Bad Form | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Bad Form 

Also: Hold On to History, What Counts As People?

Pin It

click to enlarge miss_1.jpg
Bad Form
There aren’t many like Rep. Pete King, R-New York, but he really did sum up the whole budget mess. In a Fox News interview, King said Republicans are on a “kamikaze crusade” led by a “suicide caucus.” Apparently, Utahns—in this super-red state—agree. A Dan Jones poll for the Deseret News and KSL showed that 56 percent didn’t think it was worth shutting down the government to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And 41 percent blamed the president and both parties equally. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment claims are up 500 percent, what with all the federal employees being furloughed. And Sen. Mike Lee isn’t exactly riding the high wave of popularity; the same poll showed him with a 43 percent approval rate. If Utah’s a GOP barometer, then Republicans need to recalibrate their strategy.

click to enlarge hit_1.jpg
Hold On to History

It has been a long, hard haul for preservationists, who faced a legislative moratorium on the creation of historic districts thanks to a 2011 bill that effectively opened the neighborhood to teardowns—there have been 23 over the past decade; about five a year, according to the Utah Heritage Foundation. Now the moratorium has been lifted, and Salt Lake City’s Yalecrest area has started a nonprofit called K.E.E.P. Yalecrest to educate homeowners and help preserve homes on the National Register of Historical Places. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the group will host a walking tour highlighting 15 homes. Meanwhile, the first application for a Local Historic District has been filed in the area. Preservationists may still have their day.

click to enlarge miss_1.jpg
What Counts As People?

Don’t you love the way people throw around the First Amendment to get what they want? Freedom of speech and religion is one of the most basic rights in the Constitution, but the boundaries are always being tested. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us the Citizens United ruling, which said corporations are people, too, when it comes to donating money in politics. The high court is revisiting that on the individual side—to open personal giving beyond the limit of $123,000 every two years. A confusing element comes in the religious-discrimination lawsuit of FLDS groups in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. Here, the court denied a protective order for religious information because “only people, not organizations such as cities, have First Amendment rights,” according to a Salt Lake Tribune story. Really? So which is it?

Twitter: @KathyBiele

Pin It

About The Author

Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses and Citizen Revolt columns. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

More by Katharine Biele

  • Citizen Revolt: November 26

    Animal Rights Protest, How About Those Masks?, Birds and the Lake, Spirit of the Wild
    • Nov 25, 2020
  • Live Free (and Die)

    Polluters Welcome, The Kids Aren't Alright
    • Nov 25, 2020
  • Citizen Revolt: November 19

    Transfer of Public Lands, Forests in Climate Change, Conversations About Hate Crimes, Coded Bias
    • Nov 18, 2020
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

Readers also liked…

  • Focus on the Men

    Some seem to think men leaving the workforce will result in fewer marriages. The Park City School District fires back at a shadowy group. Plus, what's behind those strange mailers you might have received?
    • Nov 27, 2019
  • Fraud Gets a Pass?

    The implications of parents filling out their missionary kids' ballots. Plus, how UTA figures to muck it up again.
    • Aug 14, 2019

© 2020 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation