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Covid-19 audit shows troubling lack of leadership

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to today’s release of the COVID-19 purchase and emergency response audit by Utah State Auditor John Dugall, Chase Thomas, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Although politicians like to brag that Utah is the best …

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Press Release: Burgess Owens appears on another QANON show

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following news that Burgess Owens, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, appeared on a QAnon show for the second time, Katie Matheson, communications director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “Burgess Owens must take responsibility for his own …

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Press Release: Utah Congressional Delegation must join calls for investigation into forced hysterectomies in ICE Detention Centers

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, 10 Utah groups came together to call on Utah’s members of Congress to join in calling for the DHS Inspector General to investigate reports of abusive medical practices in an immigration detention center in Georgia. Earlier this week, news broke of …

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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 election resources, Trump said, “Now …

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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 Salt Lake Tribune, Insight Terminal …

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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. The charges could be punishable …

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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 had to seek medical treatment …

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Press Release: Better Utah comment on Trump vote-by-mail tweet

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier today, President Donald Trump tweeted, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, …

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Better Utah Op-Ed

Katie Matheson: Parents should not face pandemic alone

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. I’m a parent. And like many parents, I often struggle to know what is best for my kids. That comes with the territory of parenting regardless of global events, but is especially true during a pandemic. My latest challenge — knowing whether or not to send my kid to in-person school …

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Press Release: Better Utah calls on Piute County Commissioner to resign

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Piute County Commissioner, Darin Bushman, compared Governor Herbert to Hitler and a mask order in Salt Lake County to Hitler Germany on Twitter. Chase Thomas, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, issued the following statement:  “Utah is a place for everyone. …

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