Generation landslide

When the political tide of our country made a dramatic rightward shift, responses were heard across the country and around the world. One of the strongest and most persistent voices since Trump’s 2016 election is that of the millennial generation. From marches to social media movements, my generation has let …

Guest opinion: Family separation negatively impacts Utah’s workforce, economy

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Growing up in Utah, I was taught that nothing mattered more than family. Through songs, religious activities and the phrase “families are forever” displayed in framed needlepoint, I understood from a young age how much families being together meant to Utahns. This …

Commentary: What is the ‘Utah Way’? Depends On Who You Are

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. If you are involved at all in Utah politics, you most likely have heard about the “Utah way” of doing things. But what exactly is the “Utah way?” The New York Times referred to the firing squad as “a Utah way …

Utah Lawmaker Mike McKell Makes False Claims During House of Representatives Debate on Coal Port Bill

This article originally appeared on Medium. Read it in its entirety here. The Utah House of Representatives passed SB248 from Rep. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Fork). As substituted, the legislation streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During House debate, McKell repeatedly …

With sights set on the Supreme Court overturning Roe, Arkansas and Utah pass 18-week abortion bans

This article originally appeared in the Daily Kos. Read it in its entirety here. Another day, and another couple of state legislatures decide to pass abortion cut-offs that supporters know won’t pass constitutional muster unless the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. This time it was Utah and Arkansas lawmakers approving …

These Citizen Activists Fought Hard to Expand Health Care. Then Their Lawmakers Rebuked Them. Utahns took Med

This article originally appeared in the Huff Post. Read it in its entirety here. It’s hard to get a ballot initiative in front of voters in Utah. Proponents of changing state law via direct action by voters must get petitions signed by the equivalent of 10 percent of the number …

Press Release: Sponsor makes false claims during House debate on coal port bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Without a House committee hearing, the House of Representatives passed S.B. 248 from Rep. Mike McKell, which, as substituted, streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During the House …

Press Release: Initiative bills confuse, delay, and create bureaucratic hurdles in the initiative process

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Legislature passed HB 133 “Initiative Amendments,” and HB 145, “Citizen Political Process Amendments.” These bills make changes to the initiative process by pushing back the implementation date and making adjustments to the signature-gathering process. Representative Daw’s …

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