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Recap: The 2015 Utah Legislature

Last Thursday, the Utah Legislature concluded its seven-week annual lawmaking session. The state’s major newspapers have already published several excellent recaps of the major policy changes coming out of the session. So now I’ll give my annual recap of the session’s trends … Continue reading

Which legislators missed the most votes in 2015?

When it comes to healthy legislators, Greg Hughes set a new record this year for missing votes

Utah Legislators considered 831 bills during the seven-week 2015 General Session, passing 528 of them. Debating so many bills in so little time inevitably means that legislators leave the floor to court allies, negotiate language, meet with lobbyists, and generally … Continue reading

Who sponsored the most bills in 2015?

Sen. Bramble has been the most active bill sponsor for 5 of the past 6 legislative sessions, introducing a total of 158 bills and resolutions over the past 6 years.

The Utah Legislature considered 831 bills during the 2015 General Session, passing 528 of them. That’s a lot of bills to pass in only 7 weeks, especially when you consider that there are only 104 legislators: 75 in the House, … Continue reading

The naysayers: Which Utah legislators vote ?no? the most?

I've heard Rep. Dan McCay called Dan McNay. It seems his claim to that nickname is secure.

The Utah Legislature governs by consensus. In the Legislature’s 2015 General Session, the typical floor vote saw 92% (House) or 95% (Senate) of legislators voting the same way. Republicans control 84% of the seats. These high percentages mean that Republicans and Democrats … Continue reading

The closest votes in the 2015 Utah Legislature

The Legislature governs by consensus. Most bills pass overwhelmingly, with Democrats and Republicans voting together. But close votes do happen. Because 84% of Utah’s legislators are Republicans, the closest votes arise when Republicans are divided among themselves. Among other matters, this year’s … Continue reading

The 2015 Legislature passed 528 bills in 45 days

Though there were 87 more bills introduced in 2015 than 2008 overall, there were 84 fewer introductions within the first two weeks.

By the time the Utah Legislature concluded its seven-week General Session last Thursday, legislators had passed 528 bills (including resolutions). I’ve heard people call that a record. It might be. My data go back only to 2007, and it’s clearly a record since … 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

Poli 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

First day!

Monday, January 25th, 2016. I'll be in the capitol from around 9am to 11am today. Text if you want to meet up for any reason. Otherwise, enjoy the opening ceremony.

Poli 110, Introduction to American Politics

TA office hours and NYTimes emails

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. As promised in class, I have added the TA office hours to the syllabus. Note that TAs will not hold office hours until next week, though, and my [continued ...]

Poli 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Skills 1 grades

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. Overall, I'm pleased with how you did on the first skills assignment. The average score was higher than I've seen the past couple years. If you did [continued ...]

Poli 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Orientation meeting reminder

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015. See you all at 11:00am tomorrow in 948 SWKT, a large room right next to the Washington Seminar office. Also, you should have received an email from [continued ...]

Poli 397, Legislative Internship Preparation

Legislative leadership interviews and some other stuff

Friday, December 4th, 2015. Howdy. Most of you haven't met me yet. That will change at our orientation meeting Thursday, but I have a couple things that cannot wait until then. [continued ...]

Poli 399r, Utah Legislative Internship


Tuesday, December 1st, 2015. Congratulations on successfully locating the course website. You're off to a good start this semester! I will periodically post announcements to this [continued ...]

Poli 110, Introduction to American Politics

Welcome to Poli 110!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015. Yep. You've found the course website. I'll periodically post announcements here. The most recent announcement will always appear at the top. If BYU [continued ...]

Poli 397, Legislative Internship Preparation


Sunday, November 1st, 2015. Congratulations on being admitted to the Utah legislative internship program for winter 2016. I will periodically post announcements to this site. The [continued ...]

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