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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%.

Nationally, last week’s elections witnessed the lowest midterm election turnout in seven decades. As bad as things were nationwide, though, they were even worse in Utah. Though Utah’s turnout numbers may rise modestly as the last few absentee ballots are counted, it appears … 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

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

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 397, Legislative Internship Preparation


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 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


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 ...]

PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

At last, all portfolios are graded

Thursday, April 17th, 2014. I enjoy reading intern portfolios and seeing just how much good work my students do each year. Unfortunately, it takes a long time. I'm finally done. [continued ...]

PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Check my gradebook

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014. You can log into the course website and check what I have in the gradebook for you. Look for the "check my grades" link off to the right. You should [continued ...]

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