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SB73 still has problems

The State Senate debated SB73 “MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT” on Friday and it had 7 floor amendments.  Amendments were flying so fast the sponsor didn’t know which amendments he was speaking

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The unintended consequences for Utah Republicans of not passing a meaningful medical cannabis bill

Will citizen initiative for medical cannabis make 2016 the year of the Democrats in Utah? Utah Senator Mark Madsen’s Medical Cannabis Act (SB73) hit a bump in the road when

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Political Leadership Takes Guts and a Little Bit of Cat-herding

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott titled his autobiography “Herding Cats.”  Politics really is about herding cats and keeping them in line. Sometimes it takes all of the cats in

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Countering (some of) Dan Liljenquist’s 2016 predictions

In his Deseret News column, former Utah state senator Dan Liljenquist laid out 20 predictions for 2016. Below I’ll go through each of his predictions and add some commentary of my

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45 Podcast ep. 9 – Utah Access +, Democratic debate, GOP presidential race, 2016 Utah elections

In episode 9 we talked about the death of Medicaid expansion in Utah (but it could be resurrected soon), the Democratic presidential debate, the GOP candidates for president, 2016 Utah elections,

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Speaker Hughes is no Boehner

I have been watching with interest the discussion on Medicaid expansion.  Michael Jolley did a great piece on how it hurts the most vulnerable.   This week we saw the

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How Medicaid Expansion hurts Utah’s most vulnerable

With a special legislative session addressing Medicaid expansion in Utah expected to take place next month, a lot has been written about the “gang of 6” plan (the gang of

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Utah County GOP Chair decides not to discuss Greg Graves’ use of Ashley Madison

Tonight the Utah County GOP Executive Committee met and sources say that Chairman Craig Frank cut off debate to allow a resolution against Commissioner Greg Graves’ use of Ashley Madison. Previously

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Planned Parenthood Utah’s Capitol Rally

I attended the Planned Parenthood rally at the Capitol this week. I was also at the smaller counter protest inside the rotunda. Some observations: The counter protest had around 50

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45 Podcast ep. 8 – Ashley Madison hack, prison relocation, Jonathan Johnson, Planned Parenthood

In episode 8 of the FortyFive politics podcast things got a little crazy as we talked about Ashley Madison, prison relocation, Jonathan Johnson’s run for governor, 00:00-1:03 – Intro 01:04-27:12 –