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Hatch and Love Run Afoul of the First Amendment.

After cravenly refusing to answer to their constituents in public town halls, the Utah congressional delegation has taken to censoring any troublesome opinions or questions from social media. No wonder so many Utahns, particularly in Salt Lake County, are frustrated at being disenfranchised  and now, it appears, erased. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah sent letters…

Did Eccles Theater Step an ‘Angry Inch’ Into Violating State Law?

In the spirit of the so-called Deadpool rule, the Eccles Theater is not letting patrons take alcoholic beverages into the theater during the run of the Book of Mormon Musical because, according to Broadway at the Eccles spokeswoman Mitzi Van Arsdell: “Utah State Liquor Laws have clear guidelines about alcohol consumption during events with mature themes. We…

Outdoor Retailers: Trading Weird for Weed

Stay cute and cool. Have a great summer, SLC! Despite being best place ever to sit on the floor to eat food, after this weekend the Salt Palace will no longer be the home of the 30,000-money-spewing-humans-strong Outdoor Retailer Convention. Ostensibly, the break up is about a stupid debate between our short-sighted legislators who are…

DUI or “Driving While Old”?

Updated Yesterday, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) announced a full-page advertisement in the Salt Lake Tribune. This ad, along with one run earlier this year (above), “Utah: Come for Vacation, Leave on Probation,” oppose Utah’s move to lower the blood-alcohol level from .08 to .05. The ads also really annoy Utah’s tourist and visitors’ bureaus. ABI’s…

A Shocking Development

The future of rooftop solar panels in Utah is at a crossroads. Rocky Mountain Power has proposed significant cost increases for solar homeowners. The Standard-Examiner and several other sources estimate that the proposed fee change requests a new $9.02 per kilowatt demand charge and a lower charge per kilowatt-hour for rooftop solar households. Rocky Mountain Power…