April 2013 Blog Posts (20)

My email to Utah County Delegates Re-elect Dave Lifferth to GOP State Central Committee

RE: Re-elect Dave Lifferth to GOP State Central Committee





I hope that you would consider me as one of the four State Central Committee representatives from Senate District 11 and 13 in Utah County. You, along with the other Utah County Delegates elected me two years ago. I appreciate the trust that you showed in me and I hope that I have represented you well.  Let me give you some important reasons why I hope that you would consider me for one of your four…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 27, 2013 at 8:33pm — No Comments

STUDY: States With Loose Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Gun Violence

I got permission to post this discussion of states with strict gun laws and the results.

STUDY: States With Loose Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Gun Violence



By Zack Beauchamp on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:00 am



The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies in Congress frequently claim that gun violence is highest in places with the toughest crime laws. But a new study from the Center for American Progress (CAP) suggests something closer to the opposite is true -…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 27, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Meet the Candidates for State Central Committee from Senate District 13

Tonight there was as meet the State Central Committee Candidate (SCC) event at Lehi Junior High School. It was for County Delegates from Senate District 13 and was moderated by Scott Bell, who is the Utah County Republican party treasurer. …

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Added by David Lifferth on April 26, 2013 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Why would anyone need an assualt weapon?

In a recent Twitter and Facebook debate with one of my favorite liberal friends Patrick, he mad the claim:

"However, people definitely don't need an assault weapon to defend their home."

Now Patrick is a very honest and sincere person, and believes that…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 26, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

HB76 Switchers, Legislators that changed their vote and/or voted against the Veto Override

There were initially 6 Legislators that did not cast a vote when HB76 was voted on March 1st (Brown, M.;Dunnigan, J.;Hemingway, L.;Last, B.;McIff, K.;Wilson, B.).

 

These are the list of Legislators that voted AGAINST a Veto Override Session on HB76:

Those in Green changed their vote from the March 1st vote on the house floor. There were 16 Republicans that voted against the Veto Over Ride session, but originally voted for…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 22, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Good recomendations from Alpine School District's Rob Smith on how to improve education in Utah

I had a chance to talk with Rob Smith of the Alpine School District this afternoon before the Alpine School District’s Mathletes Celebration at Westlake High School.  This was the first celebration of Mathletes and I thought it was great to see their enthusiasm.

I asked him what are things that the Legislature could do to improve education in the classroom and what barriers could be removed that are impeding better education.

He told me things that surprised me…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 18, 2013 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Congrats to the Gov's State of Sport Award winners 2013

Award winners:

High School Male Athlete - Nick Emery - Basketball, Lone Peak High School

High School Female Athlete -  Taylor Calton - Tennis, Lone Peak High School

College Male Athlete - Chuckie Keeton - Football, Utah State University

College/Pro Female Athlete -  Corrie Lothrop - Gymnastics, University of Utah

Professional Male Athlete - Nick Rimando - Soccer, Real Salt Lake

Coach of the Year - Gary…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 16, 2013 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Letter about HB76 Constitutional Carry by Rep. Jerry Anderson R-Price

Representative Jerry B. Anderson

HOUSE OF REPRESE…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 15, 2013 at 7:59am — No Comments

Results from 2013 Legislative Session Constituent Survey

 

How would you rate Rep. Dave Lifferth on how well he communicated with you during the 2013 Legislative Session? (Mandatory)

 

 

 

How well did Rep. Dave Lifferth listen to you and your concerns or feedback during the 2013 Legislative Session? (Mandatory)

 

How well did Rep. Dave Lifferth represent you and your family in the 2013 Legislative Session? (Mandatory)…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Official House of Representatives Veto Over Ride Poll

This was sent to me today by Speaker Becky Lockhart.

VETO OVERRIDE POLL

60TH Legislature - 2013 General Session

Utah House of Representatives

 

The following bill was vetoed by Governor Gary R. Herbert. Please see the attached letter from the governor for a detailed explanation.

 

HB 76S1     Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments (Rep. John…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 11, 2013 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Visit with Westlake Boy's State representative Michael McConkie

I had a chance to visit with Westlake Boy's State representative Michael McConkie. I was happy to contribute a few shekels to help him attend Boy's State later this year at Weber State. He was also one of the Boy Scouts that I was able to congratulate for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

I was…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 10, 2013 at 8:52pm — No Comments

2013 Legislative Session Score Card

Since I work for you, I wanted to report how I did to represent you in the Utah State Legislature. This is my 'Report Card' that quantifies how I represented you. There are 75 State Legislators in the House of Representatives, so these rankings are against those other 75 legislators.

Legislative Report Card

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Added by David Lifferth on April 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Legislative Scorecards for 2013

These is the collection of Legislative Scorecards that have been published. They rank legislators based on the legislation that was favorable to their cause. 

Parents for Choice in Education (Education advocates)

http://choiceineducation.org/images/documents/ReportCard2013.pdf

 

Libertas (Libertarian think tank)…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 9, 2013 at 8:13am — No Comments

Discussion of HB76 with a friend who is writing a paper on it for his college class

Let me put my answers inline with your questions below.




Rep. Dave Lifferth

From: Brad  <-----@gmail.com>

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 11:58 AM

Subject: HB76



Hey David,



Thanks for sending your email address over to me--Facebook definitely wasn't my preferred choice on contacting you.



As I mentioned before, I am working on a review on Open Carry HB76. This is a project that I have been working on for school which the information…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 6, 2013 at 12:40pm — No Comments

How do I decided how to vote on bills in the Legislature

I had a good friend and constituent ask me to explain the process that I go through to decide how I will vote on the close to 1,000 bills that I need to evaluate during a legislative session.

First off, I have sworn to uphold both the Utah and U.S. Constitution. I weigh everything against the backdrop of “is this bill constitutional when evaluated against the Utah and U.S. Constitutions?”

There is lots of background that prepares me for voting on pending legislation. I have…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 5, 2013 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Comparison of Abortion Platforms of Republican Party Groups, Democratic National, and LDS Church

At the suggestion of Rep. Brian King, I have researched the political platforms of the following groups:

  • LDS (Mormon) Church
  • Democratic National Party Platform
  • Republican National Party Platform
  • Utah State Republican Party Platform
  • Utah County Republican Party Platform

 

After a lively debate on twitter that involved at least a dozen people of all philosophical leanings, Rep. King said that the National Democratic Party…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 4, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The only vote that I was challenged on in 2013 Legislative Session

Between all of the motions, voice votes, amendments, and regular votes I had to make over 1,500 votes during the 6-week legislative session.  There was only 1 vote that I had my constituents emailing me, texting me, and calling me to vote differently than I did. The reason is that there were details and elements of the bill that most people were not aware of.  In the end, I was 1 of 2 Republicans that voted for this in the house, even though every Republican in the Senate voted for it and…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 4, 2013 at 7:32pm — No Comments

New guns banned in CT



http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/S/201...160-R00-SB.htm





(B) Any of the following specified semiautomatic centerfire rifles, or copies or duplicates thereof with the capability of any such rifles, that were in production prior to or on the effective date of this section:

(i) AK-47;

(ii) AK-74;

(iii) AKM;

(iv) AKS-74U;

(v) ARM;

(vi) MAADI…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 4, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Previous results for Common Core support in our area

I have cited this survey in previous emails, but for some reason I can't find the blog on my site. I must have accidentally deleted it.

 

Here are the results from that survey which was dated in March of 2012.

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Added by David Lifferth on April 2, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments

Suvey and answers to Cal Berkely National State Legislator Survey

I regularly post my results on line for my constituents to see from surveys like this. I do this as a type of transparency, but my main objective is to generate discussion with constituents. Some of these survey questions may part of bills in the future and it is good to vet these issues sooner rather than later.

 

Frequently, these surveys are worded very poorly despite their effort to claim scientific and statistically sound results. In one I was supposed to pick the wording…

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Added by David Lifferth on April 2, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

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