Holly Richardson https://hollyonthehill.com Politics.Leadership.Motherhood Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 62879385 Come find me at HollyRichardson.com https://hollyonthehill.com/come-find-hollyrichardson-com/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:49:13 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8361 This poor neglected blog shows evidence of the shifting focus I have made over the last year.  I still write about Utah politics – every once in a while. I am also writing about self-care for women, humanitarian service and “lifting where we stand” over on my new website, HollyRichardson.com There, I share with you...

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This poor neglected blog shows evidence of the shifting focus I have made over the last year.  I still write about Utah politics – every once in a while. I am also writing about self-care for women, humanitarian service and “lifting where we stand” over on my new website, HollyRichardson.com

There, I share with you my AHA! moment in the mountains of Nepal – and how cliché, right?! Enlightenment in Nepal….haha. True story, though.

I specifically want to focus on helping people discover their calling, find their voice and live a bigger story. We are all here to make a difference. I believe that to my toes. How we do it will vary person to person and even for the same person based on where they are in their lives, but we are all here to shine. I especially want to help women make time for themselves.

In the last year, I graduated cum laude from Utah Valley University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, emphasis in Public Relations. I am now half-way through a Masters program in Professional Communication through Southern Utah University. I work with Dr. Susan Madsen at UVU as the coordinator for their Utah Women and Education Initiative, encouraging women to not only attend school after high school but to graduate as well.

In January 2017, I started writing regular opinion pieces for the Salt Lake Tribune. I started with a column on needing more women in politics and have written on my opposition to increasing the tax on food and to the blanket refugee ban. I also wrote a column on why Utah women should finish their degrees and it really struck a chord. In Utah, we’re all about motherhood, but it’s not a binary choice between motherhood and education. We really can do both.

I invite you to connect with me on my new website and on social media where I am still Holly on the Hill.

Thank you for the many years you have followed me, read what I’ve written, disagreed with me, pushed me to be better and have otherwise connected with me. I truly appreciate it.

Much love ~ Holly on the Hill

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My Guiding Principles https://hollyonthehill.com/my-guiding-principles/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:23:49 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8352 I have so enjoyed meeting and talking with people over the last couple of weeks. I believe delegates and voters alike should never settle for spin, hype or bumper-sticker politics.  As I meet with people, there are some common questions that arise, especially about my guiding principles and how I will make decisions. I have included...

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I have so enjoyed meeting and talking with people over the last couple of weeks. I believe delegates and voters alike should never settle for spin, hype or bumper-sticker politics.  As I meet with people, there are some common questions that arise, especially about my guiding principles and how I will make decisions. I have included my responses below. I believe in deeper dialogue and look forward to more meaninful discussions with you about the role of a state senator and my vision for a strong and prosperous Utah.

What is the proper role of government?

I believe the proper role of government is Constitutionally limited at all levels, meaning the federal government should not dictate to the state, but the state should also not dictate to municipalities, nor municipalities to individuals except as it applies to the safety and welfare of its citizens and certain infrastructure needs. I subscribe to the approach taken by Sutherland Institute’s founder, Gaylord Swim: “This process requires strong advocates, certainly, but it also takes a counter-balancing sense of humility, civility, and dialogue.”

What do you hope to leave as a legacy if you obtain the desired office?

I hope people will say “She always stood for family.

Richardson Family 2014What do you consider the four most important principles that undergird your political philosophy?

1- Strong families are the cornerstone of our society,

2- Fiscal conservatism

3- Limited government

4- Religious freedom must be protected

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

I am truly committed to Constitutionally grounded public service. I don’t just talk about serving, I live it. Our family motto for years has been “Because I have been given much, I too must give.” I have served locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally. In or out of office, I will continue to serve. It doesn’t just happen during campaign season.

I have experience standing on principle to get controversial legislation passed and I did it by finding common ground and working with others, not by burning bridges, shaming or blaming. I welcome input from all parties.

I have a diverse background – healthcare, education, communication and public policy, as well as many years of experience being a mom. I bring a strong voice to Capitol Hill, one that has been missing in the dialogue. I’m not afraid to use it.

I have years of experience speaking up when others would not, calling for integrity in our elected officials when others told me to sit down and stop rocking the boat, that questionable behavior in our elected officials was the norm, or that being entangled with lobbyists is desirable. Not to me. I believe elected officials should be held to the highest standard. I’ve been willing to say it and to live it.

I won’t campaign any differently in the primary process than I will during the convention process. I believe it’s pandering to tell delegates one thing and primary voters something else. I am committed to honesty, to openness and transparency and especially to ongoing communication with the people of District 14. Communication is not something I start up during campaign season and then leave until the next campaign.

Finally, I believe in this state and its people! We are on a great trajectory and as we continue to move forward, I believe we will continue to be a light to the rest of the nation. I reject the notion that we must live in fear and worry and pass legislation based on fear. This district is filled with good people, with strong families, who are making good choices for those families. As your state Senator, I will always stand strong in supporting family, and will do it from a place of love and service, not fear and anger.

If these resonate with you, I’d like to ask you to contact delegates in your area and urge them to support me at the GOP county convention on April 16th. Together, we can bring about a better tomorrow, the Utah Way.

Sincerely,

Holly

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Tips for easy following of the Utah legislature https://hollyonthehill.com/8349-2/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:14:03 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8349 The Utah legislature ranks among the best in the nation for state legislative transparency and ease of following the goings-on on Capitol Hill. Here are 10 easy ways you can follow along with the legislative session, which also gives you info for some awesome small talk at dinner parties. Go to the award-winning legislative site: le.utah.gov You can search...

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The Utah legislature ranks among the best in the nation for state legislative transparency and ease of following the goings-on on Capitol Hill.

Here are 10 easy ways you can follow along with the legislative session, which also gives you info for some awesome small talk at dinner parties.

  1. Go to the award-winning legislative site: le.utah.gov You can search for bills by topic, number or legislator.
  2. Track bills electronically.  Each time there is a change to the wording and each time it is scheduled to be discussed in committee or on the floor, you get notified. http://le.utah.gov/asp/billtrack/track.asp
  3. Listen to committee meetings live or later.  All of them are recorded and saved.  http://le.utah.gov/#iframe and choose the committee you would like to listen to.
  4. Watch every floor time, House or Senate, live or later http://le.utah.gov/#iframe
  5. Follow the reading calendars on your PC or Mac here: http://le.utah.gov:443/FloorCalendars/ and on your mobile here: http://le.utah.gov/calendar/list.html
  6. Read emails that legislators have made public here: http://le.utah.gov/publicweb/menu.jsp  It gives you a good idea of how many and what type of emails legislators are getting.
  7. Twitter is especially valuable during the session. Several legislators tweet actively, as well as @UtahReps and @UtahSenate.  Follow along by using the hashtag #utpol
  8. Also, check out @UTLEGTracker – an automated Twitter account that will tweet real-time updates of legislative action.
  9. Follow political blogs like UtahPoliticoHub and 45Politics.
  10. Check out the Senate cloud for all things social media on the Senate side. It’s pretty awesome.

If that’s not enough, there is always the traditional media.  So what are you waiting for?!

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Meet my best cheerleader https://hollyonthehill.com/meet-my-best-cheerleader/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:16:25 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8344 I’d like to introduce myself and my husband, Greg, who is the best cheerleader I could ask for. I am a wife, mother, speaker, author, voracious reader, lover of the color pink and passionate about public service. I graduated from BYU’s nursing school as an RN in 1984. In addition to the best job –...

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Greg and Holly I’d like to introduce myself and my husband, Greg, who is the best cheerleader I could ask for.
I am a wife, mother, speaker, author, voracious reader, lover of the color pink and passionate about public service.

I graduated from BYU’s nursing school as an RN in 1984. In addition to the best job – being a mom – I’ve been an adjunct professor at BYU, a small business owner, a doula, midwife, communications director, social media consultant and more.

Greg and I met at in a BYU LDS ward in the mid 1980’s. We have been married for 30 years this coming April and look forward to many more years together.

Greg is a software architect for the LDS church, working on FamilySearch. He has also worked at WordPerfect, Corel and Novell. He loves puzzles and wood-working but most of all, he loves being a Dad.  He is also my biggest cheerleader.


“Holly is a remarkable woman, with boundless energy and dedication. In addition to caring for our large family, I have watched her in her political service. She is always looking for win/win solutions and has been remarkably effective at building coalitions and getting things done. I couldn’t be more proud of her, or a bigger supporter.”  — Greg Richardson


We bought our first and second homes in Orem, then bought a home moved to Alpine in 1999. We enjoyed our 4 1/2 years there and then moved to Pleasant Grove in 2003, where we have lived ever since.

Greg and I love to go camping with our family, are both master gardeners and both enjoy cooking.

We make a great team and look forward to the campaign trail!

 

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16 political predictions for 2016 https://hollyonthehill.com/16-political-predictions-2016/ https://hollyonthehill.com/16-political-predictions-2016/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:35:20 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8336 The obligatory list-making predictions for 2016: 1. Governor Herbert will win easily. He has the highest approval rating of any elected official in the state and Utah continues to garner accolades for doing well on multiple fronts. 2. There will be a number of “campaign bills” during this legislative session, meaning bills being run to...

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16The obligatory list-making predictions for 2016:

1. Governor Herbert will win easily. He has the highest approval rating of any elected official in the state and Utah continues to garner accolades for doing well on multiple fronts.

2. There will be a number of “campaign bills” during this legislative session, meaning bills being run to shore up re-election chances.

3. With 4 open Senate seats, I predict (hope) at least one woman will get elected (haha).

4. I predict two more women elected to the House.

5. Sadly, I think the Utah GOP will lose two legislative seats, as long as the D’s can field decent candidates.

6. The Utah Supreme Court will (finally) weigh in to the election debate, will remind the GOP that the constitutionality of signature-gathering has already been ruled on, that the state owns the ballot and that any candidate who follows a legal path to the ballot, will be on the ballot.

7. Todd Weiler and Curt Bramble will win re-election at convention by getting over 60%. There will be no primary since their opponents are not collecting signatures.

8. Taxes will not be raised this session. (Are you kidding me? It’s an election year!)

9. Medical marijuana use will be expanded, via the Daw/Vickers bill. Baggies of weed still a no go.

10. A bill will be run making bacon the official meat of the state. (see #2, perhaps)

11. Donald Trump will not be the nominee, but because of his racist, misogynistic, bombastic campaign, the GOP will be too damaged to win the general. President Clinton appoints Trump to be the new Ambassador to Antartica, where there is no media and no Internet.

12. The GOP will lose their Senate majority (thank Donald Trump), and Senator Hatch’s days as President Pro Tem and Chair of the Finance committee will come to an end. Until 2018 when he runs again.

13. Senator Mike Lee will cruise to re-election and his national prominence will continue to rise.

14. None of the four incumbent Congresspeople will have a serious challenge. Sorry, Doug Owens. Maybe stick to pie baking.

15. ISIS still won’t be contained.

16. Just like every other election cycle, we will hear this is the most important election in our lifetime. Maybe it will be.

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Running for Senate District 14! https://hollyonthehill.com/running-for-senate-district-14/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:57:13 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8332 Earlier this week, I announced I am running for Senate District 14. Current Senator Al Jackson will not be seeking re-election and according to his website, will be moving back east to support his son, Frank, who will be playing for Duke University.  Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to...

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Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 10.55.11Earlier this week, I announced I am running for Senate District 14. Current Senator Al Jackson will not be seeking re-election and according to his website, will be moving back east to support his son, Frank, who will be playing for Duke University. 

Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to talk about policy, but today, I want to share the type of leader I believe we need. We need leaders who listen, not lecture. We need leaders who look for solutions, not just the next soundbite. We need leaders who understand that diversity and differences make for a richer, more robust conversation and are to be welcomed at the table. I have a track record of doing just that and would be honored to represent the many voices of Senate District 14 on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

I am honored to have the support of people like Senator Deidre Henderson, who had this to say: “Holly Richardson is a woman of integrity. She has gained unparalleled experience through a wide range of public service, resulting in a deep reservoir of knowledge. Residents of Senate District 14 will be well served by her fearless leadership, commitment to conservative principles, and thoughtful approach to issues.”

I have a new campaign website I invite you to check out: HollyforSenate.com (Creative, right?!)

I’d love to have your support, through donations, help with phone calling, door knocking, signs (later in the campaign), cottage meetings and the many things that go in to making a successful campaign.

In the meantime, here’s my first video:

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Carly Fiorina on the ballot in New Hampshire https://hollyonthehill.com/carly-fiorina-on-the-ballot-in-new-hampshire/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:26:26 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8319 Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has officially filed to be on the ballot in New Hampshire – and hopefully soon, 49 others as well. I continue to be impressed at her ability to remain unflappable in the face of some pretty nasty jabs thrown her way. Take the ladies from “The View” – they called her...

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Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has officially filed to be on the ballot in New Hampshire – and hopefully soon, 49 others as well.

I continue to be impressed at her ability to remain unflappable in the face of some pretty nasty jabs thrown her way. Take the ladies from “The View” – they called her looks “demonic” and mocked her for her smile. She responded by redirecting the conversation back to the topics that matter.

“Frankly, I’m tried of being insulted by liberal feminists who talk about women’s issues when the reality is every issue is a woman’s issue — from the economy to ISIS to Russia to healthcare to education to the national debt — women care about all of that. So, I am really sorry that I don’t agree with the women of “The View.” Nevertheless, I am going to continue to stand up, stand strong, talk about what I believe in, and I am Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare as a result.”

A recent article called her response classy, strong and precise. Another one called her firm, forceful and formidable, as they talked about voters getting the “sense that she is not one of these typical politicians relying on handlers to tell her what to say and to protect her from herself.” Refreshing. Fascinating, even. (But not in a Donald Trump kind of way – he’s still as fascinating as a train wreck.)

Win or lose (and I hope she wins), I believe Carly’s messaging and composure will be the topic of many a poli-sci class in the future. I look forward to tonight’s debate. I can say with confidence – she’s going to rock it.

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Carly Fiorina, Buzzfeed and a reality check https://hollyonthehill.com/carly-fiorina-buzzfeed-and-a-reality-check/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:01:06 +0000 https://hollyonthehill.com/?p=8315 Carly Fiorina stopped by the Buzzfeed offices and filmed a little reality piece on role reversal.

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Carly Fiorina stopped by the Buzzfeed offices and filmed a little reality piece on role reversal.

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