December 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Analysis of Judge Shelby's decision on Same Sex Marriage from Rep. Merrill Nelson (R-Grantsville)

Deseret News Readers’ Forum

Subject:  My View (Gay Marriage Decision)

As a state legislator and appellate lawyer, I offer my views on why the recent federal district court decision legalizing gay marriage (Kitchen v. Herbert) is wrong and faces a likelihood of reversal on appeal.

First, as the U.S. Supreme Court observed in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down a federal law (DOMA) that conflicted with a state marriage statute, the definition and regulation of…


Added by David Lifferth on December 31, 2013 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Press Release: Governor Herbert names Sean Reyes attorney general

For Immediate Release

December 23, 2013

Contact: Nate McDonald

Public Information Officer

801.538.1509 desk

801.694.0294 cell

Governor Herbert names Reyes attorney general

SALT LAKE CITY – (Dec. 23, 2013) Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Sean D. Reyes, Esq. as attorney general to replace recently resigned John Swallow. Reyes will serve as Utah’s attorney general through 2014.

“Sean is one of the most recognized…


Added by David Lifferth on December 24, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments

DWS Snapshot of House District 2 (Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain)

 Utah House District 2 • Utah…

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

Press Release:Utah Front and Center Leading up to Sochi Games


For Immediate Release


Jeff Robbins                                    Margo Christiansen                                      Jamie Miller

Utah Sports Commission                 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association             U.S. Speedskating

801.328.2335                                  435.647.2022                                               801.417.5360

Utah Front and Center Leading up…


Added by David Lifferth on December 17, 2013 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Report on Republican Party's Central committee meeting to select Utah AG Replacement

The big news to come out of the State Central Committee meeting is that Eagle Mountain's Cameron Robinson was elected to be the Party's State Treasurer. I have encouraged Cam to get more involved and was pleasantly surprised when he was elected to that important position.

The 3 Candidates that will be recommended to the Governor to select as the replacement…


Added by David Lifferth on December 14, 2013 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

Results of Constituent survey of Utah's Attorney General replacement

Who should I recommend to the Governor to appoint at Utah State's Attorney General?

Should we Amend Utah's constitution to let the Governor appoint the AG instead of voting to elect the AG?…


Added by David Lifferth on December 14, 2013 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Live Streaming of AG Candidate debate Dec 11, 2013

Media Advisory

Contact: Jeff Peterson

Cell: 801.885.6494



Added by David Lifferth on December 10, 2013 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Status update on House Investigation from Rep. JIm Dunnigan


First, I’d like to thank you for your questions and general interest in the progress of the House investigative committee. Obviously, we’ve had a lot to consider over the past few weeks with the resignation of the attorney general.

The committee is moving into the next phase of the investigation, namely public hearings laying out the significant and relevant facts we’ve been able to uncover up to this point. Our first two hearings will be Dec.…


Added by David Lifferth on December 9, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Review of Governor's Budget Recommendations

Some highlights:

·         $13.3 billion from all sources for operating and capital costs ($5.6 billion General/Education Funds) in FY 2015.

·         Supplemental FY 2014 appropriations of -$190 million from all sources (-$46.5 million General/Education Funds)

·         $206 million ongoing and $132 million one-time in new revenue from consensus revenue estimates

·         $44 million in additional one-time sources – largely made-up of non-lapsing balances in Public…


Added by David Lifferth on December 5, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

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