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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 15, 2017) – A Utah bill that would have required state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to use discretion in rendering verdicts died in the state House earlier this month. Rep. Mark Roberts (R-67) introduced House Bill 332 (HB332) on Feb. 9. The legislation would have required…

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 28, 2017) – A Utah bill that would require state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to use discretion in rendering verdicts passed an important House committee last week. Rep. Mark Roberts (R-67) introduced House Bill 332 (HB332) on Feb. 9. The legislation would require that a jury…

On this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Mike Maharrey and Michael Boldin talk about state bills to encourage the use of gold and silver, thereby undermining the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. Maharrey and Boldin also highlight a few bills moving through state legislatures relating to privacy. WATCH IT SHOW LINKS JOIN TAC, Support the Constitution…

evan-mcmullinUtah has gone Republican in every presidential election since 1968. In the last four elections, the GOP nominee received 72.62% (2012), 62.24% (2008), 71.5% (2004), and 66.8% (2000). In 2012 and 2004, no state had a higher percentage for the Republican candidate. In 2008 and 2000, Utah was third on the list of reddest states.

Thanks to a homegrown conservative Independent candidate, that may be about to change.

A native of Utah and a graduate of BYU, Evan McMullin spent 10 years in the CIA (2001-2011, including overseas service in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. In 2013, McMullin joined the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor and in 2015 became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, resigning shortly before he announced his presidential campaign on August 8th of this year.

Positioning himself as a principled conservative, McMullin is primarily appealing to conservatives and younger voters. His running mate is Mindy Finn, a tech expert who has worked on numerous Republican campaigns and served as a staffer for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). McMullin is 40, and Finn is 35, making the ticket perhaps the youngest in history.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 8, 2016) – A Utah bill that would legalize medical marijuana and nullify in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition of cannabis passed an important Senate committee last week. Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs) introduced Senate Bill 73 (SB73) last month. The legislation sets up a framework that would allow qualifying…

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 4, 2016) – A Utah bill would legalize medical marijuana in the state, setting the foundation to nullify in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis. Introduced by Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), Senate Bill 73 (SB73) sets up a state regulatory regime that would allow medical marijuana to make its…