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Press Release: Better UTAH Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Rep. Mike Noel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 09, 2011 Contact: Maryann Martindale Executive Director Alliance for a Better UTAH (801) 557-1532 maryann@betterutah.org BETTER UTAH FILES HATCH ACT COMPLAINT AGAINST REPRESENTATIVE MIKE NOEL Salt Lake City, Utah – In light of recent press statements with regard to the Hatch Act and potential violations by Representative Mike Noel, Alliance for …

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Public education’s biggest problem is funding

How refreshing. Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, has an idea to change teacher employment laws, and he is consulting with teachers. He either has good instincts, or he may have read the extensive research which validates that top down edicts don’t result in much improvement in education. Policymakers who collaborate with parents and professional educators …

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Misguided Amendment

Q: How many Utah state senators does it take to do the right thing? A: One. And her name is Senator Luz Robles. The Utah Legislature passed a resolution this summer urging Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This has been a pet project of U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and …

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Utah legislators not qualified to interpret U.S. Constitution

Sheryl Allen, former state representative and member of the Constitutional Revision Commission, recently commented on the Legislature’s move, through SB44, to end the commission’s independence (“Election doesn’t make legislators constitutional scholars,” Opinion, June 7). We at the Alliance for a Better UTAH believe that SB44 is a strike against the principles of good government and …

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Election Doesn’t Turn Legislators into Constitutional Scholars

True or false quiz: 1. Being elected to the Utah Legislature makes you a constitutional law expert. 2. The Utah Constitution can be easily amended and advice from legal scholars is not needed. Of course, the answers to the above questions are false, but in 2011 the Legislature passed an ill-advised bill that indicates some …

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