Mayor Katie Witt over her push for public concert amid pandemic

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. KAYSVILLE — The Kaysville City Council released a letter of censure Wednesday aimed at Mayor Katie Witt expressing deep concerns for her support of a public concert despite health directives and asking her to resign. The letter is on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, when …

How should we rebuild?

Jonathan Ruga is the vice-chair of the Better Utah Board. Brian Jones is director of government relations at Sentry Financial. COVID-19 has impacted our world in extraordinarily negative ways. Millions have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, many of our healthcare systems have been exposed as grossly inadequate, and …

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Utah’s no-bid COVID-19 buys spur some lawmakers to seek checks on spending power

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Frustrated by certain multimillion-dollar, no-bid purchases and contracts that state officials have executed as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of lawmakers are drafting legislation to bring more transparency and checks to the state’s emergency procurement powers. Rep. Andrew …

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Utah should seek to develop federal lands near cities, argues a former lawmaker

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Utah officials now have a $700,000 tool that they hope will demonstrate the federal government is paying the state a “minuscule fraction” of what it’s due for its public lands. On Friday, a tech firm called Geomancer unveiled the software that Utah lawmakers bought to help them understand …

Why is it so controversial to wear a mask?

As the person whose job it is to moderate Alliance for a Better Utah’s social media accounts, I spend an uncomfortable amount of time reading through social media posts and comments. And when it comes to comments about the pandemic and how we as a society survive and heal, it’s …

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Kaysville City Council passes resolution denouncing a planned protest concert and mayor’s actions to support it

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Kaysville City Council — in a revolt against Mayor Katie Witt — was considering turning on sprinklers and cutting power to a city park to stop a protest concert she backed there that openly aimed to defy state COVID-19 restrictions. Word about these possible city actions …

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