Tag: Jeff Swift

Op-ed: The bigger picture about Sen. Hatch and appointing federal judges

This Op-ed, written by Better Utah Board Member Jeff Swift, originally appeared in the Deseret News. To read the original article, click here.  In a Nov. 14 opinion piece in these pages, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch preached about the importance of the federal judiciary. He said the federal judiciary should be nonpartisan and full of qualified

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Op-ed: Utah deserves to be represented in Congress by pragmatic legislators

Source: Deseret News Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write legislation. The Senate, traditionally, has done this with aplomb, earning the moniker “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” This is what the Founders hoped for — a group of imperfect people coming together to carefully hash out difficult questions.

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Op-ed: Lee and Cruz would allow insurance companies to discriminate against the sick

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Apparently, increasing the number of uninsured by 22 million wasn’t enough for Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Late last week, Lee joined his fellow extremist Sen. Ted Cruz in insisting that Trumpcare also effectively remove protections for pre-existing conditions. Cruz’s amendment would allow insurance companies to sell policies that discriminate against

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The Inside Utah Politics Panel weighs in on Bears Ears, national rhetoric & UTA Board

Source: Good 4 Utah This week Conservative Blogger Holly Richardson and Jeff Swift, LDS Democrats joined Chief Political Correspondent Glen Mills for the Inside Utah Politics Panel. The two weigh in on Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to downsize Bears Ears National Monument, the shooting at the republican congressional baseball team’s practice in

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Op-ed: Time has come to raise the minimum wage

Source: Deseret News In Utah, we take pride in calling ourselves pro-family. We embrace the idea that children benefit from more time in a supportive household. Unfortunately, too many parents in Utah are pushed out of the home and away from their children, forced to choose between evenings with their children and another low-paying job

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My view: We need local politicians to show leadership on education

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune By now, the standard talking points on education funding are well-known. Utah is 51st in the nation for per-pupil funding. Over 1 billion dollars have been taken from the annual K-12 education budget. And we have a teacher shortage coupled with problems retaining teachers exacerbated by low starting salaries for

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Op-ed: Make the wealthy pay more to improve Utah education

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Utah’s education system is in crisis. Our education outcomes for each demographic group lag far behind our peers across the nation. Our student-to-teacher ratio is second worst in the country. Our per-pupil funding is dead last. Our massive teacher shortage is completely understandable. Would you want to be a teacher

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LDS Dems pitch ‘pro-family’ report to attract Utah voters

Source: Deseret News Looking to capitalize on Utahns’ distaste for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the LDS Democratic caucus put out a “pro-family” report Wednesday that the group says more closely reflects the state’s values. Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said LDS Dems can’t in good conscience call themselves pro-family unless they’re looking out

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