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Answers to Questions from State Delegate Kevin O'Donnal

State Delegate Kevin O'Donnal gave me permission to post his questions and my answers on my blog site

Where do you stand on Common Core? Common core started out on the right path with states being able to determine what their internal state values, ideals, and needs are. However, the Common Core movement was hi-jacked by the Obama administration that fills it full of liberal agenda items and philosophies.  When that happened the Common Core initiative lost its moorings and failed the…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 25, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

UT GOP Rules on questions that can be asked of candidates at Caucus

 
Elections
Candidate speeches for each office shall be limited to a total of three minutes per office or delegate seat,…
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Added by David Lifferth on March 23, 2016 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Let me tell you why I am running for the State Senate

I am running to give you and the voters in Senate District 13 the opportunity to be more involved and have more say and influence in state government than you have ever experienced.  To most elected officials you are just a signature on a petition or check in a box. To me you are a valued…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 19, 2016 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Results of Senate District 13 Survey of which candidate Caucus attendees will vote for

Early results:

Ted Cruz 78%

Donald Trump 4%

John Kasich 3%

So far not a single vote for Hillary Clinton...

Added by David Lifferth on March 19, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

I earned anotherDefender of Liberty award from Libertas

EMail from Nichelle Aiden at Libertas

Representative Lifferth,



Hi there! Nichelle Aiden with Libertas Institute here.



Congratulations!! I'm writing to let you know that because you scored over 85% on our 2016 Libertas Legislator Index, we'll be presenting you with our Defender of Liberty award at our 2016 Liberty Forum in May.



We will soon send…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 11, 2016 at 11:53am — No Comments

My opposition to HB471 Powersports Vehicle Franchise Amendments

HB471: While HB471 (http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0471.html) is moving in the right direction (15 miles down to 10 miles) the whole protectionism in the franchise law stinks. It is crony capitalism. It is government helping out their buddies. It is government picking winners and losers. It is not pro-competition is it anti-competition.  I like the direction of HB471 is moving, but I have to vote no in…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 7, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Additional information on HB420 Unmanned Vehicle (Drones) amendments

First of all, I want you to know that I am very supportive of the new technology that we call drones. They provide valuable video and photographic images that would be impossible to get any other way. I want this technology to thrive and be used in appropriate ways. HB420 is not an anti-drone bill. It just says use your drones all that you want, just don’t interfere with Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters.



There has been some sensational reporting one HB420 Drone bill and I wanted…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 6, 2016 at 4:15pm — No Comments

My support for Rep. Becky Edwards' HJR14

HJR14

I appreciate the sponsor and her wisdom to look for better ways to fund education and pay teachers more

You can’t have it both ways. Either you are content with our weak WPU and you support the feds occupying 2/3rds of our state or you would like to pay teachers more and increase our WPU by better managing at least some portion of the 2/3rd of our state. 

SITLA is a shining example how we can better manage our own lands and funnel as much funding as…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 3, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why I love all of the Constitution, including Article V

[I had my speak request button pressed, but didn't get a chance to give some version of the following in favor of HJR8.]

I consider myself among those that believe that the U.S. Constitution is an inspired document. Were the founding fathers perfect, no. Are there grammatical issues in the U.S. Constitution? Yes. But I believe that God works though imperfect people to achieve his purposes.

I believe that all of the U.S. Constitution is inspired. I believe that bill of…

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Added by David Lifferth on March 1, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Email from Jennifer as to why I should vote for SB73 Medicinal Marijuana bill

[I have permission to print Jennifer's email but not other identifying information on my blog site]

Subject: SB73 Please read



Dear David,



I'm not sure where to start this email to truly convey my situation, feelings, and opinions. We have many acquaintances in common, as I've been living and working in the Ranches for 15 years now. (I think we may have actually been in the same Ward, a few splits back)

To give you a little background, I was…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2016 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Email from Ryan as to why I should vote for SB73 Medicinal Marijuana bill

[I have permission from Ryan to post this with his last name and his wife's name removed.]



Subject: Please Vote yes on SB73



Dave,

 

I heard about your town meeting where the majority of attendants disapproved of SB73 before the amendments were made.  I was not aware of the meeting or I would have been there with many of my friends and neighbors to support the bill.

 

My family has been personally affected by chronic illness.

 

Six years…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2016 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Examples of less lethal ways to neutralize drones

Here are some related videos and links to technologies that neutralize drones that are less than lethal:

***New as of March 4th, 2016

Skywall 100



Radio Jammers:…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Survey Results from Week 5 of 2016

SB73 Do you support Sen. Madsen's "whole plant" medical marijuana bill?

SB89 Do you support Vicker/Daw Cannabidiol medical marijuana bill?

HB234 Do you support adoptions by same-sex couples?

HB333 Should electronic cigarettes be taxed at an 86% rate?

SB45 Should parents be put in jail if their students exceed maximum absentee…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 27, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cathy Holt, representing the Deaf Comunity in Utah, visited with me at the state capitol

Cathy Holt, who lives in Eagle Mountain had concerns about HB325 which makes major changes  to the Government Services for the deaf in Utah. Cathy was very polite and courteous in sharing her concerns.

Cathy was able to sit with me on the House Floor and discuss not only HB325…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 26, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Photos from the Utah County Lincoln Day Dinner

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Added by David Lifferth on February 24, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

My opposition to Rep. Hall's HB160 which requires Judges to have graduated from Law School

While I do understand the objective of having sound judicial opinions and good judges, I disagree with this bill.

Just  like with the state legislature, I want our judges to come from every background. I want judges to have a variety of life experiences.

I don't want judges limited to the narrow segment of society that has been able to graduate from law school.

We should open up the position of judges to everyone that is capable of making a good decision.

Added by David Lifferth on February 18, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Students from Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain participate in a rally against smoking at the Utah State Capitol

I had 2 groups of students from Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain participate in a rally against smoking at the Utah State Capitol. Both groups want the Utah State Legislature to raise the legal smoking age to 21.





One group was the…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 17, 2016 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Representative Justin Fawson's attempt on Feb 17, 2016 to undo SB54 by amending Rep. Fred Cox HB69

Representative Justin Fawson's attempt on Feb 17, 2016 to undo SB54 by amending Rep. Fred Cox HB69.

Subtracting out the 12 Democrats leaves a 30-30 split among voting Republicans.

I spoke in favor of Rep. Fawson's amendment and cited 2 important details of the SB54 that changed during the negotiation that should be grounds to reconsider that vote: The Non-Severability Clause was removed and the prohibition of paying signature gatherers was removed from the time of the…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 17, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Wendy Hart's reasons for voting against SB164

[Wendy Hart, who serves on the Alpine School District Board, and I have been discussing HB164, Educational Testing Amendments. She has given me permission to post her thoughts on my blog site.]

Please vote no on HB164 for the following reasons.



1. It allows end-of-year state tests to be used for individual student grades or grade promotion with no proof that the tests are valid or reliable or should even be used in such a fashion.



2. It creates possible…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 15, 2016 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Email to voters to discuss SB73/SB89 Medicinal Marijuana legislation

Before I forget, I wanted to wish everyone a happy Valentines Day (tomorrow) and a happy Presidents Day (Washington and Lincoln) on Monday. I have lost my voice, so I am happy to have a long weekend to rest and be quiet for a couple of days.

Instead of doing a survey with a collection of responses to different bills this week, I would like to focus just on the 2 medical marijuana bills.  I’m doing this to get a better sense of how the voters in my district view this important…

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Added by David Lifferth on February 13, 2016 at 8:54pm — 11 Comments

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