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7 Ways to recommit to progress

We’re only a month into 2020 and it has already felt like the longest year of my life. January was a jam-packed month. We came back from the holidays engaged in a struggle with our state lawmakers, gathering tens of thousands of signatures to express our displeasure with a tax reform bill they already knew

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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 of death.” The arrival of

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All the things the Utah State Legislature did to your life this year

This article originally appeared on Fox 13. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, the voter-approved Medicaid-expansion ballot initiative.

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Utah lawmakers pass three bills that affect ballot initiative process

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. SA trio of bills tweaking the ballot initiative process are on their way to the governor’s desk after passing the Legislature. House Bills 133, 145 and 195 impact when successful ballot initiatives can take effect, when signatures need to be turned in, that they must

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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 bill, HB 133, imposes an

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Senate to debate bill to delay effective date of voter-approved ballot measures to give Legislature a chance to ‘fix’ them

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. After legislators repealed and replaced two ballot initiatives passed by voters in November, a trio of bills designed to change the ballot initiative process is nearing the finish line. The Senate Government Operations Committee approved three such House-passed bills on

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“Talkin’ bout my generation”

“Vote! Vote! Vo-…oh, that’s not how we wanted you to vote… Sit back down and be quiet, you didn’t know what you were voting for.”- The story of the Utah legislature from the perspective of a young Utahn. We’re nearly through with the 2019 legislative session and one thing is frustratingly clear: our representatives have

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Commentary: Our Utah representatives are not representing us

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. On Nov. 6, the voters of Utah voiced their demands loud and clear: We want Medicaid expansion, and we want it now. We want medical marijuana, and we want it now. The majority of Utah voters approved of both ballot initiatives, with Proposition 3 passing with 53.3

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