The legislature is over, but the Utah political scene rolls on. 

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It's Friday!. Dabakis could hand another term to Becker. One-third of farmworkers in Utah are undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Senate passes a GOP-backed budget.

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Insider Surveys

Utah lawmakers left the Hill at the end of the 2015 session without a plan for expanding Medicaid. Gov. Gary Herbert has set a deadline of July 31 to make a deal.
Now that the 2015 Legislature is in the books, our "Political insiders" and readers didn't give them very high marks on their final report card.


Today At Utah Policy

When the 2015 Utah Legislature ended at midnight March 12, it concluded my 35th year of covering the body for either the Deseret News or UtahPolicy.
The legislature is over, but the Utah political scene rolls on. 
article thumbnailThe Wall Street Journal takes an in-depth look at the Utah Public Lands Initiative, a proposed federal law some call the "Grand Bargain" that would designate areas for both wilderness and energy use.
Sen. Jim Dabakis has been making noise about possibly running for Salt Lake City Mayor this year. Do you think he has a chance of beating incumbent Ralph Becker? Vote now in our weekly survey.
Well, the Utah Legislature is just over for this year (hopefully) and guess what Utahns think about our state government?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz made a rare appearance on MSNBC to slam the recent scandals surrounding the Secret Service.

Policy Buzz

Almost every political failure is a failure of communications. 
Most political failures are failures of communications. Most political wins are triumphs of communications.


Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes talks about what did and didn't happen during the 2015 Utah Legislature.


Lighter Side

Putin Sighting
"Remember evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin? He vanished for 10 days. He had disappeared and there were a lot of rumors. One rumor was he had disappeared because he had himself executed." –David Letterman  Political Humor 

Wise Words

Values in Education
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."  C. S. Lewis  Brainy Quote