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Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Had I known of the outpouring of support and friendship we have received since announcing my retirement, I might have done it earlier. We have been flooded with calls, notes and emails. A thousand times, people, known and unknown, have said to me, “Thank you for your service and for your family’s sacrifice.” That has [...]

Introducing Spencer J. Cox – Utah’s Next Lieutenant Governor

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

On Wednesday, October 8th, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced he had selected Representative Spencer J. Cox to serve as Utah’s next Lieutenant Governor. He will appear before the Senate Government Operations Confirmation committee Tuesday, and on Wednesday the full Senate will vote to confirm him. I’m confident the Senate will recognize Rep. Cox’s many great [...]

Utah’s Transit Success

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Nearly a decade ago, Utah transportation officials created a plan to expand our mass transit system by 2030 with several new projects along the Wasatch Front.  In 2006, however, mayors and county officials decided that their growing communities needed better transportation solutions before 2030. They proposed that voters increase funding for major projects to be [...]

Boom Town, Utah

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Over the past two weeks, I attended the Uintah Basin Energy Summit, the Governor’s Executive Energy Tour, and the annual Ute Tribe Oil & Gas Expo. What I learned at these events is very encouraging: The U.S. leads the world in increasing oil output, dramatically reducing the country’s reliance on oil imports from just over [...]

Honoring the Gettysburg Address

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Words are powerful things. November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address – one of the most compelling speeches in history. Great leaders draw on the power of words to change the course of history. Abraham Lincoln was a powerful wordsmith. He loved words.   He employed them for highly virtuous ends. At Gettysburg, his ringing, provoking oratory moved a nation and changed the [...]

Falling Leaves: It Must Be Budget Time

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Autumn in the Governor’s office means more than colorful leaves. Fall means (ta dum) “The Budget”. A governor’s budget is the best proof of his priorities. There are a million needs, and as with your budget at home, the Governor’s budget is all about priorities. To help us prioritize our spending, we ask the following [...]

A Painful Problem

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Utah sits proudly atop several lists—from Best Quality of Life to the Best State for Business state for business. Unfortunately, we qualify for another list, which we can no longer tolerate. Utah has the seventh highest suicide rate overall and the fifth highest suicide rate for ages 10-17! Among 15-24 old Utahns, suicide is the [...]

“I Have a Dream”

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

On August 28th, Governor Herbert and I stood with the Martin Luther King Commission before our State Capitol to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. King’s masterpiece has become a political classic, couched in soaring oratory, boldly challenging racism in white America, yet clothed in his counsel [...]

Utah’s Native Americans

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Last week, I participated in the 8th annual Governor’s Native American Summit at Utah Valley University. Our compelling theme “Turning Vision into Action” focused on youth and education. It was a great event—positive, upbeat, and full of energy and hope for young Native Americans. This is my fifth summit. Each year has been more productive [...]

Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Justice Antonin Scalia recently spoke at the Utah State Bar Convention in Snowmass, Colorado. An intellectual and conservative, he is an originalist, meaning he believes in interpreting the U.S. Constitution and statutes according to their intent and plain or objective meaning. Scalia decries the politicization of the judge’s role. A judge was once confirmed based [...]

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