Politics

Politics
5:53 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Civility, Civic Engagement and a More Mature Politics

Civility, Civic Engagement and a More Mature Politics

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Civility, Civic Engagement and a More Mature Politics

University of Utah Community Engagement Day as part of the Inauguration Week for President David W. Pershing

Senator Curtis Bramble
Mayor Peter Corroon
Mayor JoAnn Seghini
Kilo Zamora, Executive Director, Inclusion Center for Community and Justice
John T. Kesler (moderator) Director, Utah Civility and Community

Politics
1:31 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Salt Lake Taxi Services to Offer Free Rides for Latino Voters

Esteban Santos, Raul Ramirez, and Tony Yapias announce their plan to offer free taxi rides to voters.

Salt Lake area Hispanic organizations want to make sure that Latino voters have a voice in this year’s election and a couple of taxi companies are helping to turn that desire into reality.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: The Need for State and Local Government Problem-Solving

The Need for State and Local Government Problem-Solving

Monday, October 22, 2012

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

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Politics
6:10 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Who’s Going to Win and Why

Hinckley Institute Forums: Who’s Going to Win and Why

Friday, October 19, 2012

Breakfast and Politics With Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers

Co-sponsored by The Salt Lake Chamber Capitol Club


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Politics
6:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: U.S. - Spain Relations

Hinckley Institute of Politics: U.S. - Spain Relations

Friday, October 19, 2012

His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares Satrustegui, Ambassador to the United States for Spain.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Sheriff Winder Denounces Mayoral Candidate's Jail Plan

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says Republican Salt Lake County Mayoral Mark Crockett has little understanding of how the county jail system works. Winder was responding to statements Crockett made this morning at the Salt Lake County jail about the county budget and reducing recidivism rates in the jail system.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Alzheimer’s State Plan

Hinckley Forums: Alzheimer’s State Plan

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Matthew Baumgart, Senior Director for Government Affairs, National Alzheimer’s Association
Dr. Norman L. Foster, Director Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research
Senator Karen Morgan, Sponsor
Nick Zullo, Director of Program and Advocacy
 

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year

Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association

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Politics
5:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Seegmiller Calls Stewart a Hypocrite for Taking Millions from Federal Government

Jay Seegmiller in front of the State Capitol where he once served as Representative.
Andrea Smardon

Democrat Jay Seegmiller came out with an attack Thursday on his Republican opponent for the 2nd Congressional District Chris Stewart.  Seegmiller called Stewart a hypocrite for accepting federal stimulus dollars and for refusing an invitation to debate. 

Seegmiller squinted into the sun as he stood in front the State Capitol building, where he once served as Representative.  He told reporters that it was here he learned that if you say something, you better mean it, or someone will call you out on it.  

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Politics
3:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Millcreek Community Divided on Incorporation

Some residents in Millcreek township say they lack a voice in many policy decisions and pay Salt Lake County too much for police and fire services. But others say the county is doing a good job of keeping taxes low and providing adequate representation. In the last two decades residents of Cottonwood Heights and Holladay decided to incororate. Now voters in Millcreek will decide if their community should do the same.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics- Community Engagement: Creating Community Well-Being

Community Engagement: Creating Community Well-Being

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Marissa Diener, Associate Professor, FCS
Loretta Rudd, Clinical Assistant Professor, FCS
Ashley Davies, (moderator) Family and Consumer Studies major

Presented by the Bennion Center

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Politics
2:53 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Utah’s Parties and Elections

Utah’s Parties and Elections

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jim Dabakis, Chair, Utah State Democratic Party
Thomas Wright, Chair, Utah State Republican Party
 

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Politics
1:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics- Decision 2012: Salt Lake County Mayoral Debate

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Mark Crockett v. Ben McAdams

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mark Crockett v. Ben McAdams

Jennifer Napier-Pearce (moderator) Host/Executive Producer, KCPW “City Views”

Politics
4:12 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

McAdams Rolls Out Economic Development Plan

Democrat Ben McAdams says if he’s elected Salt Lake County Mayor, he’ll work to remove hurdles for new business owners and maintain quality of life in the valley. That’s the cornerstone of the economic plan he unveiled this morning outside the CHG Healthcare Services Corporate Headquarters.

McAdams says it’s tough for businesses to make the leap from startup to up and running.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Assessment of the Present and Future of Palestinian-Israel Relations

Assessment of the Present and Future of Palestinian-Israel Relations

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Assessment of the Present and Future of Palestinian-Israel Relations

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, Wayne Owens Chair in Middle East Studies, U of U; Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey (Ramallah)

Co-sponsored by Middle East Center and Tanner Humanities Center

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Politics
1:22 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Pride Has No Borders

Hinckley Forums: Pride Has No Borders

Pride Has No Borders

Alex Moya Utah Aids Foundation
Mark Alvarez, Immigration Lawyer
Ricky Gutierez, Graduate Student, Education, Culture and Society, U of U
Mariana Romero, LGBT Resource Center
Susie Porter (moderator) Director, Gender Studies Program

Politics
5:13 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Cooke Pledges Support to Minority Communities

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke speaks to leaders from Utah's minority communities
Terry Gildea

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke gathered leaders from Utah minority communities Friday to outline his policy on immigration in the state. 

Cooke praised leaders from the state’s Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern communities among others.  He pledged he would restore the state Office of Ethnic Affairs and pointed to the Utah Compact as guide for how his administration would handle immigration policy.

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Politics
9:36 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Jobs and the Economy

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Peter Cooke
Dan Bammes

At the bottom of the recession in 2009, Utah’s economy was losing jobs at the rate of six percent a year.  A year later, the number of jobs was growing again, but slowly.  Today, Utah is adding jobs at close to three percent annually and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped below six percent for the first time since 2008.

Residential and business construction was the hardest hit sector by far, and the Utah Foundation’s Morgan Lyon Cotti says it’s been among the slowest to recover.

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Politics
9:14 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Public Education

Outgoing Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway delivers his State of Education address
Utah State Office of Education

Utah spends less per student in its public schools than any other state.  Not just a little less – 15% less than Idaho, the next on the list.  Utah’s been at the bottom since 1988.

There are several reasons for that last-place ranking, but the most important is the high ratio of children to adults in Utah – 20-percent more kids as a proportion of the population than most other states.

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Politics
9:16 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Energy

Wind turbines at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon
Dan Bammes

Utahns cringe when they look at the prices on the gas pumps these days, though prices here haven’t reached the levels seen in California this fall.  Most of the gasoline that’s refined and sold in Utah comes from oil produced in the Mountain West.  But Utah Foundation researcher Shawn Teigen says the price still responds to national and international markets.

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Politics
9:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Health Care

The Affordable Care Act promises to extend the reach of health care coverage to many people who don’t have it now.  Critics say it will do that at a huge cost in both money and individual liberty.  But the mandate in the law for nearly everyone to buy health insurance has been upheld by the U-S Supreme Court and that requirement will take effect in 2014.  The question facing Utah and the rest of country is how to implement the provisions that are maintained by the states.

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Politics
9:25 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Taxes & Spending

When Utah’s economy was roaring along in the middle of the decade, then-Governor Jon Huntsman and legislative leaders were looking for ways to reduce the burden of taxes on Utah’s economy.  It seemed as though there was plenty of new money to raise pay for teachers, build new roads and expand the reach of social services.

The top rate for state income taxes had been 7.5%. That was reduced to a flat rate of 5%.  The state sales tax on food was also reduced, and the state was still showing big surpluses in revenue – until the recession hit and the bottom fell out.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Stewart Scores Business Endorsements in 2nd Congressional Race

Chris Stewart holds a press conference at Utah Metal Works to talk about his vision for the economy.
Andrea Smardon

Republican candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Chris Stewart was endorsed Friday by the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 

Stewart staged his press conference at Utah Metal Works – a small business that repurposes scrap materials.  Behind him, a mini excavator fed a pile of insulated wires into a machine that chops them into small pieces, so the valuable copper can be separated.  Stewart told KUER that as a small business owner, he understands what businesses like Utah Metal Works need to thrive. 

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Politics
9:40 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Higher Education

Old Main at Utah State University
Utah State University

Higher education dropped out of the Utah Foundation’s survey of voter concerns over the past couple of election cycles, but it turned up again in its 2012 poll.  It’s risen to the 6th position in the ranking of top ten issues identified by the Utah Priorities Project.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Howell Presents Plan to Curb Medicare Spending

U.S. Senate Candidate Scott Howell says he has a plan to cut half a trillion dollars from Medicare and Social Security without gutting benefits. He announced his strategy this morning at the South Town Expo Center in Sandy where hundreds of senior citizens gathered for the Utah Senior Expo. 

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Politics
9:19 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Environment

Winter cold air inversions trap pollution in the valleys of northern Utah.
Erik Crossman - University of Utah

Concern about the environment moved up a notch this year in the Utah Foundation’s survey of issues important to voters.  And while there are many aspects of that issue to look at, voters insist air pollution is at the top of their environmental agenda

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

McAdams Unveils Education Plan for Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Mayoral Candidate Ben McAdams says he believes county government does have a role in Education. 

McAdams says while the state legislature, state school board and local school districts dictate key funding and policy decisions, the county has a role of its own. 

“My platform is as mayor, I’ll provide the leadership, partnerships, programs and services that support children outside of school so they can be successful in the classroom,” McAdams says.

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Politics
9:29 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Partisan Politics

Democrats and Republicans in the Utah Senate
Dan Bammes

The increasing polarization of the political process in Utah and across the nation is the next issue identified by the Utah Foundation as part of its Utah Priorities Project.  In their open-ended survey, voters ranked partisan politics the 8th most important concern.

A former president who also served for many years in Congress once said, “Truth is the glue that holds government together.  Compromise is the oil that makes government go.”  Over the past several years, it has seemed at times that government was pretty low on that oil -- about ready to seize up.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

McAdams, Crockett Talk Arts, Parks in Rotary Club Debate

Salt Lake County Mayoral candidates Ben McAdams and Mark Crockett squared off in a debate Tuesday during a Salt Lake Rotary club meeting at the Little America Hotel.

Both candidates said they’ll support the renewal of Salt Lake County’s Zoo Arts and Parks tax in 2014. But GOP candidate Mark Crockett said following several years of new recreation projects in the county, it’s time to take a second look.

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Politics
9:44 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Poverty

Utah's poverty rate has been climbing even as Utah's job numbers recovered.
Utah Foundation

In the second part of KUER’s series The Utah Priorities Project, Utah Foundation researchers take a look at poverty in Utah.  It’s an issue that is new to the list of top ten issues identified by voters in a statewide survey, coming in at #9. 

The recession is partly to blame for the number of people in Utah living in poverty. That total is significantly lower than the nation as a whole, but people living below the federal standard for poverty has continued to grow even as the state’s employment numbers have recovered over the past two years.

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