SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on attorney H. Craig Hall Jr., who Gov. Spencer Cox appointed as a judge for the 2nd District Court.

Those who desire to comment should contact Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee staff, Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Utah State Capitol, House Building, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114–5210. All statements should include the respondent’s name, telephone number and mailing address.

H. Craig Hall Jr. (photo credit: State of Utah Governor’s Office)

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee plans to hold…


Complaint to Utah Lieutenant Governor alleges that ALEC illegally gave sophisticated voter management campaign software linked to the RNC worth $3,000 to its state chair, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, its National Chairman, Sen. Stuart Adams, and other ALEC members. Similar complaints are being filed with the IRS and in 14 other states.

SALT LAKE CITY — Just days before the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual meeting, this year hosted in Salt Lake City, the left-leaning watchdog organizations Center for Media and Democracy and Alliance for a Better Utah filed a campaign finance complaint July 26 with Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson…


SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on 4th District Court Commissioner Sean M. Petersen, who Gov. Spencer Cox appointed as a judge to the 4th District Court.

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee plans to hold a public hearing, then issue a recommendation to the full Senate.

Sean M. Petersen

Those who desire to comment should contact Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee staff, Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, by 5 p.m. Thursday at the Utah State Capitol, House Building, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114–5210. …


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — More than 450 people are expected this week in Salt Lake City as the National Conference of State Legislatures will host its final “Get Ready to Redistrict” seminar from July 14–16.

“Redistricting is front and center on the minds of legislators throughout the nation right now as we wait for the U.S. Census Bureau to release the detailed data required to do the job,” said Wendy Underhill, NCSL’s elections and redistricting director. “We’re lucky to have the nation’s experts on this exciting and sometimes contentious topic gathered in Salt Lake City. …


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The U.S. Supreme Court dealt another blow today to the freedom to vote in Brnovich v DNC by upholding Arizona’s discriminatory voting laws and weakening Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to make future challenges against anti-voter laws even more difficult, the advocacy group Alliance for a Better Utah said.

Lauren Simpson (photo credit: Alliance for a Better Utah)

Lauren Simpson, policy director for the left-leaning Better Utah, issued the following statement:

“Whatever our color, background or zip code, in America we value our freedom to vote without discrimination and without intimidation. In Utah, with some exceptions in San Juan County, Republicans have…


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— Utah’s Legislative Redistricting Committee has outlined the redistricting process and timeline to address delays caused by COVID-19.

Every 10 years, the Utah Legislature is constitutionally required to redraw legislative, congressional and school board district boundaries to reflect changes in population. To accomplish this, the Legislature formed the bipartisan Utah Legislative Redistricting Committee, to gather input from the public and recommend new district boundaries.

Sen. Scott Sandall (photo courtesy Utah Senate)

“As lawmakers, we are accountable to Utahns and committed to upholding the public process,” said Sen. Scott Sandall, co-chair of the Legislative Redistricting Committee. “Public input is essential for redistricting. As individuals voted…


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Marlo Oaks as treasurer for the state of Utah. He replaces David Damschen, who recently resigned to take a position in the nonprofit sector.

“Marlo’s broad experience in investment banking, risk management and portfolio oversight makes him an excellent choice as custodian of public funds,” Cox said. “I’m also impressed with his involvement in two nonprofits and Utah Valley University. I commend his desire to serve the public in this new capacity.”

Marlo Oaks

Oaks is currently managing director at Crewe Capital, an investment banking firm based in Salt Lake City…


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Ryan Tenney to the Utah Court of Appeals. Cox’s nominations are subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

“Ryan is one of the most accomplished and respected appellate attorneys in the state,” Cox said. “His appellate experience, sharp legal writing and ethical grounding will make him an excellent addition to the Utah Court of Appeals. I’m grateful for his willingness to serve the people of Utah.”

Ryan Tenney

Those who desire to comment on the appointment should contact Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee staff Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research…


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Amy Oliver to the Third District Court bench. The governor’s nominations are subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

“Amy has had an exceptional professional career with both public sector and private sector experience, and, most importantly, her character is above reproach,” Cox said. “I have every confidence that she will serve with distinction on the Third District bench.”

The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on Oliver.

Those who desire to comment should contact Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee staff Jerry Howe at the Office…


As the Utah Legislature met last week in a special session to consider agenda items proposed by Gov. Spencer Cox, they also chose to consider items in what the Utah Senate described as an “extraordinary” session. Hillary Stirling, chair of the centrist United Utah Party, called the items “frivolous” and “misguided use of time and energy.”

United Utah Party Chair Hillary Stirling (photo credit: United Utah Party)

“As a state, we face real issues such as housing affordability, stagnant wages, and decades of inadequate education funding. The legislature is instead focusing on message bills that go beyond the governor’s proposed agenda and which are designed more to appeal to the extreme…

Rhett Wilkinson

Rhett Wilkinson has won 12 journalism awards over 4 years of applying for them. Work in USA TODAY, ESPN, Pew, MSN. Also been a successful pro se litigant.

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