Tag: politics

Advocacy. Transparency. Accountability.

We’ve got a new logo! We recently went through a brand adjustment, and with our new logo comes a new tagline: “Advocacy. Transparency. Accountability.” In the past, we’ve talked about our organization as being built on the pillars of “balance, transparency, and accountability.” Now, we’ve obviously changed one of the words and formally adopted those

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The case for artists in elected office

When I was in middle school I had three passions: music, performing, and arguing. I performed in school plays, sang in choirs, took dance and voice lessons, and joined the debate team. In 8th grade Social Studies we participated in a Constitutional Debate event with other students in our district–an event that was held at

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My Immersion into Politics

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Politics: a bad word to some and an often avoided topic of dinner conversation. Being a recently graduated 31-year-old political communications intern who’s relatively wet-behind-the-ears when it comes to Utah politics, I find it easy to get overwhelmed. Immersing oneself in the ever-evolving political issues that face our state can feel more like self-induced waterboarding

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Dealing with the world right now is exhausting, but the consequences of being a bystander are too high

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Amos N. Guiora, J.D., Ph.D., is an advisor to Alliance for a Better Utah, professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah and the author of “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust.”  This commentary originally appeared as an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11160″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes”

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Polarization of Politics

Let’s play a little game. As you read the following statements, pay close attention to your reactions. Alright, understand the rules? Let’s go. – – – – – Trans men and women should be able to use the bathroom of their gender identity. Climate change isn’t real. It’s a Chinese hoax to bankrupt America. Humans

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Keep politics out of our schools

“Politics are a curse in educational affairs, even if they contaminate only a member of some board of education, some superintendent, or some teacher,” said Karl Maeser, a noted early Mormon educator. “In all cases there is danger that the contagion will finally reach the school and the children, and spoil the work.” Currently in

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Surviving the inevitable Thanksgiving dinner political chat

First rule of Thanksgiving: Don’t talk about politics. Second rule of Thanksgiving: Your crazy uncle will talk about politics. Our nation is divided and for many of us, that includes our families, too. The Internet is populated with suggestions for making sure that division doesn’t totally ruin your Thanksgiving meal. Instead of coming up with one

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An outsider’s view of politics

Last Wednesday I had my first taste of politics as it actually happens. After years of discussing politics in high school debate competitions, tracking every move on a given piece of legislation, dissecting the possible implications of a certain bill, reading Politico articles about D.C. policymakers from the remote location of my desk at home,

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Too much politics, too little pragmatism on Medicaid expansion

Why is the Utah legislature even thinking about debating expanding Medicaid for our state? Is there any motive other than an intra-partisan agenda here? Here are the facts: Governor Gary Herbert has come out in support of expanding Medicaid. House Speaker Becky Lockhart has not, believing that doing so would mean Utah supports Obamacare. Lockhart

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