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1.Ed Feulner to Announce Sutherland Institute Expansion

The most prominent leader of the conservative think tank movement will be in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 to announce the creation of the Sutherland Institute Center for Limited Government.  Ed Feulner, president and founding trustee of The Heritage Foundation will speak at 12:30 pm in Sutherland’s new offices, located in the Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005.  To RSVP, contact Liv Moffat at (801) 355-1272 orlmoffat@sutherlandinstitute.org.

 

 

“We are honored to have Dr. Ed Feulner with us to mark the growth and expansion of Sutherland,” said Paul T. Mero, president of the Institute.   “Welcoming this outstanding conservative leader to Utah, the nation’s conservative capital, is a perfect fit.”

 

Dr. Feulner is the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal from Ronald Reagan in recognition of his work as “a leader of the conservative movement.”  He has served as President of both the Mont Pelerin Society, the world’s foremost body of conservative intellectuals, and of The Philadelphia Society.  He will be available for comments following his keynote address.

 

“One of the beauties of an open marketplace of ideas is that it offers groups and individuals the opportunity to create new forums for developing and marketing our ideas,” said Mr. Feulner.  “And in this competitive marketplace, conservative think tanks, such as the Sutherland Institute, have been able to grow and flourish.  Utahns can look to the Sutherland Institute as an independent voice and the conservative thought leader in the state.”

 

2.Home School Bill Heads to the Senate Floor

Legislators are one step closer in efforts to level the playing field for home school students who want to participate in extra-curricular activities at public schools.  SB 37: Home School and Extra Curricular Activities Amendments is on its way to the Senate floor after receiving approval from the Senate Education Committee, on 5-3 vote, on January 28, 2008.

 

In testimony before the Committee, Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero noted the spirit of cooperation that over the past several years has helped bridge the gap between home schools and public schools.  SB 37 addresses private school and home school students’ eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.

 

“Senator Madsen’s Home School and Extra Activities Amendments bill removes the last vestiges of discriminatory attitudes about home schooling in this state,” said Mr. Mero.  “The Sutherland Institute encourages this committee to maintain, and expand to all school districts across the state, the spirit of inclusiveness, respect, and community already found in current law and already being implemented by enlightened superintendents.”

 

3.Seats are Filling Fast for Ed Feulner Keynote Address

The most prominent leader of the conservative think tank movement will be in Salt Lake City on February 5 to present the keynote address as Sutherland Institute celebrates the opening of new offices.  Edwin J. Feulner, president and founding trustee of The Heritage Foundation will speak at 12:30 pm in the Sutherland Conference Room, located in the historic Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005.  We invite you to join us for the presentation, tour, and open house between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Seating for the keynote is filling up fast, so RSVP now to Liv Moffat at (801) 355-1272 or lmoffat@sutherlandinstitute.org.