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From: Better UTAH
To: Rep. Perry, L.,
Subject: Better UTAH Bulletin - December 6, 2013
Date: 2013-12-06T12:18:53Z

Alliance for a Better UTAH

Dear Lee,

We’re well into the holiday season so you’re possibly busier now than at any other time of the year. I promise to make this short.

In case you missed it, Sen. Mike Lee was selected for the 2013 Turkey of the Year Award.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our informal poll. It was close, but Lee barely beat out the recently resigned John Swallow. Among other things, Lee won the award for playing Lloyd to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Harry to orchestrate the first government shutdown in 17 years, as well as for his vote against the federal Violence Against Women Act. Lee actually claimed it was unconstitutional.

Help us hold politicians like Mike Lee accountable by donating 20 dollars right now.

We’ve been especially busy with the John Swallow scandal and fighting for Medicaid expansion. But it isn’t all we do. Scroll down to see the rest of what we’ve been up to.


Our Blog
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Turkey of the Year award goes to Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee
Turkeys will soon be gracing Utah tables as families sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast, but turkeys can be found year-round in Utah, especially in government and politics. That’s why good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH polls its supporters to award an annual Turkey award to the state politician who had the [...]
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Will Swallow get the last laugh?
Just when you think it can’t get any worse . . .When John Swallow finally resigned last week, there was little doubt that his decision had less to with his feigned indignation or unfair financial situation and more to do with the forthcoming Lt. Governor’s investigative report and his expectation of election law violation charges. [...]
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You’ve probably never heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
While the complications and debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act have been dominating the news for the last several weeks, I find it alarming that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) hasn’t been getting more attention. In fact, it is probable that the majority of Americans have not even heard of the TPP, although it will likely [...]
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Op-Ed: Our coalition shows breadth of support for Medicaid expansion
Members of the Coalition for a Compassionate Utah recently took to the editorial pages of the Salt Lake Tribune to describe why they and their supporters are asking the governor to accept full Medicaid expansion. Nearly 123,000 Utahns will have access to healthcare if Gov. Gary Herbert accepts Medicaid expansion in Utah. And if he doesn’t? [...]
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The Beat
Each week we air a weekly radio broadcast about current political events in Utah. You can listen to old episodes or read the transcripts on our website. Here’s a summary of the latest episode:

There are many reasons to be thankful in Utah
It’s a commonplace that politics is a mean and divisive sport. A recent article in the New Yorker by Harvard political science professor Jill Lepore noted that our political discourse has become more polarized than at any other time [...]
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Accountability for John Swallow was a team effort
Is John Swallow a bad man? I really don’t know. I’ve shaken his hand, but we’ve never spent more than a few minutes together and I don’t know much about him beyond the news reports that have circulated so [...]
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In the News
We’ve been receiving national attention for our role in John Swallow’s resignation. This story at TalkingPointsMemo gives a nice run down of that effort.

Meaningful change should be focus following Swallow’s resignation
Salt Lake City — Officials with the good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH have released the following statement following Lt. Governor Spencer Cox’s decision today to suspend further adjudication into an election law violation complaint filed earlier this year by Better UTAH: “Regardless of who is chosen to fill the role of Attorney General, [...] Read More

Statement regarding Lt. Governor’s report on AG’s election law violations
Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH has issued the following statement after receiving the official report from the Lt. Governor’s office regarding an election law violation petition filed earlier this year: “The Lt. Governor’s Office released to us this morning the special investigator’s report in response to an election law [...]
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Coalition for Compassionate Utah Grows with Four New Groups
Salt Lake City — Just three weeks after it’s initial launch, the Coalition for a Compassionate Utah (www.compassionateutah.org) continues to grow with the addition of four new non-profit groups. The Coalition has since generated over 1,000 emails and phone calls by ordinary Utahns, asking Gov. Herbert to expand medicaid. The newest members of the Coalition include [...]
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If you like the work we’re doing, you can help by DONATING $10, $15, $25, $50, or $100 today. We count on your help to continue this valuable work.

Until next time,

Maryann Martindale
Executive Director

Alliance for a Better UTAH
P.O. Box 521847
Salt Lake City, UT 84152
801-893-ABU1 (2281)
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