Tag: Proposition 3

Chase Thomas: Court leaves Utah vulnerable to new rounds of gerrymandering

This commentary originally appeared at sltrib.com. Read it in its entirety here. After years of waiting for something to be done, we have learned that the U.S. Supreme Court did not have the wherewithal to address one of the most glaring and damaging aspects of our representative democracy: gerrymandering. Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision that

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Health care advocates say Utah’s limited Medicaid plan, now open for enrollment, leaves tens of thousands without coverage

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Leonard Bagalwa, a Congolese immigrant who helps Utahns find health insurance through federal programs, said he was excited when voters approved Proposition 3 last year, believing it would mean Medicaid coverage for his family beginning April 1. “Making enough money

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Utah lawmakers pass three bills that affect ballot initiative process

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. SA trio of bills tweaking the ballot initiative process are on their way to the governor’s desk after passing the Legislature. House Bills 133, 145 and 195 impact when successful ballot initiatives can take effect, when signatures need to be turned in, that they must

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Guest opinion: More Americans voting is not a Democratic ‘power grab’

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. Last month, Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to denounce the recently released bill designated by the new Democratic House majority as its priority legislation for the session. Attacking the idea of making Election Day a public holiday, a proposal supported by a large

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Commentary: Will of the people

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. There are a number of legislators and anti-Medicaid expansion advocates who continue to bluster over what exactly Utah voters meant when they cast their votes for Medicaid expansion in 2018. These legislators insist that S.B. 96 is, in fact, keeping with the will of the people because they’re expanding Medicaid to more than what

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Despite protests, Utah House secures two-thirds majority for replacement Medicaid plan that allows full expansion as a last resort

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Under the eyes of a capacity crowd, and with protesters inside and outside their chamber, members of the Utah House voted Friday for a partial Medicaid expansion program that would revert to full expansion in the event federal administrators reject the state’s plans. Representatives voted 56-19 for SB96, securing the two-thirds majority required for immediate

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Press Release: The People Have Spoken

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, final votes from the remaining counties in Utah were certified, making official the successes of Propositions 2, 3, and 4. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Today is an excellent day for the

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Candidates clash over Medicaid expansion in competitive Utah House race

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here.  Sandy • One clear difference emerged Wednesday night in the race for state House District 32 in southern Salt Lake County: the candidates’ clashing views on the ballot measure to expand Medicaid. Democrat Suzanne Harrison supports Proposition 3 as a lifesaver

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