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Why can’t Congress work remotely?

Sitting through a seemingly endless stream of Zoom calls, virtual happy hours, and the occasional phone call – it’s clear that life as we know it has changed quite dramatically in the last 30 days. We’ve all adjusted our workflows, thrown out our social calendars, and put off our vacations in order to help keep

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Press Release: Better Utah statement on Congressional vacancy bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, HB 17 and HJR 1, passed the Utah House. The bills address how Utah would handle the vacancy of a U.S. Senator. Currently, the law requires that the political party of the leaving senator would nominate three candidates to replace them, one

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Proud to be disloyal

According to recent reports, President Trump has said that Jews who vote for Democrats are either ignorant or disloyal. Though it’s unclear whether he is suggesting that a vote for Democrats is disloyal to him, to the United States, or to Israel, I will wear the badge of disloyalty with pride. In fact, I am

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Utah leaders react to the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act

This story originally appeared at deseret.com. Read it in its entirety here.  Utahns are watching closely as the future of the Affordable Care Act is considered by three judges on the other side of the country. A three-judge panel, two Republican-appointed and one Democrat-appointed, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in

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Immigrants Welcome: Salt Lake County Council reaches compromise on immigration resolution

This story originally appeared on cityweekly.net. Read it in its entirety here. After a sometimes-contentious debate, the Salt Lake County Council struck a compromise Tuesday over Councilwoman Shireen Ghorbani’s resolution to affirm the county’s commitment to welcoming immigrants and to pressure Utah’s congressional delegation to address federal immigration reform. An animated discussion erupted soon after

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Commentary: Higher minimum wage will help workers and the economy

This commentary originally appeared at sltrib.com. Read it in its entirety here. In the next week or so, Congress will have the opportunity to give 488,000 working Utahns a substantial raise. The Raise the Wage Act will increase the wage to $15 an hour over the next six years to alleviate the rising economic stress

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Rep. Chris Stewart: Trump’s Chief Apologist

Chris Stewart has had quite the record when it comes to Trump. My goal today is to simply lay out that record and then have you answer the question: when it comes to holding the president accountable, is Rep. Stewart properly representing Utahns?

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Former Congresswoman Karen Shepherd joins Better UTAH Board

Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH announced today the addition of former congresswoman Karen Shepherd to its board of directors. Shepherd was the second woman in the history of Utah to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Before her election to Congress, she served in the Utah

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Shutdown obsession

What is it they say? The first step to overcoming a problem is to admit you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. I can’t look away. I am obsessed with everything to do with the government shutdown in an almost train-wreck-fascination sort of way. I can’t get enough of headlines like: Anarchy is

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