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Press Release: Senator Vickers’ business interests reveal further issues with the Legislature’s handling of Props 2 and 3

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, a story about Senator Vickers’ business interests in the pharmaceutical industry broke. Sen. Vickers, the Senate Majority Leader, has two family-owned pharmacies in Iron County which distribute 34 percent of the County’s opiates–more than even Walmart’s pharmacy. Iron County, like many rural

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to SCOTUS gerrymandering decision

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled along partisan lines that Federal Courts cannot make decisions on partisan gerrymandering. In the opinion for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts stated that partisan gerrymandering is a political question outside the authority of the

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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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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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Press Release: Better Utah reacts to CFPB elimination bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, a bill which would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was reintroduced. The bill is sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and co-sponsored by Senator Mike Lee, among others. The CFPB was created after the 2008 financial crisis, and its job

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How Utah members of Congress see the Mueller report

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Utah members of Congress want to move on from special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report, but others in the state say not so fast — especially when it comes to obstruction of justice questions surrounding President Donald

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Health care advocates say Utah’s limited Medicaid plan, now open for enrollment, leaves tens of thousands without coverage

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Leonard Bagalwa, a Congolese immigrant who helps Utahns find health insurance through federal programs, said he was excited when voters approved Proposition 3 last year, believing it would mean Medicaid coverage for his family beginning April 1. “Making enough money

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Press Release: Better Utah calls for veto on bills that hurt democratic process

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah sent a letter to Governor Herbert, requesting his veto on three bills that hurt the democratic process in Utah. The bills, S.B. 123, Election Process Amendments,  H.B. 133, Initiative Amendments, and H.B. 145, Citizen Political Process Amendments,

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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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