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Hobby Lobby issues demystified

Bloomberg View writer Megan McArdle calmly answers some of the wild questions zooming around the Internet in “Answers to All Your Hobby Lobby Questions.” For instance: 1) What can stop a company from arguing that it is against the owner’s … Continue reading

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A review of the Utah marriage amendment oral arguments presented to the Tenth Circuit

httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=PHOnV-83jNo&list=PLPoDVd2yIgAZd4q8zS1BrmhIhlUz43VAX   Sutherland’s Director of the Center for Family and Society Bill Duncan reviews the oral arguments heard by the panel of three judges at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the judges’ questions and comments, and what it might … Continue reading

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Arkansas’ new Medicaid expansion is already seeing cost overruns

According to a recent analysis from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), the “private option” Medicaid expansion plan in Arkansas (giving premium subsidies to mostly able-bodied, childless adults to help them purchase private health insurance) has begun seeing cost overruns … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 285 (Alcoholic Beverage Service Amendments)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, on March 4 before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee regarding HB 285 3rd Substitute – Alcoholic Beverage Service Amendments: Thank you Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Representatives. … Continue reading

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Hear Utah’s female political voices in new On Point show

An all-women political panel – including Utah political figures such as Holly Richardson and state Sen. Deidre Henderson – discusses current events relating to Utah policy and politics every week during On Point, a new weekly videocast/podcast presented by Sutherland … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 338 (Alcohol Beverage License Amendments)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 14 before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding HB 338 – Alcohol Beverage License Amendments: Thank you Mr. Chair and members … Continue reading

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Marriage laws and the delicate balance between order and liberty

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During a radio interview this week about the state’s defense of Utah’s marriage law, my host along with an opposing guest expressed incredulity … Continue reading

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‘A Defense of Utah’s “Zion Curtain”’

Although it is roundly mocked in the media and elsewhere, the so-called “Zion curtain” required in Utah restaurants helps prevent alcohol-related disasters and improve public safety. It does this by discouraging something that may be hard to measure but exists … Continue reading

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Quick to judge, quick to condemn, and short on humor

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on his post-championship game rant against the San Francisco 49ers, I thought, wow, this guy has … Continue reading

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Put burden of proof on those who would liberalize liquor laws

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Last year, a scholarly paper was presented at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference explaining how restaurants can transform in all practical aspects into … Continue reading

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Count My Vote will put decisions in hands of fat cats

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During a Sutherland Institute panel last week at the state Capitol discussing the Count My Vote initiative, I mentioned that I have no … Continue reading

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In politics, where there’s a stink … there’s probably a rotting fish

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s scandal provides a wonderful case study in politics as usual. Not that I think he’s done something … Continue reading

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How Judge Shelby got the 14th Amendment wrong

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution has been at the epicenter of most controversial court decisions over the past 40 years. … Continue reading

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How Obamacare is hurting its supposed beneficiaries in Utah

One of the many bitter ironies relating to the creation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is how it is hurting many of the people it was supposed to help. A new illustration from data analysis and … Continue reading

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9/11 and your shoes

“Look down at your shoes. Could you break into a run in those if you needed to?” So begins a post at The Foundry reflecting on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Click here to read it. As it … Continue reading

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