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Holly on the Hill

Author. Activist. Speaker. Mother. Trying to make a difference in my little corner of the world. Like Margaret Thatcher, "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph."

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Say What?!

“The limitations of gender”

Former Speaker Becky Lockhart has been remembered in a variety of ways but the backhanded compliment in Tuesday's Senate prayer was one of the most, um, unique.  I am hopeful he did not mean it the way it sounded. Rabbi Zippel remembered her by calling her "A woman who served her office with grace and dignity, never letting the limitations of gender deter her from being … [Read More...]

Becky's journey

Remembering Becky Lockhart

The Utah legislature kicked off the 2015 session earlier this week.  As new Speaker Greg Hughes was sworn in by former Speaker and now Congressman Rob Bishop, he also invited the Lockhart family to join him on the dais. They included a resolution to honor former Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, presented her family with art work of the Utah Capitol and her original Speaker's … [Read More...]

Christmas morning

Traditions are the glue that binds families together

(Originally published in the Daily Herald, Dec 21, 2014) There are just a few days left before Christmas 2014 has come and gone. I’ll be honest: I’m not ready yet - but I will be by 6 a.m. on December 25th! I don’t know if you’re like me, but it’s one rapid slide from Labor Day to Christmas Day that sometimes (often? always?) leaves me practically panting from all … [Read More...]

We can do it!

Women in Utah politics

I see a stat often quoted that women win "as often" as men when running for political office. I've done some digging and there are also plenty of studies largely looking at federal races, where women are "better qualified" then their male counterparts but they win less often. There is no question that Utah is at a low-point for female representation on Utah's Capitol … [Read More...]

Between a rock and a hard place

Legacy building – or how to pass really unpalatable stuff

Beware the lame duck. Strike that. Beware the WOUNDED lame duck. Those departing Congressional peeps are ready to place all of their soon-to-be former colleagues between a rock and a hard place. Every year, it seems - and especially just following an election - Congress hands the American people an unpalatable Christmas present. Using the hard-stop date of December … [Read More...]

Muffy Day

Mia Love’s new chief of staff faces immediate, undeserved criticism

Less than 24 hours ago, Mia Love announced her first two staff selections and the criticizing of her choices began within nano-seconds. Congresswoman-elect Love chose Muffy Day as her chief of staff, currently the chief of staff for Congressman John Campbell (R-CA). To run the district, she chose Laurel Price, the Operations Director of her campaign and Mia's right-hand … [Read More...]


Mia Love has earned this win

As I start this post, there are a mere 90 minutes until Election Day in Utah. It's like Christmas Eve for political junkies! After months and months of this campaign season (about 23 1/2, it feels like), results are only 24 hours away. Mia Love has earned the win she will make official tomorrow night. (My prediction: 8 points. My hope: 10+) I've already blogged … [Read More...]

Heather Groom

Vote Heather Groom for School Board

This year's races for school board have been heated and divisive, sometimes (often?) descending into personal attacks, false accusations, misrepresentations and hyperbole. In the midst of that, one calm voice of reason stands out: Heather Groom. Heather is running for the state school board in District 9, the district that includes much of Utah county. She has my … [Read More...]

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