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State school board selection: The ‘partisan elections are unconstitutional’ argument

After federal Judge Clark Waddoups’s recent ruling that Utah’s current state board election system is unconstitutional, a new argument from advocates of nonpartisan state school board elections has begun to make the rounds: that partisan state school board elections are … Continue reading

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On Point video: Utah primaries and hot-topic court rulings, 6/26/14

In this episode of On Point, “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson is joined by three lawyers – Michelle Mumford, assistant dean at the BYU Law School; Curt Bentley, Utah political blogger; and Bill Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center … Continue reading

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What time is it? Caucus time!

Party caucuses are tonight and Thursday, so here’s your chance to have a voice in Utah’s political process! Click here for a giant infographic explaining how Utah’s caucus system works. Click here to learn what delegates are and how they’re … Continue reading

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Election solution may be a Pyrrhic victory – Mero Moment, 3/11/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) As the legislative version of the Count My Vote initiative is signed into law, we should reflect on its … Continue reading

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Stay outta my way!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zALxe1KBXro&feature=youtu.be In this video clip from Sutherland’s 2014 Legislative Policy Conference, Paul Mero asks two supporters of the Count My Vote initiative, LaVarr Webb and Kirk Jowers, whether they would drop Count My Vote if all their concerns were addressed … Continue reading

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Count My Vote supporters don’t know when to call it a win

Count My Vote is not an issue high on the priority list for Sutherland Institute, and yet, it inexorably draws my attention. I’m stunned when the “reasonable” people – normally the adults in the room – behave like spoiled children. … Continue reading

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Lively debate over caucuses and Count My Vote at SI event

Sutherland Institute held its annual legislative policy conference yesterday, which included a rousing debate on the caucus convention system and the Count My Vote ballot initiative drive. KNRS’s Rod Arquette moderated the panel, whose participants included Sutherland’s Paul Mero; James … Continue reading

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The motives behind Count My Vote

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. One of the reasons I love working for Sutherland Institute is that I can say what I mean without fear of political … Continue reading

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New! Utah Local Elections Guide

Are you looking for information on the candidates in your city? We’ve compiled information for Utah’s largest cities and posted it on Utah Citizen Network.

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The caucus devil we know

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Over the past two years I’ve taken part in a few private meetings regarding how Utah’s caucus and convention system could be … Continue reading

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Are think tanks becoming over-politicized?

Tevi Troy, who has worked for American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the American Action Forum, offers some intriguing thoughts for National Affairs on the evolution of think tanks over the years and where things … Continue reading

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Behind progressives’ fixation with easy voting

A state judge has temporarily struck down parts of a Pennsylvania law requiring voters to show approved identification at their polling places. The state law requires all voters to show a picture ID prior to voting. This new court decision … Continue reading

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Three steps to becoming a more informed voter

The June 26 primary election is just around the corner. If you don’t know who or what will be on your ballot, then it’s time to find out. Fortunately, the state of Utah has a great resource for you to … Continue reading

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