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Chaffetz, The Dems and Science

It says a lot about Utah politics.

No More City Secrets, Senators in the Spotlight and Banning Bags

Including the community should be a no-brainer.

Election, Lessons Learned and Wild Ride

Don't think too long about how to replace little Jason Chaffetz.

Unfair Fire, FYI and Take the Toll

If you Google "the right way to fire someone," chances are the University of Utah won't pop up.

Prepare for the Future, Solar Flare and A Good Man?

"Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today," goes a famous and oft-misquoted Malcolm X saying.

Miss Underpaid; Town Hall 'Thugs'; Stick it to the UTA

The best and worst of this week's local news.
A new report says Utah women are paid 71 cents for every dollar a man makes, amounting to an annual wage gap of $14,681. It's an improvement from last year, but still the fourth-largest in the nation.

Money Talks

While everyone else is crying NIMBY, these Sugar House residents helped a homeless man regain his eyesight.
A recent poll from The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics revealed the not-so-surprising fact that most Utah voters don't know any homeless people. Meanwhile, that "compassionate conservatism" Utahns love to proclaim has been sadly missing from the legislative-driven frenzy to site homeless shelters. NIMBY is alive and well as Draper, South Salt Lake, Sugar House, et al., reject the notion of living near the homeless.

Safety, Gold Stars and Helping the Homeless

Yes, we know it's about safety. So much safety. This is why the governor ignored the public—you know, the people who just don't understand how important safety is, and who apparently will take any opportunity to get blitzed on an evil glass of wine over dinner.

Hits & Misses: Homelessness, Ruffled Feathers

When it comes to sheltering the homeless, there's no simple solution that will please everyone.
What's the plan? Where's the transparency? If development is keeping the process under wraps, then someone needs to rethink the problem.

Bring Your own Facts, Jumping the Gun and Legislature Reflection

It's official: Facts are now optional. Utah legislators and much of the populace are so ready to believe whatever they want.

Wild Lands Activism, Health "Care" and Liquor Legislation

Wild Lands Activism There's something about activism. It's on the rise.

In the Moonlight, Power Struggle and Trust & Transparency

Moonlight is the first LGBTQ film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Primary Breadwinners, Anti-Vaxers Compromise and Diversity & Redistricting

Let's not get too distracted by all those well-meaning men who purport to speak for the little woman.

Vulgar Language, Dignified Deaths, Vetoes & Monuments

Vagina, masturbation, oral sex—expect to apologize if you use this kind of "vulgar" language in the presence of Utah legislators. The apology came from a woman testifying before the House Education Standing Committee, as they considered Rep. Brian King's Reproductive Health Education and Services Amendments.

Housing & Population, Chaffetz Withdraws, Constitutional Convention

What's wrong with this picture? "Housing shortage looms," screams the headline in the Deseret News. Housing sales and prices have reached historic highs, but the impact—oh, it could be bad.

No Trust & Transparency, Save Sanctuary Cities, and Dirty Air Conservation

Two things to remember: distrust in government and the government's effort to privatize just about everything. Well, it's not working with hybrid quasi-governmental organizations like Utah League of Cities and Towns.

Victim Support, Chaffetz' Vendetta, Assisted Suicide

The lawsuit seeks the emails regarding how police treated women who claimed they were sexually assaulted. Yes, BYU is a private institution, but the judge noted that it doesn't make any sense to allow them to exercise police power but not be subject to the accountability afforded by the Government Records Access Management Act.

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