LD 57 Debate, 3/22/2014

On March 22, the 3 candidates for Utah House District 57 held their first debate. The room was packed – great turnout for an event a mere 2 days after caucus night. Here is the debate in its unfiltered entirety. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Part 1: Opening statements, Medicaid Part 2: Consensus building,…

Daily Fix, Dec 30

The #snowpocalypse finally came to Utah. Slide-offs, crashes, road closures, jack-knifed semis – this one had it all. Be safe out there. Fox 13 *Curious about the seating chart for the Utah Senate? Ric Cantrell breaks it down, with some amusing commentary. Senate Site *Governor Herbert will be sworn in on Monday, January 3rd at…

Ugly fences, dead cows and bulldozers

Ugly fences, dead cows and bulldozers

Recently I came across a blog called “Utah Trail News”. The post of September 5th caught my eye. A long-time back country user wrote an open letter to the forest service. He said that he has ridden in the back country for years, staying on the trails, choosing lighter tires and trying to do his…

Philpot swings at Matheson's land use policies

Philpot swings at Matheson's land use policies

Utah’s delegation is almost universally united in standing up to Ken Salazar, his cronies and their control of 2/3 of the land in Utah. The lone hold-out is, of course, Democrat Jim Matheson.  Matheson – aka Phantom Jim – didn’t have the, um, …. courage…. to stand up to Salazar when 77 leases were yanked…

Take Back Utah recap

Take Back Utah recap

Saturday’s “Take Back Utah” rally saw hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity for the right to use Utah’s lands – including the 67% owned by the federal government. Last year’s rally had an estimated 4000 people. This year’s rally was maybe half that size and as City Weekly’s Josh Loftin points out, a kinder,…

Take Back Utah Rally

McCain headed back to DC

This Saturday, “Take Back Utah” is holding a parade and rally at the state Capitol. Last year, 4000 outdoor enthusiasts and multiple users of public land from around the country gathered in Salt Lake to march on the capitol in protest of land restrictions placed on Utah’s public lands by the federal government. Legislators subsequently…

Rob Bishop, protector of the West

Rob Bishop, protector of the West

Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, today announced that he recently obtained the preceding 14 pages previously missing from an internal Department of Interior (DOI) memo leaked last February. As a reminder, that document detailed planning within the Department of the Interior to use the Antiquities Act to potentially designate up to…

Salazar not listening on "listening tour"

Salazar not listening on "listening tour"

Last week, Secretary Salazar was invited to meet with the entire Utah federal delegation while he visited Utah today. Last night, his staff notified the delegation he was disinclined to acquiesce. In other words, he said no. Apparently the listening tour was for everyone else to listen to him. Ben Winslow from Fox 13 tweeted…