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Reese: Progressives Need to Think Local Before Taking On Moderates Like McAdams

Reese: Progressives Need to Think Local Before Taking On Moderates Like McAdams

By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

January 18, 2020

  Many centrist Democrats are facing progressive challengers in 2020, inspired by the wins of progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ben McAdams has attracted a challenge from progressive Daniel Beckstrand, a first-time political candidate. I applaud the guts it takes to r...

Cushman: ‘Politically Correct’ Laws Take Substantive Steps Toward Equality

Cushman: ‘Politically Correct’ Laws Take Substantive Steps Toward Equality

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

January 18, 2020

  In November 2020, Utahns will have the opportunity to approve a state constitutional amendment that would remove slavery as an option for the punishment of a crime. The amendment proposed in Representative Sandra Hollins’ H.J.R. 8 may come across as an empty gesture or virtue signaling to ...

Reese: Hate Speech Creates True Threats

Reese: Hate Speech Creates True Threats

By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

January 15, 2020

  “Hate speech is not free speech” is a common refrain in debates over the protections and limitations of the First Amendment. Most hate speech, however, is decidedly protected by the First Amendment and the Supreme Court’s past verdicts. In order for hate speech to be unprotected by t...

Starr: In-Person Echo Chambers Are Just as Dangerous as Those Online

Starr: In-Person Echo Chambers Are Just as Dangerous as Those Online

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

January 14, 2020

Many believe that online echo chambers are becoming too prevalent. They worry that when people surround themselves with digital content and people who think like them, they result in constantly preaching “opinions to the converted.” It is said that in these echo chambers, people’s beliefs and perspectives become distorted as their vie...

Cushman: Utah Has a Chance to Enact Term Limits and End Career Politicians

Cushman: Utah Has a Chance to Enact Term Limits and End Career Politicians

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

January 12, 2020

In the summer of 2019, the United Utah Party proposed a ballot initiative to reinstate term limits for Utah state legislators. My colleague Sheely Edwards criticized the proposal as “false advertising,” arguing that the initiative is not necessary in Utah, and its unintended consequences could s...

Starr: If Utah Was Truly Pro-Family, It Would Ratify the ERA

Starr: If Utah Was Truly Pro-Family, It Would Ratify the ERA

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

January 12, 2020

As a state where far too many women endure serious challenges, including a large wage gap and little professional respect, it is critical that Utah ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 2020. While the state’s culture is deeply attached to restrictive gender roles — the set of expectations of h...

Barron: McAdams’s Choosing of Country Over Self Is an Act of Patriotism

Barron: McAdams’s Choosing of Country Over Self Is an Act of Patriotism

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

December 29, 2019

  Earlier this month, I received an email with the subject line “A Message from Congressman Ben McAdams.” As a resident of Utah’s 4th Congressional District, I had sent Congressman McAdams a message over the weekend voicing my concerns about the presidential abuse of power uncovered during...

Reese: Utah’s 2020 GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Have A Rocky Primary Ahead

Reese: Utah’s 2020 GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Have A Rocky Primary Ahead

By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

December 23, 2019

As the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries are heating up, so too are several state-wide races. Most notable to Utahns is Utah’s 2020 gubernatorial race. An announcement by Jon Huntsman’s campaign to reclaim the governorship has rattled the prospects of the other Republican primary candidates. Huntsman has joined Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Salt Lake County Co...

Dalley: Democrats Shouldn’t Abandon Their Progressive History

Dalley: Democrats Shouldn’t Abandon Their Progressive History

By Nathan Dalley, Opinion Writer

December 16, 2019

Multiple establishment Democrats have criticized their further left colleagues directly and indirectly over the past year, claiming that their perceived ideological extremity will cost Democrats the 2020 elections. Nancy Pelosi attacked multiple recently elected progressive Congressmembers saying, “All these peop...

Reese: Cox And Other Leaders Should Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is On Homelessness

Reese: Cox And Other Leaders Should Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is On Homelessness

By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

December 14, 2019

“I’m a conservative and Republican because I care about people,” said Lt. Governor Spencer Cox said at the 2019 Washington County Republican’s Convention. But perhaps Cox’s statement should be taken with a grain of salt, especially after his recent actions in support of closing the Road Home. The...

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