Author Archives: Dave Buer

The (legislative) game is afoot

We’ve collected some great little tools to get you primed for this year’s legislative session: Here’s a quick video tour at the Capitol showing you where to find what. Learn how an idea becomes a law in this snappy little … Continue reading

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Utah Right On Crime: A conversation with Texas Right On Crime architects

We have the perfect primer for anyone looking to understand Utah’s criminal justice reform efforts and the Right On Crime initiative. Sutherland’s Derek Monson had the chance to sit down with Jerry Madden, the 20-year Texas state legislator who spearheaded criminal … Continue reading

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Trigger warnings and microaggressions — Sutherland Soapbox, 1/13/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. There’s a couple of interesting trends that have been brewing for a … Continue reading

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Give your kids the present they wish for the most

IKEA has put together a moving video that should touch all parents, and probably will sting most of us. In the video, they asked some kids to write two letters: one to the Three Kings (like a letter to Santa) … Continue reading

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Making peace with prosperity

About had it with the chaos of Christmas commercialization? Do yourself a favor and read Arthur Brooks’ New York Times column, “Abundance Without Attachment.” The ever-inspiring Brooks explains that while economic prosperity has brought much of the world out of … Continue reading

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The Power of One — Sutherland Soapbox, 12/2/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. If you’ve ever thought you don’t matter, or you don’t make a … Continue reading

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Generous Utah: Study says we’re tops in charitable giving

A new study once again confirms that Utah is the model for the country for charitable giving. The Chronicle of Philanthropy measured gifts to charity by analyzing itemized taxpayer deductions for 2012, and found Utah to have the highest rate … Continue reading

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Constitution, originalism and judicial activism – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/30/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A couple weeks ago, Utah and the country celebrated Constitution Day. September 17 was designated to commemorate the signing of the Constitution by … Continue reading

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Why a distilled-spirits lobbyist agrees with us on alcohol laws — Sutherland Soapbox, 9/23/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Utah and its elected officials are often lampooned for the alcohol/liquor laws and regulations of the state. The laws are usually portrayed as … Continue reading

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‘Liberal fascism’ and economic albatrosses – Mero Moment, 8/19/14

This post, which was adapted from a piece at Utah Citizen Network, is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In public discourse, fascism is often associated with the far right wing; with … Continue reading

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Is it to be civil debate or ‘stamp-’em-all-out’?

In a revealing Twitter exchange, Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson and The New York Times’ Josh Barro debated whether human beings who support traditional marriage are “people unworthy of respect” and whose attitudes should be “stamp[ed] out, ruthlessly,” in Barro’s words. … Continue reading

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Video: A citizen’s guide to the Utah marriage case, Part 2

httpv://youtu.be/ImG5KSTuU7U   Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society and executive director of the Marriage Law Foundation, provides a citizen’s guide to the key arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Utah … Continue reading

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Video: A citizen’s guide to the Utah marriage case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

To help Utahns get a better grasp on this historic case, Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society and executive director of the Marriage Law Foundation, provides a citizen’s guide to the key arguments before … Continue reading

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Sutherland releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard and Lifetime Legislator Scores

SALT LAKE CITY – Sutherland Institute released today its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Using 17 pieces of legislation considered during the 2014 legislative session for the Senate and 18 for the House (not all bills overlap between chambers), Sutherland produced an … Continue reading

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Obama: I don’t know anything, and what I say means nothing

Back in November, I collected a few instances of the left calling out President Obama for his claims of ignorance on a spate of issues — NSA spying, Obamacare, IRS targeting, Fast and Furious gun trafficking, the AP reporter harassment and … Continue reading

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