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Utah Legislature eyes May 1 for reopening economy as the coronavirus wears on

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. State lawmakers convened a historic, all-virtual special session on the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, with an eye toward the date Utah can start emerging from quarantine — and they’re pitching May 1 as a target. House Speaker Brad Wilson said legislators will create guidelines to start reawakening the state’s slumbering economy “carefully, methodically,

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Better Utah in the News

Historic special session of the Utah Legislature now underway

This article originally appeared  on ABC4 News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – It’s calm and quiet inside the State Capitol, but it’s a very busy day for lawmakers. It’s not only the first remote session of the Utah Legislature, but it’s also the first time they’ve called themselves into special session thanks to a change approved by

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Advocacy. Transparency. Accountability.

We’ve got a new logo! We recently went through a brand adjustment, and with our new logo comes a new tagline: “Advocacy. Transparency. Accountability.” In the past, we’ve talked about our organization as being built on the pillars of “balance, transparency, and accountability.” Now, we’ve obviously changed one of the words and formally adopted those

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Watchdogs criticize Salt Lake Chamber’s canceled $2,500-a-head ‘off-the-record conversation’ with lawmakers on tax reform

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Government watchdog groups are calling out the Salt Lake Chamber over an abruptly canceled “off-the-record conversation” on tax reform in which business owners would have paid $2,500 for a cozy session with Utah legislative leaders. “It didn’t smell right to us,” said

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Legislative scorecard: How Southern Utah’s lawmakers rank among Sierra Club, Libertas Institute, others

This article originally appeared in Utah Channel 3. Read it in its entirety here. ST. GEORGE — Following the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session in March, St. George News created a scorecard showing how state lawmakers representing Southern Utah voted on the matters our readers followed most. In the same vein, various organizations and interest

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LDS Church is assigning ‘specialists’ to help members become more politically active. Dems worry it may make Utah even more GOP.

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Virtually every year, Latter-day Saint leaders read a statement over the pulpit, reaffirming the faith’s political neutrality while encouraging members to be informed about issues, vote in elections, run for office and support candidates who represent their values and views.

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Legislative scorecard: How Southern Utah’s lawmakers rank among Sierra Club, Libertas Institute, others

This article originally appeared in St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. ST. GEORGE — Following the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session in March, St. George News created a scorecard showing how state lawmakers representing Southern Utah voted on the matters our readers followed most. In the same vein, various organizations and interest

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RADIOACTIVE: MARCH 18, 2019

This interview originally appeared on KRCL. Listen to the radio segment here. Stronger beer and hate crimes laws, inland port gets muddier, tax reform blues, and more as RadioACTive talks wins and losses with the grassroots groups that have been keeping an eye on #ThePeoplesBusiness for us this year: Emily Walsh, Catherine Weller and Vickie

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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 claimed that no taxpayer dollars

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RADIOACTIVE: MARCH 6, 2019

This broadcast originally appeared on KRCL. Listen to the radio segment in its entirety here. Tonight’s lineup: Legislative updates from the following groups: Emily Walsh, League of Women Voters of Utah Lauren Simpson, Alliance for a Better Utah Troy Williams of Equality Utah (taken from comments at a press conference earlier today) Erin Jemison, policy director for the YWCA Utah This broadcast

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