PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, HB 17 and HJR 1, passed the Utah House. The bills address how Utah would handle the vacancy of a U.S. Senator. Currently, the law requires that the political party of the leaving senator would nominate three candidates to replace them, one
This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A hard-won compromise over filling congressional vacancies in Utah took another step forward Tuesday, earning passage through the House of Representatives on a party-line vote. The proposal seeks to resolve years of bickering that began in 2017 with the resignation of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The state law was largely silent on
This commentary originally appeared in the Deseret News. This weekend, Republican state delegates will vote to elect a new chair of the Utah Republican Party. It’s a messy, time-consuming process that most voters don’t pay attention to, and often know nothing about. It’s a convention likely to be dominated by ideological battles over SB54, the
This article originally appeared in Role Call. Read it in its entirety here. Utah Rep. Mia Love has missed more votes in the lame duck session than any of the nearly three dozen other lawmakers who lost their reelection races in November, according to a recent analysis. The 4th District Republican was absent from a cluster of votes the week before Christmas as the federal government hurtled toward a partial shutdown.
Salt Lake City, UT – After failing to secure sufficient votes to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill moments before it was scheduled for a vote. Chase Thomas, Better Utah’s policy and advocacy counsel, issued the following statement: “The defeat of the AHCA is a
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Because repeal-and-replace Republicans still have no grasp of what they would be repealing and no clue as to what they might replace it with, the Affordable Care Act is still the means by which millions more Americans, and thousands more Utahns, have that basic component of civilized life, health care coverage.
Salt Lake City – The Alliance for a Better Utah urged delegates at the Utah Republican Party State Convention this weekend to vote against a resolution to be introduced by Lowell Nelson, former vice chairman of the state Republican Party. This resolution “encourages public officials at all levels of government to nullify any federal order,
The Utah State Legislature is set to reconvene next week and, with it, a slew of controversial bills–from marriage and nondiscrimination to medicaid expansion and federal land lawsuits. One such controversial issue is 2014’s SB54, otherwise known as the Count My Vote compromise. While the initial Count My Vote ballot initiative would have completely eliminated
We’ve talked before about Utah’s disappointingly low voter turnout rate. We believe strongly that healthy political debate is crucial in helping educate voters and encourage turnout. With that in mind, we partnered with KCPW, a Salt Lake valley radio station, and the John R. Park Debate Society at the University of Utah to sponsor five legislative
The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Four-thousand. That’s the number of delegates in the Utah Republican party. And a majority of them are out to get your vote. They don’t want you voting at all. Though both Democratic and Republican delegates opposed the