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Logan Nondiscrimination, Political Assholes in Utah County, Utah Immigration Law

By Josh Loftin
Posted // May 19,2010 -

Equality U-turn
SMILEY.jpgOne week after delaying action until the fall on a nondiscrimination ordinance, the Logan City Council decided to hold a public hearing and possibly take action during its May 18 meeting. The change in direction came after council members, some of whom had suggested that discrimination didn’t exist in Logan, heard dozens of stories from the LGBT community about actual discrimination in jobs and housing. Councilwoman Holly Daines said in a letter to fellow council members that she still had concerns about the ordinance, but “the message we send by its passage outweighs my concerns.” Wait a minute ... did elected officials just listen to their constituents?

Happy Valley Holligans
SAD.jpgVandals recently used grass killer to burn the word “asshole” into the lawn of Taylor Oldroyd, the Utah County Republican Party chairman, and started writing a different word on the lawn of steering committee member Richard Jaussi. Nobody has been arrested, but Jaussi told the Provo Daily Herald that because they are both party officials, the act was “not random.” Oldroyd, especially, has been a controversial county boss and was booed several times during the county convention. Although a one-party county, the Republicans in Happy Valley have always been rambunctious, but this goes beyond free speech and open debate. Instead, how about this for political activism: Wait a year and vote for a new chairman.

Immigration Procrastination
SMILEY.jpgGov. Gary Herbert canceled a promised special session that was intended to make voluntary a law currently requiring employers to check the legal status of employees. But Utah legislators were crowing about using the session to pass a version of the Arizona immigration law that requires police officers to verify immigration status whenever there is “reasonable” suspicion that the person is in the United States illegally—i.e., being born with brown-skin. Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, also wanted to punish businesses that do not verify the legal status of their employees—currently, there is no actual penalty—with an outright prohibition on the company doing business in Utah after a second offense. The cancellation will not reduce the noise surrounding the immigration debate during an election year, but at least Utah will not yet become the second state to fly the “We Hate Mexicans” flag.

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Posted // May 24,2010 at 13:27

My fontanelle ( a soft spot on a baby's head) has returned with all of the hypocrisy around the immigration issues in Utah, Utah because I live in Utah.

The whole thing is so overwhelming...I was reading about Utah politics and prostitution back in the days. It is recorded that gvoernment of the time neither barred nor condoned prostitution. I recall the story of a woman who ran a brothel and was arrested for the practice but later released because she did not own the building. The owner or the building on the other extreme was protected from the wrath of the law but a landlord clause providing that if he had done all in his legal powers to ascertain lawful use of the building, then he was fine.

It was recorded in the reading that prostitution fines contributed a hefty contribution to the economony of the State of Utah.

Of course those who are busted and have been in prostitution news in Utah are not dark/brown skinned......and prostitution busts may not be a good source of economic boosts.

With the sommersault in the local doctrines, ICE arrests anyone, some times without cause, money needs to be paid to immigration attorneys, and to the courts and you think targeting people with dark skins is not a BOON to UTAH economy?

Give me a break!