2008 MEDIA COVERAGE

The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosts many notable public officials and political experts every year. Follow the links below for media coverage of Hinckley Forums and other Hinckley Institute events.


December 29, 2008: “Salt Lake City Mayor Becker leads with gentler style” by Derek P. Jensen (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Ralph has done an excellent job of laying the groundwork to do some incredible things,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “He also has reached out to other interests or religious groups in the city that have felt neglected or even abused under Mayor Anderson’s administration. That attention could pay huge dividends.”

December 22, 2008: “Utah voter turnout withers” by Sheena McFarland (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Jowers, of the U.’s Hinckley Institute, will head the effort. The plan is to come up with recommendations to reform ethics, campaign finance, lobbying, redistricting and voting. ‘This new commission is the governor being very forward-looking but realistic about a demonstrable problem in our state:
We are not voting as much as we used to and we are also continually losing ground on how we stand up to other states,’ Jowers said.”

December 17, 2008: “Legislators pull back from formal ethics proposals, while Huntsman decides to move forward” by Bob Bernick Jr (Deseret News)Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, will head the governor’s effort. The commission will not make any recommendations until later in the year, after lawmakers adjourn in early March. ‘I’m thinking the recommendations may come in October or November, to give time for people to mull over what the commission recommends before the 2010 Legislature,’ Jowers said Tuesday.”

December 16, 2008: “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Insitute of Politics at the University of Utah said, ‘having an outside body, exploring these issues is a good idea,’ he’s one of the people Hutsman is tapping to join the ethics panel.” Click here to listen to story on KUER

December 15, 2008: “Utah’s drop in voter turnout bucks national trend” by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) ”‘That’s real disappointing, but somewhat understandable for the simple fact that Utah didn’t have any competitive races,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

December 13, 2008: “Becker’s travel rivals Rocky’s, but focus stays on SLC” by Derek P Jensen (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says, ‘taxpayers should wait two years before deciding whether a mayor’s travel is excessive. The first year in office there may be a lot of relationships, especially D.C. trips, that are absolutely critical,’ he said. ‘He’s made a lot of trips he feels are important to move the city forward.’”

December 9, 2008: “Governor to announce ethics commission” by John Daley (KSL News) ”The governor wants a new panel to take a long-range look at ethics. One member: the Hinckley Institute director, Kirk Jowers. ‘Utah has had kind of increasing smoke over the last couple of years. So I think it is time for Utah to really evaluate where it is and what things that could be done to help not only the perception, but perhaps even the reality,’ he said.”

December 5, 2008: “New Book Encourages Mormon Members to Improve Their Image” by Far Robinson (KCPW) ”Lawrence says Mormons are viewed as being pushy, but argues that Mormons are exuberant and excited so they come across that way. He says this excitement is often viewed as something to fear. Lawrence spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics yesterday.”

December 4, 2008: “Utahns like indea of Mitt in 2012, not Palin” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Both Weiler and Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, brought up another possible candidate for 2012 who’d appeal to Utahns ” Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Recently elected to a second term, Huntsman has said…”

December 2, 2008: “Rules limit candidates” by Rita Totten (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”No candidate could officially say he or she was interested in running for office, but there were a lot of hypothetical air quotations going on in the conversations in the Hinckley Caucus Room.”

December 2, 2008: “Democrats seek control” by Jed Layton (Dailey Utah Chronicle) ”Jed Layton is reporting from Washington, D.C., through theHinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 1, 2008: “Obama revolutionizing Oval Office Internet use” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton is reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

December 1, 2008: “U. alumni director honored for service” (Deseret News) “He has also held numerous positions on various boards within university functions, including the hospital association and the Hinckley Institute of Politics …”

November 30, 2008: “Huntsman Sought out by Obama Staffers” by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicswas interviewed regarding Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s political future.

November 26, 2008: “Judges should stick to the Constitution” by Steve Warrick (Daily Utah Chronicle) “At a forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politicson Friday, Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit told a standing-room- only crowd that the goal of a judge should be to follow the law rather than to ‘do justice.’”

November 25, 2008: “Washington ready for new president” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton is reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

November 24, 2008: “LDS political activism on gay marriage could impact Romney future” by Thomas Burr (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend who heads the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says once the initial sting of criticism over the church’s involvement ebbs, the action shouldn’t really affect future Mormon candidates.”

November 24, 2008: “Pakistani Ambassador hopeful Obama will improve relations” by Alex Cragun (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”With Barack Obama recently elected as America’s next president, the relationship with Pakistan will improve, said Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador…  To an audience at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Nov. 21, Haqqani discussed how the future relationship between the United States and Pakistan looks bright.”

November 24, 2008: “Scowcroft Protégés on Obama’s Radar” by Yochi J. Dreazen and Siobhan Gorman (The Wall Street Journal) ”A transition aide said the president-elect has ‘deep respect for Brent Scowcroft.’ Mr. Scowcroft’s re-emergence caps…”

November 22, 2008: “Prop 8 involvement a P.R. fiasco for LDS Church” by Peggy Fletcher Stack (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”…observers such as Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics,.. think the LDS Church actions may help it win friends among Evangelicals.

November 21, 2008: “Job scarcity prompting seniors to stay in school” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) U student Jed Layton is reporting from Wadhington D.C. through the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

November 20, 2008: “Student intern reflects on experience with Obama campaign” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Breighner’s work with targeting was invaluable. The Hinckley Institute helped Breighner coordinate the internship… ‘The Obama campaign has taken quantum leaps from past campaigns in so many areas, and targeting is at the top of that,’ Jowers said. ‘(Breighner’s) experience will really put him at the cutting edge with the entire country on how the methodology works.’ … Breighner said the internship was the most amazing experience of his life.”

November 19, 2008: “Obama unlikely to ban guns” by Steven Warrick (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said Clinton pushed several left-wing programs early in his first term that served to alienate many moderate and conservative Americans.”

November 17, 2008: “LDS Church members played integral role Proposition 8 passage” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4 News) ”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says, ‘The LDS Church was really the fire that got this thing passed.’ According to the New York Times, …”

November 14, 2008: “Election made worldwide friends for America” by Anna Thompson (The Salt Lake Tribune)Anna Thompson, Hinckley Institute of politics Intern in Brussels, was featured in an Op-ed article on the cover of the Salt Lake Tribune.

November 13, 2008: “Matheson addresses key issues” by Niccolo Barber (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Fresh off the campaign trail after a sizeable victory, Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, spoke Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the current political climate of change.”

November 12, 2008: “Economy a key factor in 2008 election, voters say” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 12, 2008: “Thanks, W.” by Chase Clyde (The Salt Lake Tribune) Chase Clyde, former Hinckley Institute of Politics intern was featured in an op-ed article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

November 11, 2008: “Changes coming for Matheson as Democrats take over Washington” by Richard Piatt (KSL News) ”‘His ability to have an impact on Obama’s decision making is huge,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of …”

November 10, 2008: “Hatch may emerge senior GOP senator” (UPI) ”‘Hatch has kind of reinforced what a Republican power he is in D.C. with the way he raised money and worked during the election,’ Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, told the newspaper. ‘Being the most senior Republican would add…’”

November 10, 2008: “Politics Up Close Excerpt: Kirk Jowers and Tim Chambless” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW News) Listen to this brief excerpt analyzing Utah’s Congressional races with Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Dr. Tim Chambless, political scientist at the University of Utah.

November 9, 2008: “Gov. Huntsman’s second term a second wind?” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘I think that the margin of victory certainly shows that Utah citizens trust the governor and are willing to back his initiatives and priorities,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘I think we will see the governor taking the lead on more issues, as he also continues…’”

Novmeber 9, 2008: “SPECIAL REPORT: Will the absence of ethics doom Utah government?” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4 News) ”Kirk Jowers from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics observes, ‘Utah has resisted all sorts of ethics reforms for years and I think its coming home to roost right now.’”

November 7, 2008: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live on KSL Radio with reporter Sheryl Worsley regarding President Elect Barak Obama’s first post-election news conference.

November 7, 2008: “GOP seniority: Hatch 3rd in line” by Thomas Burr (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Republicans are in the distinct minority now and there’s just not a lot of power to go around,’ Jowers said.”

November 7, 2008: “Hinckley Institute photo contest winners announced” by Trent Lowe (The Utah Daily Chronicle) ”‘There are two main reasons for it,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute. ‘First, photos generate excitement for past, current and future interns”it shows where we are, what we’re seeing. And sec ond, it’s promotional for the Hinckley Institute. We try to get people from across campus…’”

November 6, 2008: Hinckley Institute of Politics Intern Mitch Dumke has photo published on USA Today’s front page. Mitch is serving a photo-journalism internship with Reuters. To view the picture click here.

November 6, 2008: “State yet to see impact from LDS Church’s support of Prop. 8″ (KSL News) ”At the University of Utah, Hinckley Institute of Politics, director Kirk Jowers said there will be a far-left element, which may not distinguish between the LDS Church and the state…”

November 6, 2008: “Blacks feel significance of Obama victory” by Jed Layton (The Utah Daily Chronicle) Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Phnix, Ariz. through the Hinc kley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

November 6, 2008: “Panel: ’08 was Obama’s time” by Dan Reasure (The Utah Daily Chronicle) ”‘If Obama keeps up [a moderate] political career and dsn’t get too liberal, he could have a great presidency,’ Jowers said.”

November 5, 2008: Radio West broadcasts live from the Hinckley Institute of Politics with post election analysis. Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute, pollster Dan Jones, and Brigham Young University political scientist Quin Monson to discuss how Utah voted and why. Click here to listen.

November 5, 2008: “Intervention no always best option” by Steve Warrick (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Uganda’s ambassador to the United States, Perezi Kamunanwire, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday about some of the problems in Africa.”

November 5, 2008: “California votes down same-sex marriage” by Ben Arnoldy (The Christian Science Monitor)‘They ¦ became the focus of the opposition’s ire because of their effectiveness and prominence on this issue,’ says Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute for Politics at the University of Utah.”

November 5, 2008: “First vote may set political tone for young voters” (KSL News) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said, ‘Studies seem to show, from a few different institutions, that if a person votes the first time they’re eligible, they will continue to vote at a very high percentage the rest of their lives.’”

November 5, 2008: “About last night…” by Glen Warcol (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Hinckley institute director Kirk Jowers says Utah Dems have matured and are running more successfully as Western Democrats‘”.

November 5, 2008: “GOP supporters lament defeat” by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Phnix, Ariz. through the Hinc kley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

November 5, 2008: “Students celebrate historic outcome” by Rita Totten (The Utah Daily Chronicle) ”To celebrate the end of the election season, the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Associated Students of the University of Utah and the Union Programming Council teamed up…”

November 5, 2008: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss election day results.

November 4, 2008: “U staff gives to Democrats” by David Servatius (The Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowerssaid he isn’t surprised at either the amount of money Obama has been able to raise among U employees or the percentage he has claimed of the total amount donated.”

November 4, 2008: “Can Bad Weather Affect Utah Election Outcome?” by Ty Perry (KUTV) ”‘The younger voters are so enthusiastic and so engaged this year that the weather will be the least of their worries,’ said Jowers. And despite a blustery storm, Jowers expects the record voter turn-out to continue.”

November 4, 2008: “Increased diversity ‘purples’ West” by Jed Layton (The Utah Daily Chronicle) Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Phnix, Ariz. through the Hinc kley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

November 3, 2008: Channel 2 Evening News’ Dan Rascon interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding California Proposition 8.

November 3, 2008: “Student to document Darfur genocide” by Rochelle McConkie (The Daily Utah Chronicle)‘This really is a groundbreaking kind of internship, and to his credit, he’s put all the pieces together,’ said Courtney
McBeth
, intern manager at the Hinckley Institute.”

November 3, 2008: “McCain rises from rebel to presidential candidate” by Jed Layton, Yan Zhang and Jialiang Zhang (The Daily Utah Chroncle)Hinckley Institute Journalism Program - The authors are reporting from Washington, D.C. through the Hinc kley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

November 3, 2008: “Change is coming” by Tim Chambless (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The U has the potential to be a powerful voting bloc. Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said in a ca mpus speech Friday that the U was the 10th best university in the nation for student voter turnout.”

November 3, 2008: “Traditionally red Virginia could swing Obama” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Jed Layton is reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute Journalism Program and Shantou University.”

November 2, 2008: “Obama gains but McCain remainsUtah’s choice” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Utahns liked Bush better last June, when 57 percent said they approved of his job performance and 42 percent said they disapproved. Jowers said the numbers show how difficult it is for a Republican to win the presidential race. ‘Utah probably remains Bush’s biggest supporter, but the fact that he didn’t clear 50 percent has to be alarming,’ Jowers said, adding that McCain will have ‘to pull along a number of Bush haters just to have a chance of winning this.’”

November 2, 2008: Poll: Obama gains support in Utah by United Press International Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and head of Utah Lawyers for McCain, said the poll results reflect McCain’s tough month on the campaign trail.

October 31, 2008: “Hinckley Institute forum analyzes candidates” by Rita Totten (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”When the election season first started, it looked as though Sen. Hillary Clinton was a sure thing for the Democrats, Jowers said, because she had…”

October 30, 2008: 2008 election boasts record-setting campaign spending By John Daley ”This is probably the first candidate since the Jefferson-Adams race where money has been no issue. Obama dsn’t have to make any hard decisions,” said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

October 29, 2008: “Gay marriage question sparks debate” by Rachelle Graham (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted the forum Out of the Closet: A Candid Behind-the-Scenes…”

October 29, 2008: “Swing states leaving in Obama’s favor” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

October 29, 2008: Romney Already Eyeing 2012? (Newsradio 1510 WLAC) “‘Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politicssaid Romney is clearly the leading contender for the party’s nomination four years from now. ‘Republicans are nothing if not predictable,’”

October 29, 2008: Endorsements keep coming before elections by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) ”‘The vast majority of endorsements make almost no difference. But certain endorsements can change an election,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

October 28, 2008: “Romney said to be angling for 2012 run” (UPI) ”Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics said Romney is clearly the leading contender for the party’s nomination four years from now. ‘Republicans are nothing if not predictable,’ said Jowers.”

October 28, 2008: Despite speculation about 2012, Rmney focuses on GOP in ’08 by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”in Utah, Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said there’s no question Romney is the leading contender for the party’s nomination in 2012.”

October 27, 2008: “Utah could use better fight” by Tom Nelson (Daily Utah Chronicle) Tom Nelson is a U student reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

October 27, 2008: Voters finding it difficult to sift through rumors about candidates by John Hollenhorst (KSL News) ”A similar controversy swirls around McCain’s birth in the Panama Canal Zone. Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics tried to quash that rumor eight years ago when he worked for McCain. He says most voters will reject both rumors.”

October 26, 2008: U begins public phase of $1.2B capital campaign by Ryan Shelton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Jim Hinckley, U alumnus and grandson of Hinckley Institute of Politics founder Robert Hinckley, was among the hundreds of donors clad in red who attended Saturday’s banquet..”

October 25, 2008: In Utah, presidential votes follow party lines by Mike Stark (The Associated Press) ”‘Even though the polls seems to show Obama will lose here, the passion for people to contribute and go out and make a sacrifice and travel and volunteer is really in Obama’s favor right now,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

October 25, 2008: Democrat Matheson beats odds in Republican Utah by Paul Foy (The Associated Press) ”‘From the outside, it’s a real enigma,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, who offered a few reasons for Matheson’s success.”

October 24, 2008: Friday Buzz by LaVarr Webb & Associates (Utah Policy Daily) “Kirk Jowers, a Romney insider and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, notes that Romney has been the most active Republican campaigner and fundraiser for the party’s candidates this year. “

October 24, 2008: Scowcroft honored by U of U’s Hinckley Institute of
Politics by Sheena McFarland (Salt Lake Tribune)
 ”It’s not often you see a three-star general cry. But retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft did just that as he was inducted into the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on Thursday.”

October 24, 2008: Scowcroft inducted into political hall of fame by Arthur Raymond (Deseret News) ”An adviser to three presidents, internationally recognized expert on foreign policy and Utah native son, retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft became the ninth inductee into the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics political hall of fame Thursday at a ceremony on the school’s campus. “

October 24, 2008: Hinckley Institute honor Scowcroft by David Servatius (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on Thursday.”

October 23, 2008: Former national security advisor honored at U of U by Richard Piatt (KSL News) ”A Utah native who played a part in foreign policy decisions for three U.S. presidents received a hometown honor: Brent Scowcroft was added to the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2008: Hinckley Institute to honor ex-national security adviser by Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)“‘General Scowcroft’s career in public service and outstanding contributions in national and international policy are unparalleled,’ said institute director Kirk Jowers. Scowcroft was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1991.”

October 21, 2008: Kirk L. Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by KayCee Brunside, Newsbreak

October 21, 2008: Young college students lament inability to vote by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Washington, D.C., through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.”

October 21, 2008: Democrats gaining momentum in Utah by Richard Piatt (KSL News) “‘What you have is an enthusiasm gap. There is a lot of enthusiasm for Democrats right now, and the Republican brand is having a little of a difficult time,’ explained Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 21, 2008: Scowcroft a director of history by Doug Robinson (Deseret News) ”On Thursday at noon, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics will induct 83-year-old retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft into its Hall of Fame, although it might be stretching things to call him a politician.”

October 20, 2008: “Presidential race tightens in Ohio” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle). Jed Layton is a U student reporting from Dayton, Ohio through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

October 16, 2008: Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft Joins Hinckley Institute “Hall of Fame (Media-Newswire.com) The Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame at the University of Utah will soon include Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), who will be inducted into Utah’s only political hall of fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at noon in the Hinckley Caucus Room in Orson Spencer Hall (OSH 255). The event is open to the public.”

October 16, 2008: In blue Vermont and red Utah, a quiet campaign By John Curran and Mike Stark (The Associated Press) ”‘It’s tough sledding for Democratic presidential campaigns here in Utah,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

October 11, 2008: Matheson says opponent Dew misleading voters on his record by Thomas Burr and Sheena McFarland (The Salt Lake Tribune) “There are a lot of ways to spin a vote, even when it looks pretty clear what the vote is for, says Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

October 8, 2008: “Obama’s candidacy big step for America” by Steven Warrick (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Last week, the Hinckley Institute of Politicssponsored a series of forums on the role of race and gender in the 2008 presidential election. Two of the speakers made particularly relevant…”

October 8, 2008: “Ohio voting begins” by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton is reporting from Columbus, Ohio through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University Journalism Program.

October 8, 2008: Representando a Utah en las elecciones 2008 por Luz E. Lara (Ahora Utah)“El pasado 6 de octubre el Instituto de Política Hinckley de la Universidad de Utah, en conjunto con el Programa de Estudios Étnicos de la misma institución, organizó un panel de debates titulado “Representando a Utah: Elección 2008″

October 7, 2008: “Students canvass in Virginia, try to swing state to Obama” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton is in Virginia participating in the Hinckley Institute Journalism Program along with four other University of Utah students, as well as students and professors from Shantou University in China.

October 7, 2008: Libertarian candidate protests exclusion from debates by Chris Rizo (Legal Newsline.com) ”Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowerssaid the center has had a longstanding policy of limiting debate participants to candidates who poll with at least 5 percent support.”

October 7, 2008: Libertarian attorney general candidate protesting exclusion from debates by Ben Winslow (Deseret News)“The Hinckley Institute has had a policy requiring 5 percent of a poll for the last 43 years, and we certainly don’t want to change it in the heat of a campaign where it could be seen as benefitting one individual,” said Kirk Jowers, the institute’s director.

October 6, 2008: Lawmakers pushing for ethics reform in Utah Legislature by John Daley (KSL 5 News) ”Political observers say the potential for distrust is great if you combine that with what is basically one-party rule and what are regarded as among the nation’s weakest, most lax ethics laws.  ’That can add to this appearance of corruption or problems. Whether it’s there or not, the appearance is there,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 6, 2008: Candidates agree on oil shale, not on health care by Sheena McFarland (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”That’s a quality Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said makes Matheson “beloved” in his district.”

October 3, 2008: House to vote again on bailout bill today by Jed Layton & Gong Jietong (Daily Utah Chronicle) The U.S. Senate gave the House of Representatives another chance to vote in favor of a plan to bail out the banking industry. Editor’s Note”Jed Layton and Gong Jietong are reporting from Washington, D.C. through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University.

October 2, 2008: “Students, profs look forward to VP debate” by Ryan Shelton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Berg said the College Republicans plan to attend a debate watch party at the state’s Republican Party headquarters. The Hinckley Institute of Politics had planned to host the watch party but…”

October 2, 2008: “Attorney General candidates spar over ethics, school vouchers at campus debate” by David Servatius (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The major party contenders for Utah attorney general sparred over school vouchers, crime, ethics and civil liberties in a feisty debate sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday.”

October 2, 2008: Utah Attorney General Debate ’08 Cartoon (Salt Lake Tribune)

October 2, 2008: Youth, online sites can tip election by Ben Dailey (Daily Utah Chronicle) Benjamin Dailey, the national campaign consortium for theHinckley Institute of Politics, recently traveled to Cambridge, Mass., along with four other U students courtesy of the Hinckley Institute to take part in the National College Conference for Political Engagement at Harvard University.

October 2, 2008: Forum addresses race in Obama’s campaign by Niccolo Barber (Utah Daily Chronicl) ”..panelists at the Hinckley Institute of Politicstackled this often taboo topic in a forum titled ‘B(l)ack to the Future,’ which examined…”

October 1, 2008: Young voters are mobilized by Heather Berg (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Heather Berg, the president of the U College Republicans, recently traveled to Cambridge… courtesy of the Hinckly Institute of Politics…”

September 30, 2008: ASUU scores big with VoteProject by Oakley Gordon (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Oakley Gordon, the president of the U College Democrats, recently traveled to Cambridge…” courtesy of the Hinckly Institute of Politics.

September 30, 2008: 400 students attend forum; panelists say recession near by Rochelle McConkie (Utah Daily Chronicle) Nearly 400 students packed the Hinckley Institute caucus room, filled the neighboring office and spilled into the hallway and the OSH foyer to hear U professors and financial experts assess the current economic crisis.

September 30, 2008: Obama leads in straw poll by David Servatius (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”According to Hinckley Institute assistant and poll coordinatorMarko Mijic, the majority of the 1,185 total votes were cast online. About a dozen volunteers took paper ballots to classes and collected them throughout the week.”

September 30, 2008: Politics, fear spell doom for bailout by Richard Wolf, Kathy Kiely, Fredreka Schouten and John Fritze (USA Today) Hinckley Institute of Politics intern Mitch Dumke, who is interning with Reuters as a photojournalist, had photo featured in USA Today cover story.

September 30, 2008: Taxpayers shouldn’t have to bear brunt of bailout, panel says at U. by Jason Lee (Deseret News) ”That sentiment was echd by every member of a four-person panel that addressed an overflow crowd Monday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the 

September 29, 2008: Youth vote overlooked by Dustin Gardiner (The Utah Daily Chronicle) ”a group of roughly 100 college students at Harvard’s National College Conference… alongside …Hinckley Institute of Politics staffer Ben Dailey.”

September 28, 2008: The fate of the economy at stake and no one’s listening by E. Thomas Nelson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Entering Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, I was immediately struck by two things. First was the fact that I was actually there – listening to Sen. Charles Schumer and company as they grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a man whose alliterative name is synonymous with unpopularity right now.’ E. THOMAS NELSON is a graduate of the University of Utah and currently a Hinckley Institute of Politics journalism intern. He covered both party conventions and is now in Washington D.C. covering the presidential campaign and election.”

September 26, 2008: Hinckley Institute delays poll results (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Hinckley Institute Political Programs Coordinator Amy Code said in a statement that the decision to delay release of the results was because of the attention focused on the nation’s economic crisis and possible cancellation of the presidential debate scheduled for today.”

September 26, 2008: Utah Coal Losing Some of Its Wattage by Jasen Lee (Deseret News) Speaking during a panel discussion Thursday at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Rocky Mountain Power President Richard Walje said …

September 25, 2008: Biden commits to support Israel by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) Jed Layton, participant in the Hinckley Institute Journalism Program, recapped Senator Biden’s speech in New York.

September 25, 2008: Former Utah governor calls for cleaner air by Dan Treasure (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”At a forum held Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Walker said she has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis”a disease in which air quality is a factor.”

September 25, 2008: Youth vote could turn some political races blue, panel says by Ryan Shelton (Utah Daily Chronicle) ’A lot of these local races come down to the young voters energized by Obama, and if they get out and vote down the ticket with him things will change,’ said Hinckley Institute DirectorKirk Jowers. ‘If all this enthusiasm turns into a low turnout again, the Republicans will probably win those close races.’”

September 25, 2008:Former governor has incurable lung disease by Patty Henetz (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”We are better off in St. George,” Walker, 77, said Wednesday during an air-quality discussion at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”.

September 24, 2008: The Bailout Plan’s Rough Road Through Congress (Time/CNN) Hinckley Intern Mitch Dumke, who is interning with Reuters as a photojournalist, had photos featured on Time.

September 24, 2008: Hinckley Institute a valuable asset to U students (Daily Utah Chronicle)The Hinckley Institute of Politics has raised the bar. Between conducting a comprehensive U student straw poll, attracting phenomenal speakers, and providing on-site student coverage of the 2008 presidential campaigns, the Hinckley Institute has been busy.”

September 24, 2008: High cost of jailing the mentally ill studied by By Linda Thomson Gill and three other experts spoke at a forum titled “The Criminalization of Mental Illness,” co-sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

September 24, 2008: Flawed system criminalizes mentally ill, panelists say by Clayton Norlen (Daily Utah Chronicle) Chacon attended a panel at theHinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday where representatives of the justice system and mental health agencies said a myriad of problems are plaguing the mental health care industry in Utah.

September 24, 2008: McCain rallies in PA, addresses economy by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) John McCain spoke in Pennsylvania, a state that might turn out to be the most important in the election, on what might be the most important topic of the election: the economy. Jed Layton is reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Denver through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University Political Journalism Program.

September 24, 2008: U alumnus runs for Attorney General as Libertarian by Alex Cragun (Daily Utah Chronicle) On Sept. 30, the Hinckley Institute of Politics will host a debate between the attorney general candidate Jean Welch Hill and incumbent Mark Shurtleff. McCullough was not invited.

September 22, 2008: Election Day tie? It’s a real possibility by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, says a tie is unlikely but certainly “very possible.”

September 21, 2008: Hot ed issues addressed by Amy K. Stewart (Deseret News) ”The panel event Tuesday was co-sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Utah Foundation. It was held at the University of Utah.”

September 19, 2008: Government crafting a financial rescue plan (USA Today News) Hinckley Intern Mitch Dumke, who is interning with Reuters as a photojournalismt, had photos featured with USA Today.

September 18, 2008: Interview with Park City Television: Ori Hoffer, News Director and Host/Producer.

September 13, 2008: Consultant to address nuances of doing business in China by Tom Harvey (Salt Lake Tribune) Wang will speak Sept. 29 on doing business and investing in the “new China,” as well as focusing on issues facing the country of 1.3 billion people. Her talk is sponsored by the the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, in collaboration with the school’s Asian Studies program and the Confucius Institute, the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U. and the Center for China-America Business Studies at Westminster College.

September 8, 2008: Local internships still available through HIP by David Servatius(The Daily Utah Chronicle) “Hinckley Intern Manager Courtney McBeth said the institute is also taking applications for Spring 2009 placements internationally and in Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply for these positions is the end of September.”

September 6, 2008: Experts evaluate convention fallout by Jill Atwood (ABC 4) He had a great ending, too bad the middle seemed to drag and lost some people. says Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

September 5th, 2008: Political experts weigh in on success of conventions by Carole Mikita (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, “The Democratic convention seemed unbeatable. You had the huge expectations for Obama with the Greek columns, and he actually lived up to the expectations.”

September 4, 2008: Utahns React to McCain Speech by Max Roth (Fox 13) “Utahns gave their reactions to McCain’s speech at the final day of the Republican National Convention. Fox’s 13 Max Roth was at the Hinckley Institute of Politics were many gathered to hear the speech.”

September 4, 2008: Hot In Here?: Legislators embrace global warming skeptic for advice on Utah environment by “Katharine Biele (Salt Lake City Weekly) “Ostensibly, environmentalists will sit on an advisory committee that will include representatives from the Hinckley Institute, the governor’s office, the Utah Association of Counties, academia, and members of the renewable-energy and fossil-fuels industries.”

September 4, 2008: Convention ’08: Students Cover Proceedings and Meet Politicians by Karin Fischer (The Chronicle of Higher Education) But students from the University of Utah and Shantou University, in China, are trying to cross a cultural gulf as well. They are part of an exchange program that pairs five students from Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and seven from Shantou’s Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication to cover the U.S. election.September 3, 2008: “First lady, Cindy McCain urge aid for Gulf Coast” by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) : Jed Layton is reporting from the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis through the Hinckley Insitute of Politics and Shantou University Political Journalism Program.

September 3, 2008: HIP director balances personal politics with student programs by Isabella Bravo (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers will be pitching in for the Republican presidential campaign this election season, but will continue to devote most of his time to a burgeoning internship and forum program at the U.”

September 3, 2008: Hurricane forces delegates to play waiting game by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”As a spokesperson for Sen. John McCain’s campaign talked to TV cameras and reporters on national television Sunday afternoon, caterer Maxine Turner, of Salt Lake City, talked to her employees at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.” Jed Layton is reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Denver through theHinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University Political Journalism Program.

September 3, 2008: From the Trail: The Chronicle’s election blog by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Jed’s Blog is the home to the thoughts, occasional
opinions and news from the eyes and ears of Jed Layton.  Layton is a Daily Utah Chronicle reporter on an internship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University of China.”

September 3, 2008: Palin not likely to draw students to GOP by Michael McFall (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Obama should win this race, so (McCain) needed to shake up the dynamics of this race to give him any kind of chance, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

September 3, 2008: Republican National Convention focuses on Hurricane Gustav by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) “The first day of the Republican National Convention was swift and serious, but still had a couple sparks of energy surrounding it.” Jed Layton is reporting from the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University Political Journalism Program.

September 3, 2008: VoteProject reaches out to Asian-American students by David Servatius (The Daily Utah Chronicle) “ASUU Government Relations Board Director Andrew Jensen said Tsai contacted the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics earlier this year, which referred him to the ASUU Government Relations Board and VoteProject.”

September 3, 2008: Gustave and the RNC by Drew Conrad (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Although the hurrican brought a sudden halt to the convetion, the Hurrican Information Center has been in the works since last week…” Drew Conrad is a participant of the Hinckley Institute Journalism Program.

September 2, 2008: Utes covering all the action by Lee Benson (The Deseret News) Among the 15,000 media representatives credentialed for the national conventions of both the Republicans and Democrats are five students from the University of Utah who will cover the 2008 presidential race to its conclusion.


August 31, 2008: GOP is the LDS addiction by Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune) ” Kirk Jowers, a Romney supporter, says Utahns will come around to the strategy behind McCain’s pick. ‘I wouldn’t think that this pick would cause Mormon Republicans to vote for Obama if they were otherwise inclined to vote for McCain,’ says Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 30, 2008: Hearts sink as Romney left on sideline by Peggy Fletcher Stack and Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘McCain needed to make a really bold and historic selection to change the dynamics of this race,’ said Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 29, 2008: McCain’s VP Choice Analyzed by Max Roth (Fox ch 13 News) ”McCain needed something to shake this race up…” said Kirk Jowers, Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, during his studio interview with Fox 13.

August 28, 2008: What are Romney’s odds of being McCain’s running mate? by Andrew Adams and Sarah Dallof (KSL ch. 5 News) ”Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, ‘I’ve always thought Romney makes the most sense.’ He points to Romney’s economic experience as a big plus. It’s an area where critics say McCain is weak.”

August 28, 2008: Republican State of the States 2008: Utah by Michael Teitelbaum (CQ Politics) ” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and head of the group Utah Lawyers for McCain. 

August 28, 2008: Clinton’s speech helps students support Obama by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attempted to end all questions of whether or not she really supports Barack Obama as the next president in her convention address Tuesday night, and tried to convince her followers to do the same.” Jed Layton is reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Denver through the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Shantou University Political Journalism Program.

August 27, 2008: Young voters flock to Obama by David Servatius (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said several factors contribute to the appeal Obama has among young voters and college students in particular. Barack Obama is one of the most exciting candidates we’ve had certainly in our students’ lifetime and, I think, in my lifetime, Jowers said. He’s charismatic, he’s young, he’s good looking and he gives the best speeches. But I think, even beyond all of those things, he’s run a very populist type of campaign.

August 27, 2008: U College Republicans protest Obama in Denver by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Not all young people are supporting Barack Obama, said Loveless, a junior majoring in history. Our goal is to show that a lot of young students are in support of John McCain.” Editor’s Note”Jed Layton is reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with a group of students from the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Cheung Kong School of Journalism at Shantou University in China. Layton will provide coverage for The Daily Utah Chronicle from the campaign trail until the November elections through the program, which is sponsored by the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

August 27, 2008: Profs say conventions less prominent, but HIP students engage in process by Keith Chalmers (The Daily Utah Chronicle) A handful of U students, however, will get front-row seats to both conventions, as part of a program facilitated by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Shantou University in China and the Li Ka Shing Foundation, which is aimed toward engaging students in the political process through journalism. Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute, said it is critical that students and the community are involved in government and politics, and the program allows students to enter the political scene.

August 27, 2008:ASUU promotes student voting, convention watch parties by Michael McFall (The Daily Utah Chronicle) The former Associated Students of the U’s government relations director Jordan Breighner, along with his predecessor Marko Mijic and ASUU President Patrick Reimherr, coordinated the early voting.
The Hinckley Institute’s Democratic National Convention party is Thursday, Aug. 28, and McCain’s is a week later on Sept. 4. The convention parties will be held in the Hinckley Caucus Room at 7 p.m. Free pizza will be served.

August 26, 2008: Campaign money: Ds it matter how much? by J Pyrah (The Daily Herald) ”Decades of attempted campaign finance reform at all levels of government show one thing: “There’s actually a rich body of literature that shows both ways,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

August 25, 2008: Who is the Real Cash King? by Nicholas Rummell and Matthew Scott (Financial Week)” ”Kirk Jowers of Caplin & Drysdale, who served as an outside counsel to both the McCain and Bush campaigns in 2000, said Mr. McCain’s public funding plan is not a bad strategy, as it’s unlikely he’ll spend all the public funds. He’ll have more money than he will need, he said, noting that previous campaigns have made do with similar levels of public financing.”

August 22, 2008: Speculation on VP picks keeping political minds busy by John Daley (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, “Since they haven’t announced this week, as we thought they would, it ds give a little more credence to the fact that this might be someone that’s way out there, like an Al Gore, like just someone we couldn’t ponder. Because that would be a way to explode the Democratic National Convention.”

August 22, 2008: Sen. Bramble the topic of an unhappy blog by Sarah Dallof (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says, “”These types of little stories make it seem like these members are not exactly what we want as representatives, and if we get to a tipping point on that, it really could have huge ramifications.”

August 21, 2008: U of U Students Hit The Campaign Trail by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) “Five students from the Hinckley Institute of Politics plan to follow the presidential campaigns from the conventions to the election. Fox 13′s Max Roth has their story.”

August 20, 2008: Governor to speak to GOP (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says Huntsman is ‘precisely the face of the Republican Party that needs to be shown at this convention. It also could bring good tidings for..’”

August 20, 2008: Huntsman to speak at Republican National Convention (KSL News) ”‘He’s seen as a rising star in the Republican party,’ said Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers. He says Gov. Huntsman is known in the West…”

August 20, 1008: Utahns giving — to Obama by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, adds, ‘Not unique to Utah, Obama has been the most successful presidential fundraiser in history. … People who support Obama are eager to contribute, whether in small or large amounts.’ . . . ‘McCain should win Utah handily. If he dsn’t, it will either be because it is a historic nationwide blowout for Obama, or because McCain decides to choose Mike Huckabee as his running mate,’ he said.”

August 19, 2008: Huntsman to get Republican National Convention exposure by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says Huntsman is ‘precisely the face of the Republican Party that needs…’”

August 18, 2008: 2008 Election Forecast: No Worries for McCain in Utah by Michael Teitelbaum (CQ Politics) ”Yet Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and head of the group Utah Lawyers for McCain, said of the candidate: There are the hard-core, more conservative ones who will vote for him but hold their nose, in part because they view him as not enough of a hardliner on illegal immigration.”

August 18, 2008: China, U. students to cover election by Matt Canham (The Salt Lake Tribune) “This experiment continues the close ties between Shantou University and the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Shantou’s principal financial backer, Li Ka Shing, donates heavily to the Hinckley Institute’s international internships. And Shantou students have joined U. interns in Washington, D.C., for the past few years.”

August 15, 2008: So you think you know Hinckley director Kirk Jowers …by Derek Jensen (The Salt Lake Tribune) “His friends and closest colleagues say Jowers’ passion is engaging young people in politics – regardless of their partisan stripes – rather than raking in money from corporate clients.”

August 14, 2008:Salt Lake Chamber Hosts Copenhagen Consensus Leader by PR or Business News Wire (Utah Business) ”The Utah Legislature requested the Salt Lake Chamber and the Hinckley Institute of Politics co-host the study by the CCC. The CCC’s methodology is 

August 13, 2008: Democrats to open Obama campaign office in Utah by John Daley (KSL 5 News) ” Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, ‘I think the Democrats are sincere about this 50-state strategy…’”

August 13, 2008: Danish Group to Study Utah Energy Policies by Jasen Lee (Deseret News) ”The Utah Legislature has asked the Salt Lake Chamber and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics to co-host a study by the Copenhagen 

August 10, 2008: Obama opens a Utah office, a first for Dems by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said that if Utah is competitive in November, the election would already be a historic blowout at that point. ‘It’s hard to imagine this would have an impact,’ he said. ‘But by reaching out beyond his base, Obama could benefit in the future and, Jowers said, “Obama has money to burn.’”

August 9, 2008: Utah congressional delegations generally ts party line by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘ this strange phenomenon with him always having to struggle,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. …”

August 8, 2008: Chaffetz picks up Romney endorsement, Cannon hesitant by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) Utah certainly claims Romney as a native son,” said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “An endorsement by Romney is pure gold in Utah. No one has ever gotten 90 percent, really, in any contest before.”

August 8, 2008: Matheson 7th most conservative Dem in Congress, study shows by Matt Canham (The Salt Lake Tribune) “If that’s true, the election could be a first step in reducing the partisanship that has enveloped Congress, a move strongly advocated by Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

August 8, 2008: Students Discuss Voter Motivation at the U by Lara Jones (KCPW News) ”The U is partnering with several local groups for this weekend’s conference, including the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the lieutenant governor’s …”

August 2, 2008: GOP legislators apparently violated federal campaign finance laws by Paul Rolly (The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a member of a Washington D.C. law firm that advises candidates on FEC law, said state campaign accounts must have enough federally permissible individual donations to cover the federal contribution.

July 30, 2008: Could Mitt Romney be the next VP? by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed regarding Mitt Romney’s chances of becoming the next VP.

July 26, 2008: West Valley finds it pays to use Washington lobbyists by Amy Choate-Nielsen (Deseret News) “Cities don’t have to hire lobbyists to obtain federal funds.” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, “but not doing so requires cities and counties to dedicate a significant effort to developing relationships with Washington officials.”July 23, 2008: Hinckley Institute seeks campaign interns by Dustin Gardiner (The Daily Chronicle) The Hinckley Institute of Politics is accepting applications to send five students on a three-month intensive journalism study program. The students will report for various publications as they follow Barack Obama and John McCain to the Democratic and Republican Party conventions in Denver and St. Paul, Minn., respectively.

July 17, 2008: Pig’s Dinner: What were Romero and McCoy thinking? By Holly Mullen (SL Weekly) “And then it came. Romero, a smart attorney who had been schooled in the ways of political ethics years ago as an intern through the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, offered the typical excuse all legislators have given for questionable ethics since time began: Lobbyists, with their nice expense accounts and tokens of appreciation are just like everyone else.”

July 10,2008: Earmark backlash could cost Utah millions by by Brock Vergarkis (KSL 5 News)  Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Chaffetz is likely to have plenty of support from voters by …”

July 10, 2008: Poll shows Utahns are concerned about ethics in politics by Richard Piatt (KSL ch. 5 News) Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, “There’s always been this kind of general opinion that maybe our ethics laws could be a little stronger, but not enough to motivate them. It seems to me we’re reaching a tipping point where people want something more.”

July 10, 2008: House speaker denies involvement in Walker scandal; public still wants answers by Richard Piatt (KSL ch. 5 News)“He is in an unfortunate position of having a very tough race. He barely survived the last one,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

July 9, 2008: Chaffetz in Washington D.C. by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) ‘No’ is the answer,” said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics when asked if there’s a chance the GOP will lose the seat. “The only chance that they have is if Chaffetz pushes the rhetoric a little too far.”

July 5, 2008: Becker’s first six months as mayor show some success by Rosemary Winter and Derek Jensen (The Salt Lake Tribune) The mayor also has reached out to groups Anderson alienated (Republican lawmakers, City Council members, Davis County leaders), handled President Bush’s visit “like a statesman” (no impeachment rallies this time) and heeded his campaign pledges, according to Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

July 5, 2008: Party lines: Who ts, who sways? by Thomas Burr (The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, who is leading Utah Lawyers for McCain and heads the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the percentages make sense.”
“You certainly expect a huge discrepancy, but those numbers certainly are extreme,” Jowers says. “Those numbers show why, in spite of the history and the excitement of the Obama campaign, the state of Utah is going heavily for McCain at this point.”

July 2, 2008: Current U students fall short of past protestors by Gina Lea Nicki (Daily Chronicle) ”According to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, at the last debate between our College Democrats and Republicans, fewer than 20 students attended or participated in the debate. Not only are students not taking a strong stand, they don’t seem to even be talking about, or have much interest in the issues.”

July 1, 2008: Is Romney McCain’s top V.P. choice? by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4 News)“The thing that dragged him down for a while, frankly, was the FLDS issue, says Kirk Jowers, one of Romney’s Utah advisors. According to Jowers and reportedly others, the FLDS controversy in Texas was a political problem for Romney.

July 1, 2008: Hinckley Journal of Politics article by JJ Haglund featured on Utah Policy Daily.

July 1, 2008: Hinckley Institute Interns blog featured on Utah Policy Daily Hinckley Institute of Politics students serving summer internships in Washington, D.C., are blogging about their experiences at DCInterns08.

June 29, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is a guest on Utah’s Sunday political talk show, ABC 4′s  On the Record with Chris Vanocur.

June 25, 2008: Utah Policy Quote of the Day,  ¦by making a prudent decision that keeps all of the attorney general’s and district court’s options viable, rather than a hasty determination that may have irrevocably-and perhaps unjustly-altered the race before all of the facts were known, Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert has provided a great service to our democratic process. – Kirk Jowers, in a Tribune op-ed essay, defending Herbert’s decision to defer action on allegations of bribery in the Treasurer’s race until after the primary election. Jowers is director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and an attorney specializing in elections law.

June 25, 2008: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed on KSL’s “The Doug Wright Show” regarding the outcome of the election between Chris Cannon and Jason Chaffetz. To listen to the interview click here.

June 25, 2008: “Rep. Chris Cannon Loses His Seat in Congress” by Kirk Yuhnke (Fox 13 News) Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed regarding the Chaffetz -Cannon outcome.

June 25, 2008: “Students get a say” by Rosie Scott. International intern, Alan Monsen, of the Hinckley Insitute of Politics was featured in local Australian newspaper.

June 24, 2008: “Should lieutenant governor be condemned for waiting?” by Kirk Jowers (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”The morning after. . . . Men and women are waking up today feeling elated or relieved that they won their party’s primary election while others are pondering what went wrong. I wrote this op-ed column prior to Election Day, so I am particularly interested in how Mark Walker and Richard Ellis are feeling today. They made the state treasurer’s GOP runoff far more newsworthy than anyone could have imagined, but in the wrong way. . . Mutual allegations of illegal acts fuel voter apathy (and disgust) like nothing else.”

June 22, 2008: “Tuesday’s voters may end the malice” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘…Cannon’s strength is his polling and knowledge of which voters to get out to vote,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the …”

June 20, 2008: “S.L. County mayor’s pocketbook plump” by Jeremiah Settler (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”… his challenger’s $7300 pot - Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers says it isn’t excessive for a campaign in Utah’s most populous county. 

June 20, 2008: “Obama: No public campaign cash” by Tad Walch (Deseret News) ”‘He said that before he became the greatest fundraising marvel in the history of the United States,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of …”

June 20, 2008: “Cannon denies link to site — run by one of his staffers — that ripped rival Chaffetz” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘…his challenger’s $7300 pot,’ Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers says, ‘it isn’t excessive for a campaign in Utah’s most populous county…’”

June 20, 2008: “A.G. Candidates can be replaced” by Sheena McFarland (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘The most important thing is to get people involved in democracy both as voters, volunteers and candidates,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley

June 19, 2008: “Monumental Makeover Needed On National Mall” by Phyllis Armstrong (WUSA News ch. 9)

June 10, 2008: “Obama may bring more college students to polls than Clinton would have” by Paul Nelson (KSL 5 News) ”…Hinckley Insitute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said, “[They were] passionate George W. Bush haters, but not passionate for John Kerry, the man…”

May 29, 2008: KSL Radio’s Mornings with Grant & Amanda interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding President Bush’s visit to Utah.

May 29, 2008: “Bush visits Utah: Little public contact for fundraising trip” by Lisa Riley Roche and Leigh Dethman (Deseret News) ..”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the president’s speech at the Avenues fundraiser ‘was incredible.’ In an outside tent overlooking City Creek Canyon and the state Capitol, Bush reminisced about his two terms in office and described why McCain should succeed him. ‘I’ve heard him speak a number of times, and this was the most powerful, intimate speech I’ve heard him give. Absolutely,’ Jowers told the Deseret News after the event.  The president ‘talked very fondly about being president, one great story after another…’”

May 28, 2008: “McCain walks tightrope by not appearing with Bush” by John Hollenhorst (KSL ch. 5 News) ..”Republican analyst Kirk Jowers of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says the president is still popular with Utah Republicans and with the party’s conservative core. ‘Bush is still the best fundraiser the Republican Party has, and he also motivates some of the core better than almost anyone.’”

May 28, 2008: “Bush’s Utah visit expected to raise millions for McCain” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News)“‘…most popular politician ever with Mitt Romney,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter.”

May 28, 2008: “ASUU seeks early voting for U students ” by Ryan Shelton (The Utah Daily Chronicle)..”‘I’m thrilled that the request has been made,’ saidKirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Early voting is critical because people live such active, busy lives. Early voting gives more people an opportunity to participate in the political process.’”

May 28, 2008: “President Bush Visits Utah for John McCain Fundraiser” by Nineveh Dinha (KSTU Fox 13 News)..”Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is featured in the story discussing the tightrope that Senator McCain walks in taking advantage of President Bush’s fundraising and GOP base-building prowess while not turning off the independents and moderates who disapprove of President Bush.

May 27, 2008: “Bush Visit May Narrow McCain-Obama Financial Gap” by Andrea Fujii (KSTU Fox 13 News) ”‘He’s kind of graciously turned over those assets to McCain to give him a chance at Barack Obama in a very difficult Republican climate,’ said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 18, 2008: “Not a superdelegate, state Dem blogger still convention-bound ” Salt Lake Tribune – United States ..”Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an unabashed Mitt Romney backer, is making the transition to helping… ”

May 15, 2008: “Bush coming to Utah to raise money for McCain campaign” by Richard Piatt (KSL ch. 5 Eyewitness News) ..Part of that, according to former Romney staffer Kirk Jowers, is urging former Romney supporters to jump on McCain’s bandwagon. ‘Now, I think the bitter feelings have gone, they’ve mostly gone back to McCain, and I think it’s unlikely that Utah will go from red to blue in this presidential election,’ Jowers said.”

May 14, 2008: “Nightmaire for the Democrats: Rove – the Mischievous Mastermind” by TheSeeker (OpEdNews – Newtown, PA, USA).. joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and through the University’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, was given an internship with the Utah Republican party 

May 11, 2008: “FLDS issue could hurt Romney’s VP chances” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News)..“‘…ticket,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an early backer of Romney’s failed presidential bid…”

May 9, 2008: “Chris Cannon in for political convention battle” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4 News)…”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says, ‘I think it’s completely unlikely that we get out of this convention without a primary.’”

May 5, 2008: “Peer-to-peer sharing? Not piracy. Democrats” The party has a new secret weapon to recruit young Utahns: other young Utahns, by Sheena McFarland (Salt Lake Tribune) …”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said such peer-to-peer campaigning is highly effective.
‘People have to be able to find the relevance in participating, volunteering and contributing, and there’s no one better than a peer because it’s someone they can automatically relate to,’ Jowers said. ‘I wish the Republicans would focus more on it. The more participation from a wider diversity of people the better.’”

April 30, 2008: “Shurtleff eager to educate Reid on polygamy battle” by Suzanne Struglisski (Deseret Morning News)…”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that Reid’s comments were ‘some kind of overcompensation. … It seemed to be more of a negative way to give him some cover.’ . . . .  Jowers said it was not productive for Reid to be “firing shots at his neighboring states.”

April 28, 2008: “Fs criticize Cannon over use of staffers” by Tad Walch (Deseret Morning News)…”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said paying congressional staffers for their campaign work improves transparency.”

April 25, 2008: “Donors: Big firms are generous to incumbents” by Bob Bernick Jr. and Lee Davidson (Deseret News)... “Special interests always want to give to a winner,” says Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “And incumbents are proven winners. In Utah, particularly, where corporate giving is allowed, that is the lowest-hanging fruit for incumbents. So they take that easy money instead of working harder to raise money from individuals and constituents. Challengers can’t get the special-interest money, so they have to go to individuals.”

April 2008: “Ignorance is no excuse” by Les Roka (Utah CEO Magazine)…”‘Even a seemingly innocent mistake can levy a huge blow to a CEO and his or her business,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and a political law expert. ‘There’s so much on the line, and the public policy landscape is so sophisticated and complex, that it makes sense for CEOs to recruit trusted, knowledgeable outside advisers to augment the work of their direct subordinates in this area.’”

April 17, 2008: “College Dems and Repubs spar over Iraq occupation” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”College Democrats and Republicans clashed over the question of whether the war in Iraq is making America safer in last night’s debate at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 8, 2008: “U students explore Turkish language, culture” by Edgar Zuniga, Jr. (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Native Turkish and Turkish-language students gathered in the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday to hear Turkish Consul Hakan Tekin speak and learn more about Turkey’s role in United States-Middle Eastern relations.”

April 8, 2008 “Money is this campaign’s real hallmark” by Doug Robinson (Deseret News)…. ” According to Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, if a candidate wants to raise $100 million in a year, he or she must raise $250,000 every day ” or, in other words, collect five of the legal maximum $2,300 individual contributions every single hour of every single day, including weekends, for one year.”

April 7, 2008: “We shall prevail: U honors prominent professor, pollster” by Dustin Gardiner (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”The luncheon was held to raise money for the new Dan E. Jones Future Leaders Scholarship, which will be given to 10 students each year. The Hinckley Institute of Politics has already raised more than $100,000 for the scholarship.”

April 5, 2008: “Candidate: I’m no carpetbagger” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune)…”I do think delegates and voters, when they focus on it, are troubled when someone is not in their district, but I think that’s a secondary, at best, concern for Chaffetz because he’s running against an incumbent and against a well-funded challenger with a real strong Utah name,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

April 5, 2008: “Utah pollster hailed for his expertise, contributions” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret Morning News)…”Pollster Dan E. Jones‘ passion for democracy was exhibited during a Friday luncheon honoring him as the newest University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow.”

April 5, 2008: “Pollster sees a ’60s reminder” by Cathy McKitrik (Salt Lake Tribune)…”His voice catching at times, Dan Jones catalogued 50 years of American political tumult as he addressed a crowded University of Utah Hinckley Forum on Friday.”

April 4, 2008: “U. Mideast center in turmoil” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune)…”Now Karawan, who announced his resignation Wednesday while introducing a Hinckley Institute of Politics lecture, fears the center’s status may be in jeopardy.”

April 4, 2008: “University of Utah honors pollster Dan Jones with scholarship” Richard Piatt reporting (KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News)…”He’s called a political icon and a political guru, and he has had a big influence on thousands of young people. Eyewitness News uses him as a political pollster and a consultant. He is Dan Jones, and today a group of powerful and influential people gave him a unique honor.”

April 4, 2008: KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the events surrounding Dan Jones as a Hinckley Fellow and the new scholarship being created in Dr. Jones’ name.

April 4, 2008: “Hinckley Institute to honor pollster” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret Morning News)…”For his prominent role in and contributions to Utah politics, Dan E. Jones will be honored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics as an institute fellow, with a scholarship in his name.”

March 31, 2008: “Perspectives on Policy and Society in the Middle East” (Webwire.com)…”The University of Utah’s 2007-2008 Middle East Lecture Series concludes this April with three lectures that will examine varying perspectives on policy and society in the Middle East. Each lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 Orson Spencer Hall, and is free and open to the public.”

March 30, 2008: “U of U Student GetsTruman Scholarship” (KUTV Ch. 2 News)…”A University of Utah student has been selected to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Ingrid Price is one of 65 students selected from 283 colleges and universities nationwide for the Truman Scholarship.”

March 30, 2008: “University of Utah student wins national award” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret Morning News)…”Ingrid Price was named on Wednesday as one of 65 students selected as Truman Scholars from 283 colleges and universities nationwide. Price, 21, is a junior at the U. working on an honors degree in political science and international studies and will graduate in May 2009.”

March 30, 2008: “Pollster Dan Jones deserving of honor” Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Web (Deseret Morning News)…”On Friday, the Hinckley Institute of Politics will honor pollster and political scientist Dan Jones (who polls for the Deseret Morning News) for five decades of service and inspiration to the community. The public is invited to this event at noon, April 4 at Rice Eccles Stadium Tower. Proceeds will be dedicated to the Dan E. Jones Future Leaders Scholarship.”

March 27, 2008: “Dems make strong caucus showing” by J Pyrah (Daily Herald)…”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah said there are four reasons the caucuses drew high numbers…” 

March 27, 2008: Fox 13 News’ Kirk Yuhnke interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding McCain’s visit to Salt Lake City.

March 27, 2008: “Sarkozy improving French, U.S. Relations, ambassador says” by Andrew Cone (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”‘The relationship between our two countries has been changing for the last eight or nine months since Nicolas Sarkozy has been elected,” Vimont said Tuesday during a speech at theHinckley Institute of Politics. ‘There is definitely an improvement and a change in the atmosphere of the relation between our two countries.’”

March 27, 2008: “Mitt joins McCain today for fundraiser” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret Morning News)…”Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney supporter and the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the joint appearance will help McCain win over Utahns still upset over seeing their preferred candidate knocked out of the running. ‘Romney’s attending this McCain event will have a huge impact on people healing from the primary contest and ultimately being able to accept McCain instead of Romney as the GOP nominee,’ Jowers said.\

March 26, 2008: KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News’ Rich Piatt interviewed Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers regarding the impact of the Utah Priorities Project.

March 26, 2008: “U student receives a $30,000 Truman Scholarship” by Dustin Gardiner (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”With the help of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, she has since applied that early interest and served globally with the U.S. Mission to NATO in Belgium and locally with political campaigns and a refugee assistance group. On Tuesday, she gained national recognition for her efforts. Price, a junior in political science and international relations major, was named a 2008 Truman Scholar. She is one of 65 recipients of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 prize for undergraduate students interested in public service. Almost 600 candidates were nominated for the award.

March 25, 2008: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers appears in studio on FOX 13′s Good Day Utah to explain Utah’s caucuses.

March 24, 2008: Fox 13 News‘ Andrea Fujii interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding Utah’s caucuses.

March 15, 2008: “U. forum examines Utah’s gerrymandering” by Cathy McKitrick (The Salt Lake Tribune)…”A forum held Thursday at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics examined the idea of an independent commission redrawing boundary lines.”

March 13, 2008: “Leavitt’s brother files against Cannon” (KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News)…” Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Leavitt probably has a better campaign operation than Chaffetz so far and is Cannon’s most formidable opponent. “He seems to not be making the same mistake past challengers have made, which is to almost exclusively be a one-trick pony on immigration,” Jowers said.

March 13, 2008: “Leavitt’s brother files against Cannon” (Daily Herald)…” Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Leavitt probably has a better campaign operation than Chaffetz so far and is Cannon’s most formidable opponent. “He seems to not be making the same mistake past challengers have made, which is to almost exclusively be a one-trick pony on immigration,” Jowers said.

March 12, 2008: Fox 13 News’ Katy Carlyle interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding McCain’s vice-presidential options.

March 12, 2008: “Mitt would be honored if v.p. choice” by Suzanne Struglinski (Deseret Morning News)…”Ardent Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said putting him on the ticket makes sense although it’s unlikely McCain would choose a running mate before the Democrats select their own nominee.”

March 11, 2008: Mitt Romney Says He Would Accept Vice Presidential Slot” Christina Flores reporting (KUTV Ch. 2 News)…”Everyone says they don’t want to be vice president, but if you can’t be president… it’s not a bad spot to be in,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

March 11, 2008: “Parties compare differences in final debate” by Michael McFall (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”The parties competing in student government elections this year pointed out differences between each party’s plans for uniting student groups and informing the student body about opportunities on campus during a debate at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday.”

March 10, 2008: “Rolly: Who wants to play Name that Registry?” by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune)…” One Hinckley Institute of Politics intern, Lauren Carpenter, e-mailed the campaign expressing her concern about soliciting political volunteers through government e-mails. A campaign staffer then called her on her cell phone to discuss the point.”

March 7, 2008: “McCain Accepts Controversial Endorsement” by Peggy Fletcher Stack (The Salt Lake Tribune)…    Every endorsement and contribution comes with “baggage,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ”You need support from a majority of people to get elected,” said Jowers, who was a Romney supporter. “The most difficult part is that sometimes you need the support of people for whom you have real reservations about their positions or actions.”

March 5, 2008: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers appears in studio on FOX 13′s Good Day Utah to discuss Make-or-Break Tuesday results.

March 4, 2008: KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding Make-or-Break Tuesday.”

March 4, 2008: “Elements of ‘perfect storm’ threaten U.S. , says former White House advisor” by Dan Treasure (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Stephen Studdert, a former senior White House adviser to U.S. Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush Sr., spoke at the Hinckley Caucus Room on Feb. 28 about the threats the country is facing and what the government should do about them.”

March 3, 2008: “Stop paying Pakistan, says nation’s former judge” by Dave Roberts (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Rajput and former Pakistani judge Chaudry Ali discussed the current situation in Pakistan during a forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday. Rajput explained how Pakistan’s current problems stem directly from issues that have existed since the nation was formed.”

February 28, 2008: “U.S. called a house of cards just on brink” by Jason Lee (Deseret Morning News)…”Speaking Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Stephen M. Studdert, author of the book “America in Danger, What You Must Know to Protect Yourself,” said the country is facing economic threats on various levels, including growing government and corporate debt.”

February 27, 2008: “Kosovo independence not ‘happy ending’ diplomat says” by Dave Roberts (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”‘Despite all of our efforts, still today, the Balkans region is still an unstable one,’ Montgomery told a group of U students, professors and community members Tuesday. Montgomery, who spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, has been a columnist since he retired in 2004. He is a former career diplomat and U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro.”

February 26, 2008: “Activism for Social Change” (Webwire.com)…”The community panel, titled Activism Embodied: Women in Politics, will be held Tuesday, Mar. 11 from 10:45 to 11:45 in the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Orson Spencer Hall, 260 Central Campus Drive”

February 26, 2008: “Romney’s son may run for Congress” by Cathy McKitrick (Salt Lake Tribune)…”‘Josh is incredibly bright, very able,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “He’s really learned the art of politics over this last year, campaigning so hard for his father.”

February 25, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed by KUTV 2News’ Katie Baker regarding the potential vice-presidential candidates for GOP nominee John McCain and Josh Romney’s potential candidacy against Congressman Jim Matheson.

February 25, 2008: “‘Heart’ of Hinckley Institute remembered” by Ana Breton (Daily Utah Chronicle)…. Bea Gardner encouraged dialogue on campus about politics and helped bridge connections between national politics and students, he said. “If (former institute director) J.D. Williams was the father of the institute, then Bae was the mother of the institute,” Hansen said. “She was the constant that made this institute magic.”

February 22, 2008: “Comprehensive info guide is solution to health care problem, Leavitt says” by Dustin Gardiner (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”The former governor made his comments while speaking to a crowd of students at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday. His speech focused on health care reform and the safety of imported goods.”

February 21, 2008: “Mormons Gnashing their Teeth” (The Economist)…”Mike Huckabee took Iowa and the South, however, areas filled with evangelicals whom Mr Romney needed to win. In Utah you could almost hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth, says Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics. In a poll taken just after Mr Romney left the race, only 30% of Utahns said they would vote for Mr McCain; 25% said they would choose Barack Obama.

February 21, 2008: “Bishop condemns the federal government” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Utah Rep. Rob Bishop advocated state and local government authority over federal government authority at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday, saying his mission in Congress is to “lose power” by the time he leaves the House of Representatives.”

February 21, 2008: “Bae B. Gardner, author and educator, dies at 82″ (Deseret Morning News)…”Renowned Utah author, educator and administrator Bae B. Gardner, who served as assistant director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics for 23 years, passed away this week at the age of 82.”

February 20, 2008: “Bae Gardner, beloved administrator at Hinckley Institute, dies at 81″ by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune)...”Gardner, an institution in the U.’s political science department who served the Hinckley Institute as secretary and assistant director for 22 years, died Tuesday at her home in Salt Lake City from a stroke. She was 81.”

February 20, 2008: “Islamist Participation in Arab Politics” (Webwire.com)…”Hamzaway will present a lecture titled Patterns and Challenges of Islamist Participation in Arab Politics. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255, on the University of Utah campus. The Middle East Lecture Series are free and open to the public.”

February 19, 2008: “There was no shortage of good candidates in 2008″ by Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute, and Bryson Morgan, Communications Director of the Hinckley Institute (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Excitement is not only in the air, but in the numbers, as well. To date, more than 33 million Americans have cast votes in state presidential primaries and caucuses. Young voters are doubling and even quadrupling youth voter primary election participation rates in most states, and Democrats have more than doubled their voting participation from 2000. More than 400,000 voters participated in the Utah presidential primary — up from 108,000 in 2000.”

February 15, 2008: “Mitt’s move may open more doors” by Lisa Riley Roche and Suzanne Struglinski (The Deseret News)……“I’m not sure ” and indeed doubt ” anything concrete was offered for this endorsement,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter.

February 14, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed by KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News regarding Mitt Romney’s decision to endorse Senator John McCain as the Republican presidential nominee: ”I think Huckabee is not enough of a factor for that to really enter into Romney’s thinking,” said Kirk Jowers, of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

February 14, 2008: KSL Radio’s Andrew Adams interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk L. Jowers regarding Mitt Romney’s decision to endorse Senator John McCain as the Republican presidential nominee: ”Romney is, I think, easily a top five for McCain, but it’s hard to get much beyond that,” Jowers said.

February 14, 2008: “Journalist ‘not optomistic’ about Middle East” by Ryan Shelton (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Bronner, the deputy foreign editor at The New York Times, spoke to crowds at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday about unrest in the Middle East, the war in Iraq, and The Times‘ responsibility to report on global conflicts and inform the American public.”

February 12, 2008: “Huckabee: Perceived anti-lds comment taken out of context, misunderstood” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune)…”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute for Politics and a Romney friend and supporter, said he wonders whether Huckabee’s response Tuesday was ‘revisionist history.’  ‘[But] I’m very happy to hear him say that,’ Jowers said. ‘And I suppose the best thing to do is accept him at his word. However, his approach to Romney’s religion seemed very different in the days leading up to Iowa.’

February 10, 2008: “Walsh: Republican Party leaves Mitt in cold” by Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune)…”‘We saw a nasty underside of some of the far-right Republicans,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney insider. “If Huckabee had gotten the nomination, they’d never have seen me again.’”

February 8, 2008: “Quitting race may help Romney run a future one” by Larry Eichel (Philadelphia Inquirer)…”‘Absolutely,’ said Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Republicans love to take kind of the next person in line. That was true with [President] Reagan, [former Kansas Sen. Bob] Dole and now McCain. I think most people would consider Romney next in line, whether it’s 2012 if a Democrat wins in 2008 or perhaps 2016 if Senator McCain wins.’”

February 8, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on KUED-TV Ch. 7′s Utah Now to discuss Mitt Romney’s decision to susped his presidential campaign.

February 8, 2008: “Reaction to Mitt Romney’s withdrawal from campaign” (Deseret Morning News)…”‘I and many Utahns are saddened by the news that Mitt Romney will not be our next president of the United States but proud of the class with which he ran and ended his campaign. He made an important mark in conservative politics and religion in America and will continue to be a major figure for as long as I can see.’ ” Kirk Jowers, director of University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and head of Romney’s Commonwealth PAC.”

February 8, 2008: “Don’t rule out Mitt as v.p. candidate, some say” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret Morning News)…”‘That’s money that could help McCain, who has lagged behind other candidates in fund-raising’, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter. ‘I would imagine that McCain would put Romney at the very top of his potential vice-presidential picks because of his wide support around the country, his ability to raise money and his personal financial resources,’ Jowers said.”

February 8, 2008: “Forlorn dream: End for Romney’s campaign began in Iowa” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune)…”This race had so many moments where a little thing here or there could have changed everything,” says Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend and supporter who runs the University of UtahHinckley Institute of Politics. “There was a moment when Romney was seen as the presumptive nominee by many, was leading or within margin of error in many early states and seemed almost invincible.” But, he adds, “Huckabee’s victory in Iowa opened the door for McCain’s victory in New Hampshire and forever changed the trajectory in the race.”

February 8, 2008: Students disappointed by Romney’s withdrawal” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”I still feel he’s the best person to be the president of the United States, but Super Tuesday didn’t go as well as hoped,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Romney supporter. “I am proud of the decision Romney made to allow his party to rally support for Sen. (John) McCain.”

February 8, 2008: “Romney’s exit disappoints strong Utah following” by Brock Vergakis (NCTimes.com)…”Some of Romney’s backers said they’re already looking to future elections, contending Romney could still be president. ‘Absolutely,’ said Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Republicans love to take kind of the next person in line. That was true with (President Ronald) Reagan, (former Kansas Sen. Bob) Dole and now McCain. I think most people would consider Romney next in line, whether it’s 2012 if a Democrat wins in 2008 or perhaps 2016 if Senator McCain wins.’”

February 8, 2008: “Romney isn’t giving up race, despite Super Tuesday losses” by LIsa Riley Roche Deseret Morning News….Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter, said that despite Romney’s resources, he may end up making the same decision that McCain did after running out of money

February 7, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed by Fox 13 News regarding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to suspend his campaign.

February 7, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed by KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News regarding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to suspend his campaign.

February 7, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed by ABC 4 Close to Home News regarding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to suspend his campaign.

February 7, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed by KUTV 2News regarding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to suspend his campaign.

February 7, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk L. Jowers was interviewed by several local, national, and international media outlets regarding the Super Tuesday elections.

February 7, 2008: “Utahns react with disappointment to Romney’s withdrawal” Annie Cutler reporting (ABC 4 Close to Home News)…”Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says, I think his vision of America, the core of the family, those types of values I think that’s where he’ll have a real lasting impact.

February 7, 2008 “For once Utah Democrats get the spotlight” By Rebecaa Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune)… ”When you’re competing in 21 contests, you have to pick your battles,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

February 7, 2008: “More youth choosing to vote” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Bryson Morgan, a recent U graduate and staffer at theHinckley Institute of Politics, said young voters want change the most are are “extremely idealistic.” Morgan said youth voters tend to vote democratic and are more connected with candidates such as Obama”

February 6, 2008: Kirk Jowers from the Hinckley Institute of Politics appeared in studio on FOX 13′s Good Day Utah to discuss Super Tuesday results.

February 6, 2008: “Ted Wilson is new head of Utah Rivers Council” (Salt Lake Tribune)…”He replaces Merritt Frey, who has accepted a position with River Network, a national alliance of river protection managers. She will manage the Western Clean Water Project. Wilson was the capital city’s mayor from 1976 to 1985. He directed the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics for 18 years, retiring in 2004.

February 6, 2008: “U reacts to statewide Romney landslide, Obama victory” by Dustin Gardiner (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”Bryson Morgan, a recent U graduate and Hinckley Institute staffer, said Romney’s lead in Utah can be attributed to more than his LDS faith. Although Morgan voted for McCain, he said many Utahns like Romney because he successfully ran the 2002 Olympics following a scandal and shares their views. “Romney in a way saved Utah from international embarrassment over the Olympics,” Morgan said.

February 6, 2008: ABC 4′s Chris Vanocur speak with Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding Romney’s Super Tuesday loss.

February 5, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk L. Jowers was interviewed by several local, national, and international media outlets regarding the Super Tuesday elections.

February 5, 2008: FOX 13′s Max Roth takes a look at the Super Tuesday election. Use the video window at left to watch part 1, then use the SideBar links below to watch parts 2-5. In parts 4 and 5, Max is joined by Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

February 5, 2008: National Public Radio broadcasted nationally live from the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Election Night Party.

February 5, 2008: KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News broadcasted live from the Hinckley Institute of Politics‘ Election Night Party.

February 5, 2008: Fox 13 Utah broadcasted live from the HInckley Institute of Politics‘ Election Night Party.

February 5, 2008 “2008 Primaries attract young Utah voters” Jill Atwood (ABC 4 Close to Home News)…”We use a lot of non traditional media like FaceBook, MySpace, email, text messaging, to encourage students to get out and vote and it seems to be very effective,” says poll worker Bryson Morgan.” Video.

February 5, 2008: “U Democrats endorse Clinton” by Dustin Gardiner (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”A straw poll conducted by the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics in October showed that Obama was the favorite Democratic candidate among the nearly 1,800 students surveyed.”

February 4, 2008: “Dems hope voters won’t soon forget vouchers” by Donald W. Meyers (Salt Lake Tribune)…”But whether vouchers become a litmus test for many incumbents, the University of Utah’s Kirk Jowers said that issue might only affect races where moderate and independent voters hold sway. ‘It will be one of many factors,’ said the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U. ‘A huge part is how gerrymandered the district is,’ Jowers said, pointing out that a district designed to protect a Republican may not be influenced as much.”

February 4, 2008: “Campaign hits Utah, finally” by Elaine Jarvik (Deseret Morning News)…”But this year Utah is part of the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, and the Democratic vote here is still seen as “up in the air,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

February 4, 2008: “Obama can restore U.S. relations, adviser says” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”These are pivotal times where we face enormous challenges. We have no time to waste,” Rice said during her visit to the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Feb. 1.”

February 4, 2008: “Homelesness continues to increase, panel says” by Andrew Cone (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”The amount of homeless people in Salt Lake City is increasing, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Friday.”

February 3, 2008: Fox 13 Evening News’s Max Roth interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk L. Jowers for a Superbowl evening story titled: “Super Tuesday is Biggest Primary Voting Day in U.S. History.”

February 2, 2008: “Utahns Mitt’s biggest fan” by Lee Davidson and Bob Bernick, Jr. (Deseret Morning News)…”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said about Romney’s fund raising in Utah, “The $5.2 million is a jaw-dropping number … Mitt’s support here is so broad and so deep, very impressive.”

February 2, 2008: “Forum: local efforts have an effect” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune)…The panel featured four Utah mayors and the governor’s energy adviser, Dianne Nielson. U. President Michael Young welcomed the panelists, touting what the university has done to curb its use of fossil fuels, the primary producer of carbon dioxide.

February 1, 2008: “Romney’s cash cow: When Mitt needs funds, it’s to Utah he comes” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune)…”For Romney to raise that amount of money in one year is almost mind-blowing because he’s had to raise it $2,300 or less at a time,” says Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter.”

February 1, 2008: “Romney gets 90 percent of Utah contributors” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune)…”For Romney to raise that amount of money in one year is almost mind-blowing because he’s had to raise it $2,300 or less at a time,” says Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter.”

February 1, 2008: “Panelists at U. ponder ways to battle warming” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret Morning News)…”Mayors representing constituencies across the state participated in a panel discussion Thursday night as part of the global discussion on climate change.”

February 1, 2008: “Demo hopefulls light fire under Utah, U.S. voters” by Lucinda Dillon Kinkead (Deseret Morning News)…”It’s not only that Demos have two historic, interesting candidates, says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “Add to that the unprecedented success in raising money for the party and a mostly unpopular president, and the result is probably the most optimistic Democratic core we’ve seen in decades.”

January 31, 2008: Hinckley Institute Program Coordinator Amy Code was interviewed by Azadeh of KRCL radio regarding Focus the Nation a national grassroots initiative to mobilize students around the country to combat climate change.

January 31, 2008: “Immigration: Republicans vocal, Dems quiet” by Jennifer Sanchez (Salt Lake Tribune)…”However, Republicans are also much more divided on how they would solve the immigration issue, notes Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics”

January 30, 2008: “Scholar says Chinese films less censored” by Edgar Zuniga (Daily Utah Chronicle)…Song made his comments during a lecture at theHinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday, entitled “Politics and Film: Evolution of Chinese Contemporary Cinema.”

January 29, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk L. Jowers was interviewed by Daniel Carrillo of Univision television regarding the upcoming 2008 Utah Presidential Primary election.

January 27, 2008: “Barack Obama and Chelsea Clinton Will Visit Utah” Fox 13′s Candice Gale interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowersregarding the top two Democratic presidential candidates’ battle in Utah.

January 23, 2008: “European Union Ambassador to Visit Utah” (Businesswire.com)…”Ambassador Bruton will speak to students at Brigham Young University as part of the university’s Ambassadorial lecture series, and hold a lecture at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 17, 2008: “Hinckley Institute of Politics Legislative Preview Forum” by Lara Jones (KCPW)…”The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah hosted a Legislative Preview Forum this morning. Moderated by KCPW’s Lara Jones, the panel featured Senator Pat Jones (D-Salt Lake County), assistant minority whip and minority caucus manager; Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Draper); Representative James Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville); and Representative Carol Spackman Moss (D-Holladay), assistant minority whip. Rep. Dunnigan leads off:”

January 16, 2008: “Questions raised over gifts given to Attorney General” Debbie Dujanovic reporting (KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News)…”Bryson Morganreviews ethics issues for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U of U. He said, “With these types of cases, perception is reality. The assumption many voters have is if their elected official is traveling to the Bahamas and speaking at this convention, then he or she is going to be more likely to side with them.”

January 14, 2008: “Funding tops U’s wish list” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle)…”The U would use funding to increase the number of students who study or complete internships abroad. This would include offering more programs and increasing staff in the Hinckley Institute of Politicsand the International Center. State funds would help offset costs for international experiences.

January 10, 2008: “Romney rakes in $5 million, shifts his attention to Michigan” by Suzanne Struglinski and Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret Morning News)…”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter, thinks Romney can still win despite early setbacks. “As long as Romney continues to pick up silver and an occasional gold, then ultimately he will prevail,” Jowers said, because he’s amassing delegates and is the only candidate competing in every race.

January 9, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is intervewed by Lara Jones on KCPW’s Midday Metro about the New Hampshire primary results.

January 9, 2008: “Romney again settles for silver, forges ahead” by Suzanne Struglinski (Deseret Morning News)…”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter, said Utahns shouldn’t be discouraged by Romney’s performance in Iowa and New Hampshire. ‘If anything it should energize Utahns who support Mitt to jump in even harder. He’s a serious contender,’ Jowers said. ‘Now is the time to support him and help him prevail in Michigan.’”

January 9, 2008: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared in studio on FOX 13′s “Good Day Utah” to analyze the New Hampshire primary election results.

January 8, 2008: “Romney falls in New Hampshire” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune)…”Kirk Jowers, a Romney supporter and friend and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the loss puts a lot of pressure on the campaign to take Michigan’s primary next week. But, he adds, ‘Romney is the one candidate who has not put all of his chips on one state,’ Jowers said. ‘The fact he is willing to compete in every state makes him far less vulnerable than the media would like to portray.’”

January 8, 2008: “Romney Needs New Hampshire Win” Fox 13′s Kirk Yuhnke interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the New Hampshire primary election.

January 8, 2008:” Presidential nominee supporters watch NH primary closely” Whit Johnson and Carole Mikita reporting (KSL Ch. 5 Eyewitness News)…”Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said, ‘A fatal blow to most people is not a fatal blow to Romney. He will be in this thing until he either wins or at least until March, and no other candidate can say that.’

January 3, 2008: “Rocky Anderson’s Impact on Salt Lake City” (KUER’s RadioWest) Hinckley Institute Director Kirk L. Jowers discussed what Mayor Anderson’s two terms have meant for the city and the state with KUER’s RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.