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Better Utah responds to HCR 11

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Utah House passed a second substitute to Rep. Joel Briscoe’s HCR11, Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Utah’s Clerks and Election Workers for Their Performance Related to Utah’s 2020 Election. The bill was substituted on the House floor, removing language recognizing the success of vote …

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Better Utah Responds to committee comments on CROWN Act

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, during the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, lawmakers discussed S.B. 80, Utah Antidiscrimination Act Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Derek Kitchen. During discussion on the bill, Senator Derrin Owens and other lawmakers made a host of inappropriate and offensive comments. Senator Owens …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to HB197

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the House Government Operations committee voted 7-3 to advance HB197, Voter Affiliation Amendments, (Representative Jordan Teuscher, R). The bill will continue on to the full House.  Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “When Utahns affiliate …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to impeachment

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Following today’s historic bipartisan impeachment vote during which all four of Utah’s Representatives voted against impeaching Donald Trump for his incitement of insurrection on 1.6.21, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “The 1.6.21 attack was an …

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Press Release: Better Utah calls for resignations of Chris Stewart, Burgess Owens

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Following the votes of Representatives Chris Stewart (CD2) and Burgess Owens (CD4) to overturn the results of a free and fair election in Pennsylvania, Alliance for a Better Utah called for their immediate resignations. Since the election, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United …

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Utah senator apologises after saying people should ‘stay home’ if they don’t want to be bitten by police dogs

This article originally appeared in Yahoo! News. Read it in its entirety here. A Utah lawmaker apologised after he received backlash for saying if people don’t want to be bitten by police dogs, they should “stay home”. Republican Senator Don Ipson said he was “wrong” to make the comment. He made the remark during a legislative hearing on Tuesday about whether to codify guidelines for police dog teams in …

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Report: Owens campaign accepted $135,500 in illegal donations

This article originally appeared in the KSTU-TV. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — With a week to go until Election Day, a report Tuesday by the New York Times says Utah congressional candidate Burgess Owens accepted $135,500 in illegal campaign contributions. The report claims the donations to the Owens campaign were over the legal limit. By law, individuals are only allowed to donate …

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The secret to standing up to a conservative supermajority is on display in… Utah?

This article originally appeared in Mother Jones. Read it in its entirety here. At 4 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, the lobby of Dragonfly Wellness is almost completely full. Clients perch expectantly on the lobby sofas, waiting to be buzzed through the locked door marked PATIENTS ONLY. This might not be an unusual scene elsewhere—medical marijuana is legal in more than 30 states—but this happens to …

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes endorses lawsuit claiming ‘unlawful election results’ in 4 states won by Joe Biden

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has thrown his support behind a U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s election loss. Reyes joined 16 other attorneys general Wednesday in endorsing the Texas petition that seeks to invalidate the election results in four battleground states captured by President-elect Joe Biden. In a prepared statement, …

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