There’s more to me than politics

It surely must come as a shock to some people that there is more to me than political punditry. After all, Holly on the Hill is pretty branded to one issue. Some of those other aspects have been grabbing more of my time and attention lately. I’m also Holly in the Home, Holly the Humanitarian,…

How to decide if you should run for political office

2014 is now a month and  half old and election season is well underway. Some candidates for the 2014 cycle announced as much as a year ago. Others still have not made the decision to run, but with caucuses on March 20, time is growing short. If you are considering running for office, how do…

“On Point”, Utah’s first all-female political show

I had the opportunity today to record the first “On Point” show with Senator Deidre Henderson and Michelle Mumford.  We talked about corruption, transparency, dark money, funding roads and a bit about education. Check it out and tune in next week. I am really excited about this! I look forward to talking with many women…

It’s official! I’m running for the House!

I love the people of District 57 and I love Utah.  I love our political process and the ability to have a friendly, robust debate on the issues we face. Our state needs people in politics who are effective, honest and who will listen to all sides as they work to find the best possible…

Same-day voter registration – a good idea or trouble waiting to happen?

Today, the Senate is likely to hear 2HB 91, Voter Registration – Election Day Voter Registration. This bill is very simple (which, as you recall, is a sure sign that there will be opposition). It simply says that people can register the day of an election and vote provisionally. This will NOT substantially increase the…

22 tips for new legislators

22. Prep as much as you can beforehand – family, work, constituents – all need your attention. You won’t regret doing as much as possible BEFORE the session starts. 21. Make it easy for those constituents to contact you – have an email sign-up form on your website (start a new one if you need…

Will Republicans learn?

I’m worried. In spite of super-super majorities of Republicans in the Utah House and Senate, we lost races we “should” have won. I’m worried that finger-pointing and blaming diverts us from being accountable. There’s a difference between learning lessons and avoiding accountability by looking to blame “everyone else”. We often do one without the other…

Should we retain Utah judges? Here’s a guide.

One of the frustrations in election years is how to know whether judges should be retained. The state of Utah has created a handy-dandy guide (yay!) that can help you make those decisions. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) has compiled comprehensive evaluation reports on all judges who will appear on this year’s ballot. These…