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McEntee: Fighting for the right to see state records — again

By Peg McEntee The question wouldn’t seem too hard to answer. Under Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act, Maryann Martindale wants a list of all requests the state has provided for free because they would benefit the public or be in the public’s interest. It’s a natural, given that the state has been awfully

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New OpEd: Utah’s Transparency Problem

Over the past year, despite the public outcry over the anti-transparency HB477, Utah’s Legislature and attorney general have quietly resumed their continuing assault on the principles of open and transparent government. Yet this assault has received little attention. During the 2012 legislative session, Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, succeeded in passing SB21, which effectively stripped several

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Better UTAH Beat episode 16! New Format!

Better UTAH Communications Director Eric Ethington discusses how Utah’s Legislature and Attorney General’s office are quietly resuming their attacks on the principles of transparency and openness.

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Better UTAH Speaks Against Legislature’s Redistricting Secrecy

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 20, 2012 Better UTAH Speaks Against Legislature’s Redistricting Secrecy _________________________________________________________________________ Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, testified this morning before the Legislature Records Committee that withholding redistricting documents violates the spirit and intent of Utah’s constitution. After the committee voted 3-1 against releasing the documents (unless

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OpEd – Guns and Insider Trading

By Alliance for a Better UTAH’s Founder, Josh Kanter Does the balance of personal and societal interests require compromising your principles? In the case of gun regulation, a comparison to insider trading shows that it does not. With the Aurora, Colo., and Sikh Temple shootings, we’ve seen a return to the gun regulation debate. At

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Utah Lawmaker Resigns From ALEC – Better UTAH Applauds Her Decision

Representative Christine Watkins (D, Price) sent out a press release this morning announcing her resignation from ALEC. Saying: “The level of secrecy and removal of the public from the lawmaking process ALEC fosters is something I simply cannot ignore.” Better UTAH responded to Representative Watkins’ announcement, applauding her for making the right choice for the

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Stolen Valor Act – Lying Isn’t A Crime

After the Supreme Court ruled last week that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional, some Republicans are already moving to reconstruct the act and pass it again (“Court rejects stolen valor law, boosts Utah congressman’s idea, Tribune, June 29). Why do these elected officials, who never fail to warn of the evils of overreaching government,

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 9!

Better UTAH Beat episode 9! Senator Orrin Hatch and Governor Gary Herbert employ “Fear Tactics” after the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling as they lie about the Affordable Care Act’s implications for Utah.

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