March 2013 Blog Posts (35)

Rep. Dave Lifferth interview on Comcast/CNN

This was an interview that I did with Comcast that was shown on…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 30, 2013 at 4:51pm — No Comments

My photo on Front Page of Daily Herald March 15, 2013



Quiet legislative session wraps up at Utah Capitol

Representative David Lifferth, center, watches as results come in during the voting of S.B. 267 in the House of Representatives during the last day of legislature at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 14, 2013. S.B. 267 failed…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How did Utah County Republicans fare on the UEA Rankings?

It is interesting to see how Utah County Republicans fared on Utah Education Association scorecard.  Not that there is a high expectations given the conservative politics in Utah County.

I guess that I was surprised at how low Rep. Gibson ranked, and I was impressed at how high Rep. Christofferson did.  I would not have thought that Rep. Grover, who is an administrator at Oak Canyon Junior High School. Other than that, the results are what I expected.…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 29, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Utah Taxpayers Assocation ratings and rakings for 2013 Legislation session

http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/WEBSITE-2013-SCORECARD.pdf

Congratulations to Rep. Grover, Knotwell, Oda, and Stanard and Sen. Madsen, Niederhauser, Thatcher on their #1 ranking and 100% rating.…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 29, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Who's the Top Blogger on Capitol Hill (T-BoCH) ?

Just like I did with Twitter, I proceeded to count the blogs of all of the Elected Officials on Capitol Hill. This was not as easy as counting tweets because there is not standard analytic tool and everyone uses a different blogging software. I counted the Facebook posts for those that post their blogs there.

 

However, this has a huge disclaimer in that I wasn't able to count every legislator and since this was a manual process, I am open to any and all updates and corrections…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 28, 2013 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Heartfelt thanks to my mentors

While I did make a number of “rookie mistakes” in my first session, I actually consider it to be a success. Of my bills that I sponsored and co-sponsored I had 99.5% of my fellow legislators vote in favor of my bills. I only had 3 votes against my bills for the entire session, all in the Senate and all were Democrats.

 

My bills to combat identity theft, extend 4th and 5th Amendment protections to the data in your car, and extend the creative range of…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 27, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

My evaluation letter of my intern, Rachel Norby

From:

Rep. David Lifferth

 

To:

Adam Brown

Political Science Department

Brigham Young University

RE: Intern Rachel Norby Evaluation

Dear Mr. Brown,

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing me with a very effective and hard working intern, Ms. Rachel Norby. She worked very hard and many hours to be a very industrious and diligent intern. She helped me be a better legislator than I would have…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 27, 2013 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Should you be required to get trained before you can carry a gun?

I have asked similar questions about other rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights:

What if you had to get a Bachelors Degree in English before you could exercise your freedom of speech? No doubt, when you speak after you have a college degree you are more effective and eloquent. However, a requirement like that would stifle political debate.

What if you had to go to a government sponsored class on comparative religion before you could exercise your freedom of religion and…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 25, 2013 at 2:07pm — 2 Comments

My thoughts & observations on Utah Compact votes at Utah County GOP

The proposal to adopt the Utah Compact as part of the Utah County GOP platform failed with 95 in favor and 179 against. The press and democrats immediately jumped on vote and said that Utah C0unty Republicans are anti-immigrant.

The new immigration wording in the platform that was passed by a super majority of 167 in favor to 71 opposed.

However, I wanted to describe the reasons that I thought and heard that are reasons that Utah County Republicans did not support…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 24, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Dicussion of HB76 "Constitutional Carry" and Gov. Herbert's veto

Current Survey Results to question: Should the Utah State Legislature over-rule Gov. Herbert's veto of HB76?

Final survey results:

Yes 59%

No 41%


This morning, Republican Governor Gary Herbert announced his veto of HB76 Utah's Constitutional Carry bill. He gave various reasons including that he thinks that the existing Concealed Carry law in Utah sufficiently protects the right to keep and bear…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 22, 2013 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Letter from Thomas Wright, Utah GOP Chair

I got permission from Thomas Wright to post his email on my site.…

Letter From The Chairman

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Added by David Lifferth on March 18, 2013 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Who's the Top Tweeter on Capitol Hill (T-ToCH) ?

Who would you expect to be the most prolific tweeter of all elected officials on Utah's Capitol Hill? 

Rank

Name…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 15, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Voting Results for SB 267 New Convention Hotel Development Incentive Act

SB267 was one of the biggest votes taken in this legislative session. It proposed to give sales tax rebates to the developers of a massive 1,000 room hotel and convention center in Salt Lake Cit.

These are the House voting results for SB267

http://le.utah.gov/DynaBill/svotes.jsp?sessionid=2013GS&voteid=1262&house=H

 


SB…
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Added by David Lifferth on March 15, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Results from recent survey: SB262:Do you support Sen. Urquhart's Anti-Discrimnation bill?

 

 Results from recent survey: SB262:Do you support Sen. Urquhart's Anti-Discrimnation bill?

 

Yes…
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Added by David Lifferth on March 14, 2013 at 11:11pm — No Comments

My notes from March 13th; day 44

The days only go by faster and faster as we get close to the last day of the legislative session 3/14/2013.

 

I had another scout group from Eagle Mountain visit the capitol. I talked to them about citizenship and had my intern Rachel take them on a tour of the historic capitol

It was…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 14, 2013 at 7:20am — No Comments

My notes from March 12th; day 43

Rep. Kay Christoferson and I gave a charm bracelet with a state of Utah charm on it to our Intern, Rachel Norby. Rachel has done a great job in keeping us on task and prepared for our meetings. She helped us send letters and commendations to our constituents. Rachel is a senior at BYU and plans to go to law school after she graduates.…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 13, 2013 at 7:18am — No Comments

My notes from March 11th; day 42

Rep. Jake Anderegg, from our neighboring district #6 presented his bill SB391 in a pashionate and enthusiastic way. His bill would prohibit Utah from taking expanded Federal Medicaid funding.

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Added by David Lifferth on March 12, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

My ungiven presentation on support for HB391-S2

Again, I was cut off from my speech by a move to call question. I need to hit the Speak Request button sooner to get higher in the list.

Here is what I had planned tosay.

I rise in strong support of HB391-S2. I will be brief this morning. Let me describe the Federal Tax Scam: The federal govt takes money from us (at gunpoint I might add, because if you don’t pay your taxes a less than friendly person with a gun will show up and make sure that you do), After they…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 11, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments

Results from recent survey: HB391: Should Utah accept Federal Medicaid expansion Money?

HB391: Should Utah accept Federal Medicaid expansion Money?

 

 

 

 

 

Yes…
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Added by David Lifferth on March 10, 2013 at 5:44pm — 19 Comments

Highlights from March 4th-8th State Legislature Bills

HB 114 S02 Second Amendment Preservation Act passed the House on Friday and has been introduced into the Senate. It would affirm that it is the exclusive authority of the state Legislature to adopt and enact any and all laws regarding possession, ownership, and use of firearms exclusively within the state.  This has been a hot-potato bill that some were worried wouldn't come to the floor for a vote. It passed with 49 votes, just 1 vote shy of a…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 9, 2013 at 9:27am — No Comments

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