Tag: tea party

Southern Utah University kowtows to political extremists

Everyone should go to Southern Utah University. I did. It’s nestled between Utah’s stunning National Parks and there is no winter inversion. There are generous staff members and award-winning faculty. The class sizes are small and tuition is affordable. There’s also the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. I’m wondering, however, if the promises of SUU

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Lee and Cruz are GOP’s Lloyd and Harry

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Senator Ted Cruz and his sidekick Mike Lee have done it: they’ve shut down the government. But Utahns, despite our state’s conservative leanings, aren’t having anything to do with it. A poll in yesterday’s Deseret News showed

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U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-tea party

Better UTAH Communications Director Isaac Holyoak published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend in which he argues Lee’s voting record on guns is indicative of Lee’s ideological distaste for the 17th Amendment. From labor laws that made safer workplaces, to banking regulations designed to curb the influence of big money, to

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 44 – April 16, 2013

In this week’s edition of the Better UTAH Beat, Maryann discusses the way contemporaries use history to advance claims in support of their arguments. From gay marriage to gun rights, many on the American right are distorting history to make their own claims seem reasonable and consistent. The practice is similar to the tactics used

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NEW OpEd – Time for Lee to grow up and act like a senator

When we vote for a U.S. senator, the last thing we are hoping he brings to the position is a penchant for embarrassing us. Unfortunately, with Sen. Mike Lee, that seems to be at the top of his skill-set. For the past six months, Utah’s freshman senator has been throwing the political equivalent of a

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Enough Misleading Campaign Rhetoric Already!

Over the past year, we’ve seen an escalating level of rhetoric from certain conservative candidates in Utah condemning the so-called “out of control” spending spree of the United States Government, and the “failed policies” of the 2009 stimulus package. We call the rhetoric what it is… misleading! There is legitimate debate surrounding the proper role

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