Author Archives: Dave Buer

Video: Digital learning shakes up the factory model

Tweet One of the main problems with traditional education is the factory model it uses for grouping and advancing students through grade levels. This model leaves little room for individualization, customization, pace adjustment and other unique needs and circumstances. Digital … Continue reading

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Smart words on immigration from Condoleezza Rice

Tweet Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered an incisive and well-received speech yesterday covering several topics at the Republican National Convention. I would like to highlight just one gem about immigration. Rice’s view on immigration closely matches what Sutherland … Continue reading

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Positive signs for Orem taxpayers after 8-hour tax hearing

Tweet After an eight-hour Truth in Taxation Hearing, the Orem City Council voted 4-3 at 1:45 this morning to approve a 25 percent property tax increase for the Orem portion of the property tax bill, instead of the proposed 50 … Continue reading

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Utah legislators support ALEC, respond to Left's criticisms

Tweet The video below explores why many conservative Republican legislators in Utah support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), while groups on the Left such as Alliance for a Better Utah, Occupy Salt Lake and ALEC Welcoming Committee are critical … Continue reading

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New report: Common Core not best for Utah children

Tweet Should Utah’s education standards, or learning goals, be crafted to meet the needs of children, or the desires of adults like administrators and teachers? In a new report, “Common Core: Is It Best for Utah Children?” Sutherland answers this … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: DCFS working to provide more in-home services, send fewer kids to foster care

Tweet A few days ago, we highlighted an audit of the state’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) performed by Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General. During today’s Judiciary Interim Committee meeting, DCFS reported on the progress it … Continue reading

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A German journalist’s views on Mormons, Romney and EU austerity

Tweet Andreas Ross, editor of foreign policy for Germany’s second-largest newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, came to Salt Lake recently to interview Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero for a piece on Mormons and Mitt Romney. We took the opportunity to ask … Continue reading

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The ultimate reform for public employee unions: ditch them

Tweet In the wake of yesterday’s bigger-than-expected margin of victory for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election, we thought we’d highlight just what his reforms have accomplished so far and suggest the “ultimate” reform: end public employee unions … Continue reading

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‘Never worked a day in her life’ vs. the 95-hour work week

Tweet It’s likely that you heard about the recent controversial remarks from Democratic lobbyist and pundit Hilary Rosen during an appearance on CNN: “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the … Continue reading

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Watch today’s gubernatorial debate courtesy of Sutherland

Tweet Today we live-streamed a debate between Governor Gary Herbert and his Republican challengers. They discussed issues ranging from jobs to public lands to health care and more. You can watch a recording of the debate, which was hosted by … Continue reading

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Watch Senate, gubernatorial debates courtesy of Sutherland

Tweet Last night we live-streamed a U.S. Senate Republican debate between Senator Orrin Hatch, Representative Chris Herrod and former State Senator Dan Liljenquist. You can watch a recording of the debate, hosted by the Republican Women of Utah Valley and … Continue reading

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Shurtleff expects Obamacare to be overturned

Tweet Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told Sutherland Daily today that he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will vote 5-4 to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, as opponents of the legislation (and even … Continue reading

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Sutherland hands out Legislative Scorecard for 2012

Tweet Sutherland Institute announced today its 2012 Legislative Scorecard. Using 12 pieces of legislation from the 2012 legislative session for the Senate score and 13 for the House, Sutherland produced an individual score for each legislator and an overall score … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: HB 316 – why it pays to reduce divorce

Tweet HB 316 passed the House yesterday on a 43-26 vote. The bill reinstates the 90-day divorce waiting period that had been state law until the 1990s, when the state decided to waive the waiting period for couples that took … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: Forcing STDs on children? Really?

Tweet The House floor debate on HB 363 last week took an unfortunate turn toward fear-mongering and hyperbole. The bill, run by Representative Bill Wright, R-Holden, would allow school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or completely forego sex … Continue reading

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