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The Good, Bad and Ugly In Utah politics from 2014
The top-1o Utah political news stories as ranked by our readers
2nd Quarter Fundraising in Utah's 3rd Congressional District
After he was charged with 10 felony counts, former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff accused prosecutors of having a political agenda. What do you think?
2nd Quarter Fundraising in Utah's 2nd Congressional District
2nd Quarter Fundraising in Utah's 1st Congressional District
2nd Quarter Fundraising in Utah's 4th Congressional District
Rep. Jason Chaffetz thinks Mitt Romney will run for president a third time and win. Do you think Romney will make a third bid for the White House?
President Obama says he will go around Congress to implement changes to immigration policy on his own. Do you support such a move?
On Wednesday, the 10th Circuit Court ruled Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. What do you think the next step will be?
In your opinion, which Utah politician uses social media most effectively?
The stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor leaves the future of immigration reform very much in doubt. What do you think will happen?
Do you think citizens should vote on the proposal that would charge residents $20 a month whether they are UTOPIA customers or not?
How many of the 11 UTOPIA city councils will approve the proposed deal to build out and operate the fiber-optic system?
Aside from Becker, who do you think is most likely to run for Salt Lake City Mayor in 2015
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says he will wait until after November's elections before deciding whether to run for another term in 2015. How likely do you think it is that Becker runs again?
Considering what happened in the first debate between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens, how do you think the race will play out?
Given Love's high-profile, do you expect the race with Owens to generate much attention outside of Utah?
Tea Party candidates are losing primary elections all over the country. What does this mean?
What do you think the chances are we will see Jon Huntsman run again in 2016?
What do you think the chances are we will see Mitt Romney run again in 2016?
What are the chances of Salt Lake City landing the 2016 Democratic National Convention?
Fundraising in Utah's 1st Congressional District (First Quarter, 2014)
The Salt Lake Tribune recently announced another round of layoffs which comes after the paper eliminated 20% of its newsroom positions. What do you think is in store for the Tribune?
Who do you think will be the next chair of Utah's Democratic Party?
How likely do you think Former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff or John Swallow will be charged with a crime?
Top-5 "most vulnerable" Utah House seats - 2014
What grade would you give Jim Dabakis' tenure as leader of Utah's Democrats?
Gov. Gary Herbert sent staff to Washington this week to begin negotiations with the feds on his Healthy Utah proposal. What do you think the most likely outcome will be?
What final grade would you give the 2014 Utah legislature?
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Gary Herbert vs. Jonathan Johnson
Gary Herbert vs. Becky Lockhart
Gary Herbert vs. Greg Hughes
Gov. Gary Herbert Favorability Ratings
Utah has hired outside counsel to help with the defense of Amendment 3. Do you agree with this, or should the Attorney General’s office handle this case alone?
It’s estimated that it will cost Utah $2 million to defend Amendment 3 in court. Do you think this cost is justified, or is that money better spent elsewhere?
Political Insiders and our Readers make their predictions for 2014
On Friday, a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. What do you think the ultimate outcome of the court case will be?
Now that Jim Matheson is leaving Congress after 2014, do you think he plans to continue in the political arena?
The top-10 Utah political stories of 2013
In your opinion, which method should Utah use to select a replacement for former Attorney General John Swallow?
WHAT SHOULD UTAH POLITICAL FIGURES BE THANKFUL FOR?
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Investigators say they’ve never seen anything like the amount of data that’s gone missing from Attorney General John Swallow’s office. Do you think Swallow’s claims of innocence are legitimate, or is he trying to cover something up?
The Utah GOP recently approved some minor changes to their caucus system for nominating candidates. Do you think those changes are enough to keep voters from signing the petition to put the “Count My Vote” initiative on the ballot?
Mike Lee’s approval ratings have dropped in the wake of the government shutdown. Will he have time to rehabilitate his image with Utah voters before the 2016 election, or did the shutdown do fatal damage to his political career?
Do you think it was a good decision for Utah to loan money to the federal government in order to re-open the state’s national parks?
What grade would you give Gov. Herbert’s selection of Rep. Spencer Cox to replace Greg Bell as Utah’s Lt. Governor?
Who do you think is to blame for the shutdown of the federal government?
Sen. Mike Lee is continuing his quest to defund Obamacare. What effect do you think this has on how Utahns perceive him?
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Reports are swirling that Attorney General John Swallow may be cleared in an ongoing federal investigation. If Swallow is cleared, what effect do you think that will have on the Legislative investigation into his conduct?
Utah GOP officials are considering a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Do you think they should pursue hosting the convention or not?
Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion is getting some heat for calling District Attorney Sim Gill a "cop hater." Should Bennion apologize or does he have a valid point?
In light of the Biogenesis scandal rocking Major League Baseball, which of the following professions do you think should also be subject to random drug tests? (choose as many as apply)
Sen. Mike Lee has backed off his threat to shut down the government to stop Obamacare. In your opinion, what effect did Lee's fight have on the GOP?
Sen. Aaron Osmond has suggested Utah get rid of its compulsory education law, arguing parents should decide whether their kids go to school or not. In your opinion, should Utah lawmakers consider ending compulsory education in the state?
The House investigation into Attorney General John Swallow could cost upwards of $2 million. Do you think the cost is worth it
Utah Congressional Fundraising Scorecard
The committee investigating John Swallow will have 5 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Do you think the proposed makeup is fair, or should have lawmakers opted for equal partisan representation?
Do you think Utah will ever reverse its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage?
Last week, House Republicans voted to start the process for investigating Attorney General John Swallow. What do you think will be the ultimate result?
Would you support Utah officials taking steps to protect citizens from internet or phone data collection?
Do you support the NSA in collecting phone and internet data on Americans with the chance it would someday thwart terror attacks?
Utah Democrats will vote at their convention later this month on the caucus/convention system. Politically, do you think the Utah Democratic Party would be better off, worse off, or it would make no difference if they dump the caucus/convention system?
Would dumping the caucus system make the Democratic Party more or less attractive to voters?
Recently the Boy Scouts decided to allow all boys membership in the Boy Scouts regardless of sexual orientation, while maintaining a ban on openly gay leaders. Do you agree or disagree with that decision?
The Justice Department subpoenaing the phone records of reporters?
The ongoing investigation into the events at Benghazi?
IRS targeting right-wing groups?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz suggests the way the Obama administration handled the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi may be an impeachable offense. Do you agree with him?
After a narrow loss in 2012, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is planning to challenge Congressman Jim Matheson again in 2014. How would you rate her chances of winning?
Utah's Democratic Party will let delegates to their state convention in June decide whether to make changes to how they nominate candidates. What choice do you think they will make?
Which candidate do you think would be the best choice for the next Utah GOP Chairman?
Do you think the Utah Republican and Democratic parties will adopt a proposal requiring a 70% threshold at the convention in order for candidates to win the nomination outright?
Last week Utah business leaders blasted Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee for not supporting bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform proposals now being rolled out in Washington. Which statement best describes your feelings on the matter?
Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright says he will not seek another term in that position. What grade would you give Wright for the job he did during his tenure?
Do you think the Legislature will override Governor Herbert's veto of HB76?
What grade would you give the 2013 Legislature?
The Legislature passed a bill allowing Utahns to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Should Gov. Gary Herbert veto the measure?
An attempt to remove the so-called “Zion wall” fell short on Capitol Hill. Do you think Legislators should keep or remove the barrier in restaurants that serve alcohol?
If the state expands Medicaid, do you think the state can count on the federal government, over the long term, to keep its promise to pay for nearly all the extra cost, or will it eventually renege on its promise, leaving the state in financial difficulty
Medicaid expansion is a hot issue at the Capitol. Do you think the governor will:
If no deal is struck to avoid the sequester, who do you think is to blame?
Do you think Utah will feel economic pain from the mandatory spending cuts from the budget sequester?
With a lot of new lawmakers, would you say this session is:
Regarding “message” bills, are there:
The legislative session is a bit more than halfway over. Would you say the session is :
Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he found out about the allegations against John Swallow in October and asked the feds to investigate. Should Shurtleff have made the allegations against Swallow public at that time?
The LDS Church is reportedly working with legislators to craft a statewide ban on housing and employment discrimination that would include gays and lesbians. Do you think such a measure will pass this session?
Some public groups are putting pressure on Gov.Gary Herbert and the Legislature to do something to help curb air pollution. Do you think a proposal is forthcoming in this year's session?
Recently Utah's Democratic leaders called the state's public education system a "catastrophe." Do you agree with that assessment, or are they overstating the problem?
In her opening address to the Legislature, House Speaker Becky Lockhart said Gov. Gary Herbert doesn't issue enough vetoes of legislation. What do you think?
Do you think the prison will be moved over the next 5-7 years?
Do you think the Legislature should act to move the prison?
Would you favor or oppose a measure to restore the state portion of the sales tax on food coupled with a refund and tax credit for low-income households in Utah?
Regarding the discussion to reform the caucus/convention system, would you prefer to:
Which of these statements best reflect your understanding the caucus/convention system?
Rep. John Mathis wants to allow anyone who is legally able to carry a weapon in public without a concealed carry permit. Do you think this so-called "constitutional carry" measure will pass?
A proposed bill for the 2013 legislative session would make it a felony for any federal agent to enforce federal gun laws in the state of Utah. Do you think this is a good idea?
Where on your priority list are the following issues?
Overall, do you think things in Utah are generally headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?
How important do you feel it is for the state to focus on the following issues?
Will Swallow resign?
Which statement regarding the accusations against Attorney General John Swallow do you agree with?
Do you think the process for getting on the ballot in Utah will be changed with in the next two years?
Do you think we need an alternative route for candidates to get on the primary ballot instead of the current caucus and convention system?
Give Congress and President Obama a grade for their actions on the “fiscal cliff”:
Sen. Orrin hatch was the only member of Utah’s Congressional delegation to vote for the “fiscal cliff” deal. What is your opinion of Hatch’s actions?
In passing legislation to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” Congress:
Make a "fearless prediction" about politics in Utah for the coming year
The top-10 Utah political stories from 2012
The federal government has informed states it's all or nothing when it comes to Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare. Do you think Utah lawmakers will agree to the increased federal funding, or will they reject expansion?
Do you think the Legislature will approve the proposed pay increase, some lesser amount or no pay increase at all?
A bi-partisan commission has recommended a 36.5% pay increase for Gov. Gary Herbert. Do you think the pay increase is justified?
As lawmakers get down to negotiations to help avoid the "fiscal cliff," do you think Utah's Congressional delegation will support raising taxes on wealthy Americans, or will they hold the line against any tax increase?
How do you think Congress should avert the "fiscal cliff"?
Utah lawmakers are considering raising the state portion of the sales tax on food to help stabilize tax revenue. One proposal would give low-income Utahns a tax credit and a refund to offset the higher prices on food. In your opinion, would this be a good
Of the candidates who have already announced their intentions, who do you think is most likely to replace Ben McAdams in the Utah Senate?
Now that Matheson has survived another redistricting cycle, do you think Republicans will ever be able to defeat him?
Why do you think Mia Love lost to Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th Congressional District?
What percentage of Utah's registered voters do you think will hit the polls on Tuesday?
Who do you think will win the race for Salt Lake County Mayor?
Who do you think will win the race for Utah Governor?
Who do you think will win the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District?
Who do you think will win the race for U.S. Senate from Utah?
Who do you think will win the race for President?
How important will the third and final presidential debate be in deciding the outcome of the race?
How have the three debates changed the presidential race up to this point?
Republicans have complained that Joe Biden was rude during the vice presidential debate while Democrats have leveled the same complaint at Mitt Romney. Do you think these complaints will affect the race heading into the election?
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