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Reva Patricia Laurella

No proposed fixes and no public comment at first tax reform task force meeting

This article originally appeared in Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — There were no proposed fixes to the state’s tax structure discussed during the first meeting Thursday of a new legislative task force formed after lawmakers backed away last session from imposing sales taxes …

Comprehensive sex-ed is violence prevention

I was 18 years old and a few months into my first semester at college when I was sexually assaulted by a friend in the dorms. It was an event that left me shattered. I felt dirty and broken. Every time I showered I felt disgusted by the sight of …

Hundreds rally at Utah Capitol to protest abortion bans in the state and around the country

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. More than 300 people joined a rally at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday as part of a national movement to oppose abortion bans passed by state legislatures attempting to challenge the 1973 Supreme Court ruling …

Pew Trusts: Utah voter turnout vaults from 45th in country to 13th in four years

This article originally appeared in KUTV. Read it in its entirety here. (KUTV) — Voter turnout in Utah vaulted from 45th in the country to 13th in the course of four years, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Charitable Trusts stated in a May 8 article that Utah’s voter turnout jumped …

Legislative scorecard: How Southern Utah’s lawmakers rank among Sierra Club, Libertas Institute, others

This article originally appeared in Utah Channel 3. Read it in its entirety here. ST. GEORGE — Following the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session in March, St. George News created a scorecard showing how state lawmakers representing Southern Utah voted on the matters our readers followed most. In the same …

Press release/Comunicado de prensa: Better Utah and Comunidades Unidas encourage Salt Lake Council to support immigration resolution/ Better Utah y Comunidades Unidas Fomentan al Consejo del Condado de Salt Lake para apoyar la resolución de la inmigración

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday, June 11th, the Salt Lake County Council will vote on a resolution from Councilmember Shireen Ghorbani regarding the County’s role in supporting immigrants and immigrant communities. In anticipation of the vote, Alliance for a Better Utah …

The Source of My Pride

I didn’t come out of the closet until I was 24 years old. I had told my parents, a sibling, and a few close friends before then that I was gay. But otherwise, it was a terrifying secret I buried deep inside myself, only to come out when the shame …

Press Release: Court filing reveals that Census citizenship question will advantage Republicans and non-Latinx white voters in redistricting

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – According to an article just released by NPR, a court filing shows that the citizenship question on the 2020 Census was recommended to the Trump administration by a Republican strategist. According to court filings, a study conducted by …