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Pretty much nobody likes the Zion Curtain

Democrats (81%), Republicans (51%), Mormons (51%), other religious adherents (87%), and the non-religious (99%) all agree that restaurants should be allowed to remove these barriers.

Utah law requires restaurants to prepare alcoholic drinks out of sight of customers, either in a separate room or behind a 7-foot tall visual barrier. The barrier is routinely derided as the “Zion curtain.” Utah legislators considered a proposal to … Continue reading

Update: The 2015 Legislature will be Utah?s 2nd most Republican since the Depression

The 2015 Legislature has the second largest Republican majority in 88 years, since the 96.8% majority of 1927.

Two weeks ago, preliminary results showed Democrats picking up one seat in the Utah House and holding steady in the Utah Senate. At the time, I wrote that this change would give us the 3rd most Republican Legislature since the … Continue reading

Voter turnout in Utah just got worse

In 2014, Utah was one of only 4 states with turnout below 29%.

This post is based on preliminary turnout figures from the various states. These findings may need to be revised as provisional and absentee ballots are counted nationwide. Nationally, last week’s elections witnessed the lowest midterm election turnout in seven decades. As … Continue reading

We now have the fewest freshmen ever in the Utah House

Every incumbent on yesterday's ballot won.

This post is based on preliminary election results. Provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted. When it convenes in January, Utah’s House of Representatives will have fewer freshmen on the floor than it has ever had since statehood. Ever. Yesterday’s … Continue reading

Election result: The 3rd most Republican Legislature in 80 years

The 2015 Legislature will be the third-most Republican group in 80 years.

This post is based on preliminary election results. Provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted. Update (Nov 20): Now that provisional and absentee ballots are in, three elections have seen their outcome reversed. Disregard what’s written below and see this new post … Continue reading

What Utah voters want from their Legislature

The three issues voters most want the Legislature to address: Reducing corruption among elected officials, improving Utah's air quality, and increasing spending on K-12 public education.

This post is a collaboration between Mike Barber and Adam Brown. Both are assistant professors of Political Science at Brigham Young University and affiliated scholars at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. The Utah Legislature considered 784 … Continue reading

My wonderful family, Oct 2010

Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.
Dieter Uchtdorf

Course announcements

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

BYUPAS capitol trip

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. On Thursday, a group of BYU students is taking a trip to the Utah Capitol. The trip is organized by the campus chapter of BYUPAS (the Political [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Pizza social reminder

Monday, January 26th, 2015. Remember the free pizza for interns (all universities) this evening at 5pm in the Copper Room (1st floor, Senate building). If you want a greater [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Check your legislative email frequently

Friday, January 23rd, 2015. LRGC staff are concerned that some of you are not checking your legislative email accounts. Just a reminder that you all should check your legislative [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Check your letter grade. And have some pizza.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. The Testing Center has recalculated your exam scores. With these corrections, the average score was 79%, with a high of 93%. You may log into the Poli [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Final exam comments

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. Item 51 was miskeyed. Also, I am dropping items 38, 65, 97, and 109. I'll delay figuring any curves until the testing center recalculates scores. The [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

One more thing about the final

Friday, January 16th, 2015. I should add that the average on the final is often 10 percentage points lower (or more) than the average on the skills assignments. In part, that's [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Final exam format and study tips

Friday, January 16th, 2015. If you look at the syllabus entry for Tuesday, you'll see that you can download a document called "final exam overview." It is the first page from the [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

The photo

Thursday, January 15th, 2015. If you want a copy of the photo with the governor, check photos.utah.gov in a day or two. If you're impatient, I tweeted my copy of the photo already [continued ...]

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