VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Unveils Gun Control Program

Press Conference starts at 33:45 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 16, 2013 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT ON GUN VIOLENCE South Court Auditorium 11:52 A.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage — incredible courage — being here. And the President and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the...

FLAGGED BILL – HB 64 Felon’s Right To Hold Office, Rep. Moss

This past election season brought a surprising turn of events in a Granite School Board race, as incumbent Dan Lofgren was challenged by convicted sex offender Richard Wagner Jones. Lofgren won his reelection bid, and now a state lawmaker wants to permanently ban felons from running for local school boards or the State Board of Education. “This is absolutely about [Mr. Jones]” says Representative Carol Spackman Moss (Democrat, Holladay), whose new legislation, HB 64 – Felon’s Right To Hold Office, would enact the ban. “During my campaign, I made a pledge to my constituents and the PTA network that I...

FLAGGED BILL: SB 119 – Youth Court Amendments, Sen. Stevenson

Youth courts have existed in Utah for over two decades and have served countless youth across the state, acting  as an alternative to the traditional juvenile court system. Youth who have committed minor crimes (such as truancy or vandalism) are referred by schools and/or police officers to these youth courts and receive dispositions that are restorative in nature. For example: a truant child may have to attend truancy courses or a child who has engaged in a fight must write an apology letter and attend anger management courses. What makes youth courts so unique, however, is that the people who decide what restorative justice measures...

FLAGGED BILL: SB 122 – Student Leadership Skills Development, Sen. Osmond

Often, when we think of education, we think of the three “R’s” (Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic), the core skills necessary for a child’s success. However, we often place such a great focus on these core curricula that we forget education, to be successful, requires a holistic approach that educates not only the analytic mind, but also the social and psychological as well. This well rounded education will produce not only “smart” children, but also resilient and adaptable ones as well. With SB 122 – Student Leadership Skills Development, Senator Aaron Osmond (R – South Jordan, District 10) is seeking to start a pilot program through the...

Utah GOP Senator Compares Local Conservative Group To Westboro Baptist Church

Republican State Senator Steve Urquhart (St. George) took to Facebook over the weekend, responding to conservative lobbyist organization Sutherland Institute’s fight against the Sundance Film Festival by comparing the group to the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. “The Sutherland Institute is expertly using the media to conduct its fundraising campaign based on the reliable 3 pronged approach of fear, hatred, and intolerance.” Urquhart wrote on Sunday. “The Sutherland Institute – Utah’s version of the Westboro Baptist Church – is calling for a book burning.” The Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church is known for protesting the funerals of soldiers and gays, claiming...

UPC Episode 3! Swallow’s Woes, Food Tax & an Anti-Sundance Push – guest Holly Richardson

Newly-inaugurated Attorney General John Swallow is in hot water after being accused of facilitating a bribe for indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson. Some elected officials are advocating tripling the tax on food, and conservative lobbyist group Sutherland Institute wants Utah to break ties with Sundance. Special guest – Former Republican Legislator Holly Richardson Download it HERE or stream it below. [html5mp3full:10434] Related: Check out Holly’s blog at HollyOnTheHill.com

Editorial – The 3 Holes In The John Swallow Controversy

As the storm continues to swirl around our newly inaugurated Attorney General John Swallow, we’ve noticed 3 main holes in the story that we would like answered before making any judgments about Mr. Swallow’s guilt or innocence. Late Friday, the Salt Lake Tribune broke the news that Attorney General John Swallow (Republican) is being accused, along with the late owner of Check City (and Swallow’s former employer) Richard Rawle, of facilitating an attempt to bribe the Federal Government so a pending lawsuit by the FTC against Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson would be dropped. After the lawsuit moved forward and Johnson was arrested...

Weekly Political Review

Want to receive this by email every Saturday? Use the email signup to the right and get them for free! Hello UPC Fans! .. Yet another busy week! We’ve analyzed and ranked 12 more bills, gave live coverage of the 2013 SLCO Inaugurations, and put out another UPC internet show! As it turns out, UPC will also be featured on Channel 2 this weekend about quickly we’re growing to become the best source for political news in Utah. It’s all thanks to your support, so keep clicking! Utah Political Capitol brought it to you first! blank Oversimplifying the Education Budget Can Lead To Horrible Consequences ...

FLAGGED BILL: SB 108 Civil Rights Amendments Relating to Persons with a Disability, Sen. Jones

When a government decides to legally protect a group of people, it is making a formalized statement of two things: that a group has been unfairly discriminated against in the past (whether intentional or not), and that we as a society should work together to prevent active or passive discrimination in the future. Currently, in the state of Utah, we protect against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, and/or national origin. Many within civil society argue for additional groups to be added to this list – but one group that few could disagree on are the disabled. It is for this reason...

FLAGGED BILL – HB 262 Unaffiliated Voter Amendments, Rep. Craig Hall

Utah’s voting laws can be a bit prohibitive in terms of how easy it is to cast your ballot, while it is by no means at the bottom – it’s also a little complicated. One of the issues that trips up many voters, is the difference between the two major parties and how they each handle primary elections. On one hand, the Utah Democratic Party uses an “open” primary system, where any registered voter in Utah, regardless of what party they’re registered as, can participate in a primary vote between candidates. On the other side of the aisle, the Utah...