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My view: ALEC coverage a disservice to Utah

A new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council giving high praise to Utah’s economic successes has recently received significant but uncritical attention in Utah’s press. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, penned the following op-ed to draw attention to the lopsided coverage. The Deseret News published an editorial (“How

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On guns, Lee is clueless

A recent editorial by U.S. Senator Mike Lee in the Deseret News has me again disappointed in our elected leaders. Lee’s lectures on the constitution are usually harmless, if totally annoying and condescending, but his most recent exegesis of the 2nd Amendment should leave Utahns unusually worried about their senator. In the editorial, Lee begins with

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My View: What’s in a name? Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act

Better UTAH intern Boo Reiser penned an OpEd over the weekend in the Deseret News discussing the Affordable Care Act. He argues that pragmatism should trump ideology in the healthcare debates, even though it rarely does. As a senior studying health communication at the University of Utah, I’ve had numerous discussions about American health care

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A Trip to the Gun Show

The following is the transcript from this week’s Better UTAH Beat that aired on January 8, 2013. —— The smell of warm candied almonds wafted through the north wing of the South Towne Expo Center this weekend as families wandered from exhibit to exhibit. But these families weren’t at the Festival Trees, they were at

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Better UTAH Founder Josh Kanter Gives His Take On ALEC In The Deseret News

Much has been written about the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, as that organization arrives in Salt Lake City for its national conference. ALEC supporters focus on the organization’s founding principles — support of free markets and limited government. Those principles are laudable, and I accept them as authentic. Critics, however, note that ALEC’s

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Reactions mixed, volatile on health care reform

… Christine Cardamon sells insurance. But she hasn’t been able to buy it for herself. She couldn’t get insurance because of rheumatoid arthritis. She flirted with buying an expensive policy that would exclude that condition. She got accident coverage, figuring at least that would be covered if she was injured somehow. When she investigated other

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