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Recap: The 2014 Utah Legislature

I’ve just posted several items about the recently concluded legislative session. Here’s a quick overview: The 2014 Legislature: Slow out of the gate, frantic in the stretch. Legislators considered 786 bills, but a procedural change caused a major crunch in … Continue reading

Who missed the most votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature?

Legislators miss a lot of votes in the Utah Legislature, and some miss more than others. As the figure below shows, there wasn’t much change in the overall absenteeism rate, with 12% of Senators and 6% of Representatives missing a … Continue reading

Who sponsored the most bills in the 2014 Utah Legislature?

Legislators vary widely in how many bills they introduce. Presiding officers (Speaker and Senate President) seldom sponsor bills, and that was the case again this year. Neither Speaker Lockhart nor President Niederhauser introduced any legislation. (Lockhart’s education technology initiative was … Continue reading

The closest votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature

Close votes are rare in the Utah Legislature. Instead, the typical bill passes with over 90% of legislators voting the same way. There are exceptions to every rule, of course. Here, I’ve listed the 20 closest votes in each chamber … Continue reading

Once again, consensus voting reigns in the Utah Legislature

Legislators don't like to vote "no," even for bills sponsored by the opposing party.

Utah legislators really don’t like to vote “no.” If a bill comes to a vote, you can be all but certain that it will succeed. The figure below tells the story; for each year since 2007, it shows the average … Continue reading

The 2014 Legislature: Slow out of the gate, frantic in the stretch

Clearly, something caused the Legislature to fall behind in its bill processing this year.

Utah legislators introduced 786 bills and resolutions in the 2014 session?fewer than the 800 we saw in 2009, but still higher than usual. However, a procedural change caused legislators to delay action on most of those bills until later in … Continue reading

My wonderful family, Oct 2010

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Course announcements

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

Letter grades

Monday, December 17th, 2012. I have posted letter grades to the course website. You can log in and take a look. In a little while, they will also show up on BYU's official site. [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

Last chance for office hours

Thursday, December 13th, 2012. Most of you have taken the final exam by now. For the rest of you... I just learned that my department chair has scheduled a faculty meeting for [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

Check my gradebook for errors

Friday, December 7th, 2012. I have just calculated a letter grade for each of you. It includes everything except the final exam. The final is worth 30% of your grade (or 35% if [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

The Constitutional Convention

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. Just to clarify in response to a question asked today, Alexander Hamilton was indeed an active participant in the Constitutional Convention and did [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

Last time with peer reviews

Monday, December 3rd, 2012. Due by Weds. I hope that writing these debate papers and commenting on arguments written by your peers has strengthened your confidence when reading [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

Interested in a JD, MBA, or MPA?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012. Tomorrow from 4-5:30pm in 238 HRCB, you can hear from a panel of five BYU grads currently in JD, MBA, and MPA programs. They'll take questions about [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

The end is near

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012. We have only four more lectures before us. A few items to be aware of. The last debate paper is due Friday. Same routine as before. Peer reviews will [continued ...]

PlSc 110, Introduction to American Politics

Post 9/11 politics

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. You might be wondering what today's readings have to do with each other. I've inserted some (revised) clarifying notes into the syllabus below today's [continued ...]

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