Author Archives: Sutherland Daily

Guest column: Utah issues letter grades to public schools

By the Association of American Educators During the 2013 legislative season, the state of Utah passed SB721 in an effort to foster a culture of transparency in public schools. Similar to bills in 15 other states, the new law measures … Continue reading

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The consent of the governed (or, who’s in charge and why)

Where do governments get their power? The consent of the governed, according to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson used the Declaration of Independence to make the case to the world that the British government was tyrannical, listing the grievances which proved the … Continue reading

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Win BYU, Utah, Utah St. and Weber St. football tickets!

It’s a “Freedom and Football Frenzy”! Sutherland Institute’s Utah Citizen Network is giving away 16 tickets to eight college football games featuring BYU, Utah, Utah State and Weber State. This week’s giveaway is a pair of tickets to see Utah … Continue reading

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Some habits are hard to break

The Salt Lake Tribune reported recently on the legal answer filed in the federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s marriage laws. It seems that in response to the filing, an activist group brought a copy of the Constitution to the attorney general’s … Continue reading

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New! Utah Local Elections Guide

Are you looking for information on the candidates in your city? Click here for our Utah Local Elections Guide – a quick way to find what you want. We’ve compiled information for Utah’s largest cities and posted it on Utah … Continue reading

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Rico’s immigrant founder using his success to help others

Here’s a great example of private charity – made possible by a Mexican immigrant who arrived in Utah, got to work and created a successful business. Now he’s helping feed the hungry with the assistance of volunteers on bikes. From … Continue reading

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Infographic: Grading Utah’s schools

Have you heard that Utah is going to start giving grades to its public schools? This is designed to give parents and the public more information about their schools – starting this fall. Click here to see an infographic by … Continue reading

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Reid abandons impartiality on Swallow

Utah State Senator Stuart Reid, showing his displeasure with Attorney General John Swallow’s lack of regard for public opinion during a recent press conference, sent a letter to many of his Senate colleagues with the subject: “My loss of impartiality.” … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady’s legacy

The legendary Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Britain, has died at age 87. The Iron Lady led Britain through the 1980s, bringing unions to heel, producing a dramatic turnaround in the British economy, and working with U.S. President Ronald … Continue reading

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Sutherland Daily among best state-based political blogs

Thanks to The Washington Post for putting us on their list of the nation’s best state-based blogs! The newspaper’s campaign politics blog, The Fix, compiled the list based on reader nominations. After weeks of combing through, literally, thousands of nominations … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of reporting domestic violence statistics

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Monday, March 4, before the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee in support of Rep. Lee Perry’s Domestic Violence Statistics Reporting (HB 361): Thanks, Mr. Chairman, and good morning, Representatives. We commend Representative Perry … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of student-centered learning pilot program

Testimony written by Derek Monson and given by Stan Rasmussen Wednesday, Feb. 27, before the Senate Education Committee in support of Sen. Howard Stephenson’s Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program (SB 79): Thank you, Mr. Chair. Sutherland Institute supports SB 79 because … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of SCR 7 — reducing dependence on federal funds

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Friday in support of Sen. Aaron Osmond’s Concurrent Resolution to Reduce Utah’s Dependence on Federal Funds (SCR 7) before the Senate Government Operations Committee: Thank you, Madam Chair, and good morning, Senators. I am Stan … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of SB 70 – commission relating to federal issues

Testimony given by Derek Monson Wednesday before the Senate Government Operations Committee in support of Sen. Deidre Henderson’s SB 70: Thank you, Mr. Chair. My name is Derek Monson and I represent Sutherland Institute.  We are here to testify in … Continue reading

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Why George Washington deserves to be celebrated

Are you old enough to remember when George Washington’s birthday was celebrated as a separate holiday in February? An ebook at What So Proudly We Hail looks at why our nation used to (and still should) celebrate Washington’s life in … Continue reading

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