2009 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 31, 2009 Legacy of former U. professor Sam Rich lives on By Wendy Leonard Deseret News ”He was always a professor, even in his everyday interactions with people and family and friends,” said Rochelle McConkie, a student assistant at the Hinckley Institute assigned to write a biography about Rich and his contributions to the school and to the Salt Lake community.

Throughout his experiences, Rich strived to increase recognition of the U. on a global level, according to Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, who deemed Rich a “good friend.”

December 27, 2009 Insider Poll: Top Political Stories of 2009 By Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers thinks the different top stories reflect Utah’s political power dynamics. Republicans saw two of their own hand off the governor’s office, while Democrats saw a central cause of theirs, gay rights, get some long-awaited traction, “Certainly for those people who have been waiting so long for liquor laws to change or anti-discrimination laws to change, then that was a seismic change,” Jowers said.

December 26, 2009 Energy Solutions Targets Rep. Matheson By Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed about Energy Solutions’ aggressive mailer, which challenges Rep. Jim Matheson’s statements about Energy Solutions.

December 21, 2009 Romney To Donate Lecture Profits to University of Utah Scholarship Fund by Jayde Wyatt (mittromneycentral.com) When Mitt Romney stops in Utah next March as part of his No Apology: The Case for American Greatness tour, he will not only raise a lot of excitement, he will raise a lot of money for a scholarship fund for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

December 21, 2009 RadioWest with Doug Fabrezio: “The Year in Utah News” With 2009 coming to a close, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowersand other guests are in studio to take a look at some of the top Utah news stories.

December 20, 2009 Mitt’s Institute?By Glenn Warchol (Salt Lake Tribune) One of the founding principles of the Hinckley Institute of Politics is “every student a politician” (which is frightening when you think about the Utah Legislature).

December 20, 2009: Fox 13 Anchor Max Roth interviews Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers about Governor Romney’s No Apology book tour event hosted by the Hinckley Institute on March 13.

December 20, 2009 Utah Commission Endorses Automatic Registration (Fairvote.org) The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy today unanimously recommended FairVote-endorsed policies on automatic voter registration and election day registration — the latest sign of growing transpartisan recognition of the value of modernizing voter registration systems to provide better voter rolls and remove barriers to voter participation.

December 20, 2009 Fair Access to Voting News: Fairvote in the New York Times, New Wins and Taking Action in Virginia by Rob Richie (The Huffington Post) In Utah, the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy has unanimously recommended automatic voter registration — the latest sign of growing transpartisan recognition of the value of modernizing voter registration systems to provide better voter rolls and remove barriers to voter participation.

December 20, 2009 Chaffetz thinks he’s superduper (Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend and head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is organizing a large Romney lecture that will coincide with his book tour. Any profits, Jowers says, will go to scholarships. Tickets are available athttp://www.mittromneyutah.com.

December 19, 2009 Democrats tap McAdams for seat in Legislature By Sheena Mcfarland (The Salt Lake Tribune) He was elected student body president at the University of Utah in 1999, and served as a Hinckley Institute of Politics intern in Washington, D.C., under President Bill Clinton and anotherHinckley Institute internship in the Utah Legislature. He graduated from Columbia Law School and lived in New York for a few years, then returned to Utah three years ago.

December 18, 2009: “Ethics Reform: Governor’s Commission sounds off” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, acting chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, said Utahns are “less likely to cast a ballot than citizens in 47 other states.”

December 18, 2009 Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was an in studio guest of the television program UTAH NOW with Doug Fabrezio discussing the top stories of the year.

December 17th, 2009 Tickets on sale for Romney book tour By Randall Jeppesen (KSL News) First it was Sarah Palin making a stop in Utah for a book tour. Now, tickets are going on sale for Mitt Romney’s stop in Salt Lake City when he starts promoting his new book.  The book, “No Apology: The Case for America’s Greatness,” comes out March 2. One of the first events in a national book tour will be at the Salt Palace March 13 — a book signing and lecture hosted by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

December 17, 2009 Ethics reform Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board (Salt Lake Tribune) That disconnect, and the resulting disenchantment with democracy, is best reflected in the state’s abysmal voting rates, one of the signs that citizens are increasingly disengaged. Kirk Jowers, acting chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, said Utahns are “less likely to cast a ballot than citizens in 47 other states.” 

December 17, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss the Mitt Romney No Apology book event hosted by the Hinckley Institute and 2012 presidential developments.

December 17, 2009: “Romney Book Tour Coming to Utah” (2 News) “Governor Romney’s address is set for Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Visit the Hinkley Institute of Politics Web site for ticket information.”

December 17, 2009 KUTV Channel 2′s Rod Decker interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers about the Mitt Romney No Apology book event hosted by the Hinckley Institute.

December 17, 2009 Tickets on sale for Romney book tour by Randall Jeppesen (KSL News) The book, “No Apology: The Case for America’s Greatness,” comes out March 2. One of the first events in a national book tour will be at the Salt Palace March 13 — a book signing and lecture hosted by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

December 16, 2009 Romney tickets for book tour go on sale Thursday by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) The host of the event, the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, has set up a Web site for ticket sales, www.mittromneyutah.com. They can also be purchased through Smith’sTix.

December 14, 2009 More ethics ideas Deseret News editorial (Deseret News) The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracyemerged with eight recommendations last week, thus throwing another hat into a crowded ethics ring.

December 13, 2009 Video: Romney Book Event in Utah Hopes for 10,000 Attendees by Nate Gunderson (mittromneycentral.com) The Hinckley Institute of Politics (University of Utah) is hosting a book signing and lecture to discuss Mitt Romney’s new book No Apology: The Case for America’s Greatness, which is set to be released on March 2, 2010.

December 13, 2009 Insider Poll: Mitt Romney a Potential Presidential Candidate by Max Roth (FOX 13) Fox 13 Anchor Max Roth interviews Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers about Governor Palin’s and Romney’s presidential prospects.

December 12th, 2009 Romney to bring book tour to Utah By John Daley (KSL News) The book comes out March 2. One of the first events in a national book tour will be at the Salt Palace March 13 — a book signing and lecture hosted by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

 

December 11, 2009 Count on lawmakers to put self-preservation first By Bob Bernick Jr. ( Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, chairman of the commission, pointed out to Herbert that on the federal level, the same size contribution limits apply to U.S. House, U.S. Senate and U.S. presidential races.

December 10th, 2009 Ethics reform moves forward as commission outlines recommendations By John Daley (KSL News)“I think there is a critical mass that is going to force change, and the real question will be whether the Legislature enacts the change itself in this session or it waits for the ballot initiatives to help determine that fate,” says Kirk Jowers, acting chair of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.

December 9, 2009 Gov. Herbert reconsiders donation limits by Bob Bernick Jr.
(Deseret News)
 Kirk Jowers, commission chairman and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the commission decided to support same-day registration after the last Legislature “significantly restricted” the possibility of fraudulent voting by making all voters provide identification before they could get a ballot.

December 9, 2009 Guv likes panel’s ethics proposals By Cathy Mckitrick
The Salt Lake Tribune
 Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who resigned in August to become U.S. ambassador to China, formed the bipartisan Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy in January to discover why Utahns have disengaged in the political process — and to bring them back.

December 8, 2009: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding Sarah Palin’s visit to Utah.

December 7, 2009 GOP leaders in SLCO changing how candidates are chosen By Richard Piatt (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says, “It is a system that begs for control from a very small amount of people instead of a broad participatory model.” 

December 5, 2009 Deep down, Utahns want health care reform bills by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) In fact, points out Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, when Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, introduced a bipartisan health care reform bill with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., “it was killed by lobbyists and special interest groups like the Club for Growth.

December 3, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss a Salt Lake County Republican Party proposal that could eliminate county Republican primary elections and the pros and cons of the caucus/convention system versus the direct primary.

December 2, 2009: “Hinckley director joins governor’s advisory team” by Chris Mumford (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”A modified version of the group of advisers, originally formed under former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. as the Governor’s Advisory Team, will be comp0sed of prominent business leaders and former political adversaries, including Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, who considered running against Herbert for governor next year.”

December 2, 2009 S.L. County GOP considers scrapping primaries By Jeremiah Stettler The Salt Lake Tribune ”The way for the parties to gain strength is to increase awareness among the population, not restrict it further,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

December 2, 2009 Chaffetz’s Troop Withdrawal, In-N-Out Burger & SLC’s Bike Czar by Josh Loftin (City Weekly) Although he likely won’t join the antiwar protests outside the federal building in Salt Lake City, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, took the politically brave leap of calling for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan during a Monday, Nov. 30, speech at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

December 2, 2009 Hinckley director joins governor’s advisory team By Chris Mumford A modified version of the group of advisers, originally formed under former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. as the Governor’s Advisory Team, will be comp0sed of prominent business leaders and former political adversaries, including Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, who considered running against Herbert for governor next year.

December 1, 2009 Obama Has Spoken; Now, Let’s Have a Debate by John Nichols (thenation.com) They were joined on the eve of Obama’s speech at West Point by an unexpected Republican dissenter, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who used a speech Monday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.to declare: “Mr. President, it is time to bring our troops home.”

December 1, 2009 U to fight cuts at Legislature By Chris Mumford Speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Wirthlin detailed the U’s many accomplishments during the past several years, from Nobel prizes to competitive research grants, to illustrate what’s at stake if the Legislature fails to soften the blow of further cuts.

December 1, 2009 Students Brace for Tuition Increase by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) Tuition at the University of Utah will increase next year. That was the message Vice President for Government Relations Kim Wirthlin had for students at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum yesterday.

December 1, 2009 A Conversation with Rep. Chaffetz on Afghanistan by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver a long-awaited speech on the path ahead for Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of American troops are stationed.  In anticipation of this address, Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz gave his own advice on the subject at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday.

December 1, 2009 ‘Go bigger or go home’ by Glen Warchol (Salt Lake Tribune)
From the Hinckley Institute of Politics ” Congressman Jason Chaffetz called on President Barack Obama to stop playing politics and bring American troops home from Afghanistan. The Third District Rep. also called on the president to give the military “everything it needs to win.”

November 30, 2009 Valentine drops out of race for governor By Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President Lane Beattie and Kirk Jowers, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics director, had both contemplated challenging Herbert before opting out.

November 30, 2009 Jason Chaffetz wants Obama to bring troops home from Afghanistan By Lee Davidson (Deseret News) ”Mr. President, it is time to bring our troops home,” Chaffetz said in a speech Monday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

November 30, 2009 Chaffetz: President Should Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) Speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics today, Chaffetz said the U.S. military has already gotten rid of Al Qaeda’s base in Afghanistan.

November 30, 2009 Chaffetz on Afghanistan: Do it right or leave by Matthew LaPlante ”I’m sure that Republicans across the country will be watching this for the next couple of days to see how Chaffetz is treated for this,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, where the 3rd District congressman delivered his speech.

November 30, 2009 Valentine will not join 2010 governor’s race By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Several Republicans expressed interest in the race, including Salt Lake Chamber president Lane Beattie and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers.

November 30, 2009 Herbert builds his own team of rivals By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) New to the roster are Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers. Both considered challenging Herbert in 2010

November 29, 2009 Jason Chaffetz: Bring home Afghan troops by Daniel Libit (Politico.com) Chaffetz’s push for a troop withdrawal ” to be unveiled in a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City ” runs counter to the position of House Minority Leader John Bhner of Ohio and other leading Republicans in Congress.

November 27, 2009 Mitt Romney Coming to Utah By Bryan Schott (Utahpolicy.com) The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah has announced that Mitt Romney will come to Utah to discuss his latest book No Apology:  the Case For American Greatness.  Romney will speak and sign his book on Saturday,  March 13, 2010 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.  Tickets go on sale soon.

November 24, 2009 Matheson at Hinckley forum: Health care bill ds too little By Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) Speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Matheson, a Democrat and member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog caucus in the House of Representatives, outlined major problems facing our health care system and defended his vote against the House reform bill on the basis that it did too little to rein in costs in the long term.

November 23, 2009 Jim Matheson unsure he can support health-care bill By Lee Davidson Deseret News But he told the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah that he is sure the debate on it over coming weeks “will be one of the great debates in our country’s history,” and he hopes senators can put partisanship aside to produce a final reform product he and Americans can support.

November 22, 2009 Salmond ˜coached like a child’ to learn how to be a nice guy (The Herald Scotland) The chief whip’s comments were made in a talk at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah in the US in October 2007, a recording of which is now on the internet.

November 21, 2009 Guv’s climate panel is mostly cloudy By Judy Fahys (The Salt Lake Tribune) “It’s very much in the formative stage,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and one of the organizers of the event.

November 20, 2009 Politics Up Close: Election Reform in Utah by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy has approved several recommendations that are being turned into bills at the state legislature, including campaign contribution limits and a commission to enforce election laws.  We talk with Commission Chairman Kirk Jowers and State Representative Craig Frank.

November 19, 2009 ‘Maverick’ Sarah Palin to sign new book in Salt Lake City By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “We’re expecting 10,000 people,” said Kirk Jowers, the institute’s director and a longtime Romney supporter. Unlike Palin, Romney will deliver a lecture in Salt Lake City, presumably outlining the book’s policy prescriptions.

November 16, 2009 People should rid Capitol Hill of political ‘roaches’ by John Florez (Deseret News) Before leaving office, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. created the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy to recommend ways to “have an impact on citizens’ ability and desire to vote,” with a focus on elections, lobbying and campaign financing.

November 16, 2009 Campaign finance reform panel seen as ‘left-leaning’ by Cathy Mckitrick Salt Lake Tribune Rep. Craig Frank, R-Cedar Hills, served on the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, which earlier this month voted — without dissent — to recommend campaign finance caps in the state.

November 15, 2009 We protected democracy in Utah ” you’re welcome by Frank Pignanelli and Lavar Webb (Deseret News) We accomplished these noble objectives as members of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy (www.strengthendemocracy.org), affectionately called the Save Democracy Commission.

November 15th, 2009 @ 5:30 p.m. on KUED Channel 7: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on Utah Conversations with Ted Capener regarding the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy and the Hinckley Institute. To view the videocast click here. http://www.kued.org/productions/conversations/

November 14, 2009 Would campaign donation limits be effective? by Lee Davidson and Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) Legislative leaders are seriously considering one newly proposed campaign donation cap recommended by a special commission. But a Deseret News analysis of the limits proposed by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy shows just a small number of big donors’ cash contributions would have been disallowed in 2008 races under the plan.

November 13, 2009 Citizen initiatives to miss deadline By Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) While Clark said he supports the campaign donation limits recommended by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, Waddoups said he has not yet seen the recommendation, so he can’t yet support it. 

November 13, 2009 Legislators play Lucy to public’s Charlie Brown by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) Now, legislative leaders have agreed to bring forward a bill limiting campaign contributions, which was one of the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracythat was created by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. earlier this year.

November 12, 2009 Lawmakers Drafting Election Bills by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) A handful of state legislators are drafting election-related bills, on the heels of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy approving several different proposals aimed at increasing voter turnout.

November 11, 2009 Ethics Commission Proposes Donation Cap for Election Fundraisers by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) $5,000 every two years for state legislators and $10,000 every two years for statewide candidates. That’s what the Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy suggests as the limit that certain candidates could receive from any individual election contribution.

 

November 10, 2009 Hinckley forum speaker addresses Iran issues by Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) Former U.S. ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns, who has served in a range of diplomatic capacities under multiple presidents from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, enumerated the challenges posed by Iran on Monday at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum.

November 9, 2009 GOP leaders agree to campaign contribution limits (The Spectrum) Kirk Jowers, the commission’s acting chairman and director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, called the unanimous recommendation historic and said it wouldn’t have happened without the backing of House and Senate leaders.

November 9, 2009 New ID law didn’t greatly hamper voters by Jeremiah Stettler (The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and acting chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, agrees that electoral headaches caused by the new law could become more pronounced in a general election. Not only will more people cast votes, but that larger electorate probably will be less-committed and less-knowledgeable about the voting process. 

November 9, 2009 Ethics reform Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board (Salt Lake Tribune) But now a perfect storm for reform is gathering. The Governor’s Commission for Strengthening Utah’s Democracy is calling for caps on campaign contributions. The UEG is gathering signatures statewide. And, according to recent public opinion polls, three-quarters of voters favor a gift ban, campaign caps and an independent ethics commission. 

November 9, 2009 GOP leaders agree to campaign contribution limits (Associated Press) The proposal is being drafted by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.

Novemeber 8, 2009 GOP Leaders Agree to Campaign Contribution Limits  (KUTV News) The proposal is being drafted by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.

November 7, 2009 Democracy Commission Unanimously Reccommends Campaign Contribution Limits by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) The Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy unanimously approved a list of recommendations for Governor Gary Herbert’s consideration Thursday. Many of them also will be introduced as bills during next legislative session.

November 6, 2009 Campaign contribution caps gains broad support by Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) For the first time in Utah’s history, state legislative leaders are on board with a proposal to impose campaign contribution caps, a compromise position reached in concert with the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy. 

November 6, 2009 GOP leaders OK contribution limits by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy’s recommendation, if adopted by the 2010 Legislature, would mean that Herbert, who took several whopping $50,000 individual donations at his last week’s Governor’s Gala fundraiser, would only be able to take $5,000 per year, or $10,000 over a two-year election cycle, from an individual, PAC or business.

November 5, 2009 Commission wants ethics teeth and campaign caps by Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) In its final work session, the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy wrapped up almost a year’s worth of deliberations with a few bold recommendations to advance to Gov. Gary Herbert, including one to put some teeth in existing campaign and lobbying laws.

November 5, 2009 Ethics-reform initiative would bring needed change by Lois Collins (Deseret News) It dsn’t matter whether the debate is taking place online in the comments accompanying a news story or in a debate at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

 

November 5, 2009 Governor Picks Democrat for Environmental Advisor by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) Wilson recently resigned as executive director of the Utah Rivers Council. He’s also a former Salt Lake City Mayor, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and vice-chairman of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

November 5, 2009 Herbert names influential Dem as senior adviser by Patty Henetz (The Salt Lake Tribune) The former Salt Lake City mayor, former executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, former vice president and board member with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, former director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and 1988 Democratic candidate for governor, will lead Herbert’s new Balanced Resource Council. 

 

November 4, 2009 Herbert unethical in fundraising By Jonathan Deesing Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, the time to really judge him will be after the upcoming legislative session. Herbert is facing an $850 million deficit, Jowers said, and he has an election coming up quickly.


November 4th, 2009 Shurtleff drops out of US Senate race By John Daley, Richard Piatt and Becky Bruce (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, said, “Shurtleff was obviously a huge figure in this race, and it sucks up all of the oxygen from the press and the public interest. So the other challengers are hoping they can fill the vacuum. My suspicion would be that none of them can.”

 

November 4, 2009: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the results and national implications of yesterday’s elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York.

November 4, 2009 Legislators, ethics group debate at Hinckley Institute By Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) Two Republican state legislators, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, and Rep. Lorie Fowlke, squared off against two members of Utahns for Ethical Government in a debate about a sweeping ethics reform initiative at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

November 3, 2009 State senator says initiative would force him out By Bob Bernick Jr. In a debate before the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, an attorney, said his law partners have examined the Utahns for Ethical Government initiative and have told him: “You are out of the Senate” if the initiative becomes law.

November 3, 2009 Lawmaker sounds alarm on ethics initiative By Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) During a debate Tuesday at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Hillyard, who was first elected to the Utah House in 1980, strongly cautioned against jumping on the citizen-led bandwagon driven by a group called Utahns for Ethical Government.

October 30, 2009 Gary’s glitzy gala: Herbert raises $1M in elaborate fundraiser by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) A citizens’ ethics initiative would impose caps on campaign contributions, and the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, appointed by Huntsman, has recommended adopting limits on campaign donations.

October 30, 2009 Legislative Ethics Forum at Hinckley Institute (Utah Policy Daily) Legislative ethics will be the topic of a forum Nov. 3, 9:10 a.m., at theHinckley Institute of Politics, 253 Orson Spencer Hall at the U. of U.

October 29, 2009 Salt Lake County tax hike could derail Corroon guv bid by By Jeremiah Stettler ( The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, suspects the political fallout will be minimal.

Oct. 22, 2009 Governor opposes initiative on ethics By Lisa Riley Roche and Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) Herbert told his Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy recently that he dsn’t jump to conclusions but likes to take some time and listen to all sides before making a decision.

October 22, 2009 A large change from a small country By Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) As a landlocked, former socialist bloc European country, Hungary is rarely thought of as being central in any sense other than its geographic location. But in reality, events that took place there 20 years ago precipitated the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent reshaping of Europe, according to a speaker at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

October 21, 2009 Hinckley speaker encourages women By Jake Hibbard (The Daily Utah Chronicle) On Tuesday, Patricia Russo, first vice president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and encouraged women to continue to become more active in politics and not compromise who they are in order to succeed.

Oct. 20, 2009 Herbert to disclose donors on Web site By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) His position has come under criticism because the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, created by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., is considering recommending capping contributions.

October 20, 2009 Understanding Rwanda’s Governance Rankings: Comparative analysis of Harvard and Ibrahim Indexes of African Governance By
By Prof. Shyaka Anastase & Sheldon Wardwell (The New Times)
 Since 2007, readers, scholars, analysts and indeed nations themselves have looked to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance for valuable insight on the performance and relative rankings of African Governments. Co-author Sheldon Wardwell is an intern with GAC from the Hinckley Institute of Politics, at the University of Utah (USA).

October 14, 2009: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the politics and power of the U.S. Attorney’s office in light of Brett Tolman announcing that he will step down at the end of the year. 

October 14, 2009 Utah Policy profiles college interns in the D.C. offices By Jared Whitley (Utah Policy Daily)Utahn Karl Rove, former strategist and adviser to President George W. Bush, famously got his start in politics with a Washington internship through the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, then dropped out of college once he got a job here in town.

October 13, 2009 Lobbyists’ proposal draws mixed reviews by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) Frank Pignanelli, with the lobbying firm Foxley & Pignanelli, is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, a group that is studying several issues this year, including lobbying. Pignanelli is also a Deseret News columnist and his firm has lobbied for the newspaper.

October 11, 2009 Poll Reports ‘C’ Average Grade For National Leaders by Max Roth (Fox13 News) Kirk Jowers said, “The republicans get credit for the national rankings which show them the best run state and always in the top three on the economy, best equipped to come out of the economic downturn. So it’s a well run state and they get the credit for that.”

October 11, 2009 Jones: Desperate for democracy by Casey Jones (Salt Lake Tribune) Our lack of engagement is best exemplified by some of the lowest voting rates in the states, and former Gov. Jon Huntsman’s decision to try to jump-start democracy by appointing a Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, an advisory board that’s pondering assorted ethics and election reforms for new Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislature to ignore. 

 

October 10, 2009 Herbert is still finding his style of leadership by Lisa Riley-Roche (Deseret News) ”He stated that position very clearly, and then he was criticized for being so direct,” Welling said, a reference to concerns raised that he was dismissing a proposal to set contribution limits under consideration by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, a group started by Huntsman.


October 8, 2009 Gay Army vet speaks out on ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ by Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) ”As one of eight graduates from his class at West Point who was fluent in Arabic, you know his service was vital to the United States military mission in Iraq,” said Ken Verdoia, a KUED producer who moderated a panel discussion at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday as part of the University of Utah’s Gay Pride week.

October 8, 2009 Hinckley panelists decry Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) Hjalmarson appeared along with several fellow gay former members of the military at the Hinckley Institute of Politics forum ˜Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Turns 15: LGBT in the Military today, on Wednesday.

October 7, 2009 U. of U. forum: Gay service members say ‘Don’t Ask’ asks too much by Matthew D. LaPlante (Salt Lake Tribune) Hjalmarson was one of four veterans who spoke about the Pentagon’s policy at a Wednesday forum at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

October 6, 2009 Pride Week to focus on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) Choi will also appear at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum Wednesday to discuss the subject of gays in the military alongside fellow Iraq veteran Jeff Key and Sarah Hjalmarson, a U student majoring in health promotion and education who has served as an Army medic, among other panelists.

October 5, 2009 Chinese envoy says Huntsman will help further U.S.-China relations by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) During his speech at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Zhou said China feels strongly that Iran should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, but should be allowed to pursue a peaceful nuclear energy program.

October 5, 2009 Huntsman welcome in China, despite disputes by Lisa Riley-Roche (Deseret News) Zhou Wenzhong, who spoke at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on U.S. and Chinese relations, was diplomatic in his description of Huntsman, the new U.S. ambassador to China.

October 5, 2009 Marriot Library hosts Governor By Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) The commission, created by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and chaired by Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, aims to bolster voter turnout in Utah by addressing widespread concerns about elections, campaign finance and lobbying. The formulated recommendations from the committee’s 19 members will be passed along to the governor, who is then responsible for pushing the ideas through the Legislature come January.

October 4, 2009 Utah Policy Campaign Finance Poll Creates a Large Gap in Both Parties by Max Roth (Fox13 News) However, republican representative, Kirk Jowers said, “I think the commission’s proposal is quite reasonable. Compared to the rest of the country it would put us solidly in the middle of the pack. At the moment Utah is the Wild West. We’re one of the few states that have no limits.”

October 2, 2009 Herbert tells panel he’s against caps on campaign donations by Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Gary Herbert addressed his inherited commission on Strengthening Democracy on Thursday concerning campaign contribution limits, something he opposes and which a slim majority of the 19-member panel has voted for.

October 1, 2009 Herbert to post donation tab in ’10 By Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”It may be a logistical challenge” to get donations up on the Internet quickly, Herbert told the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, meeting at the Marriott Library at University of Utah. Herbert later defined “instantly” as at least within 48 or 72 hours, if not quicker.

October 1, 2009 Commission issues recommendations for reform by Richard Piatt (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, the commission’s chairman, said, “We’re looking at it through the prism of strengthening our democracy. How do we get people more engaged? Are there rules that make people more cynical or keep people from participating?”

September 29, 2009 Romney back in Utah by Sandy Riesgraf (Fox 13 News) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers on Mitt Romney in SLC.

September 29, 2009 College Republican National Chairman Zach Howell by Jared Whitley (Utahpolicy.com) The U’s Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers said, “Zach is the second Hinckley intern to lead the College Republicans: Karl Rove was the first. We’re thrilled and proud that he served a number of internships as an undergrad and has taken it to the next level to reinvigorate college Republicans across the country.

September 28, 2009 Campaign Donation Caps (KSL News) Utah is one of only a handful of states that dsn’t place a limit on the amount of money a candidate can be given. That could change, however, if the state would adopt the timely recommendation of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah.

September 28, 2009 Hinckley Institute of Politics and Tanner Humanities Center to Host Chinese Ambassador and U.S. Congressman (Utahpolicy.com)

September 25, 2009 Hinckley forum lambasts Palin by Chris Mumford Clive Thomas, a political science professor from the University of Alaska Southeast, delivered a cursory overview of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s meteoric rise to fame at the Hinckley Institute on Thursday.

September 25, 2009: Campaign donation cap dying by Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The ‘yes’ votes unanimously came together to try to reach a middle ground and that was thwarted,” said Kirk Jowers, who heads the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and is acting chairman of the commission.

September 24, 2009: Fox 13 News Anchor Max Roth interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers about the upcoming Governor’s Commission on Democracy Meeting and his proposals on campaign finance reform

September 24, 2009 D.C. internship opened eyes by Aaron Hildreth The Hinckley Institute of Politics has great connections back east and in Utah and offers internship opportunities all year round. There was also a great social aspect, because you live near about 40 other Utah interns and get to know the people in your office very well. I got a lot of credit hours for doing it and just applied for a local internship in the spring.

September 23, 2009 Frontier injustice by Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board (Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is handling campaign finance reform like our ancestors dealt with horse thieves. The verdict is still out, the Governor’s Commission for Strengthening Utah’s Democracy has yet to issue a final recommendation, but Herbert is already building the gallows.

September 23, 2009 Meeting on campaign finance by Arthur Raymond Kirk Jowers, acting commission chairman and director of the University of UtahHinckley Institute of Politics, said that he’ll present amendments today that he hopes will carve out a larger middle ground.

September 23, 2009: Hinckley Institute hosts discussion on gay marriage by Jake Hibbard The U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a discussion Tuesday about the legality of gay marriage with Bill Duncan, director of the Marriage Law Foundation, and Will Carlson, manager of public policy for Equality Utah.

September 22, 2009: GOP has the upper hand on Twitter by Mary Richards (KSL News) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers says for the most part, carefully crafted speeches and press releases will still be the main way to get a message across, but you can’t beat Twitter’s speed.

September 21, 2009: KSL Radio News’ Mary Richards interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the use of Twitter by political parties and candidates.

September 20, 2009: “Utahns see decrease in civility of politics” by John Hollenhorst (KSL News) ”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politicssays incivility rises at crisis points in American history. ‘The country ebbs and flows,’ Jowers said.’”And this is a moment of intense feeling about what the government is doing. So you see’ people on both sides going to pretty extreme measures to show how they feel.”

 

September 20, 2009: “Dem donkeys back the wrong horse in Salt Lake City — again” by Derek P. Jensen (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Parties often overestimate someone’s appeal based on their party involvement and loyalty,’ says Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Such a marriage presents other problems, Jowers adds, especially for first-time candidates. ‘They believe endorsements can excuse them from the hard retail work of campaigning.’”

September 19, 2009: “Political discourse less civil, Utahns say” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”‘There is some real intensity of feeling against Washington action in some sensitive areas,’ says Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘But on these questions of civility and political speech, it always seems worse at the moment.’”

September 18, 2009 Campaign finance Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board Committee members last week lambasted a campaign finance reform proposal from the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy. They even had the audacity to question if reasonable limits on campaign contributions would improve the public’s trust in government and participation in the political process, the overarching goal of the Governor’s Commission.

September 18, 2009: “Guv shuns campaign caps” by Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney, heads up the Commission and said he plans to push ahead. ’I'm going to hold Governor Herbert to his word that he is anticipating our recommendations,’ Jowers said.”

September 18, 2009: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding Senator Bennett’s new census bill

September 17, 2009 Ecuador opened doors by Caleb Braley (Daily Utah Chronicle) So if you’re jonesin’ for an escape from monotonous Utah life, or if you just love to travel and want to make a difference in someone else’s life while scoring yourself some PolySci credit, think about a Hinckley internship.

September 17, 2009 Internship in Jordan gives new perspective by Brady Nord (Daily Utah Chronicle) Now, thanks to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, I watch the news with a whole new perspective, knowing that just as Britney Spears or the latest WWE wrestling star dsn’t accurately represent America, terrorism dsn’t emblematize Jordan.

September 17, 2009 Campaign-finance limits considered By Arthur Raymond (Deseret News) Invited to update a legislative interim committee Wednesday on the work of a governor’s commission on democracy, political pundit Kirk Jowers instead found himself on the hot seat when he broached a topic that triggered a litany of questions ” campaign-finance reform.

September 16, 2009 Utah lawmakers wary about suggested campaign finance limits by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, the chairman of the commission and a campaign finance lawyer, said the opposite is true, because it makes it harder for an incumbent to swamp a challenger by receiving huge checks from well-heeled donors.

September 15, 2009 Poll: Voters want ethics reform in Utah Legislature by By John Daley Kirk Jowers, acting chair of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, says just the specter of the measure going to the polls could help determine whether the Legislature tries to be proactive on some of these measures

September 15, 2009 Will Lawmakers’ Strategy on Citizen Initiatives Backfire? by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) KCPW’s Jeff Robinson discussed these issues with Kirk JowersChairman of the Governor’s Commission and Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

September 14, 2009 Senate conservatives expected to welcome Adams by Lisa Riley-Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, also said it appeared Senate conservatives saw a chance to make a change and took it.

September 13, 2009: “Hinckley Institute names new fellow” by Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”…with the attack victims and their families is the centerpiece of an illustrious career that was honored Friday when the U named Keating a 2009 Hinckley Institute fellow. ‘Out of those ashes, he has made that city a much more beautiful city, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.’”

September 11, 2009: Former Oklahoma Governor and 2009 Hinckley Fellow Frank Keating appeared in studio on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show.

September 11, 2009: “Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating” by Bryan Schott (UtahPolicy.com) “Keating is a 2009 Hinckley Fellow at theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Governor Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of…”

September 11, 2009: “Governor’s Commissions Approves Campaign Finance Limits” by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) ”Acting commission chairman Kirk Jowers says the proposal to create new campaign finance rules would be a significant change.”

September 10, 2009: Former Oklahoma Governor and 2009 Hinckley Fellow Frank Keating was interviewed by KSL Radio News regarding current events.

September 10, 2009: “Keating encourages public service as new Hinckley Fellow” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) ”Keating was named as the 2009Hinckley Institute of Politics Fellow, replacing 2008′s renowned author Thomas Friedman. Keating will spend several days lecturing at classes and meeting with students, faculty and community leaders.”

September 10, 2009: “Limit campaign donations, commission says” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”Commission acting chairman Kirk Jowers, who voted against the Dryer plan, said the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that large corporate donations in elections can be a ‘corrupting influence,’ and so can be limited.”

September 8, 2009: “Is it a lack of respect for the president or the presidency?” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”‘It’s a harsher tone these days, according to Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. He says personal attacks are now part of the discourse. There’s become this new tactic that you don’t just disagree with the policy, you attack everything surrounding that policy so that even if you lose the policy debate, you maybe can win on the others, which, unfortunately, can be the personal attacks,’ Jowers said.”

September 7, 2009: “A Preview of Obama’s Speech” by John Daley (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah is interviewed about the controversy surrounding President Obama’s upcoming address to school children.

September 5, 2009 Sen. Hatch throws his support behind Bennett by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) The endorsement dsn’t do much to boost Bennett as save him from serious damage, said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

September 3, 2009 Some say Americans have lost civility in world of politics by John Daley (KSL News) “We have really separated into two tribes, being Republicans and Democrats,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

September 2, 2009 Valentine might challenge Herbert by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Other likely contenders for the GOP nomination next year have dropped out, including Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie and University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.

September 1, 2009 Utah Gov. Herbert may face GOP challenger by Brock Vergakis (Ogden Standard Examiner) Two potential Republican challengers –Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President Lane Beattie — have already withdrawn their names from consideration.

August 29, 2009 Dodge dealer hangs on by improvising by Lee Benson (Desert News) Years ago, when Jim Hinckley was a young man just getting started in the car business, he asked his grandfather Robert H. why he had moved the family’s Dodge dealership from the central Utah farming town of Mount Pleasant, where it began in 1915, to downtown Ogden in 1927.

August 28, 2009 Jowers says he won’t run in 2010 by Chris Mumford For Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, it was the idea of sitting at a rest stop in Nephi at 2 a.m. having missed his kids’ recitals and ball games that partly dissuaded him from running for governor.

August 28, 2009 Karl Rove, Former Advisor to President Bush, Comes to Utah by Kirk Yuhnke (FOX News) Rove has been accused, although never charged, of being involved in the leak of a CIA agent. He has also been called by many as the evil genious behind the Bush administration. Political experts, including Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, say despite that reputation, he is still someone that people want to hear from.

August 27, 2009 City consultant defends hiring of mayor’s son by Tim Gillie (Tole Transcript Bulletin) Sant said hiring the mayor’s son was logical and aboveboard. Kasey did a nine-month internship starting in May 2007 in the Sandy City mayor’s office under the direction of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, where Kasey was studying political science.

August 27, 2009: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KUER’s, Utah’s NPR station, All Things Considered concerning the future of the Republican Party.

August 23, 2009 Life lesson: 3 University of Utah students spend time in New Delhi slum ”I didn’t know what to expect,” said Katie Calvert, one of the three Hinckley Institute of Politics interns who earned a half-scholarship that took her to India to work for a nonprofit aid project there called Maitri. “I hoped in coming here that I would feel like I could help someone out.”

August 21, 2009 Huntsman out of the picture, but not permanently By Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) On another political item, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said this week he won’t challenge Gov. Gary Herbert for the GOP nomination next year.

August 21, 2009 Once legislative seat is won, it tends to stay won By Lee Davidson and Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) But Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says, “We are reaching a stage where we no longer choose our representatives. They choose us, and that is why they never lose,” especially as computers allow drawing tailor-made districts on almost a house-by-house basis to ensure friendly majorities.

August 20, 2009 Lobbyists’ gifts of primo tickets now taboo for lawmakers by Cathy McKitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) The debate rages for a reason, saidKirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.
“There will always be a great deal of tension with ethics reforms because it is the unique situation where individuals are forced to regulate themselves,”Jowers said.

August 20, 2009 Not all Utah Republicans are fans of Rove by Cathy Mckitrick (Salt Lake Tribune) “The big fight for Sen. Bennett is the [state Republican] convention,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “So his campaign must have determined that Rove is an interesting and attractive draw for those 3,600 delegates.” Jowers plugged Rove as “perhaps the most famous — or infamous — alums of the Hinckley Institute.”

August 19, 2009¢ Swing State Project: SSP Daily Digest: 8/12 by: Crisitunity UT-Gov: Newly-installed Republican Gov. Gary Herbert faces a special election next year for the right to earn the remainder of Jon Huntsman, Jr.’s term, but the path to get there just got a little bit clearer. Kirk Jowers, a prominent Utah political scientist who had lined up the support of several powerful state legislators (as well as an estimated $6-8 million campaign budget), announced yesterday that he won’t challenge Herbert at next May’s GOP nominating convention.

August 18, 2009 Jowers Bows Out (NationalJournal.com) Kirk Jowers told KSTU that he won’t seek the GOP nod because it’s in the best interest of his family. 

August 18, 2009 High-Profile Prospect Opts Out of Utah Gov Race by Michael Teitelbaum (CQ Politics) Kirk Jowers, a prominent Utah political scientist, will not seek the Republican nomination in next year’s special election for governor. 

August 17, 2009 Jowers won’t run for Utah governor in 2010 (Deseret News)The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says he won’t run for governor in 2010. 

August 17, 2009 Jowers won’t run for Utah governor in 2010 (Salt Lake Tribune)The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says he won’t run for governor in 2010.

August 17, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live in studio on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss whether he would run for governor, the transition from Governor Huntsman to Herbert, and the future of Utah politics.

August 17, 2009 No Jowers for Gov in 2010 by Eric Peterson (Salt Lake City Weekly) AP recently reported Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says he won’t run for governor in 2010. Boo.

August 17, 2009 Jowers Won’t Run For Utah Governor In 2010 by (Fox 13 News)

The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says he won’t run for governor in 2010. Kirk Jowers told KSTU on Monday that he won’t seek the Republican nomination because it is in the best interests of his family and Gov. Gary Herbert will be a tough opponent.

 

August 17, 2009 Jowers will not run for governor in 2010 by KSL News The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says he won’t run for governor in 2010.

August 17, 2009 Jowers not to run for governor (ABC4.com) Kirk Jowers said Monday that he will not seek the republican nomination because it is in the best interest of his family and governor Gary Herbert will be a tough opponent.

August 17, 2009 Jowers won’t run for Utah governor in 2010 (LocalNews8.com) The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says he won’t run for governor in 2010. Kirk Jowers told KSTU on Monday that he won’t seek the Republican nomination because it is in the best interests of his family and Gov. Gary Herbert will be a tough opponent.


August 17, 2009 U’s Jowers eyes run for governor by Michael McFall (Daily Utah Chronicle) Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is seriously considering running for governor of Utah in 2010.

August 12, 2009 Swing State Project: SSP Daily Digest: 8/12 by: Crisitunity Gary Herbert was sworn in as Utah’s Governor yesterday, replacing new Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. Although Herbert is universally viewed as conservative, he rankled some conservatives by throwing a bone to the state party’s moderate wing by picking state Sen. Greg Bell to be Lt. Governor. He now has nine months to prepare for the GOP nominating convention for the 2010 special election, where possible candidates he may face include state Senators John Valentine and Steve Urquhart, state House speaker David Clark, and law professor Kirk Jowers. With Rep. Jim Matheson declining a run, the Dems’ next best bet is Salt Lake County mayor Peter Corroon.

August 12, 2009: “Utah’s New Governor Already To Run” by Micheal Teitelbaum (CQ Politics) Some high-profile Republican names are being tossed around, including two state senators, John Valentine and Steve Urquhart, House Speaker David Clark, and Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Jowers said he could make a decision by Labor Day.

 

August 9, 2009 Herbert faces a difficult opening by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) Several are giving the race serious consideration. State Sen. John Valentine is weighing a run for the seat as is Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is being urged to join the race on the Democratic side. And Clark also has not ruled out a bid.

August 9, 2009 Huntsman’s unfinished legacy by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune)“His big legacy was that he was a true uniter. Governor Huntsman made almost everyone feel comfortable and proud as a Utahn and really kept some of the divisions in Utah from ever really appearing. He gained Utahns’ trust and with that trust he was able to venture outside on some social and environmental issues and I think surprise some people that Utahns were willing to go along with him even if he was taking a minority position.”» Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah

August 7, 2009 Huntsman confirmed by Senate; Utahns approve of ˜promotion’ by John Daley (KSL News) “Not that he wasn’t a great politician, but I think he considered himself a statesman first. And the polls showed that the state saw him the same way,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

August 6, 2009 Commission discusses low voter turnout by Kina Wilde (Iron County Today) I don’t think these are the reasons, said Kirk L. Jowers, commission chair. I’m more concerned with Utah’s laws regarding ethics, campaign finance, redistricting, lobbying, and elections.

August 05, 2009 Give them Liberty by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) The caucus has shown great promise by focusing on the 10th Amendment [which says powers not granted to the feds or prohibited to the states are reserved to the state] and getting its message out through rallies, [talk-show host] Glenn Beck, and other conservative media outlets, says Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, adding that their challenge will be in keeping the momentum going.

 

August 5, 2009 Herbert Taps Bell for Lt. Governor by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Fox 13 Evening News’ Anchor Max Roth interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers

 

August 4, 2009 Ethics reform battle heats up By Cathy Mckitrick The Salt Lake Tribune Rennaker, 27, is in his senior year at the University of Utah. As a Hinckley Institute of Politics intern, he started working on the radio program and got to know Hughes but has never met Irvine. 

August 3, 2009: “Congressman Jim Matheson ” with Doug Fabrizio (KUER) Kirk Jowers participated in a live studio RadioWest panel to discuss Congressman Jim Matheson and where he fits in the Utah political landscape. Click here to listen.

August 2, 2009 Bennett building big lead in campaign cash chase by Matt Canham And Cathy Mckitrick The Salt Lake Tribune “In every race there’s an invisible primary before the actual voting,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “The financial numbers are usually quite predictive of who can succeed.”

July 31, 2009 Hinckley Institute hosts seminar for civics teachers Ogden Standard Examiner Thirty civics teachers from around the state will participate in the Hinckley Institute of Politics 10th annual Huntsman Seminar in Constitutional Government for Teachers a five-day, summer seminar sponsored by the Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation and directed by Kirk L. Jowers and Dr. Dan E. Jones.


July 31, 2009 Beattie won’t challenge Herbert for guv in ’10 by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) Other Republicans said to be contemplating a 2010 run include Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, and Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

July 23, 2009 Huntsman one step away from becoming US Ambassador to China (KSL Radio) Hinckley Institute director Kirk Jowers is interviewed regarding Huntsman’s appearance before a Senate committee regarding his nomination as ambassador to China.

 

July 15, 2009 U of U Hinckley Institute of Politics and S.J.Quinney Law School Partner as Executive Editors of the G8 Magazine (Ogden Valley News)

July 21, 2009 How to Get a Foothold in Politics by Jared Whitley (Utah Policy Daily) Utah Policy Daily interviewed Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, on how to find a job in national politics.

 


July 12, 2009 Political speculation isn’t taking a summer vacation by Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb (Deseret News) Is the talk of a Kirk Jowers/Josh Romney ticket for the 2010 special election for governor real or fabricated? By the way, who is Jowers?

July 11, 2009 Apolitical at U. Institute of Politics by Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune) Jayne Nelson was a good landlord. Every intern who has walked through the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics knows what I’m talking about: You’re living for the first time on the other side of the country in D.C. Struggling to pay for a beige apartment, a Metro pass and food. Jayne was your anchor to home. She always recognized your voice. Still ds.

July 6, 2009 VIDEO: “Ten Good Minutes” With Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics by Bryan Schott (Utah Policy Daily) Utah Policy talks with Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah discussing Governor Jon Huntsman’s decision to leave office and Senator Robert Bennett’s growing field of challengers from within his own party.

July 4, 2009 Utahns react to Gov. Palin’s resignation by Mark Zinni (ABC4 News)

Kirk Jowers says it may not help her if she’s planning a run for the White House.  “If there’s any consideration in 2012, I think that would be close to a disqualifier.  We’ll wait and see.  Maybe it’s more interesting than we know.”

July 3, 2009 Huntsman and Herbert: Happenings (ABC 4) 
Sources says Herbert has sounded out a number of people about being his Lt. Governor but those people apparently aren’t interested.
And those names are said to include:
1) Current House Speaker Dave Clark
2) Former Speaker Nolan Karras
3) Former Senate President Lane Beattie
4) Current Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack
5) Kirk Jowers from the Hinckley Institute of Politics.


July 2, 2009 Beattie, Jowers seriously considering run for governor by Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News Both Lane Beattie and Kirk Jowers say they will wait until after Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert is officially sworn in as governor before announcing whether they will run. But they both answered “yes” when asked if they were seriously considering running for governor next year.

 

June 30, 2009 The New Romney Dynasty by Samuel P. Jacbos (The Daily Beast) And even if Herbert dsn’t pick him for the post, Romney Jr. could find himself on the ticket of Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, a year from November.

June 28, 2009 Lawmakers for sale (Salt LakeTribune Editorial) Those dismal statistics factored into Gov. Jon Huntsman’s decision to appoint a Governor’sCommission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy. This praiseworthy but powerless panel will make recommendations for lobbying, ethics and campaign finance reform, and hopefully shame the state Legislature into taking action. Or maybe not. The commission debated caps on campaign contributions this month, but failed to reach a consensus.

June 28, 2009 Could a Jowers-Romeny Ticket Win? by Lavar Webb (Utah Policy Daily) Kirk Jowers/Josh Romney ticket would make the 2010 gubernatorial election very interesting. But could that ticket win? I seriously doubt it.  Jowers and Romney are too young, too inexperienced and haven’t paid their dues working at the Republican Party’s grassroots levels.

 

 

June 27, 2009 Another Utah man is College Republicans leader by Thomas Burr (Associated Press) Howell, who graduated last month in political science from the University of Utah, boasts an impressive resume for his age. He interned at the White House’s Office of Strategic Initiatives ” coincidentally, a Rove arm of the Bush administration ” in 2007 and for former Rep. Chris Cannon in 2006 as part of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics program.

 

June 26, 2009 Jowers-Romney ticket closer to reality by Mary Richards (KSL News) There is more buzz that Kirk Jowers and Josh Romney may share a ticket in the 2010 Utah governor’s race.

June 25, 2009 Jowers/Romney Ticket Gaining Steam? by Bryan Schott (Utah Policy Daily)Swing State Project Morning Briefing says that a Kirk Jowers/Josh Romney ticket for the 2010 Republican nomination in the special election to fill Governor Jon Huntsman’s remaining two years in could be moving closer to reality.

June 25, 2009 Is There a Draft Jowers Movement? by Todd Weiler (Utah Policy Daily, Policy Buzz Blog) Based on Paul Rolly’s article this week, it appears that Kirk Jowers is poised to jump into the 2010 Governor’s race.  Kirk is bright, young, intelligent and very well connected – but he is also a completely unknown quantity to the delegates.  He is rumored to be courting Josh Romney to be his running mate.

June 25, 2009 Swing State Project: SSP Daily Digest: 6/25 By Crisitunity. Univ. of Utah professor Kirk Jowers, who reportedly had been offered the role as Herbert’s Lt. Gov., is the subject of a draft movement and may challenge Herbert for the top job instead — with Josh Romney (son of Mitt) as his LG.

June 25, 2009 Campaign finance rules earn Utah an F By Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”We have a ways to go, especially for a state that prides itself on personal integrity,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, who also heads Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.’s special public ethics study commission.

June 24, 2009 The Hotline Ooh, He’s A Little Romney, Daddy’s Boy Learned Fast (National Journal) Salt Lake Tribune‘s Rolly writes, LG Gary Herbert(R) “hasn’t even been sworn in” as gov. yet “and already there is a movement afoot” in the UT GOP “to challenge him” in the ’10 special. “GOP sources are buzzing” about a movement to draft Univ. of UT prof. Kirk Jowers.

June 24, 2009 Rolly: Romney as lieutenant governor? Josh Romney by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) GOP sources are buzzing about a draft Kirk Jowers movement. The plan is for Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, to run for governor and Josh Romney, the son of 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to run as his lieutenant-governor running mate.

June 22, 2009 Looking for Mr. Right? by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) While he seems content to continue on for the foreseeable future with his current professional duties, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers is getting to be a hot topic in Utah Republican circles.

Jun 19, 2009 Commission Focuses on Campaign Finance Reform by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) The governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy focused on campaign finance yesterday for its sixth meeting. Acting Commission Chairman Kirk Jowers says enacting reasonable contribution limits would encourage more grassroots campaigning in Utah, which in turn would boost civic involvement.

June 18, 2009 U grad to lead College Republican National Committee by Chris Mumford (Daily Utah Chronicle) Part of the solution, according to Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, is finding a message that connects with a younger audience.I think the number one issue for young people right now is probably the number one issue for all people, which is the economy, Jowers said.

June 15, 2009 Hinckley Institute DC 2009 Intern Julie Sagers featured in online by the Salt Lake Tribune

June 13, 2009 Utahn takes on national Republican role by By Thomas Burr (The Salt Lake Tribune) Howell, who graduated last month in political science from the University of Utah, boasts an impressive resume for his age. He interned at the White House’s Office of Strategic Initiatives — coincidentally, a Rove arm of the Bush administration — in 2007 and for former Rep. Chris Cannon in 2006 as part of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics program.

June 12, 2009 U. graduate heads College Republicans by Michael R. McFall
(Deseret News)
 Zach Howell, who graduated last spring after an internship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was elected as the College Republicans’ national chairman. The last U. student and Hinckley intern to hold a high leadership position was Karl Rove as its executive director during the mid 1970s ” or as the GOP bitterly remembers it, the Watergate scandal. “Essentially, the two former interns had to take over at the lowest points of the Republican Party,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute.

June 12, 2009 Diplomatic absence for Republican by Rebecca Carroll ( The National) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said that although Mr Huntsman was looking like an interesting presidential candidate, the reality of his future for 2012 was more difficult.

June 8, 2009 Just like grown-up Republicans, College Republicans face an identity crisis by Lydia DePillis (Slate) Incoming CNRC Chairman Zach Howell, who graduated this year from the University of Utah, has his work cut out for him.

June 8, 2009 Herbert already scouting for replacement once he becomes Utah
governor by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune)
 Others said to be in the mix include former Senate President and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President Lane Beattie, Draper Rep. Greg Hughes, and Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

June 6, 2009 Political seminar set for teachers (Deseret News) The Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah is accepting applications for the Huntsman Seminar in Constitutional Government for Teachers. The seminar focuses on improving the quality of civic education in Utah schools. Participants gain valuable knowledge and insight into current events in American politics by interacting with political experts, judges, university faculty and elected officials.

June 5, 2009 Friday Buzz Who’s Being ˜Mentioned’? by LaVarr Webb & Associates (Utah Policy Daily) Here’s a rundown of prospective and for-certain candidates for various upcoming races. Utah Policy will be publishing a candidate tracking service soon so readers can follow candidates through the various stages of a race. — 2012 U.S. Senate “ R: Orrin Hatch, Jason Chaffetz, Kirk Jowers; D: Jim Matheson. 

June 4, 2009 Becker blinks on Library Square By Rosemary Winters (The Salt Lake Tribune) Ultimately, the “Library Square saga,” will help Becker, too, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “It shows that he is willing to think outside the box, but then actively encourage public input and participation and make a firm decision,” Jowers said. “Had he ignored the overwhelming opinion of his constituents … it could have been his death knell.”

June 2, 2009 Josh Romney would consider lieutenant-governor position by Lisa Riley-Roche (Deseret News) Romney said there are already a number of “great people who would do a great job” as governor looking at the race, including Herbert, University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics directorKirk Jowers and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce head Lane Beattie.

May 26, 2009 Marking 20 at the Hinckley Institute: Jayne Nelson by Steve Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) Jayne Nelson has managed the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics since the day George H. W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis to become the 41st president. She now single-handedly commands a workload so demanding, her co-workers say it would challenge an entire staff.

“I don’t know anyone in the state who could do what she ds,” said Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, who called Nelson “incredibly efficient, strong and humble.”

May 25, 2009 Utah Republican Challenges Sen. Bennett from the Outside By Michael Teitelbaum, (CQ Politics) Chaffetz’ success may have emboldened Shurtleff to take advantage of the anti-Washington feeling by entering the Senate race, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

May 24, 2009 Plenty of qualified prospects for Herbert’s lieutenant governor By Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb (Deseret News)Others mentioned are Sen. John Valentine, not likely because he’s from Utah County; Rep. Rhonda Menlove from northern Utah; and Kirk Jowers at the U.’s Hinckley Institute.

May 22, 2009 Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was a guest of UTAH NOW with Doug Fabrezio discussing Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s stepping down to become Ambassador to China.

May 21, 2009 Mark Shurtleff says he’s ready to take on Sen. Bennett by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) “He’s not Chris Cannon,” he said of Bennett. “He’s not.” That’s true, said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “Cannon had endured a series of difficult races,” Jowers said of the former representative being repeatedly challenged and “generally disliked.”

May 20, 2009 Herbert is hunting for new No. 2 By Lisa Riley Roche and Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) Other potential election rivals ” and possible lieutenant governor picks ” include Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce head Lane Beattie and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.

May 20th, 2009 Shurtleff enters race for Bennett’s Senate seat By Richard Piatt (KSL News) “I’m not sure it will pay off. Shurtleff has his own background, his own baggage on conservative issues, so he’s not the empty vessel they can put their hopes and dreams into,” said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

May 19, 2009 Governor’s Race May Include Salt Lake County Leadersby Jeff Robinson (KCPW) interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowersis interviewed about his plans to run for Governor or accept a Lieutenant Governor invitation.

May 19, 2009 KUTV Channel 2′s Rod Decker interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed about his plans to run for Governor or accept a Lieutenant Governor invitation.

May 19, 2009 KSL Channel 5′s Rich Piatt interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed about his plans to run for Governor or accept a Lieutenant Governor invitation.

May 19, 2009 Before China, Huntsman was inching toward ’12 run By Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said 2012 would have been “almost impossible” for Huntsman to win — going against an incumbent president who Huntsman had supported on the federal stimulus.

May 19, 2009 Who Will Run in 2010 Special Election? by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) With Governor Jon Huntsman departing to become Ambassador to China, pending his confirmation by the U.S. Senate, the field is now wide open to contenders who want his job in the November 2010 special election. Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, among others, is discussed.

May 18, 2009 Field of potential candidates taking shape for 2010 election
The Salt Lake Tribune reports other possible leading Republican candidates include: Fred Lampropoulos, a 2004 hopeful, Utah House Speaker Dave Clark, State Senator John Valentine (who has already formed a campaign organization), Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie, Zions Bank President Scott Anderson, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

May 18, 2009 Candidates For Utah Gov. Speed Up Campaigns For 2010 by Nicole Hunter Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is interviewed about Governor Jon Huntsman nomination to become Ambassador to China and the 2010 gubernatorial election.

May 18, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss the transition from Governor Huntsman to Herbert and the future of Utah politics.

May 18, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared on NPR Radio’s “All Things Considered” with correspondent Howard Berkes to discuss the transition from Governor Huntsman’s appointment as Chinese Ambassador.

May 18, 2009 The Next McCain? by Robert Gehrke (The Daily Beast) The China dispatch maybe be a short-term detour, but one with little downside. 2012 looked almost impossible for him, despite how well he’d been doing getting publicity, says Kirk Jowers, a University of Utah political science professor and attorney who has worked with both the McCain and Romney camps.

May 17, 2009 Huntsman Out – Herbert In by Jennifer Napier-Pearce (KUER)
Political circles are still a-buzz with news that President Obama tapped Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. Among the hotly-debated topics: What kind of a governor will Gary Herbert be? And what ds Huntsman’s exit mean for Utah politics? KUER’s Jennifer Napier-Pearce interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers.

May 17, 2009 Utah GOP governor is Obama’s pick as China envoy KUTV Anchor Brian Mulahey interviews Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers.

May 17, 2009 Names sell newspapers by Frank Pignanelli and Lavar Webb (Deseret News) Brett Tolman, Kirk Jowers, Aaron Osmond: They just really, really want to run for something.

May 17, 2009 Candidates stepping up to take Huntsman’s place (KSL News)
The Deseret News reports Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem has put together a campaign organization. He says he’s waiting to see how Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert ds at the helm before he officially throws his hat in for the 2010 special election. Other prospects include: Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics 

May 17, 2009 Race to replace Huntsman may draw broad field By Derek P. Jensen (The Salt Lake Tribune) Fred Lampropoulos, who ran a well-financed 2004 bid, could join the mix as could Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President Lane Beattie, Zions Bank President Scott Anderson or Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

May 17, 2009 Huntsman tapped: Obama’s selection of China envoy sets off a political furor by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Other potential candidates being mentioned include Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President Lane
Beattie; Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics; Scott Anderson, head of Zions Bank; and Utah’s only Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Jim Matheson.

May 16, 2009 Huntsman accepts post as ambassador to China by Andrew Adams (KSL Radio) Hinckley Institute director Kirk Jowers is interviewed regarding Huntsman’s post as ambassador to China.

May 15, 2009 KSL News Radio Interview regarding Governor Huntsman’s appointment to ambassador to China

May 16, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed by Brian Mulahey of KUTV 2 News regarding the implications of Governor Huntsman’s appointment to be China’s new ambassador.

May 16, 2009: “Gov. Huntsman Accepts Obama’s Call to Serve as U.S. Ambassador to China” by Scott McCain (Fox 13 News)Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed regarding this development.

May 16, 2009 Huntsman accepts post as ambassador to China by Keith McCord (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicsat the University of Utah said, “It’s great for the state of Utah. We can’t keep our governors on the farm. We’ve lost our last two to administrations.”

May 14, 2009 New Utah Campaign Finance Law Raises Questions by John McArdle (Roll Call) There is no question there are several state legislators who are eyeing federal races, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. We have two of the longest-serving, oldest Senators. We have a fourth [Congressional] seat we will receive [in the next reapportionment]. So I think there was certainly some feeling of, ˜Lets give ourselves maximum flexibility with these campaign funds.’

May 13, 2009 Kirk Jowers on Shurtleff, Bridgewater Candidacies by Jeff Robinson (KCPW News) KCPW’s Jeff Robinson spoke with Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers about the challengers Bennett will face at the 2010 State Republican Convention.

May 12, 2009 Shurtleff mistakenly ‘tweets’ campaign plans By Josh Loftin (Deseret News) ”Shurtleff has postponed this announcement so many times, he’s starting to look like Fred Thompson,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. The actor-turned-politician kept putting off getting into the race for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, and once Thompson did get in the race, he didn’t stay long. Jowers said there’s a danger of voters losing interest in Shurtleff’s candidacy.

May 12, 2009 Bridgewater to challenge Bennett for Senate seat by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said all incumbents are vulnerable right now, not just Bennett. He said the strategy behind a Bridgewater candidacy could be that “someone new and fresh might have the best chance to take advantage of this anti-Washington feeling.”

May 7, 2009 Romney supporter pleased by FEC vote by United Press International ”Campaign finance enforcement should err on the side of citizen participation and clarity, as it did in this instance,” said attorney Kirk Jowers.

May 6, 2009 Obama’s campaign manager fears Jon Huntsman the most in 2012 by Chris Vanocur (KUTV News) Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics says, “Huntsman has positioned himself in a great place right now because he is the only presidential candidate really running in the middle right now.”. . . And Jowers – who has advised three republican presidential candidates – says Huntsman has now, “…become a top five candidate for 2012.”

May 6, 2009 SLC interns gain D.C. perspective By Jennifer Bischoff (Salt Lake Tribune) She found her internship through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, an organization at the University of Utah, which provides opportunities for students to work in different areas of government.

May 5, 2009 FEC closes probe of Romney campaign, Utah developer by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) Gardner’s attorney in the matter, Kirk Jowers, also the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, issued a statement on behalf of Gardner saying he is gratified that the FEC dismissed the case.

May 5, 2009 Lieutenant governor won’t enforce contributions law by Sheena Mcfarland (Salt Lake Tribune) In Utah, supporters of the state’s lax campaign finance laws often argue the laws are lenient because everything is disclosed for voters to see, said Kirk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney. However, that only works if candidates accurately report contributions. If voters cannot get timely contributor information, it eliminates their ability to fairly see influence on that legislator that may or may not make a difference to them, said Jowers, who also is the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

May 5, 2009 Governor Huntsman causing national, local stir By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said Huntsman “is getting the rewards of sticking his neck out on issues,” including support for gay rights and addressing climate change ” in one of the nation’s reddest and most conservative states.

May 5, 2009 U. student named Truman Scholar By Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) “Patrick is an incredibly gifted student who serves for all the right reasons,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute. Jowers received the Truman scholarship as a U. student in 1990 and said Reimherr is deserving of the honor, due to his “tremendous work ethic, brilliant mind and absolute integrity.”

April 29, 2009 Utahns prefer Romney to Huntsman in new poll By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said most Utahns “have not yet focused on the fact that these two favorite sons are attempting to push the party in different directions.” For now, he said, both are being judged mostly on their likability and ties to the state.

April 28, 2009: “Obama has slim support of Utahns after 100 days” by Bob Bernick Jr. and Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “‘Utahns, like the nation, are giving President Obama the benefit of the doubt,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘He’s such a likable man in many ways that their concerns with some of the specific issues are not taking their toll on him yet.’”

April 28, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed by KSL Radio’s Scott Sieger regarding Senator Arlen Specter’s switch from the Republican to Democratic Party.

April 23, 2009: “Governor: Commission Change Not Result of Lawmaker Pressure” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is co-chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy. “Governor Huntsman added that campaign finance reform will be another major component the commission will study, noting that Utah is one of only three states that ds not limit campaign contributions. Learn more about the commission at strengthendemocracy.org.”

Apil 23, 2009: “Governor defends decision to drop legislative ethics from commission” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, is co-chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.

April 23, 2009: “Guv says pared-back commission is still worthwhile” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune)Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is co-chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.

April 23, 2009: “KUED Airs Hinckley Institute Forum Featuring Two University Presidents” (KUED 7) ”On Sunday night, May 2 (the morning of Monday, May 3) at 12 a.m., KUED will air a previously taped Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum with University of Utah President Michael K. Young and Brigham Young University President Cecil O. Samuelson, discussing the future of higher education.”

April 23, 2009: “Frog expert to speak at SLC Main Library” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Nature of Things, which the museum stages in partnership with the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is completing its third year under a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation.”

April 21, 2009: “New advocate position would oversee media” by Michael McFall and Jeremy Thompson (Daily Utah Chronicle) “However, Jayme Day, editor in chief of Social Dialogue, and Jonathan Spendlove, editor in chief of The Hinckley Journal of Politics”two publications that would be directly
affected by the proposal”said they know nothing about it.”

April 20, 2009: “Governor’s Commission Drops Legislative Ethics and Redistricting” by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW News) ”Kirk Jowers, acting chairman of the commission and the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says legislative leaders made no secret of their feelings about the commission taking on the issues. ‘I’ve heard directly and indirectly from various legislators that they were not happy…’”

April 20, 2009: “GOP may get more seats in Congress” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”But with Democrats currently holding a 75-plus seat majority in the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives, it will take more than redistricting to get the GOP back in control of the body in 2012. ‘Still, it is a first bright spot for (national) Republicans,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

April 18, 2009: “Dem chairman takes behind-the-scenes approach” by Jeremiah Stettler (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”U. Hinckley Institute of PoliticsDirector Kirk Jowers says Clark’s low-profile approach may have served the party well last year.”

April 17, 2009: “Presidents discuss future of higher education” by Deborah Rafferty (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘We looked at what we can do today to help students in 10 years, 20 years and 30 years,’ said U President Michael Young on Thursday at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum about the changes and problems facing the future of higher education.”

April 16, 2009: “University Presidents Say Funding Sources Will Change in the Future” by Far Robinson (KCPW) ”At a forum on higher education at the Hinckley Institute of Politics this morning, he said this could lead to major changes. ‘Will these different revenue streams change the way in which we behave?’”

April 16, 2009: “U., Y. chiefs discuss future of higher ed” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) ”Brigham Young University President Cecil O. Samuelson and University of Utah President Michael K. Young both expressed optimism during the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum on Thursday, but they made clear their thoughts were, as Samuelson said, “only speculation.”

April 16, 2009: “Guv wants ethics study narrowed” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”‘I serve (on the commission) at the pleasure of the governor,’ said commission co-chairman Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘We had a very broad mandate’ before Huntsman asked for the narrowing of the study.”

April 14, 2009: “New presidential pet becomes part of Washington politics” by Richard Piatt (KSL 5 News) ”‘It’s a way for PETA to get its message across, for shelter dogs to get theirs, even the cat lovers. You know, why didn’t they get a cat? So it just gs on and on,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

April 13, 2009: “Monday Buzz” by LaVarr Webb (Utah Policy Daily) “BYU Pres. Cecil Samuelson and U. of U. Pres. Michael Young talking about the future of higher education, at the Hinckley Institute.”

April 9, 2009: “New state law could open backdoor for federal candidates” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an attorney who practices campaign-finance law. “Candidates have an absolute right to use their personal funds for their own political campaign activity,” Jowers said.”

April 07, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics intern, Patrick Reimherr was selected as 2009 Truman Scholar.

April 04, 2009: “Walsh: Legislature enacted ethics reform: Is it enough?” by Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics DirectorKirk Jowers believes lawmakers were forced to act on ethics reform with the commission waiting in the wings. ‘It did force them to make some first steps,’ he says.”

April 04, 2009: “Did Romney’s religion cost him the presidency?” by Micheale De Groote (Mormon Times) ”Kirk Jowers has an answer for whether Mitt
Romney’s presidential bid was lost because of Mormonism: ‘I can unequivocally tell you that the answer is ‘yes, no and maybe.’”

April 02, 2009: “U coach, director take on the Wheelin’ Jazz” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”U Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, won the game by three points, 83-80, when they bombarded their opponents and audience members with streams of Silly String.”

April 02, 2009: “Gore and LDS leaders meet” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the visit validates ‘the church’s significant efforts to construct environmentally friendly buildings,’ including part of the massive downtown City Creek development that is under way.”

April 02, 2009: “Former Colombian president addresses drug war, economy” by Isabella Bravo (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics brought Gaviria to the U to speak Thursday on the role of international leaders in shaping economic and public policy.”

April 02, 2009: “Al Gore and LDS President Meet Privately” by Max Roth (KSTU Fox 13) ”‘I think its a real validation for the LDS church. They’ve made real efforts to be progressive on the environment and this helps their cause as they’ve kind of stepped out to do it,’ said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”March 28, 2009: “Utahns’ opinions are sought on ethics reform” by Kristy Kuhn (Deseret News) Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers.

March 29th, 2009 Democracy commission wants public involvement (KSL News) The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracysays it wants the public to get more involved at its meetings and on its Web site.

March 27, 2009: “China soon to ival US, Times editor says” by Trent Lowe (Daily Utah Chronicle) Kahn spoke Thursday at the U Hinckley Institute of Politics about China’s up-and-coming status as a superpower of the world.

March 26, 2009: “U. student leader named Truman scholar” by Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”This is both an extraordinary honor and a remarkable tribute to the accomplishments of Patrick Reimherr and to the [U.'s] Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 26, 2009: “University of Utah Student Awarded Truman Scholarship” (KUTV News) For the third consecutive year, past Hinckley Institute of Politics interns have been Truman Scholars. This years Truman Scholarship recipient is Patrick Reihmerr.

March 26, 2009: “Reimherr named as Truman scholar” by Isabella Bravo (Daily Utah Chronicle) ’The Truman Scholarship is the most competitive undergraduate scholarship available in this very specialized field of public service,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and a [1990] Truman scholar.”

March 26, 2009: “Harry S. Truman Scholarship Awarded to U of U Student” (U of U News Center) ”‘This is both an extraordinary honor and a remarkable tribute to the accomplishments of Patrick Reimherr and to the Hinckley Institute of Politics,’ said University of Utah President Michael K. Young.”

March 25, 2009: “A Few Questions for Jayne Nelson” (News for Faculty & Staff, U of U) Assitant Director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsJayne Nelson, interviewed for campus faculty and staff news.

March 20, 2009: “Let the ‘Mentioning’ Begin” by Lavarr Webb and Associates (Utah Policy Daily) “So a group of political junkies were sitting around at lunch talking about who has been mentioned by the Great Mentioners  as 2012 gubernatorial prospects. Here’s the list:  Republicans: Gary Herbert, Mark Shurtleff, Lane Beattie, John Valentine, David Clark, Kirk Jowers, Kevin Garn, Brent Brown, Merrill Cook, Natalie Gochnour, Chris Cannon, Jason Chaffetz.  Democrat: Jim Matheson. The list will grow, and watch for some surprise candidates.”

March 12, 2009: “Walsh: Lowbrow session at Capitol” by Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune) ”You can take his word for it. House Republicans did — in droves, along with a couple weak-willed Democrats. They chided Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers on Wednesday for daring to commission a speech from liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who accepts global warming and advocates a carbon tax.”

March 12, 2009: “2009 Legislature makes significant headway in ethics reform” by John Daley (KSL News) ”According to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, 33 other states make lobbyists disclose the how much money they’re paid, 43 other states select statewide nominees through a primary election, and 36 other states limit campaign contributions and require contributors to list their occupation or employers.”

March 11, 2009: “Friedman urges green revolution” by Rochelle McConkie (Daily Utah Chronicle) The renowned New York Times columnist and bestselling author urged a packed audience at Abravanel Hall on Tuesday night to start a green revolution using energy technology. . . . ‘Pragmatism is going to have to supersede partisanship very quickly,’ said Jowers, a Republican. ‘On the environment and so many other issues, we are reaching a state of emergency, but neither political party seems willing to see it that way.’ The Hinckley Institute honored Friedman as a Hinckley fellow for his relationship with the U.”

March 11, 2009: “Hot, flat and smug” by Glen Warchol (Salt Lake Tribune) Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow, Thomas Friedman, spoke to a sold out crowd at Abravenal Hall regarding the topics found in his new book, Hot, Flat and Crowded.

March 11, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers, interviewed with Chris Vanocur from ABC news regarding currently debated ethics bills.

March 11, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers, interviewed with Rich Piatt from KSL news regarding the legislative wrap-up`.

March 11, 2009: “Friedman: Government must stimulate green revolution” by Brandon Loomis (Salt Lake Tribune) Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow,Thomas Friedman, spoke to a sold out crowd at Abravenal Hall regarding the topics found in his new book, Hot, Flat and Crowded.

March 11, 2009: “Friedman pushes for greener America” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) ”The Utah Museum of Natural History presented the lecture in cooperation with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U.”

March 9, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared on KSL Radio with reporter Becky Bruce from KSL radio regarding the Friedman lecture and related events.

March 9, 2009: “Thomas Friedman to speak at Abravanel Hall Tuesday” (KSL News) Friedman is reportedly a huge “get” for the lecture series. Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Kirk Jowers tells KSL he accepts one speaking engagement for about every 20 requests he receives. He’s one of the most sought after speakers in the world,” Jowers added.

March 7, 2009: “Walsh: Is the U’s keynote worth $75,000?” by Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘When you have a speaker that generates this amount of press and public interest, it helps shed light on everything else you’re doing,’ says Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers. ‘It’s the trickledown effect.’”

March 5, 2009: “Commission seeks public comment on increasing voter turnout” (Deseret News) ”The commission, led by the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, is looking at legislative ethics, campaign finance laws, redistricting, lobbying regulations and how elections are conducted.”

March 4, 2009: “Students offer bribes to Legislature in protest” by Blair Dee Hodges (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the U Hinckley Institute of Politics, said ethics reform has recently come to the forefront of Utah politics. Jowers, who was appointed by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to head the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.”

February 23, 2009: “Is Buttars’ speech public, or private?” by Aaron Falk (Deseret News) ”The controversy raises the question of whether a state legislator can ever truly speak as a private citizen. According to Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the answer is no. ‘You just can’t sever the two,’ he said. ‘The practical effect, in this day and age, is that a public official is always speaking as a public official.’ With the advent of the Internet, and particularly Web sites such as YouTube, elected officials must be ever-cautious of what they say, Jowers said.”

February 20, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live on KSL Radio with reporter Sheryl Worsley regarding Senator Buttars being stripped of his chairmanship positions due to his controversial statements.

February 20, 2009: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared on KUER Radio with reporter Jennifer Alisi Napier-Pearce regarding the legislature’s ethics bills.

February 19, 2009: “3 nominated for Truman Scholars” by Trent Lowe (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘This is a huge accomplishment for the candidates and for the university,’ said Marko Mijic, a staff assistant at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘It really shows what kind of students the U prepares.’ . . .Jowers, who received the scholarship in 1990, said that the U has produced the past two Truman Scholars from Utah: Bryson Morgan in 2007 and Ingrid Price in 2008.”

February 19, 2009: “Hutnsman invited to address South Carolina politicos: Huntsman trip seem as first test 2012 presidential waters” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said if Huntsman wants the opportunity to seriously consider entering the race, it makes sense for him to develop good will across the country.  ‘Republicans lack a clear leader at this point, and Gov. Huntsman finds himself one of a small pack of potential national leaders. So he is simply in a lot of demand right now,’ Jowers said.”

February 11, 2009: “Walsh: Guv, church play gay politics” by Rebecca Walsh (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘It immediately hurts him with core Republican voters. But long term, he has at least four years for this to play out, says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Gov. Huntsman feels the calling to be a leader of the rethinking and reshaping of the Republican Party. He’s concerned about the future.’”

February 11, 2009: “Prop 8 donors pinpointed on website map” by Brent Hunsaker (ABC4 News) ”Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah said, ‘For the most part I think disclosure is good.  But there are negatives.  It’s not the silver bullet that some people think it is because it can be chilling and it can even make harassment quite easy.’

February 10, 2009: “Guv’s civil-unions stand panned, praised” by Rosemary Winters and Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘He will come out on issues even though they are not popular with his party or even within his state, but so far people have respected him for that,’ Jowers said, noting Huntsman’s efforts…”

February 9, 2009: “Legislator compaigns get 81% fo funds from special interests” by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Utah campaign laws ” which unlike most states have no donation limits, and allow direct donations by corporations ” tend to discourage lawmakers from seeking donations from regular citizens because easy, big special-interest money can supply all they need.”

February 9, 2009: “Lawmakers must regain voter trust” by Kirk Jowers and Matthew Sanderson (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Hinckley Institute of Politics’ director Kirk Jowers co-authored an op-ed on voter turnout and trust in Utah.

February 6, 2009: “United States: Political Activity Law Bulletin – Disclosure Rules for Lobbyist Bundling” by Trevor Potter, Kirk L. Jowers, Joseph M. Birkenstock, Stacy Q. Cline, Matthew T. Sanderson and Kirsty B. Tsadick. Co-authored work by Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Published in the Political Acitivty Law Bulletin, Winter 2009.

February 4, 2009: Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared on UPR’s Access Utah today with host Lee Austin and fellow guest Meg Holbrook regarding the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.

February 2, 2009: This week on Utah NOW, the always-dicey question of ethics in the Utah Legislature.  This week Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and Ken Verodia join host Doug Fabrezio to talk about the efforts to reform the rules of conduct on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

February 2, 2009: “Sparking voter turnout” by Aaron Zundel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Headed by Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller, and co-chaired by the U’s own Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics the 16“member commission hopes to investigate those perceptions, primarily by focusing on ethics reform.

February 2009: “Campus All-Stars - Achievements of U of U Faculty, Staff, Students, and More” (U of U Alumni Association) “Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, has been named by Gov. Jon Huntsman to head an independent government ethics commission… Jowers says he hopes the commission will make recommendations in areas such as campaign finance laws, lobbying rules, and party nomination systems, among many others. The commission will not make any recommendations until after lawmakers adjourn in early March.”

January 30, 2009: “Ethics Reform” with Doug Fabrizio (KUED Utah Now) This week on Utah NOW, the always-dicey question of ethics in the Utah Legislature.  This week Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and Ken Verodia join host Doug Fabrezio to talk about the efforts to reform the rules of conduct on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

January 29, 2009: “Utah wants ethics reform” (Deseret News) ”According to Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and co-chairman of the newly empaneled Governor’s Commission on strengthening Utah’s Democracy, Utah has some of the most lax campaign finance laws in the nation. That’s hardly a proud distinction. Utah’s laws should be on par with the rest of the nation, if not stricter.”

January 29, 2009: “Huntsman addresses budget cuts” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Utah lawmakers would be smart to use bonds as a way to obtain cash revenue and limit budget cuts. Bonds are loans that states, cities and corporations can obtain to build roads and buildings. Jowers said Utah has an AAA bond rating, the highest possible, at a time when many other states have no borrowing credibility. Cash that would have previously been used to build economy-stimulating roads and buildings could then be put to softening budget cuts.”

January 28, 2009: “Laymakers flip budget process” by Jed Layton (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Jowers also said both the House and the Senate have new leadership this session. David Clark, R-Santa Clara, is the new speaker of the House and Michael Waddoups, R-West, Jordan is the new president of the Senate. ‘New leadership always causes a level of chaos,’ Jowers said. ‘Different styles, constituents and philosophies change the way people interact and work. There will be some adapting on Capitol Hill for the first little while.’

January 28, 2009: “Admins hope Legislature will follow Huntsman’s plan” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, a Republican and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is a supporter of Huntsman’s plan to use the fund. ‘I understand some legislators’ concerns to be fiscally responsible,’ he said. ‘But to not use the fund is allowing ideology (to) supersede logic.’”

January 27, 2009: “Shurtleff spent $730,000 on re-election bid” by Chris Rizo (LegalNewsline.com) ”‘Mark Shurtleff is a popular politician and most people approve of his job,’ Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, told Legal Newsline in a pre-election.”

Janurary 27, 2009 Gov. Huntsman’s State of the State address (KSL News) This is the purpose of the newly-announced Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, because without public support and participation we have no democracy.

January 26, 2009: “Miller to lead ethics commission” by Jed Layton (Utah Daily Chronicle) “Larry Miller will lead a state ethics commission along withKirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced Thursday.”

January 23, 2009: “Hinckley panelists predict reform and gay rights to take backseat” by Alex Cragun (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”In a special forum Thursday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, local newspaper reporters said Utah can expect more budget cuts to go through the Utah Legislature this session, while ethics, health care reform, liquor laws and gay rights take the backseat.
The Hinckley Institute hosted the forum with Doug Fabrizio’s political-broadcasting RadioWest show on KUER and invited two reporters from The Salt Lake Tribune and one reporter from the Deseret News to discuss what people could expect from the 2009 Utah legislative session.”

January 23, 2009: “Huntsman appoints ethics reform panel” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”Huntsman and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, who will ‘drive’ the commission’s work, both said one area where Utah clearly lags behind other states is campaign finances.  ‘We have the most lax laws in the nation,’ said Jowers, adding Utah allows any amount of money into campaigns from any source.  Hinting that Utah may be behind the times, Jowers said that maybe ‘we missed a reform passed 40 years ago’ in another state.”

January 23, 2009: “Gov Launches Commission on Strengthening Democracy, Ethics” by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, will be the commission’s vice chairman. ‘We have missed so many reforms on some of these areas that we might be able to just learn from all the mistakes of these other states and just put in a really top flight-level model, you know, [of] democratic governance,’ Jowers says.”

January 23, 2009: “Names in the Game” Associated Press (International Herald Tribune) ”‘The people have to have a faith in all aspects of our government. They have to be engaged. They have to understand why decisions are made,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicsat
the University of Utah and the commission’s co-chairman.”

January 23, 2009: “Huntsman tabs Jazz owner for ethics panel” by Brock Vergakis (The Associated Press) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, will serve as the commission’s
co-chairman. He said polls repeatedly show that the public wants its government to enact meaningful reforms and it is time that Utah takes…”

January 22, 2009: “Utah Legislative preview” with Doug Fabrizio (KUER) RadioWest broadcast live from the HInckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers joins the panel to preview the upcoming legislative session. It will be tougher going this year for Utah’s lawmakers than in years past. A faltering economy will mean difficult decisions as they try and balance the budget. We’ll talk about the players, the relationships and of course, the issues at play this year.

January 22, 2009: “Governor organizes government ethics commission” by John Daley (KSL Ch 5) ”‘We have 50 other states and the District of Columbia that have been making reforms, and the federal government. And we can see what has worked what has not worked, what can be applicable to our state,’ said Kirk Jowers, vice chair of the new commission.”

January 22, 2009: “Legislators Meet with LDS Leaders on State Liquor Laws” by Sandy Reisgraf (KSTU Fox 13) ”The question is not whether your talking to too many, but too few of these constituents; are some people being excluded from the conversation who have just right to comment as others, and that to me the more important question.” stated Kirk Jowers, of the Hinckley Institute of Politics regarding state representatives meeting with LDS church leaders to discuss state liquor laws.

January 22, 2009: “Governor Wants Utahns Engaged in Democracy” by Fields Moseley (KUTV News) ”Ethics reform and campaign finance can be touchy subjects with legislators.  Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley institute of Politics thinks those affect how people view government. ‘We basically have one of the two or three laxest campaign finance laws in the country,’ said Jowers.”

January 21, 2009: “Hinckley interns brave inauguration crowds in DC” by Michael McFall (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”U student interns joined hundreds of thousands of Americans in celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th president, but some watched and listened in different venues than they had originally planned. In Washington, D.C., interns with the Hinckley Institute of Politics had the chance to be among those packed into hotels, buses, sidewalks and streets to see the inauguration of the country’s first black president.”

January 21, 2009: “Students celebrate at Kingsbury” by Isabella Bravo (Daily Uath Chronicle) “The broadcast was followed by a panel discussion withHinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and political science professor Tim Chambliss, moderated by Doug Fabrizio of KUER’s RadioWest.Jowers said Obama has a 76 percent approval rating, but this might not last forever. ‘President Bush had a 91 percent approval rating at one point,’ Jowers said. ‘The party’s over. That’s what happens to those 80 percent approval ratings. I’m hoping Obama will take on these challenges.’

January 21, 2009: “Larry H. Miller to co-chair ethics commission” (KSL) Kirk Jowers, who directs the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, will help lead the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.

January 21, 2009: “Inaugural impressions from the University of Utah” (Blog) Past Hinckley Institute of Politics interns travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Inaugural Ceremony.

January 21, 2009: “2,000 watch big event at U” by Elaine Jarvik (Deseret News) Over 2,000 people turned out to watch President Obama’s Inauguration at the Hinckley sponsored Kingsbury Hall event.

January 20, 2009: “Change requires participation” by Alan Monsen (Daily Utah Chronicle) “There are many ways to get involved, such as the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which offers opportunities to influence the nation and world and make an impact. The recent Rock the Vote campaign registered over 3,000 students, some who had never voted before.”

January 20, 2009: “Barack Obama’s Inauguration – Utah Reacts” with Doug Fabrizio (KUER) Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicssaid, “President Obama is correct, we need to move forward…” during the post inauguration panel at Kingsbury Hall. Click here to listen.

January 19, 2009: “Welcome back, guv, we’re kind of proud” by Rebecca Walsh (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Leavitt distinguished himself above and beyond all other Bush Cabinet secretaries,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘He’s seen by both the right and the left as someone who was innovative, straightforward. He’s a superstar.’”

January 15, 2009: “Even in Republican Utah, Bush presidency rated lackluster, poor” by Thomas Burr (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”The economic troubles, paired with the groundswell of support for incoming President Barack Obama, could account for the drop, says Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Part of this lower approval rating is the natural evolution of our presidents,’ Jowers says. “We elect them, we love them, as we do with Obama right now. Then they go through highs and lows, but typically [at the end of the cycle] we haven’t liked our presidents much. We’re tired of them and ready for the next new thing.’”

January 15, 2009: “Campus to broadcast Obama inauguration” by Jed Layton (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Following the coverage there will be a panel discussion featuring Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Tim Chambless,  an assistant professor of political science, at 11 a.m. The discussion will center on how the transition of power between presidents has been able to remain peaceful.”

January 15, 2009: “Hot ticket: Eagles will land in Sandy” (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘A Peaceful Transition of Power: Barack Obama Becomes the 44th President of the United States,’ with Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and other political experts; Kingsbury Hall.”

January 13, 2009: “Times’ Friedman to speak at UMNH” by Alex Cragun (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute, said Friedman is a highly respected commentator and an innovator in eco-economics.’We want the students to meet and hear Friedman to challenge some of their opinions,’ Jowers said.”

January 12, 2009: “Two Free Inauguration Events” by Elizabeth Ziegler (KCPW) ”The venue will air live coverage from the inauguration, which will be followed by a panel discussion led by Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk 

January 12, 2009: “Jowers picked to lead state ethics commission” by Jed Layton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is alarmed by the results of the 2008 election. Not that he is unhappy with any of the winning candidates. Instead, he is worried about the low voter turnout.”

January 7, 2009: “Walsh: Shurtleff’s timing on Utes suspect” by Rebecca Walsh (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers dsn’t mind. ‘Whether or not it’s for political purposes, God bless him. The more pressure we can put on the BCS, the better. The BCS needs to fold.’”

January 6, 2009: “Governor Jon Huntsman” with Doug Fabrizio (KUER) Kirk Jowers, Lisa Riley Roche and Rebecca Walsh participated in a live RadioWest panel to discuss Governor Joh Huntsman’s reelection and future administration. Click here to listen.

January 2, 2009: Utah Now, “Year in Review” with Doug Fabrizio (KUED) Looking back at 2008 to talk about the highlights and the characters who made ’08 one of the most interesting years – in years.  X-96′s Bill Allred, The Salt Lake Tribune’s Rebecca Walsh, Richard Piatt from KSL and Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics were among the guests.