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Citizen Revolt: Dec. 6 

Is Utah ready for another Olympics? What is a sovereign citizen? And what happens when Medicaid is expanded?

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Does Utah really want to host another Olympics? It would seem so as public officials scramble to push the state's name to the top of the list. You might want to know how it all went last time when the world came to Utah in 2002. At Salt Lake Olympic Games: Past and Future, you hear from the choir—Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; Colin Hilton who heads the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation; and Tom Kelly, formerly of U.S. Ski and Snowboard—as they talk about what happened: the money spent, the money snagged, the venues and the high hopes. If you remember the worldwide Olympics scandal, you can simply look at our newest senator, Mitt Romney, as an example of the long-term effects of the Olympics. Are we ready to rumble again? Gardner Commons—Hinckley Caucus Room, 260 S. Central Campus Drive, Ste. 2018, 801-581-8501, Thursday, Dec. 6, noon-1 p.m., free,

Bet you didn't even know what a sovereign citizen is. These are your tax protestors and anti-fed folks who really don't think they have to answer to any damned government because they're "free of any legal constraints." And, yes, we have a lot of them in Utah and the Wild West. Grab a lunch and go for an open discussion about the Rights of Sovereign People. You might just find out where you sit in the spectrum of law-abiding-or-denying citizens. Westminster College, Foster Hall/Faculty Lounge, 2nd Floor, 1840 S. 1300 East, 801-832-2200, Thursday, Dec. 6, noon-1 p.m., free,

Maybe you're wondering what happens now that Utah has approved Medicaid expansion, even though the Legislature really, really doesn't want it. The Utah Health Policy Project Annual Conference helps you understand and get ready for the April Fools' Day rollout of the initiative. There is also a panel exploring the state's next health challenges because they never end. Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, serves as the keynote speaker on the Proposition 3 victory, and Kim Gardner from Utah's National Alliance on Mental Illness talks about suicide prevention. This all-day event includes breakfast and lunch, though space is limited. Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley, 801-433-2299, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $30,

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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.

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