Sutherland Newsletter – January 3, 2008

1.Sutherland Open House with Special Guest Ed Feulner

The Sutherland Institute looks forward to hosting Edwin J. Feulner, the most prominent leader of the conservative think tank movement over the past 30 years, as we celebrate the opening of new offices on February 5, 2008.  Dr. Feulner, president and founding trustee of The Heritage Foundation, will present the keynote address at 12:30 pm in the Sutherland Transcend Conference Room of the Institute’s offices, now 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.  As seating for the keynote is limited, please RSVP to Liv Moffat at 801.355.1272 or
“We are honored to have Dr. Feulner with us for this special occasion,” said Paul T. Mero, Sutherland president.  “Welcoming this outstanding conservative leader to Utah, the nation’s conservative capital, is a perfect fit.”
If you have not already done so, please update your mailing lists to reflect our new address: Sutherland Institute; Crane Building; 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005; Salt Lake City, UT 84101.


2.Sutherland Pushing for Legislative Ethics Reform

In an article published in Salt Lake City Weekly on January 10, 2008, Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero said there needs to be a new wave of ethics reform in the 2008 Legislative Session.  “Politicians, Mero says, ‘become so insulated in their own world, they create their own rules.'”  As for a possible solution, “Mero says legislative leadership should interview all members of their parties about potential conflicts.  Then, he says, leaders should keep conflicted lawmakers off policy-making committees that touch on their own businesses.”