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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 was “death by a thousand

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Press Release: Celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2018 CELEBRATING THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID Salt Lake City, UT – Today, good government group Alliance for a Better Utah celebrated the 53rd anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Since 1965, these programs have offered high-quality care for the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged in

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Unofficially, Many Utah Law Enforcement Groups Are Lining up To Oppose The Medical Marijuana Initiative

Both sides of the newly certified medical marijuana campaign are still taking shape, yet there’s one group that’s largely taken a back-seat role in the increasingly nasty debate marred with allegations of sleazy politics and lies. The various levels of law enforcement in Utah have been quiet during the lead-up to the initiative collecting enough voter signatures

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Sutherland Institute should claim their role in the ‘NASCAR pileup’

This op-ed originally appeared at Utah Policy.com.  In a recent op-ed, Rick Larsen, the president of Sutherland Institute, makes a call for increased civility surrounding the medical marijuana ballot initiative. He bemoans the spectacle that the discourse has become– like “a NASCAR pileup”– and frets that ultimately, uninformed voting on ballot initiatives could lead to anarchy. While

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Anti-marijuana group says it’s working with the DEA to sabotage medical pot

This article by Alan Pyke originally appeared at ThinkProgress.org.  Federal officials are getting dragged into a state-level fight over medical marijuana, after opponents of a ballot initiative to legalize the idea in Utah claimed that the Drug Enforcement Agency supports their efforts. The group, Drug Safe Utah, is a registered political organization fronting for the

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Press Release: Initiative Opponents Should Fight Fair and in the Open

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2018   INITIATIVE OPPONENTS SHOULD FIGHT FAIR AND IN THE OPEN Salt Lake City, UT – Campaigns are underway to narrowly disqualify the medical marijuana and Count My Vote ballot initiatives, asking voters to rescind their signatures now that the deadline for signature-gathering has passed. On Friday, good

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The People of Utah have Their Own Legislative Authority

It’s time for our Legislature to quit being the overbearing parent who feels they always know what’s best. When one thinks of the power to make laws here in Utah, the first thing that comes to mind is normally the Utah Legislature. Understandable, as we elect legislators to the Legislature so they may legislate. However,

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