GOP State Convention highlights

I attended the GOP convention last Saturday and along with 3785 of my fellow state delegates, enjoyed a pretty mild convention. Even Twitter was relatively quiet, although there were a few of us live-tweeting. In case you were running errands in the rain, here’s a quick recap. First this caveat: anyone who says it was…

Fiscal cliff “deal”, my eye.

This holiday season, we’ve been entertained by subjected to more political theater coming from DC. We had a Speaker of the House telling the Senate majority leader to go, um, entertain himself, a 2 am vote by the Senate, then an evening vote by the House, a president hopping back on his taxpayer funded jet…

Rob Bishop endorses Mia Love, swings hard at Matheson

Today, Congressman Rob Bishop officially endorsed Mia Love for Congress. That’s not a big surprise. What was unusual, though, is how hard he swung at Matheson, someone who has been a colleague for a decade. Today, he pulled no punches. Here are excerpts from his speech: I am here because our country is headed in…

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…

Ken Salazar's power grab, just in time for Christmas

In an 11th hour move one day after Congress adjourned for the year, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials announced a new policy allowing the BLM to designate public lands as de facto wilderness without the approval of states or Congress. The new policy – which overturns…

112th Congress to spend more time in home districts

Following the recommendations from Utah’s Rep Rob Bishop, incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the new and improved schedule for the 112th Congress, which convenes in January. Until now, the schedule has been a bizarre “consolidation” during which the only full day Members are guaranteed to be in town is Wednesday. Committee meetings? Wednesday. Floor…

Bishop introduces Repeal Amendment

Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed. Today, Congressman Rob…

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…