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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

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 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Welcome!

Monday, December 1st, 2014. Congratulations; you have successfully located the course website. You're off to a good start this semester! I will periodically post announcements to [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Welcome!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Congratulations on being admitted to the Utah legislative internship program for winter 2015. I will periodically post announcements to this site. The [continued ...]

 
PlSc 319r, CSED research lab

Welcome!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014. Congratulations; you have successfully located the course website. Announcements will appear here. Look to the right for links to the syllabus and [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Grade correction

Thursday, May 1st, 2014. I thought I posted PlSc 399r grades last week, so I was confused today when I was informed that I hadn't posted grades yet. I went into the system and [continued ...]

 
PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Letter grades

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. The Testing Center has recalculated scores. The denominator is now 62, not 65. Log into the PlSc 315 website to see your term paper grade, your [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Grades posted

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. I have posted grades to your records. If there are corrections let me know right away. After the last day of April it starts to require lots of [continued ...]

 
PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Final exam - Three questions dropped

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. There were 65 questions. After examining the item analysis provided by the Testing Center I have decided to drop items 12, 30, and 50. The logic here [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Grades

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. You can log into the 399r website to see your overall grade for 399r. I'll post grades to BYU's website in a day or two, but I'll wait first in case [continued ...]

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