I arrive home from a vacation this weekend to find a personal sadness. A former colleague of mine at the Deseret News, Art Raymond, a man I consider a personal friend, has been put on leave for writing a number of anonymous comments on Salt Lake Tribune articles dealing with the Salt Lake mayor’s race.

Utah Politics In 60 Seconds

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.  Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics. Utahns favor lethal injection to carry out executions. A Salt Lake City spokesperson is suspended after posting comments online critical of Mayor Ralph Becker's opponents.

Policy News

Insider Surveys

Last week the Boy Scouts of America announced they would lift their ban on gay, adult scout leaders. As a result, the LDS Church announced they were "re-evaluating" their affiliation with the...
Last week it was revealed the state spent $1.2 million defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Our "Political Insiders" are split on whether that money was well spent.


Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: There is legitimate basis for states’ claims to federal lands

Op-ed: Utahns have been taxed enough this year

Op-ed: Patent reform bill would hurt Utah entrepreneurship

Op-ed: Give Utah teachers a tax break to keep them on the job

Op-ed: Recreation on public lands is an uneven economic generator

Editorial: Hatch’s time should come to a close

Editorial: Utah tourism is inevitable, and that’s good

Editorial: If LDS split from Scouts, Utah camps should be shared

Editor column: Decision to reveal commenter’s identity not made lightly

Derrin Owens nominated to fill vacant Utah House seat

Poll: Salt Lakers unhappy with police chief’s ouster

On bad day, Great Salt Lake air has 3 times more ozone than Wasatch Front

In new poll, voters say homelessness a ‘major problem’ in downtown Salt Lake City

Prison relocation: Salt Lake City site most expensive in short term, cheapest in the long run

Salt Lake City spokesman placed on leave during probe of anonymous online political comments

Complaints from Utah inmates on hunger strike began months ago, ACLU says

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Identifying proper roles of various government levels

Drew Clark: Utah prison volunteers provide a caution against a distant relocation

Op-ed: Moving the prison would present economic opportunity for Utah

Editorial: Poll shows Utahns favor restricting development of prime agricultural land

GOP delegates select Derrin Owens to replace Jon Cox in Utah House

Salt Lake City mayor's spokesman placed on administrative leave after online comments

School technology task force seeks help from California-based firm

Political party seeks settlement in SB54 lawsuit

Expunging criminal records expected to help formerly homeless people get back on their feet

Salt Lake County cities, school districts propose $10 million in property tax hikes

About Utah: He never yelled, but he sure did manage

Recreation, crowds and challenges: What's next for Utah?


Teacher shortage hits local schools (Standard-Examiner)

Teachers worried about state schools plan (Standard-Examiner)

Audit gives Summit County high marks (Park Record)

Winter Olympics 2022: could Park City, Salt Lake have beaten Beijing? (Park Record)

Today At Utah Policy

'From Hack to Flack': Richard Piatt

  • By Golden Webb

Roll Call interviews former KSL-TV reporter Richard Piatt about his switch in careers from broadcast journalism to communications director for Rep. Mia Love.

Policy Buzz

Chief trade negotiators are currently meeting in Hawaii to hash out what could be the final details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a twelve nation trade pact between the U.S. and Asia that...
During the past year, a series of terminations and changes at the Utah State Office of Education may cause some readers to wonder what is happening. I do not intend to explain. I am not sure I could.


Our latest survey shows the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest is a dead heat between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski, but nearly 40% of voters are still undecided.
A billboard company gets involved in the Salt Lake City mayoral contest. The Medicaid expansion debate hits home for Utah lawmakers. And, Utah GOP Chairman James Evans may not get a serious...


Lighter Side

Heat Wave
"We’re in the middle of a heat wave here in New York City, and temperatures are supposed to be in the 90s for the next several days. In fact Donald Trump was so mad about the weather, he actually gave away Al Roker's personal phone number."  Jimmy Fallon  Political Humor 

Wise Words

Get Busy
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."  Dale Carnegie  Brainy Quote