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Utahns like Herbert and non-discrimination; they don?t like Senators and clocks

Utahns overwhelmingly support "a statewide law to protect Utahns against employment and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation," with 72% in favor

Newly released polling data shows that Utahns approval strongly of Gary Herbert’s performance as governor (74% approve, 26% disapprove) and tepidly of the Utah Legislature’s performance (56% approve, 44% disapprove). Little support for US Senators Both of Utah’s US Senators … Continue reading

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

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

Some end-of-session reminders

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. With the session drawing to a close, here are a few reminders: (1) Review the portfolio and evaluation letter instructions. Plan to talk to your [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Visiting the Capitol today. Turn in term paper proposals soon.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015. If you're registered for 6 credits, you need to submit a term paper proposal over the weekend. Check the term paper instructions for details. I'm [continued ...]

 
PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Second block starts soon

Monday, February 23rd, 2015. This Thursday, February 26th, marks the official start of second block. As you know, our course will not start meeting until Friday, March 13th. This [continued ...]

 
PlSc 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Student ratings time

Monday, February 23rd, 2015. Student ratings for first block courses are now open. About a third of you have already submitted a rating of Poli 397 (though I'm not allowed to read [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Capitol today - think about portfolios and term papers

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015. I've read and replied to your mid-session reports. I'm very happy that so many of you are doing so well. Thank you for taking a few minutes to update [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Mid-session update

Friday, February 13th, 2015. If you haven't already done so, please submit your mid-session update over the weekend. You'll find a link in the 399r syllabus. It should take only 5 [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Capitol again

Thursday, February 5th, 2015. I will be in the Capitol from around 1 until 4. I hope to visit with as many of you as I can to see how things are going. If you want to be sure I [continued ...]

 
PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Welcome to Poli 319r!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015. Thank you for your interest in this course! Links to the syllabus and calendar are off to the right (or down below, if you're using a small screen).

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