State StreetThis is the place where Utah politics tastes good. Where the stories are covered in fry sauce and you can boost your civic IQ without all the campaigning, cajoling and cross-talk. This is politics, the Utah way.
This is the place where Utah politics tastes good. Where the stories are covered in fry sauce and you can boost your civic IQ without all the campaigning, cajoling and cross-talk. This is politics, the Utah way.
Being a legislator is kind of like dining at a restaurant. You have a big menu of all of the dishes — or bills — you can choose from. You pick one you like and debate with others whether you should order it or move to the next option. But who gets to choose what goes on the menu in the first place? That's where the Rules Committee comes in. We take a look at what's going on in the kitchen — and why it matters.
You don't have to run for office and you don't have to become a political journalist to have a place in Utah politics. There's room for ALL KINDS of involvement, but it can be hard to know what's effective and what's just noise. So, Sonja and Emily will walk us through how to go from informed to engaged in Utah politics.
Becoming a politician in Utah takes more than just waking up one day and deciding you want to run for office. Surprising? Probably not. But for those bold few who DO wake up with a bee in their bonnet, the path is a lot easier if you a) have a lot of free time and b) have a lot of money. That leaves out a pretty big chunk of the population.
45 days. That's not a lot of time to write, debate and pass hundreds of bills. And just like one notorious maiden at the ball, once the clock strikes midnight the party is over. So, how does the magic happen?
You hear it over and over again from politicians here — "that's the Utah way." What they mean is that politics in this state are nice and civil, and everyone has a seat at the table. But ... is that really true?