My Guiding Principles

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…

10 days, 10 observations

The legislature started 10 days ago. Here’s my list of what I’ve observed: #10: Women make up just 16%% of the legislature: GOP women = 7% and Dem women have a majority, at 58%. We continue on a downward trend from a peak in 2001. H/T Salt Lake Tribune #9: Some legislators have chosen interesting swords…

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…

Utah Senate Committee Changes

Over the long holiday weekend, Utah Senate president Michael Waddoups released the committee assignments for the next two years. As expected, Senator Dan Liljenquist‘s audacity in running against a sitting President cost him a seat at the leadership table. Senator Dennis Stowell will replace him as the vice-chair of Executive Appropriations. Senator Liljenquist will continue…

Senate leadership race

Utah’s Republican Senators decided to keep their leadership team intact for the next two years. Dan Liljenquist (R-Davis)challenged sitting president Michael Waddoups, breaking with the “tradition” that says each President gets at least 4 years once elected to keep their seat. Majority leader Jenkins was challenged by Senator Bramble, Senator Niederhauser was unopposed as the…

Senator Liljenquist vying for top Senate spot

This morning, Ric Cantrell, Chief Deputy of the Utah Senate, confirmed that Senator Dan Liljenquist (R-Davis) filed to run for President of the Senate. Known for his willingness to tackle tough issues like pension and Medicaid reform, Liljenquist is a rising star on both the state and national scene. Until the story broke yesterday, current…