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Press Release: Better Utah statement on community activist arrests

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Last night, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that protesters Madalena McNeil and Martin Oliveros were arrested and charged with first degree felonies with a gang enhancement for their involvement in protests against the Salt Lake County DA’s office. The charges could be punishable

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Press Release: Better Utah calls for external investigation into Cottonwood Heights Police Department response to peaceful protests

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department, along with other local police departments, responded to a peaceful protest that ended in protestors being pepper-sprayed and detained. Cottonwood Heights City Councilwoman, Tali Bruce, was in attendance at the protest and had to seek medical treatment

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Press Release: Better Utah comment on Trump vote-by-mail tweet

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier today, President Donald Trump tweeted, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly,

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Press Release: Better Utah calls on Piute County Commissioner to resign

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Piute County Commissioner, Darin Bushman, compared Governor Herbert to Hitler and a mask order in Salt Lake County to Hitler Germany on Twitter. Chase Thomas, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, issued the following statement:  “Utah is a place for everyone.

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Press Release: Better Utah calls on Herbert to pull out National Guard

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah called for the recall of the Utah National Guard presence in Salt Lake City. Earlier on Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall lifted the city’s nightly curfew after days of peaceful protests following the murder of

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Better Utah in the News

Romney criticizes Trump clearing out peaceful protesters to make way for photo op

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney met Wednesday with Utah National Guard soldiers deployed to Washington, D.C., to help deal with protests over the death of a black man in police custody, as a left-leaning group in Utah urged the governor to call the troops home. Also Wednesday,

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Utah should seek to develop federal lands near cities, argues a former lawmaker

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Utah officials now have a $700,000 tool that they hope will demonstrate the federal government is paying the state a “minuscule fraction” of what it’s due for its public lands. On Friday, a tech firm called Geomancer unveiled the software that Utah lawmakers bought to help them understand the value of the land

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Public can testify at virtual legislative hearings — but only with 12 hours’ notice

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature has a new process to hear public testimony during committee hearings being held virtually because of COVID-19, but would-be participants will have to make a request to speak at least 12 hours in advance. … Although the meetings are being conducted with videoconferencing software, they can only

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Alliance for a Better Utah calls for Kaysville mayor’s resignation over planned concert

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. KAYSVILLE — The Alliance for a Better Utah is calling on Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt to resign after she opened up the city to a free outdoor concert May 30 in conjunction with activists opposed to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Witt expressed her support for the concert in a

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