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Press Release: Better Utah responds to impeachment

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Following today’s historic bipartisan impeachment vote during which all four of Utah’s Representatives voted against impeaching Donald Trump for his incitement of insurrection on 1.6.21, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “The 1.6.21 attack was an

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Press Release: Utah Congressional Delegation must join calls for investigation into forced hysterectomies in ICE Detention Centers

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, 10 Utah groups came together to call on Utah’s members of Congress to join in calling for the DHS Inspector General to investigate reports of abusive medical practices in an immigration detention center in Georgia. Earlier this week, news broke of

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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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