Tag Archives: federalism

Feeling pushed by lands ‘poll’? Sutherland Soapbox, 10/21/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.   For those who have ever wondered what a “push poll” looks like, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank that’s … Continue reading

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The difference between dueling lands polls? It’s education

Two recent polls on federal versus state lands management preferences have seemingly contradictory findings. In fact, they demonstrate one key point: The more people know about the costs and benefits of transferring federal lands to state control, the more they … Continue reading

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Carl Graham in the Heritage Insider: The West’s Fight for Self-Government

The federal government owns nearly half of all land west of Nebraska, and it is increasingly using that ownership to cut Western states off from the natural resources and tax bases they need to take care of themselves. National polls show … Continue reading

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Trouble in the West

The “green-über-alles” crowd has Utah and our neighbors in its sights. For instance, take this editorial from a Montana newspaper (republished by Utah.Politico.Hub), “Big Trouble in Big Sky Country.” This “big trouble” – referring to tactics used by radical environmentalists … Continue reading

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When the West is pushed, it turns right

Most people have heard by now that the locals out West are getting a little restless, as they have every other generation or so since the mid-19th century. What’s less clear is whether this restlessness reflects a new conservative political … Continue reading

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2 cheers for the federalist left

Let’s all take a moment to welcome our progressive left friends to the self-government movement. They’re a little late to the party, generally favoring judges and bureaucrats over actually persuading people they’re right. But it’s good to see they have … Continue reading

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Could Utah use glitch to evade Obamacare?

  In February 2011, John Graham of the Pacific Research Institute predicted that “Obamacare will destroy Utah’s health exchange.” A recent article in The Wall Street Journal identifies an “Obamacare glitch” that could prove Graham’s prophecy to be true, but … Continue reading

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Budget deal: Utah still addicted to the federal trough

  A year and a half ago I wrote an article for the Standard-Examiner about how Utah is addicted to federal dollars. Since then, nothing has changed. The federal budget deal has again brought this issue to our attention. A … Continue reading

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Guest commentary: the next steps for immigration reform

At the same time President Obama was giving his speech about immigration in El Paso, Texas, I was sitting in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups while he issued a temporary restraining order on the controversial Utah … Continue reading

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