Not So Free Speech

| September 23, 2015

Several municipalities along the Wasatch Front charge permit fees for small free-speech events Published at City Weekly From the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington and the 1970 Kent State demonstrations in Ohio, to the 2011 Wisconsin Teacher’s Strike, protests have been instrumental throughout U.S. history as citizens have used their right to […]

All in Moderation

| September 16, 2015

Judge urges GOP party and Gov. Herbert to negotiate Published at City Weekly U.S. District Judge David Nuffer is pushing the Utah Republican Party, the Utah Constitution Party and Gov. Gary Herbert to use a mediator to resolve their ongoing lawsuit over Senate Bill 54. The election-reform law, passed by the Utah Legislature in 2014, allows […]

Party Animals

| September 2, 2015

GOP chairman accuses senator of telling donors to withhold from the party Published at City Weekly A long-standing feud between Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, and Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans may have finally reached a tipping point, as Evans told City Weekly this week that Weiler has been calling party donors […]

Dems Jockey for Position

| August 26, 2015

Rep. Hemingway looks to re-take embattled successor’s seat Published at City Weekly With Rep. Justin Miller, D-Salt Lake City, facing a federal investigation into allegations he stole campaign funds from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Democratic leaders have asked Miller’s predecessor, Lynn Hemingway, to come out of retirement. “I’m running,” says Hemingway, who, in 2014, […]

(Un)free to Believe

| July 29, 2015

What’s the difference between the Founders’ definition of religious freedom and what we’re seeing today? Published at City Weekly Religious freedom is one of those rare principles that both the Left and Right believe to be among the most important issues of our time. But what is religious freedom? The definition shifts depending on who is […]

Colorado Group Files Complaint Alleging Utah Lawmaker’s Organization is Illegally Lobbying

| May 2, 2015

**Originally published at Utah Political Capitol Denver – A complaint has been filed against Utah Representative Ken Ivory’s (Republican – South Jordan) American Lands Council in Colorado, alleging that the organization has been illegally lobbying without registering in the state or reporting its income. Under Colorado law, organizations are required to register to lobby with […]

The Religious Right Operative Who Helped Write Utah’s Nondiscrimination Law

| March 19, 2015

**Originally posted to Political Research Associates Was the non-discrimination/religious freedom law in Utah really the “historic compromise” it’s being touted as, or a Trojan Horse for the Religious Right’s agenda? There now seems to be little doubt with the discovery that one of the law’s authors has spent years working with the country’s most prominent Religious […]