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Opinion Desk: The Hardenbrook Ticket Will Unite the U

The Chronicle's Opinion Desk has endorsed Rebecca Hardenbrook's ticket for ASUU President. Her running mates are Devon Cantwell and Carlos Craig. (Courtesy Rebecca Hardenbrook)

By The Opinion Desk

February 23, 2020

  The views expressed in this article do not express the views of The Daily Utah Chronicle as a whole. This article has been written by the Opinion Desk as a whole, and may not necessarily represent the views of each individual on the Opinion Desk.   Winning an election and leading ...

Edwards: Old Enough to Vote Should Mean Old Enough to Run

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By Sheely Edwards, Opinion Editor

February 13, 2020

  Representative Candice Pierucci became the youngest member of the Utah Legislature when she was appointed to the State House by Governor Herbert in late 2019. At 27 years old, she is only two years older than Utah’s constitutional 25 year-old age requirement for House members. She would hav...

Letter From the Editor: 2020 Legislative Session

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By Elise Scott and Sheely Edwards

January 28, 2020

  The Utah State Legislature gathers during the first three months of every year to pass legislation both helpful and harmful to the people of Utah. For 45 days, legislators debate changes to the law that will shape the lives of every Utahn, both in the short and long term. But most students...

Edwards: False Advertising Pitches Term Limits as a Simple Solution

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By Sheely Edwards, Opinion Editor

November 6, 2019

  The United Utah Party recently launched a ballot initiative campaign to impose limits on state elected officials in Utah. If passed in November 2020, “Unite 4 Term Limits” would limit state legislators to 12 years of consecutive service — the equivalent of three state Senate terms or s...

Edwards: For Those Frustrated with National Chaos, Local Politics is a Better Focus

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By Sheely Edwards, Opinion Editor

August 30, 2019

Last November, over 75% of all active, registered voters in Utah turned out to vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Tens of thousands of new voters were registered across the state, and hundreds of volunteers knocked on doors and made phone calls for the candidates they supported. The $11.4 million race between now-Congressma...

Edwards: Every U Student Should Consider a Legislative Internship

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August 29, 2019

Late next January, the Utah State Legislature will convene to begin the 2020 General Session. Seventy-five state representatives and 29 state senators will meet together to propose, debate and pass hundreds of laws during the 45-day session. Throughout the session, the Capitol building will be visited...

Edwards: Prop Four Can Reduce Gerrymandering Problems. Utah Legislators Should Keep It As Is.

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By Sheely Edwards, Opinion Editor

July 28, 2019

  Last November, Utah voters passed three ballot initiatives, one of which was Proposition Four — an anti-gerrymandering initiative that establishes an independent redistricting commission to propose district boundaries for the 2021 redistricting cycle. Gerrymandering is the manipulation o...

Edwards: The Manipulative Motive Behind a Census Citizenship Question

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By Sheely Edwards, Opinion Editor

July 15, 2019

  In preparation for the decennial census, the Federal Government has to prepare and print more than 1.5 billion sheets of paper to be mailed out in 2020. Printing begins six months early in order to ensure that the questionnaire is ready in time. So far, it seems that the Trump administration has m...

Edwards: Want to Improve Presidential Elections? Make the Debates Less Entertaining

Donald Trump's image is projected on the side wall of Public Media Commons in St. Louis during the second presidential debate watch party. Courtesy Flickr.

By Sheely Edwards, Opinion Editor

July 3, 2019

  The dynamics of the 2016 general election are best summarized with an excerpt of a CNN article from September of 2016: “Trump dismissed Clinton's foreign policy record by accusing her of being 'trigger happy and very unstable.'" Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, shot back at Trum...

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