Elections

Local government elections may not be quite as exciting as national ones, but your representatives at the city and state level will likely have a much higher impact on your daily life.

We keep tabs on elections and the election process to make sure no party is given an unfair advantage.

2018 Debate Series

The ABU Education Fund is once again partnering with the John R. Park Debate Society to host debates in this year’s state and federal races. The ACLU of Utah’s Smart Justice Campaign will also be a partner for several county attorney races.

Register to Vote!

Visit our friends over at Voterise for a quick and easy way to register to vote, or update your registration if you’ve moved! Get ready to vote this year!

2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Despite protests, Utah House secures two-thirds majority for replacement Medicaid plan that allows full expansion as a last resort

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Under the eyes of a capacity crowd, and with protesters inside and outside their chamber, members of the Utah House voted Friday for a partial Medicaid expansion program that would revert to full expansion in the event federal administrators reject the state’s plans. Representatives voted 56-19 for SB96, securing the …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Organization calls Medicaid expansion repeal ‘anti-Democratic’

This article originally appeared on ABC 4. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The push to repeal Utah’s voter-approved Prop 3 for Medicaid expansion went up for a committee vote in the Utah House Wednesday. The House Business and Labor Committee voted 9 to 6 to give Senate Bill 96 a favorable recommendation. The bill which …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Utah Lawmakers Seek to Roll Back Medicaid Expansion Passed by Voters

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Read it in its entirety here. Three months after voters in deep-red Utah approved a pair of ballot measures opposed by many Republican leaders, the state legislature is on the verge of pulling both of them back. In December, the GOP-dominated legislature replaced a voter-approved medical marijuana law with a new version that more tightly …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Senate GOP Votes in Direct Contradiction to the Will of the People to Pass Medicaid Expansion Repeal Bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Senate passed SB 96, “Medicaid expansion adjustments,” almost entirely along party lines. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement. “Today’s Senate vote to pass the Medicaid expansion repeal bill …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Senate GOP Flouts Rules in Rush to Undo Voter Initiative

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, the Utah State Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would make drastic changes to the Medicaid expansion initiative that voters passed in November. Now, government watchdog group Alliance for a Better Utah is crying foul, …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Utah lawmakers running bills to tweak how ballot initiatives get before voters (and after)

This article originally appeared in Fox 13 Salt Lake City. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — A series of bills are being filed in the Utah State Legislature, tweaking how ballot initiatives get before voters and what happens after they pass. Lawmakers insist they are not tampering with citizen rights to get a referendum, but one watchdog group questioned if it …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

San Juan County clerk who falsified a document to oust Navajo Willie Grayeyes from ballot won’t face charges

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. In one of his last acts as county attorney, Grand County’s top prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against a San Juan County clerk who illegally booted a Navajo candidate — now a county commissioner — from the November ballot. Former Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald sent a letter …

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Accountability/TransparencyBlog

Press Release: Failure to Prosecute Nielson Sets Dangerous Precedent

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday afternoon, Ashley Bunton, the managing editor at the Moab Sun News, tweeted that John David Nielson, the San Juan County clerk, will not be prosecuted by the Grand County Attorney’s Office. This unfortunate development follows a string …

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