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How do we get fair districts and keep communities together?

Every ten years, the lines for our voting districts are drawn. Depending on how the maps are made, the lines can strengthen or separate a community. When a community is sliced apart, their voices are minimized, and elected officials have no incentive to listen to them. A community that is kept together can advocate for

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Utah’s conflict of interest problem

With the Legislative session now a month behind us, it’s a good time to reflect not just on what happened, but what we want the Legislature to look like in the future.  Utah has long resisted implementing meaningful ethical standards for public officials. As a matter of fact, a few years ago lawmakers decided to

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Better Utah responds to anti-democracy bill advancing in the Senate

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Tonight, in a surprise turnaround, the Utah Senate voted 18-11 to advance SB205 from Senator Dan McCay. The bill would allow the Utah Republican Party to require candidates to be nominated through the convention process, abandoning the signature-gathering route created under the 2014 “SB

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Better Utah Op-Ed

Katie Matheson: Parents should not face pandemic alone

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. I’m a parent. And like many parents, I often struggle to know what is best for my kids. That comes with the territory of parenting regardless of global events, but is especially true during a pandemic. My latest challenge — knowing whether or not to send my kid to in-person school

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This interview originally appeared on KRCL. Listen to the radio segment here. Stronger beer and hate crimes laws, inland port gets muddier, tax reform blues, and more as RadioACTive talks wins and losses with the grassroots groups that have been keeping an eye on #ThePeoplesBusiness for us this year: Emily Walsh, Catherine Weller and Vickie

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U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Utah GOP’s lawsuit over election law

This article originally appeared on KUTV 2. Read it in its entirety here. The United States Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear the Utah Republican Party’s case against S.B. 54, which allows Utah political candidates to gather signatures to get their name on a ballot. The case Utah Republican Party v. Cox, Spencer J. was listed under

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Lawmaker introduces bill to make abortion illegal in Utah after 15 weeks

This article originally appeared in 2 KUTV. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill to prohibit abortion from being performed in Utah after 15 weeks, with some exceptions. Utah Policy first reported that State Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-District 43, had introduced the bill, H.B. 136. If the bill were passed, a pregnant woman could not abort her

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Herald editorial: Farewell, forgotten Utah County commissioner

This article originally appeared in the Daily Herald. Read it in its entirety here. We couldn’t let the year come to an end without bidding the county’s most controversial current commissioner farewell, lest he think we forgot all about him in the midst of the holiday commotion. Three hundred and seventy-four days have passed since Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves should have resigned from office. Only dozens of leaders across

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