“Pursuit of Happiness”: Not if some legislators have their way….

....all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Are our state legislators really interested in the values of our Founding Fathers?  Or are they more interested in property rights.....including owning the "pursuit of happiness" as property? … Continue reading “Pursuit of Happiness”: Not if some legislators have their way….

Rep. Christine Johnson, open Lesbian lawmaker, announces exodus from state

This is a sad day for Utah politics. Rep. Christine Johnson, D-Salt Lake, has announced her intentions to leave the state of Utah.  The announcement appeared in today’s Daily Herald. “To me, Utah doesn’t feel like home,” said Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, on Thursday.Her announcement came as a surprise to many, but Johnson, an open … Continue reading Rep. Christine Johnson, open Lesbian lawmaker, announces exodus from state

Let the Games Begin!

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)Today’s opening of the Utah Legislature will bring  a variety of  issues in the spotlight, among them being: The Budget- addressing the “shortfall” and how/if to use the “rainy day” fund and other measures to generate revenue -  and within the budget debate are the hot topics of public and higher … Continue reading Let the Games Begin!

The Buttars Saga: How Utah Looks to the Rest of the Nation

First he bumbled.  Then he was ousted from two legisltative committees.  Then he refused to apologize. More than 15,000 e-mails were sent to Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups (R) demanding that he condemn Buttars's remarks. Waddoups said he kicked Buttars off the Senate Judiciary Committee primarily as a way to draw attention away from him. … Continue reading The Buttars Saga: How Utah Looks to the Rest of the Nation

Bumbling Buttars

Utah Senator Chris Buttars continues to blunder.  On the heels of the defeat of the Common Ground Initiative bills, which would have afforded benefits to domestic partners, Buttars, in an interview with documentary filmmaker Reed Cowan, openly made the statement that the gay rights movement is “probably the greatest threat to America.”  Quoted in the … Continue reading Bumbling Buttars

“Sacred Ground” Initiative Event Organizers holds free event to the public-to those they approve

Eric Ethington wrote an account of his experience on his blog about the Sutherland Institutes's "free" event to the public to kick-off its copy cat project (to the Common Ground Initiative) "The Sacred Ground Initiative" on Thursday night.  The event was advertised as "This free and open to the public" according to a Sutherland Institute … Continue reading “Sacred Ground” Initiative Event Organizers holds free event to the public-to those they approve

PROMINENT MORMONS WERE REIMBURSED FOR PROP 8

Posted by permission from Eric EthertonPROMINENT MORMONS WERE REIMBURSED FOR PROP 8In what seems to be an endless line of embarrassments for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it is now coming to light that several prominent Mormon figures were actually reimbursed for their efforts and participation on the Yes On 8 … Continue reading PROMINENT MORMONS WERE REIMBURSED FOR PROP 8

Common Ground Initiative’s Nemesis: The Sacred Ground Initiative

(Cross posted from Utah Legislature Watch)This legislative session, there is a series of 5 bills, as has been written about on this blog, called “Common Ground Initiative”, which advocate for the provisions of Expanding Health Care, Fair Housing & Employment, Wrongful Deaths, The Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act and Clarifying Amendment 3 (repealing the … Continue reading Common Ground Initiative’s Nemesis: The Sacred Ground Initiative