2010 MEDIA COVERAGE

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


December 29, 2010: “Gov. Gary Herbert already raising money for next election” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers,head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor, said the shortened term means Herbert has much less time to collect the cash he needs to run. ‘The governor is in a little tougher spot because he has to run in 2010 and 2012,’ Jowers said. ‘Normally, you can give everyone a break for two years. He dsn’t have that luxury.’” Story also published at KSL.

December 26, 2010: “Utah politicians had plenty of wishes for Santa” by Frank Pinganelli and LaVarr Webb (Deseret News) Hinckley Institute DirectorKirk Jowers asked Santa for a change in the caucus/convention system so he can run for something ” anything ” with a decent chance of getting out of convention.

December 21, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed live on the Rod Arquette Show regarding the implications of Utah gaining a Fourth Seat and national reapportionment.

December 21, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Fox 13 Evening News regarding the implications of Utah gaining a Fourth Seat and national reapportionment.

December 21, 2010: “Speculation abounds for representative of 4th House seat” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said there’s even a possibility all four seats could be open next election. Third District Rep. Jason Chaffetz is already looking at running for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat. Matheson may also join that race. And there’s talk that 1st District Rep. Rob Bishop would run for something else, too. ‘It’s once in a generation you have this many big seats that may be open,’ Jowers said. ‘A lot of people are exploring things right now.’”

December 21, 2010: “How Will GOP-Controlled Legislature Draw Districts this Time?” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, if he expects there will be gerrymandering.”

December 20, 2010: “Bob Bennett’s top 10 career moments” by Amy Choate-Nielsen (Deseret News) ”When his time in the Senate is complete, Bennett will join the University of Utah’s Hinckley Center for Politics as a part-time teacher, researcher and orator. His reputation and connections with powerful political figures are expected to be an asset to the center and bring Utah continued prestige.”

December 19, 2010: “Leaving Washington: After 18 years in office, Bob Bennett looks to the future” by Amy Choate-Nielsen (Deseret News) “When the legislative session ends, he will begin teaching, lecturing and mentoring at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He also plans to be a part-time counselor at a Washington, D.C., law firm, join the Bipartisan Policy Center as a resident scholar, and head the Bennett Consulting Group, a group of Washington consultants who intend to join forces in a planned international organization.”

December 14, 2010: “Budding political student challenges national committee chairman” by Sara Israelson- Hartley (Deseret News) ”Yet, perhaps other politically minded youth might be motivated by the success of people like Schultz, said Kirk Jowers, associate professor of political science and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘One complaint you ¦ hear from students is this concern that they are irrelevant because the special interests have so much money and influence,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, as they find these avenues where they can have an impact, it will take that excuse out of political inactivity.’”

December 12, 2010: “Retirement? Not for Senator Bennett” by Tome Busselberg (Davis County Clipper) ”‘I do not view my departure from the Senate as the end of my career; I simply view it as a change of venue. I still am very interested in the major problems that face this country and want to play some kind of role to help solve them,’ he said of future plans. Bennett will be working with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He will lecture, teach, mentor and work with the university’s intern programs.

December 11, 2010: The Thumb (Salt Lake Tribune) “After his term ends next month, Bennett will take up a post at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics as its first resident scholar. There he will teach classes in politics and government and help manage an internship program that will place students in inside positions in Washington.”

December 10, 2010: “Bennett says farewell to the Senate, but not to politics” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Utah senator spoke in his famous off-the-cuff fashion, peppering his speech with anecdotes from his more than 50 years of government experience and his three terms in office. ‘As a political junkie, what could be better?’ he asked. ‘It was a great time. … I enjoyed it immensely.’

December 10, 2010: “Bennett divulges details about his future ” by Matt Canham (Out of Context, Salt Lake Tribune) “And finally he will work as a scholar and adviser for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 10,2010: “Bennett says farewell to the Senate, but not to politics” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”He will also work for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics as a resident scholar, teaching classes and promoting its internship program.”

December 10, 2010: “Sen. Bennett’s plans for the future: Teaching, traveling, consulting” by Christina Wilkie (The Hill) ”The senator, who lost his primary bid in a state GOP caucus last May, will be going to the University of Utah, where he’ll join the Hinckley Institute of Politics.’I'll be doing some teaching … some mentoring, I’ll be working with the university’s … political interns in 35 countries … and I will be showing the flag for uUah in those countries as I travel in that direction.’”

December 9. 2010: “Saying Goodbye to the Senate” by Bernie Becker (The Caucus, New York Times) ”Earlier in the day, Mr. Bennett, who was denied the Republican nomination this year in his bid for a fourth term, defended colleagues from both parties against what he called the caricature that senators are self-serving and unethical. At the end of his address, Mr. Bennett was applauded and accepted handshakes and hugs from several senators from both parties.”

December 9, 2010: “Utah’s Bob Bennett bids farewell to long Senate career” by Molly Farmer and Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, delivered a farewell address Thursday to his fellow lawmakers on the Senate floor. After 18 years in office and a total of 48 years in D.C., Bennett said he isn’t leaving politics, he just ‘changing venues.’”

December 9, 2010: “Bennett bids Senate colleagues farewell” by Molly Farmer (Deseret News) “The 77-year-old Utah Republican recalled the time he spent as an intern in his teens and as a staffer for his father, the late Sen. Wallace Bennett, before he ever ran for election. He recounted the monumental events where he was in Washington, such as running to a ticker tape in the Senate offices to read updates on the shooting of then-President John F. Kennedy, and being present when Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington and delivered his “I have a dream” speech.”

December 9, 2010: “Who is the reddest of them all?” (The Economist) ”Not all conservatives are alike, of course. Mormons in the landlocked West are surprisingly cosmopolitan, says Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. That is because the church sends so many of its young overseas to proselytise, where they meet other cultures. So Mormon conservatism takes an independent, and softer, line on immigration than, say, the Bible-Belt folk of the South.”

December 9, 2010: “U.’s Hinckley Institute to create unique position for Bennett” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Senator Bennett is by all accounts ¦ one of the most respected senators over the past two decades, somebody who has integrity,’ said Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute. ‘I can’t think of anyone better regardless of what state they represented, to educate our students on how D.C. works and how they can make a change for the better in our world.’

December 8, 2010: “Minority leader: Utah party convention system divisive ” by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) ”Allowing a relatively small group of people to choose candidates disconnects the rest of the public from the voting process, says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. It also means politicians only have to focus on the requirements of a small number of delegates instead of the general voting population. ‘Ninety-nine percent-plus of the population is completely ignored by candidates for most of the year,’ he said.”

December 6, 2010: “N.Y. Times praise unlikely to change Utah immigration debate” by Elizabeth Stuart (Deseret News) ”Such a pat on the back from one of the ‘most influential papers in the world’ may help Utah’s image, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Utah rightly or wrongly is maligned and misunderstood nationally and internationally,’ said Jowers. ‘The positive impact of this editorial on Utah business, tourism and education cannot be underestimated. It is very important and very positive.’”

December 3, 2010: “Utah GOP Chairman Dave Hansen to step down to help Hatch campaign” by Lisa Riley Roche and Jamshid Ghazi Askar (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it makes sense for Hansen to return to working for Hatch. ‘It’s no surprise that Dave Hansen, who has been a loyal supporter and consultant for Sen. Hatch for years, with a potentially difficult and contested race coming, would go rejoin his political godfather,’ Jowers said.

December 3, 2010: “Political Gamesmanship’ Over Affirmative Action” by Bob Bernick (Utahpolicy.com) ”‘[CRC Chairman Jon Memmott, a retired judge and former director of Legislative Research and General Counsel] then quoted from a recent speech [sponsored by the Hinckley Institute] given by LDS Church Apostle Dallin Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice and member of the CRC, about how important both the U.S. and state constitutions are “ and how they should be changed only after much thought and study.

December 3, 2010: “Affirmative action plan bad for minorities?” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘I haven’t seen this great body of evidence to show why we’re even going down this road,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘It’s either appalling or dismaying that we don’t have someone here who can help us get to that point.’

December 3, 2010: “GOP state party chairman expected to resign” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Hansen’s departure shouldn’t come as a surprise.’Everyone expected Dave, at some point, to step down and take on Sen. Hatch’s election [campaign],’ Jowers said. ‘He’s been Senator Hatch’s closest adviser for years, so its no surprise to anyone that, in a potentially very difficult race, he would not desert his longtime client and candidate.’

December 3, 2010: “Herbert’s chief of staff stepping down to take job at U.” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Jason was a phenomenal chief of staff,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, who is an adviser to Herbert and a friend of Perry’s. ‘It is a big loss for the governor. I don’t know anyone who could do the job better. At the same time, the governor has got four years as lieutenant governor and two years of being governor behind him, so it’s the right time for him to start developing new political talent.’”

December 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding the future of the Utah Republican Party and Dave Hansen’s anticipated resignation as Utah Republican Party Chair.

December 2, 2010: “Interns – An Excellence Resource For Your Company” (Global Utah Weekly, WTC) ”World Trade Center Utah is working collaboratively with the University of Utah International Center and Hinckley Institute of Politics to identify Utah companies doing business internationally who would benefit from one or more of the many undergraduate and graduate students seeking unpaid internships. In addition, a group of 8 Taiwanese graduate students from the International Trade Institute are arriving in March and ready to serve as full time interns for 7 weeks.

December 2, 2010: “Utah GOP Chairman Dave Hansen to step down to help Hatch campaign” by Lisa Riley Roche and Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it makes sense for Hansen to return to working for Hatch. ‘It’s no surprise that Dave Hansen, who has been a loyal supporter and consultant for Sen. Hatch for years, with a potentially difficult and contested race coming, would go rejoin his political godfather,’ Jowers said.”

December 2, 2010: “U Democrats: stick together” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Sen. Ross Romero, District 7 Minority Whip, visits with the College Democrats at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in OSH on Wednesday. Romero discussed his votes and positions on issues that would effect his younger constituents.”

December 1, 2010: “Bennett would open doors for students” by Jordin Jochim (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Despite the nearly incalculable loss of experience in our nation’s capital this election, the U is looking to pick up a bit of that experience for itself. Pollster and political science professor Dan Jones characterizes the chance of Bennett joining the U’s faculty as being 80 percent to 90 percent certain, and Bennett has already been in to discuss the possibility of teaching with Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Although nothing is official, one can bet safely on the chances of seeing Bennett in the halls of the U campus in the near future. ‘(Bennett) knows the process, politics and people in today’s news and will be able to make current events come alive and more applicable to (students’) lives,’ Jowers said.”

December 1, 2010: “Utah budget director to be ‘super executive’ in Michigan” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, an adviser to the governor and the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said even though Herbert already has a budget under his belt, Nixon will be missed. ‘Certainly, the governor’s life would be easier with John staying through the legislative session,’ Jowers said. ‘He could make the governor’s case quite forcefully’ and could tell ‘if games were being played.’”

November 23, 2010: “Voter turnout best since ’94, but still bad” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers served as acting chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy set up by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to try to improve turnout after newspaper stories about how Utah has been last in the nation during recent elections. He has said the state could adopt some improvements.”

November 21, 2010: “Choice by Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds one key to Utah’s already intriguing 2012 elections” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News)“‘Chaffetz is beloved by the delegates, well known in Utah and is developing a strong financial network,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute or Politics at the University of Utah. ‘He could wait until the end of (2011) if he wants to make the decision (whether to run against Hatch), but ideally he’d make it by September or October.’”

November 20, 2010: “George W. Bush dsn’t disappoint adoring crowd at Sandy Costco book signing” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Taylor and Emily Morgan brought along their 7-month-old baby, Chase, to the book signing. ˜That’s what it’s all about,’ Emily said the former president told them, smiling at Chase. ˜Having a baby.’

November 20, 2010: “Party Lines: How will the compact change debate on immigration?” by Rob Miller (Davis County Clipper) ”Will this nudge from the LDS Church change the debate on immigration reform that is currently occurring in Utah? I believe that it will have an effect on some of our state legislators, and I agree with Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, who said, A lot of legislators will find it very persuasive because there are some incredibly impressive people and organizations represented by this compact.

November 18, 2010: “Extending tax cuts will repeat history’s mistakes” by Jon Bullen (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”In a speech given at the Hinckley Institute of Politics last week, Sen. Orrin Hatch told students that “your future is going down the drain.” Hatch stressed that though the blame for the economic ws of the country lies with both parties, Democrats bear the vast majority.”

November 17, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding former President George W. Bush’s visit to Utah to promote his new book.

November 17, 2010: “Bennett may head lobbying group ” by Thomas Burr and Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The senator, who lost his re-election bid at convention, also plans to teach at the University of Utah and boost the school’s Hinckley Institute of Politics internship programs abroad.”

November 17, 2010: “Prof discusses terrorism, nuclear age” by Anderas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) “It will be the younger generation’s responsibility to respond in the event of a nuclear attack in the 21st century, said a Harvard scholar at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday.”

November 17, 2010: “Former CIA Agent Examines Al Qaeda’s Desire for Nukes” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”If Al-Qaeda obtains a nuclear weapon, it wouldn’t hesitate to use it on the United States.  That’s the thrust of an article published yesterday on ForeignPolicy.com by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  He shared his expertise at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City yesterday.  KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked Mowatt-Larssen, who spent more than two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency, about one of Al Qaeda’s top leaders, Ayman al-Zawahiri.”

November 16, 2010: “Hatch to take on new finance role” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) “‘The Finance Committee is arguably the most important committee back there in the Senate,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘For (Hatch) to have a minority leadership role is big.’”

November 16, 2010: “Forum to discuss ˜second nuclear age’” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Nuclear weapons will be the topic of discussion at today’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum. Rolf Mowatt-Larsen, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, will speak at the forum titled ‘The Danger of Nuclear Weapons.’”

November 15, 2010: “EXCLUSIVE: Top Utah legislators get catered steak dinner thanks to lobbyists” (ABC 4 News) ”Kirk Jowers is the head of theHinckley Institute of Politics and also served on the governor’s ethics commission. He told us, ’Disclosure, I think, is important. It ds change lobbyist and lawmaker behavior.’ Jowers didn’t seem surprised when we told him about the dinner we uncovered,  ‘Even in the economic downturn, there’s one industry that’s still growing and that’s lobbyists.’”

November 15, 2010: “Bennett could join U faculty” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ” Bennett has visited Hinckley Institute of PoliticsDirector Kirk Jowers and discussed the possibility of becoming an instructor for the U. The extent of what his position would be is not yet determined, Jowers said. Possibilities for Bennett that have been discussed were teaching introductory classes or senior seminars.”

November 12, 2010: “Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the U.’s Hinckley Institute that both parties are at fault for the economic mess but lefty ideas aren’t helping to get us out of it.” (Political Cornflakes) [Chrony]

November 11, 2010: ” ‘Utah Compact’ urges guidelines for immigration discussion” by Carole Mikita and Cleon Wall (KSL) ”‘A lot of legislators will find it very persuasive because there are some incredibly impressive people and organizations represented by this compact,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘I’ve found that certain legislators, though, don’t like any idea if it’s not theirs,’ Jowers said. Still, he says the timing of the Utah Compact is perfect: post-election and allowing plenty of time to create other legislative options.”

November 11, 2010: “˜Your future is going down the drain’” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The future of the young generation is in danger, said Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday when he visited the Hinckley Institute of Politics to talk with students on the status of Congress and the economy.”

November 9, 2010: “Students need more preparation to deal with real-world issues” by Madison Murphy (Daily Utah Chronicle) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he believes a big focus of such a course should be democracy, and the biggest contribution we can give to our society is our vote. Democracy only works if we all participate. He said that in our society, students are the least likely to vote, and as a result, younger people’s issues get less attention.”

November 6, 2010: “Why Corroon lost ” even in Salt Lake County” by Jeremiah Stettler (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the problem wasn’t necessarily the ad’s tone. ‘Corroon had to go negative at some point to have any chance of winning,’ Jowers says. ‘When your opponent is running 25 points ahead of you, a purely positive ad will not give you a chance to win, absent the front-runner destroying himself or herself.’

November 5, 2010: “Bennett tapped for Hinckley Institute position” by Bruce Mehew (Mid-Utah Radio) “Bennett says he’s had several job offers and he fully intends to stay involved. Kirk Jowers at the Hinckley Institute confirmed the university’s discussions with Bennett and call him, one of the most respected public officials in the country.

November 5, 2010: “Lockhart elected as speaker of the House ” by Heidi Toth (Daily Herald) ”‘The legislative branch in Utah is by design very powerful, and an empowered speaker can really move the policy and money decisions in the state,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 4, 2010: “Philpot blames GOP for Utah loss” by Alison Peek (Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City isn’t sure Philpot could have pulled off the win. Jim Matheson has name recognition after ten years in office as well as family ties as the son of well respected Governor Scott Matheson.”

November 4, 2010: “Sen. Bob Bennett may take job at University of Utah” by Amy Choate-Nielson (Deseret News) ”‘I don’t want to just sit around,’ Bennett said Tuesday in his Salt Lake City office after an interview with institute director Kirk Jowers. Under ethics rules that apply to senators, Bennett can’t announce any final details until after January, when his replacement, Mike Lee, will be sworn in as Utah’s newest senator. But Bennett said Tuesday that he’s had several job offers and he fully intends to stay involved.”

November 4, 2010: “Republican ˜tsunami’” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The panel included Hinckley director Kirk Jowers, Deseret News’ Lisa Riley Roche, BYU political professor Quin Monson, Democratic lobbyist Frank Pignanelli and pollster Dan Jones. ‘We knew it would be a Republican wave”it ended up being a tsunami,’ Jowers said. Many Democrats’ seats were lost and one of the only ones to keep a Democratic seat was Harry Reid. Historically in midterm elections, the president’s party often loses control of the legislative branch, Jowers said.”

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was interviewed by KUTV following the Hinckley Institute’s forum, “Who Won and Why”.

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was interviewed by ABC 4 following the Hinckley Institute’s forum, “Who Won and Why”.

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was interviewed by KUTV on the 2010 midterm election results.

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was interviewed by KSL on the 2010 midterm election results.

November 3, 2010: “Utah voter turnout is dismal ” again” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘I’m shocked and profoundly disappointed that we couldn’t even meet the worst-in-the-nation performance we had in 2006 with a special governor’s race at the top of the ticket and supposed enthusiasm for Republicans in a Republican state, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.’”

November 3, 2010:” A look at why Corroon lost so resoundingly” by John Daley (KSL) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, ‘People have to talk about what Governor Herbert did right. This is a resounding victory.’ Gov. Herbert, himself well-funded, was celebrating election night, political analysts say, because he combined a folksy, good-natured demeanor with a simple message he repeated with discipline: ‘It’s the economy. ‘Most importantly, I think we were right on the issues. We were correct on growing the economy and focusing on job creation, and we were doing it,’ he said.”

November 3, 2010: “Students make voices heard on Election Day” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘I fully support the absentee ballots, early voting, anything to make the vote more accessible to every citizen,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘There is still something really wonderful about the whole community getting together on a single day, casting their vote, seeing each other and walking around with the ˜I voted’ button.’”

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio to discuss election results on KSL TV’s morning news.

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio to discuss election results on the Grant and Amanda Show on KSL Radio.

November 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio to discuss election results on Fox 13′s Good Morning Utah.

November 3, 2010: “Decisive win sends Mike Lee to Senate” by Jesse Hyde and Kelly Henroid (Deseret News) ”‘Senator Bennett was one of the two or three best appropriators in the Senate. He did an outstanding job of bringing federal funds home to Utah,’ said Kirk Jowers, a political science professor at the University of Utah and the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Senator Lee has campaigned to end some of those practices.’”

November 3, 2010: “Gov. Gary Herbert defeats Peter Coroon in special election for Utah’s governor” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Corroon stayed in his suite at the Democrats’ Election Night headquarters, the downtown Marriott, most of the evening. That’s unusual behavior for a candidate whose race was called by pollsters as soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m., said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.  ‘Obviously, it’s a tough-fought battle,’ Jowers said of the race. He said Corroon’s negative TV commercials worked against him, especially since they did not make an effective case for electing him.”

November 3, 2010: “Siciliano forum will deal with political reformation” by Conor McCormick (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics will be hosting the 14th annual Siciliano Forum to discuss national issues and political reformation. The keynote speaker is Robert Stern, an active member in political reform for the past 40 years. Stern has served as a staff attorney for the California Legislature, the elections counsel to the California Secretary of State’s office, and is now the president of the Center for Governmental Studies.”

November 2, 2010: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Utah’s 2010 Midterm Elections” by Bryan Schott (Utah Policy.com) “Utah Policy speaks withKirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, about the highlights and lowlights of the 2010 midterm elections in Utah.

November 2, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, provided live and recorded election coverage from the Utah Republican Party post-election event for KSL TV, KSL Radio, and Fox 13.

November 2010: “Radicalization of American Politics Likely to Continue” by Jacob M. Stout (College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah) ”It appears Republicans are poised to make significant gains in a year teeming with immense political change and polarization. Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, commented in a recent interview that people are angry at Washington and Congress in particular. After just four years of enjoying control, the Democrats are going to receive the brunt of that anger even as disapproval ratings for both parties are dipping below 30 percent.

November 2, 2010: “Eric Wright Scholarship Fund reaches match point” (FYI Newsletter) ”The Eric Wright Scholarship, established to honor the memory of Eric Wright, a Hinckley intern who passed away prematurely on Aug. 28, 2010 during his internship in Washington, D.C., has received more than $25,000 in donations. As promised, the Kirk and Kristen Jowers Global Scholarship Fund will donate a matching $25,000. The scholarship will benefit outstanding students interning in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Hinckley Institute.

November 1, 2010: “Election 2010: A Republican wave or Tsunami?” (ABC 4) ”With regards to the Republican’s chances Tuesday, Kirk Jowers, the Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics told ABC 4, ‘It’s going to be big and it could be huge.’Jowers says the Tea Party movement is a significant reason why it could be a huge night for Republicans, ‘They all went into the Republican Party, resulted in about four million new primary voters and if they keep coming, that will be the difference that really makes this a Tsunami, instead of a wave.’”

November 1, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by Max Roth on Fox 13 regarding tomorrow’s elections.

November 1, 2010: “Radio ad using the word ‘Constitution’ may be confusing voters” by Logan Daniels (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the amendments haven’t received a lot of media attention and this ad is filling the vacuum. Jowers says the problem with the ad is in its wording. He says when you listen to it you’re not sure if they’re talking about the U.S. Constitution or the Utah Constitution. ‘The cynical view is that the creators of this ad are trying to take advantage of the U.S. constitutional fervor and the need to get back to that document, but whether or not that applies to the Utah Constitution is dubious,” Jowers says. He says the amendments are too different for one group to oppose them all.”

November 1, 2010: “‘Tea party bringing new voters to the polls’ by John Daley (Deseret News) ”Tea party influence is already seen in a surge in GOP voters. Republicans had roughly 4 million new voters nationally in their primaries, according to Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers. ‘They will be a force this year,’ Jowers said.”

November 1, 2010: “Forum dissects goals, concerns of tea party” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The tea party was the hot topic as three political science professors discussed and analyzed the movement during a Hinckley forum on Friday.”

October 31, 2010: “Students need to prove the numbers wrong” by Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Insittute of Politics (Daily Utah Chronicle)“You’ve heard it many times before: College students don’t vote. They’re apathetic. They’re disengaged. But to me, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, this information seems off track. I interact with students every day who are engaged in the political process and committed to a lifetime of citizen involvement. So where ds this disconnect occur?”

October 31, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio by Andrew Adams regarding an advertisement opposing all of the Utah constitutional amendments.

October 31, 2010: “Is radio ad meant to mislead Utah voters?” by Jared Page (Deseret News) ”‘Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the ad takes ‘a real curious approach’. ‘It appears they may be hoping that some portion of the voters won’t make the distinction between the U.S. and Utah constitutions,’ Jowers said.’”

October 29, 2010: “Forum analyzes impact of Tea Party: by John Daley (Deseret News) ”Political analysts examined the movement at a Hinckley Institute Forum Friday at the University of Utah. They said that energy has morphed into bona fide political influence, with Tea Party-backers turning out at the polls. Director of the Hinckley InstituteKirk Jowers, said, ‘It’s always easier to complain than to govern.’”

October 29, 2010: “Young voters could be key in Salt Lake County Council race” by Jared Page (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said voters of all ages are affected by the ‘enthusiasm gap’ ” when one party seems to be more energized than the other prior to an election. ‘In 2006 and 2008, it was Republicans who were discouraged and Democrats were highly motivated,’ Jowers said. ‘That’s flipped in 2010. Young people will follow those trends. The more liberal students are little more disenchanted, whereas the more conservative students are more fired up.’”

October 29, 2010: “PAC sends strong signal for Huntsman presidential run” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) “The attorney for the PAC, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it amounts to an effort to draft Huntsman to run, most likely in 2016. ‘Supporters of Gov. Huntsman want to create an entity that can support ‘Huntsman-esque’ candidates and potentially provide a vehicle when he returns to the States, should he be interested in future office,’ Jowers said.”

October 29, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was internviewd on KSL Radio this morning by Andrew Adams regarding Huntsman’s political future.

October 28, 2010: “PAC sends strong signal for Huntsman presidential run” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”The attorney for the PAC, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it amounts to an effort to draft Huntsman to run, most likely in 2016. ‘Supporters of Gov. Huntsman want to create an entity that can support ‘Huntsman-esque’ candidates and potentially provide a vehicle when he returns to the States, should he be interested in future office,’ Jowers said.”

October 28, 2010: “Barbara Baker says it was her duty to pay for pro-Philpot radio ads” by Richard Piatt (KSL) “And it’s legal, as long as it is not coordinated with a campaign, according to Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Usually individuals don’t want to stick their neck out,’ Jowers said. “Individuals paying for ads like these are quite rare in Utah.’”

October 28, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KPCW regarding the upcoming elections.

October 27, 2010: “‘Kind old woman’ buys her own radio ads for Philpot’” by Lisa Riley Roche and Richard Piatt (Deseret News) “‘Usually individuals don’t want to stick their neck out,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Individuals paying for ads like this are quite rare in Utah.’ Jowers said he believes the ad could have an impact. ‘I thought it was a very effective ad. It had the feeling that someone was speaking from their heart and willing to put her own money up to get the message out,’ he said.”

October 27, 2010: “Private citizen running political ad against Rep. Matheson” by Richard Piatt and Nkoyo Iyamba (KSL) ”As a political ad, its potential power comes from being personalized, rather than from a group or PAC, according to Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘If it’s an individual, it comes across as sincere and heartfelt, then there’s no one who’s immediately turned off by the messenger,’” Jowers said.

October 27, 2010: “Herbert, Corroon raise and spend close to the same amount in campaign” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Money is not a factor,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor. ‘They both had more than enough money.’ But that raises another question, he said. ‘What ds it take for a Democrat to run a competitive race? The debate will be whether the Democrats are really dead in Utah or whether Corroon overplayed his hand with the negativity.’”

October 26, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KPCW regarding the upcoming elections.

October 26, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the Rod Arquette Show.

October 26, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Utah Public Radio to talk about the elections.

October 25, 2010: “Scholarship named for University of Utah Hinckley intern hits goal” by Alison Peak (Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner)“Contributions to the Eric Wright Scholarship fund at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics have already reached their goal of $25,000 thanks to generous donors. Institute Director Kirk Jowers has pledged to match the fund for a total of $50,000.”

October 25, 2010: “Wright scholarship meets goal” by Katie Pratt (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The funds ‘trickled in since the beginning of September,’ saidRochelle Parker, communications and outreach coordinator for the Hinckley Institute and former news editor of The Daily Utah Chronicle. ‘People have been very generous.’ The scholarship will fund future interns who work in Washington, D.C. Students who display academic achievement will be considered for the scholarship. The institute will also consult with the Wright family to decide who will receive the scholarship, Parker said. Kirk Jowers, director of the institute, pledged to match the $25,000 fund. ‘(Wright) had a passion for public service, current events and engaged citizenship,’ Jowers said in a statement.”

October 24, 2010: “Pelosi is wedge issue in 2nd District race” by Marjorie Cortez (Deseret News) “Philpot first sought elected office in 2000. He announced his intention to run for Congress to unseat Rep. Merrill Cook, R-Utah, but later withdrew, filing instead to run for the state Legislature. He ran as a Republican largely over his distaste with the Clinton administration’s handling of the designation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Philpot, then a Hinckley Institute intern to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, became aware that the Clinton White House was keeping secrets from Utahns.

October 23, 2010: “Utah voter turnout: A state of apathy” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”‘Democracy is not for the lazy, but instead requires engaged citizenship,’ Jowers concludes. “Almost all of the ills in society today occur in vacuums created by apathy. Thus, our elected officials will always more readily respond to motivated voters, but when constituents do not turn out and vote, the special interests will always fill that vacuum.’ ‘People must realize that policies, party strengths and weakness, and electoral successes and failures typically develop over time and elections are the time markers that define political movements. In short, every vote counts and not just if it is an extremely close race.’”

October 22, 2010: “Impact Day brings candidates’ views to students” by Brandon Brown (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”About 80 candidates from a variety of election races campaigned on the Union Patio on Thursday for ASUU’s Impact Day.” The event was also sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

October 21, 2010: ”Elections Experts Cover Issues from American Indian Voting to Water Politics” (Newswise) ”Kirk L. Jowers is the director of University’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and associate professor of political science. He is also Acting Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, and a Member of the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission. Mr. Jowers has provided legal and political advice to state and national political parties, more than 30 congressional and gubernatorial candidates, Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and three presidential campaigns. He is a frequent media commentator and lecturer on politics, campaign finance laws, government ethics, and the First Amendment and is the author of several publications.”

October 20, 2010: Happening tomorrow: “The U.’s Hinckley Institute and ASUU on Thursday will host some 50 candidates from local, state and federal races from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Olpin Union patio for its Impact Day.” (Political Cornflakes)

October 20, 2010: “ASUU promotes student voting to increase turnout” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kate Stone, a sophomore in political science and a first-time voter, was chosen by the Hinckley Institute of Politics to represent the student body and ceremoniously cast the first ballot to mark the occasion, even though voting began earlier that day.

October 19, 2010: “Final gubernatorial debate covers familiar territory” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Most of the questions posed to the candidates focused on education, a priority for voters surveyed for the Utah Priorities Project, an effort to identify key issues in the race involving the Deseret News, KSL-TV, the Utah Foundation and the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 18, 2010: “The face of change: Can tea party’s Mike Lee make a difference?” by Jesse Hyde and Kelly M. Henriod (Deseret News) ”But political insiders say it’s unlikely he’ll do much of significance in the senate, at least in his first term. In the senate, seniority governs everything ” the committees you sit on, the arms you can twist to get votes, the bills you get to sponsor. ‘Mike will have a choice of joining with a few like-minded people to try to have more strength and power in numbers, or to work with a greater number of Republicans and Democrats on certain issues that will allow him to have a far greater influence on many more issues,’ says Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘I hope he chooses the latter.’”

October 16, 2010: “Her point/His point: Should GOP fear Pew findings on Hispanics?” by Dawn Brandvold (Davis County Clipper) ”Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute states that ‘demographic trends don’t support a party that can’t get at least 40 percent of the Hispanic vote nationally.’

October 13, 2010: “Ads critical of Peter Corroon have been made, but Gov. Gary Herbert dsn’t want them to air” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News)“‘That may be the best strategy at this point, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor. Going negative now ‘dsn’t seem to make sense,’ Jowers said, although it’s typical ‘for campaigns to have negative ads ready just in case. ‘If you’re ahead, you may never pull that out. If it’s tight, you want to be ready,” he said. Corroon’s negative ads about the influence of Herbert’s campaign contributions on the award of state contracts worked for a while, Jowers said, ‘but he seemed to stay too long with that approach and the public is turning against him.’
Jowers said that shift is documented by both campaign polling as well as the Hinckley Institute class rating the civility of campaign ads for Deseret Media Companies, owner of the Deseret News and KSL.

October 12, 2010: “Palin endorses Philpot for Congress” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, [executive] director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says in the end, people vote for the candidates themselves. At the same time, he calls Matheson’s endorsements a sort of “good housekeeping seal of approval.” Palin’s endorsement, he says, won’t mean much.  “The people who are supporting Palin are already for Philpot, and they’ll probably go out and vote. They’re energized. It will raise some money,’ Jowers says. ‘But the problem is that Matheson is very well-known in our state, and most moderates, even Republicans, like him.’”

October 8, 2010: “Civility and respect” (Deseret News) ”And this is not just our view. As reported on our front page Thursday, students at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah have been rating campaign advertising in Utah this year for their tone and their impact on civility.”

October 7, 2010: “Voters impatient and angry going into mid-term elections” by Paul Nelson (KSL) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowersis making his predictions for how many governors seats the GOP might pick up in this election. ‘It’s hard to see Republicans winning any less, or having any less of a net gain than about eight seats,’ he says.”

October 7, 2010: “Survey highlights voters’ top issues” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”In a Hinckley Forum on Wednesday, Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute and Steve Krs, president of the Utah Foundation, discussed the survey numbers and gave their opinion of what it means for the candidates in the November election.”

October 7, 2010: “What’s not measured by DMC’s ‘civility meter’” by Sean P. Means (Culture Vulture – Salt Lake Tribune) “That roughness is being targeted in a new initiative by Deseret Media Companies, the parent of the Deseret News and KSL, and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 6, 2010: “Early poll results in for civility in campaign ads” by John Daley (KSL) “We listen to them and then we rate whether they have a positive or negative tone, whether it furthers civility in politics or hinders it, and then whether our impression of the candidate is positive or negative after watching the ad,’ said political science student Whitney Benns.”

October 6, 2010: “Rating the race: Civility comes in focus in campaign ads” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘We listen to them (the ads) and then we rate whether they have a positive or negative tone,” said political science student Whitney Benns. “(We look for) whether it furthers civility in politics or hinders it, and then whether our impression of the candidate is positive or negative after watching the ad.”

October 6, 2010: “Poll shows Latinos frustrated with GOP” by David Montero (Salt Lake Tribune) ”These findings could be viewed as alarming to the GOP ” even in a state as heavily Republican as Utah, according to Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

October 5, 2010: “Hinckley Forum on Utah Priorities Survey” (Utah Policy.com) ”On Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 12:15pm, the Hinckley Institute of Politicswill host a forum to discuss the results of the Utah Foundation’s 2010 Utah Priorities Fall Survey, which solicited voter opinions about K-12 education, economy and jobs, immigration, government spending, and states’ rights. For more info, click here.

October 5, 2010: “Romney returning to Utah to raise money for his PAC” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Gov. Herbert has been under a lot of scrutiny and attack the last couple of weeks,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and both a Herbert adviser and a longtime Romney insider. ‘Romney is still the most popular politician in the state ¦ and it never hurts to have some of that luster rub off when he’s in town.’”

October 4, 2010: “What do campaign contributions buy?” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ” Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and chairman of the governor’s commission said he made a case to Herbert and legislators at the time that campaign limits might be in their own best interest. ‘I told every legislator who would listen and the governor that passing some sensible campaign finance reform would protect them,’ Jowers said. ‘They could act with complete honesty and integrity, but if the timing happens to be that if a big donor gets a contribution then their motive and actions might be impugned. ‘It wasn’t very persuasive,’ Jowers said.

October 3, 2010: “Corroon mixes up the bag for Utah governor” by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) ”The tightening numbers is more a product of voters settling down, said Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Corroon just simply wasn’t getting the benefit of the doubt,’ he said of the earlier numbers. But now that things have settled down, Jowers has a hard time seeing Corroon getting enough momentum to overtake Herbert. ‘Outside a startling revelation, it seems out of Corroon’s hands to win the race,’ he said.

October 2, 2010: “How a muckraker changed the media ” by Ben Fulton (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Author and journalism professor Mark Feldstein will be in Salt Lake City Oct. 5 at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Oct. 6 at King’s Enlgish Booshop.”

September 30, 2010: “Hinckley Institute introduces internship for Justice dept.” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”There are currently 25 Hinckley interns in Washington D.C., said Taylor Morgan, program manager for the Hinckley Institute.’Our internship program is the longest running internship program in the country,’ Taylor said. The Institute usually sends 24 to 40 interns each semester with most being sent during the summer. The interns are placed in a variety of offices in D.C. such as Capitol Hill, the White House, various federal agencies and non-profit organizations. ‘We are all over the map in D.C.,’ Taylor said. Students are able to take advantage of the Institute’s great relationships. Taylor said the Hinckley Institute is considered one of the top institutes in the country.

September 29, 2010: “Herbert calls for audit of UDOT” contributions from Lisa Riley Roche, John Daley and Andrew Adams (KSL) Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the twists and turns of the story are putting the governor and his leadership under the microscope. ‘It’s a wake-up call,’ he said. ‘When a string starts getting pulled on this type of political sweater, it’s always nerve wracking on where it stops.’”

September 29, 2010: “Governor calls for UDOT audit in wake of controversial I-15 bid” by Lisa Riley Roche and John Daley (Deseret News) ”Whether the effect of the governor’s call for a “full and thorough audit” of UDOT is enough to resolve the issue with voters remains to be seen, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to Herbert. ‘The audit is the right step. But whether it will be enough is anyone’s guess,’ Jowers said. ‘These revelations are the gift that keeps on giving to Corroon ¦ just revelation after revelation. E-mails, contributions, sex. I mean it’s all there. It’s staying on the front page.’”

September 29, 2010: “Medical examiner rules University of Utah intern’s death as accidental” by Alison Peek (Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner)“Wright, son of KSL radio host Doug Wright, now has a scholarship in his name at the Hinckley Institute. The scholarship has been set up to honor the memory of Eric Wright, and will benefit students interning in Washington, D.C. The Kirk and Kristen Jowers Global Scholarship Fund plans to match the first $25,000 raised for the Eric Wright Scholarship. Mr. Jowers is the head of the Hinckley Institute. For more information on the scholarship, click here.” Source: Salt Lake Tribune, Hinckley Institute of Politics

September 29, 2010: “A Salt Lake County Republican in King Democrat’s Court” by Bob Bernick UtahPolicy.com Contributing Editor (UtahPolicy.com)“‘I’m a conservative. But a moderate conservative,’ Snelgrove said following a mild-mannered debate with his Democratic opponent at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, former newspaperwoman Holly Mullen.”

September 28, 2010: “Medical examiners have officially ruled the death of Hinckley Institute of Politics intern Eric Wright, son of KSL radio personality Doug Wright, as accidental.” [Trib(Political Cornflakes)

September 28, 2010: “Hinckley intern’s death in D.C. ruled accidental; scholarship efforts continue” by Katie Pratt (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘He had a passion for public service, current events and engaged citizenship,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute. Wright was a senior in history teaching and political science. The Eric Wright Scholarship Fund has been created by the Hinckley Institute to honor his life and fund future interns’ stays in Washington, D.C. The Kirk and Kristen Jowers Global Scholarship Fund will also match the first $25,000 that is donated to the memorial fund to support future interns. The $25,000 goal is close to being met, said Rochelle Parker, communication and outreach coordinator for the institute and former news editor of The Daily Utah Chronicle. ‘People have been very generous.’ Donations are still being accepted at www.ericwrightscholarship.com.”

September 28, 2010: “Utah intern death in D.C. ruled accidental” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Wright was serving an internship through the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. The institute’s director, Kirk Jowers, said previously that police told him Wright had accidentally fallen off the roof of the building and no foul play was suspected. The Hinckley Institute has since set up a scholarship fund in Eric Wright’s name atwww.ericwrightscholarship.com.”

September 27, 2010:” EnergySolutions attacks Corroon in a newspaper ad ” by Jeremiah Stettler (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The company’s rancor rises from a recent gubernatorial debate between Gov. Gary Herbert and his challenger, Corroon. In that debate ” airing Monday night on KUED ” Corroon took a hard-line stance against the storage of depleted uranium in Utah and said the governor did too little, too late to stop a trainload of that waste from reaching the Beehive State.”

September 27, 2010: “Matheson’s recent bills have Utah at heart” by Heather Lindsay (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The recent visit of Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, answered many questions U students had, yet one lurking question still remains: Ds the letter “D” truly belong after the congressman’s name?”

September 26, 2010: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio for Sunday Edition with Bruce Lindsay to discuss the upcoming elections and issues.  “Matheson is a force in this state,” says Jowers. “Matheson has statewide name identification, statewide approvals. He’s not seen, as we saw in the primary, as a true Democrat, and so he dsn’t take the hit that most Democrats are taking. And he’s also a very good fundraiser, very good communicator, has a great family name. So he has everything intangible. So he would be a force in either race.”

Septmeber 25, 2010: “Sandstrom and Herrod: Everyone must obey the law” by Stephen Sandstrom and Chris Herrod (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Many now scoff at the importance of the rule of law, but Elder Dallin H. Oaks reminded us that all the blessings enjoyed under the United States Constitution are dependent upon the rule of law. … The rule of law is the basis of liberty.

September 24, 2010: “Herbert, Corroon clash in first gubernatorial debate ” by Robert Gerhke (Salt Lake Tribune)

September 24, 2010: “Philpot claims gains in 2nd Congressional District race” by Richard Piatt (KSL) The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers says Philpot will use any bit of good news to create momentum and boost fundraising. ‘It might help the grassroots effort if it’s not a hopeless cause,’ he says. ‘More importantly right now is that it might bring in the NRCC which will give him money that will give him a shot to close ground on Matheson.’”

September 24, 2010: “Philpot using website tidbit as hope in congressional campaign” by Richard Piatt (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, who heads the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Philpot is still an underdog in the race. It’s typical, Jowers says, for such a candidate to grasp at any positive news and use it to gain momentum, and raise money. ‘It might help the grassroots effort, if it’s not a hopeless cause.’ Jowers said. ‘More importantly right now is that it might bring in the (National Republican Congressional Committee), which will give him money. That will give him a shot to close ground on Matheson.’”

September 24, 2010: “Hinckley forum discusses Turkish minority’s lack of rights in China” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Rebiya Kadeer spoke to a full caucus room at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday about being a Uyghur, an ethnic group of Turkish decent living primarily in northwestern China.”

September 23, 2010: “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Peter Corroon clash in first debate” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”That poll, part of an effort by the Utah Foundation, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Deseret News and KSL to identify key issues in the governor’s race, was taken just as the controversy over campaign contributions was unfolding.”

September 23, 2010: “Herbert, Corroon engage in first fall debate ” by Max Roth (Fox 13) ”SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time in the fall election season, the two candidates for governor faced each other in a debate at the University of Utah’s broadcast house. The hour-long debate included several tense moments when the Governor and the Mayor of the state’s largest county called each other on the carpet.”

September 23, 2010: “Candidates Clash At First Gubernatorial Debate” by Brian Mullahy (KUTV) ”The debate was produced by KUED and can be seen in its entirety the following days and times: 7.1 (Comcast channel 7 or 658 in HD)- Monday, Sept. 27th at 8PM, 7.2 (Comcast Channel 115) – Thursday, Sept. 30th at 7PM, October 4th at 11PM.”

September 23, 2010: “Utah Gov. Herbert, Corroon clash in first debate ” by (AP via Daily Herald)

September 23, 2010: “Herbert and Corroon: Debate Number #1″ by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4)

September 23, 2010: “LDS spread Oaks’ speech on Constitution, marriage ” by Rosemary Winters (LGBT FYI – Salt Lake Tribune Blog) ”In Oaks’address, delivered Friday at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle as part of a secular celebration of the Constitution’s 223rd birthday, he emphasized that defining marriage is a power reserved to states. Last month, a federal district court overturned Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that it violated the constitutional rights of gay men and lesbians. The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court is evaluating an appeal.

September 23, 2010: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on FOX 13 news at noon to discuss the gubernatorial race and debate.

September 23, 2010: “Herbert, Corroon both say education is a top priority” by Richard Piatt (Deseret News) ”A new statewide poll by Dan Jones and Associates for the Utah Priorities Project, an effort by the Utah Foundation, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, KSL and the Deseret News, shows just how serious voters are about education.”

September 21, 2010: “Apostle Extols Fundamental Principles of U.S. Constitution” by (LDS Newsroom, featered in Meridian Magazine) “Elder Dallin H. Oaks made the remarks in his keynote address at the Constitution Day Celebration held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The event was presented by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and America’s Freedom Alliance.”

September 21, 2010: “LDS Church apostle extols fundamental principles of U.S. Constitution” (Rexburg Standard Journal) ”Elder Dallin H. Oaks made the remarks in his keynote address at the Constitution Day Celebration held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The event was presented by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and America’s Freedom Alliance.”

September 20, 2010: “Campaign Finance Reform” by Duane Cardall (KSL) “At the same time we encourage the governor and all ambitious politicians to reevaluate a recommendation made last year by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy to establish a limit on campaign contributions. The commission wrote: ‘We . . . recognize that campaign contributions facilitate speech. But we must also realize that money has the capacity to corrupt and to present the appearance of corruption. Our public discourse and civic engagement will never be sufficiently robust if ordinary citizens feel that they are priced out of the market.’ The commission’s recommendations for “meaningful” campaign finance reforms are outlined in its report. They are recommendations that should not be ignored.

Septemer 20, 2010: “Know the candidates”Elections 2010″ (FYI Online, University of Utah) ”Campaign season is upon us! The Hinckley Institute of Politics and KUED-7 will present several discussions with candidates, making it easy to stay informed. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn “

September 20, 2010: “Lee sporting significant lead over Granato in Senate race” by John Hollenhorst (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, said Lee is ahead even in Salt Lake County. ‘The poll results show that Mike Lee is on the right of probably mainstream Utah, but he’s right there. He’s with them. And they don’t feel he’s extreme,’ Jowers said.”

September 20, 2010: At a Constitution Day celebration, LDS Apostle Dallin Oaks said states, not the federal government, should define if marriage rights should be extended to gay couples. [SL Trib] [D News] [KSL].” (Political Cornflakes)

September 19, 2010: “Poll: Lee sporting significant lead over Granato in Senate race” by John Hollenhorst (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Lee is ahead even in Salt Lake County. “The poll results show that Mike Lee is on the right of probably mainstream Utah, but he’s right there. He’s with them. And they don’t feel he’s extreme,’ says Jowers.”

September 19, 2010: “Morgan Philpot says he’s up to the challenge” by Brandon Loomis (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Bill Clinton was president and Philpot, then a University of Utah anthropology and environmental studies student, was a Hinckley Institute intern to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He said he viewed documents showing the administration’s plan to designate the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and knew officials were keeping secrets from Utahns who recoiled at the idea.”

September 18, 2010: “Oaks says only states should define marriage” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The power to make laws on personal relationships is one of those powers not granted to the federal government and therefore reserved to the states, said Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, during a Constitution Day speech sponsored by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Oaks’ speech was delivered at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, but the event was secular.”

September 17, 2010: “Rolly: More fund-raising frolics in the governor’s race ” by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”That raised some church-and-state questions in e-mails sent to me, but Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers points out the Tabernacle has been used for community events since the 1860s and Oaks is a former Utah Supreme Court justice and nationally recognized constitutional scholar. Besides, Jowers said, having Oaks as the speaker attracted so much interest that the free tickets to the event were gobbled up quickly.”

September 17, 2010: “Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Constitution’s principles and freedoms must be protected” by Scott Taylor (Deseret News).

September 17, 2010: “Elder Dallin H. Oaks preaches protection of the Constitution” by Carole Mikita (KSL) ”Patriotic music rang through Tabernacle as some 4,000 gathered for the tribute. The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics sponsored the event and Elder Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court Justice and now member of the LDS Chruch’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, delivered the keynote address.”

September 17, 2010:” Constitution Day Introduction of Elder Dallin H. Oaks” (LDS Newsroom) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics has presented more than 2,000 speakers in the past 45 years. These leaders have ranged from future and past United States presidents and foreign heads of states; current governors, senators, and ambassadors; and thought leaders from every imaginable discipline. It has been a privilege for me to participate in hundreds of these events and learn from these accomplished individuals. I am particularly honored, however, to introduce our guest tonight. The Hinckley Instituteinvited Elder Oaks this evening based on this incredible experience, and Elder Oaks has asked me to add that his remarks draw on that background, rather than the authority of his current calling. It is my pleasure to present to you, Elder Dallin H. Oaks.”

September 17, 2010: “And happy Constitution Day! Sen. Orrin Hatch keynotes Utah Valley University’s event starting today at 12:30 p.m., while this evening at 7:30, LDS apostle Dallin Oaks (a former state Supreme Court judge) and Bennett will speak at a similar event held at the Tabernacle, sponsored by the U.’s Hinckley Institute and America’s Freedom Alliance. On Saturday, Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz plan to join Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle at the Radisson in SLC for the Utah Freedom Conference. Unlike the Hatch or Bennett events, this one costs money, $55 to be exact.” (Political Cornflakes)

Septemeber 16, 2010: “Campaigns are valuable experience” by Jordin Jochim (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics has a proud history of inviting high-profile figures such as Matheson and Sen. Bob Bennett to speak to students to get them excited about the political process. However, more than anything else, the Hinckley Institute is renowned for providing excellent internships to students looking to get their hands dirty and to move from the role of spectator to participant. Under Kirk Jowers‘ direction, the Hinckley Institute has expanded its international program to 35 countries, including Cambodia and Taiwan, set records in terms of funding, and increased the number of forums each year by 40 percent. One of the most important contributions that Jowers has implemented is making internships more accessible to all students.”

September 2010: “Why Don’t Utahns Vote?” by Marilyn O’Dell, VWVU Co-President (LWV Newsletter) ”The flaws in our current caucus and convention preocess were the subject of a lecture by Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. The event was organized by former LWVU Co-President Alice Steiner who is a member of both organizations. Jowers, who chaired the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, has concluded that our nominating system is a major cause of declining voter participation. He stated that convention delegates do not represent all the parties’ voters and views, so the system disenfranchises large swaths of our population.”

September 15, 2010: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and Taylor Morgan were interviewed on University of Utah’s Newsbreak.

September 13, 2010: “Democratic Senate candidate says Republican dsn’t represent Utah” by Richard Piatt (KSL) “As a campaign tactic, political analyst Kirk Jowers agrees. Granato, the underdog, has to do something, Jowers says. He says Granato is piggybacking on the national Democrats’ plan to create attention for candidates. ‘He has to try to take numbers off Mike Lee,’ Jowers said. ‘This is the formula that’s being used across the nation, and so it’s a natural place for him to take a shot.’”

September 13. 2010: “New Corroon Ads Hit Herbert on Ethics” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy.com) ”Herbert didn’t accept all of the recommendations adopted by a government and democracy commission set up by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., points out Corroon campaign manager Donald Dunn. (Although Herbert did continue the commission after Huntsman’s resignation and Herbert did adopt some of the group’s recommendations.) One Herbert didn’t accept is campaign contribution limits in major Utah state races, like the governor’s.”

September 11, 2010: “Contributions to Herbert raise questions and prompt a pledge by his opponent” by Lisa Riley Roche and John Daley Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to Herbert, said it’s time to take another look at the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy. Jowers headed up the commission created by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and saw its recommendations for campaign limits set aside by Herbert and lawmakers. He said the limits help candidates, too. ‘The simple fact is, when you’re allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money, particularly from special interests seeking favors or to do business with the state, it leaves the elected officials vulnerable,’ Jowers said. ‘The contribution limits can help insulate officials from criticism.’”

September 10, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk L. Jowers was interviewed on the University of Utah’s Newsbreak program about the Hinckley Institute’s internship program and the creation of the Doug Wright Scholarship Fund.

September 9, 2010: “Deseret Media Companies takes stand for civility in politics” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ” Kirk Jowers says students from the Hinckley Institute of Politics will be part of one group. He is intrigued by the dynamic this will create. ‘In our system of government, there are certain barriers to enforcing a more civil dialogue,” he said. “You don’t want to be accused of censorship, you don’t want to potentially impact an election.’”

September 9, 2010: “Elder Dallen H. Oaks to speak at Constitution event” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”SALT LAKE CITY – LDS general authority and former Utah Supreme Court Justice Dallin H. Oaks will be the keynote speaker at a Constitution Day event this month.

September 9, 2010: “Deseret Media Companies pushes for civility in politics” by Richard Piatt (Dessert News) ”The idea of ‘rating’ political ads is relatively new in the world of politics, according to Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Jowers said he’s intrigued with the idea of sending a message to candidates and campaigns. ‘You don’t want to be accused of censorship. You don’t want to potentially impact an election by making a subjective decision,’ Jowers said. ‘What this ds is allow a bigger group of people to look at it. And it gives candidates a heads-up about what’s acceptable, and hopefully that will influence them’.”

September 9, 2010: “Parents protest schools’ promotion of ‘democracy’” by Rosemary Winers (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The term ‘democracy’ is commonly used to refer to American society and the power of the people to participate in government, including through votes on ballot measures and representatives, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Technically the United States is a constitutional republic, he said. However, leaders from both [political] parties have often referred to us as a democracy.’

September 9, 2010:”Another U. of U. student wins Truman public service award” by Brain Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, himself a 1990 Truman scholar, praised Rogers’ work ethic and commitment to civic engagement. ‘Cody may be the most prepared applicant we have ever had. He spent hundreds of hours on his proposal and his research behind it,’ Jowers said. ‘He has a deep belief in what we pursue at the institute, which is participation.’”

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 to honor the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. The foundation awards scholarships that come with $30,000 and priority admission to the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs and fellowship opportunities with the federal government.

September 9, 2010: “Guv campaigns hit the airwaves ” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicsat the University of Utah, said it’s standard for both campaigns to try to define their candidates as the good guy out of the gate.  ‘If you’re winning, you don’t talk about the other guy, Jowers said. If you’re losing, then you have a tougher job because you not only need to define yourself in favorable terms, but you have to start taking points off the guy who’s ahead and, therefore, take some shots at the front-runner.’”

September 8, 2010: “Doug Wright, back at the mic” by Sean Means (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah has created a scholarship fund in Eric Wright’s honor. Go to the website if you’re interested in donating money.”

September 8, 2010:”Campaigns provide less-competitive internships ” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Pereira said the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the internships for business and nonprofit, which he was leaning toward, were competitive, so he ended up working for the Matheson campaign. The campaign internships are open and not as competitive as most others, he said.”

September 7, 2010: “Ds Tea Party want to defend or change Constitution?” by Jim Acosta and Bonny Kapp (CNN) Kirk Jowers, Director of theHinckley Institute of Poltics, appeared on CNN to discuss the Mike Lee for Senate Race.

September 7, 2010: “N.Y. Times writer will discuss immigration” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Preston is the national correspondent on immigration for the New York Times and will speak in the Union Ballroom on Sept. 15, courtesy of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The free event is titled ‘Immigration and Borders: The New Battle Zone.’

September 5, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live in studio on Fox13′s Good Day Utah to discuss the Utah general election races.

September 3, 2010: “The U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics launches a scholarship campaign in the name of Eric Wright, an intern who died in D.C. last weekend. [SL Trib.] [KSL.] [D News.]” by Thomas Burr (Political Cornflakes).

September 2, 2010: “Scholarship fund established in name of Eric Wright” by Dan Metcalf Jr. (ABC 4) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics established the Eric Wright Scholarship Fund in his honor. The scholarship will benefit students interning in Washington, D.C. The Kirk and Kristen Jowers Global Scholarship Fund will match the first $25,000 raised.

September 2, 2010: “Matheson delivers public update” by Andreas Rivera (The Daily Utah Chronicle) “Congressman Jim Matheson appeared at theHinckley Institute Forum yesterday to give students a congressional update. But instead of doing so, Matheson gave what he said is an update on the public, since Congress is on recess. Matheson, along with many other major Utah politicians, visits the Hinckley Institute once a year and interacts with students, said institute director Kirk Jowers in an interview last week.”

September 2, 2010:”Scholarship to honor University of Utah student, Hinckley intern Eric Wright” (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute, said in a statement he was “devastated” by Eric Wright’s death. ‘Eric was a vibrant, energizing and joyful soul who brightened everyone around him,’ Jowers said. ‘He had a passion for public service, current events and engaged citizenship.’ Donations can be made online atwww.ericwrightscholarship.com or by sending a check to the Hinckley Institute made out to “The Eric Wright Scholarship Fund.” The Kirk and Kristen Jowers Global Scholarship Fund will match the first $25,000 raised.

September 2, 2010: “Eric Wright scholarship fund announced” (KSL) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the institute wants to honor Wright’s enthusiasm for life by creating a scholarship in his name that will allow future students to go to D.C. ‘Anyone who knows Eric knew he was the most energy-giving, radiant, wonderful young man,’ said Jowers. ‘We believe we are going to create a scholarship that will last in perpetuity and so we will be able to think of him and know of Eric for decades to come.’”

September 2, 2010: :U. to start scholarship fund named after intern who died” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, the head of the institute, and his wife, Kristen, have vowed to match donations up to $25,000 for the scholarship fund that will benefit students interning in the nation’s capital. Eric Wright, 23, was found unconscious and later pronounced dead after what Kirk Jowers says was an accidental fall off a seven-story building in Northwest Washington. Wright ‘had a passion for public service, current events, and engaged citizenship,’ Jowers said. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, who helped instill these wonderful attributes in Eric. I am honored to have had him as a student, intern and friend.’

September 1, 2010: “Rolly: Legislator says he didn’t say what he said” by Paul Rolly (Deseret News) ”He found, however, that for a conservative, promoting campaign contribution limits is a bad thing and, according to commission chairman Kirk Jowers, he backed out of that responsibility.”

September 1, 2010: “Scholarship created to honor Wright” by Katie Pratt (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Eric Wright, a senior in history education, died last weekend during his internship. The scholarship is in honor of his service and life, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute. Internships such as the institute’s positions in Washington, D.C., are often costly, because of travel and living expenses. The institute hopes the scholarship will get more students to Washington, D.C., said Rochelle Parker, communication and outreach coordinator for the institute.”

August 31, 2010: “Eric Wright’s Obituary” (Salt Lake Tribune) “He returned home looking forward to moving to Washington, D.C. to participate in theHinckley Institute of Politics Internship Program in the office of Utah Congressman Rob Bishop.”

August 31, 2010: “U intern’s death investigated” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, which placed Wright on his internship, said police told him they had ruled out homicide and suicide and believe the student just accidentally fell off the roof.”

August 30, 2010: “University of Utah intern killed in Washington, D.C.” (Examiner.com) “Eric Wright, the 22 year old son of local radio host Doug Wright was killed in an accident in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. He was in the nation’s capital as an intern for District 1 Representative Rob Bishop-R for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Kirk Jowers, Director of the institute said “Eric was a vibrant, energizing, and joyful soul who brightened everyone around him. He had a passion for public service, current events, and engaged citizenship.”

August 30, 2010: “Matheson to discuss issues on campus” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Congressman Jim Matheson will be at the Hinckley Institute to talk to students about current issues in a forum on Wednesday. Many of Utah’s major political leaders will visit the institute at least once a year, said Kirk Jowers, director of the institute.”

August 29, 2010: “Son of KSL Newsradio talk show host dies in tragic accident” (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, flew to Washington to help the other interns deal with the loss. In a statement, he said, “Eric was a vibrant, energizing, and joyful soul who brightened everyone around him. He had a passion for public service, current events, and engaged citizenship.” Jowers went on to say, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family who helped instill these wonderful attributes in Eric. I am honored to have had him as a student, intern, and friend. No words can express how much we will miss Eric.”

August 29, 2010: “U student dies in Washington, D.C., during internship” by Katie Pratt (Daily Utah Chronicle) “‘I, the Hinckley Institute staff and students, and Eric Wright’s fellow interns are devastated by Eric’s passing,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute, in a statement.”

August 29, 2010: “Son of Utah radio host Doug Wright dies in D.C.” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Wright was working as an intern with the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said his mother, D. Wright. Wright started his internship working in Utah Rep. Rob Bishop’s office on Monday, and had planned to be there through the end of the semester in mid-December. His brother, Ian, also was working at a Hinckley Institute internship with the Republican Governors Association, and the two were looking forward to spending the semester together, Jowers said.

August 29, 2010: “KSL Newsradio host Doug Wright’s son, Eric Wright, dies in D.C.” (Deseret News) “According to Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Eric Wright started an internship for U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop just last Monday.”

August 29, 2010: “Mormons rate at bottom in approval of Obama’s job performance” (Deseret News) “Most Mormons identify themselves as conservatives, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “They identify with issues considered more Republican-dominated ” smaller government, traditional family values, a bigger role for religion in public affairs,” Jowers said, “Democrats are typically not seen as being in line with those values.”

August 28, 2010: “Mormons give Obama lowest ratings” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, a Mormon and head of University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Obama isn’t likely to pick up much support among the LDS faithful. ‘When only one in 10 Mormons consider themselves liberal, there’s not a natural base of Obama support among Mormons,’ Jowers said. ‘Mormons are well-known for the F’s: families, frugality and faith. Traditionally, those values have been more closely associated with conservatives and the Republican Party.’

August 27, 2010: “Low Latino voting in Utah may leave them politically vulnerable” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said because of their skyrocketing population in Utah in recent years, “Hispanics should be a growing political force. But until they are voting on par with other groups, it allows for their opinions and positions to be discounted.”

August 25, 2010: “LDS leader to be keynote speaker at Constitution forum ” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ” Despite the religious overtones of the location and keynote speaker, Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said he anticipates the event to be of interest to anyone. ‘I think everyone who knows Elder Oaks’ background ¦ will recognize that, regardless of his current position, [he] is one of the foremost experts on the U.S. Constitution,’ Jowers said. ‘I hope people from all points of the ideological spectrum will come to hear a true constitutional expert talk about this great document.’

August 25, 2010: “Governor’s son in court, accused of stalking woman” (KSL) “Political analyst Kirk Jowers predicts Nathan Herbert’s case will have no effect on the election. ‘There’s no political gain here, and I would expect everyone to keep hands off,’ he said.”

August 24, 2010: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared in studio on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show to discuss Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ headlining the Hinckley Institute’s Constitution Day event at the Tabernacle.

August 24, 2010 “Utah Foundation report notes drop in state spending on education” (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the waning commitment to funding education is troubling. “When you’re dead last in per-pupil spending, we certainly cannot afford to decrease our commitment to education, because innovation can only take you so far,” Jowers said. “The state is saving money on government, including education, but there will be a price to pay.”

August 23, 2010: “Glenn Beck Rally Prep Begins Today, Permits Issued” by J Strupp (Media Matters for America) ”A bio on Beck’s website describes Kerry as … an attorney practicing in Pennsylvania & New Jersey. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, ATLA-NJ, and PaTLA. Prior to beginning his legal career he served as a Hinckley Institute of Politics Fellow in the Bush / Quayle Administration and received a one year fellowship to the Eagleton Institute of Politics.”

August 21, 2010: “Paul Rolly: Voices for moderation in Utah’s GOP” (Salt Lake Tribune) “LaVarr Webb, publisher of an online political newsletter and former policy director in the Leavitt administration, was one of the organizers of the first two meetings, along with Hinckley Institute of Politics directorKirk Jowers.”

August 17, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Utah Public Radio about his proposals to reform Utah’s electoral system. http://www.upr.org/access.html.

August 17, 2010: “Utah politicians explore federal immigration action” by Richard Piatt (KSL) “But going farther than that — working out things like local immigration enforcement and guest-worker issues — is unlikely, according to the Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers. ‘Over the last decade or so, Congress has become completely dysfunctional and unable to deal with any major issue,’ he says. ‘If it’s complicated, if it takes compromise, it completely breaks down.’
. . . .  ‘The incentives for candidates right now are to find elements of an issue and say ‘no’ or attack it,’ Jowers said. “The incentives are not there typically to come out and say, ˜Here is my solution.’”

August 14, 2010: “Paul Rolly: Utah ripe for election manipulation” by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Utah has the highest barrier for a candidate’s entry onto a primary election ballot of any state in the nation. It also is most ripe for voter fraud because of the way political parties pick their candidates. That, according to Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, is the reason the state should look for ways to reform the current caucus/convention/primary election system that makes Utah unique in the way political parties nominate candidates.

August 13, 2010: “Release of Utah immigration bill sparks strong responses” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Political analysts say states are forced to come up with their own solutions to illegal immigration, a problem that is more than states can handle. ‘Some of these issues require a federal fix, ultimately, and the state solutions may make things worse before they make them better,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 11, 2010: KSL Radio News interviewed Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, about the immigration debate.

August 9, 2010: “Hinckley Institute Presents the 2010 G8/G20 Magazine” (Utah Pulse.com) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics is pleased to present you the online 2010 G8/G20 Summit Magazine. In partnership with CAT Company Inc., this publication was created for the G8 Summit held June 25-26 in Muskoka, Canada, and the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, on June 26-27. The magazine boasts a robust global readership both online and in print, and was personally distributed to all leaders and delegates present at the summits.”

August 2. 2010: “Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman Jr. mull Mormon dilemm” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “But Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney backer, said turning the focus away from religion just makes sense. ‘Everyone knows he’s a Mormon,’ Jowers said.”

August 2, 2010: “2012 could be good election year for LDS politicians” by Nkoyo Iyamba (KSL) ”Huntsman and Romney are both Republican and belong to the LDS faith. University of Utah political analyst Kirk Jowers says religion probably won’t be an issue in 2012 because the media exhausted the topic during the 2008 presidential election. ‘I think Mormonism became an issue mostly because of Huckabee in Iowa,’ says Jowers. “I don’t think that’ll happen again. I don’t think that’ll be a determining factor.’”

August 1, 2010: “Campus All-Stars: Achievements of U of U Faculty, Staff, Students, and More ” (University of Utah Alumni Associate E-Newsletter)“University of Utah students Emily Dunn and Peter Ott were among six interns working this summer in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah). Dunn is from Salt Lake City and is currently in her junior year at the U, majoring in political science and economics. She is the director of the ASUU Government Relations Board, and serves on a variety of other boards, including the Hinckley Journal of Politics Board. She has been on the dean’s list every semester and plans to pursue a joint law and masters in public policy degree. Ott, of Holladay, Utah, is a junior at the U, majoring in political science and Spanish. He is a recipient of the U of U Presidential Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. He hopes to go on to law school.

July 31, 2010: “Rolly: Republican woman say voices not being heard ” by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Hawkes, too, said the open primary is intriguing, but she agrees with Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers that such a profound change might not be possible in Utah. An alternative would be to lower the threshold for making it to the primary to 20 percent of the delegate vote. Right now, a candidate who gets 60 percent of the delegate vote would be able to eliminate a primary altogether.

July 27, 2010: “WVC mayor’s EnergySolutions ad stirs up ethics question” by Jeremiah Stettler (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, was less critical of Winder’s involvement in the advertisement. Part-time public officials are bound to encounter conflicts of interest with their private-sector lives. The question is how they deal with them. ‘It is a fair question whether elected officials should be involved in any company’s advertising campaign, he said. But once you get past that hurdle, the fact that Mayor Winder disclosed his personal financial interest in the company would mitigate my ethical concerns.’

July 23, 2010:Energy Solutions reworks public image with new TV spots” by Scott McKane (Fox 13) ”Political analyst Kirk Jowers says Italian waste was the proverbial ’800 Pound gorilla in the room’ that prevented the company from effectively explaining who they are and what they do. He says the decision to drop that effort should serve Energy Solutions well in the long run.”

July 21, 2010: “How big a factor will immigration be this election year?” byRichard Piatt (KSL) ”As a voting block Hispanics are important, but not yet a critical force in Utah politics. The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers says that day is coming. Even with all the illegal immigration issues in the news lately, campaigns are focusing on what’s most on voters’ minds: primarily, the economy. ‘The immigration debate will probably not have a huge impact on 2010 elections, peripherally,’ Jowers said. ‘It’s still economy, education and some other issues.’”

July 21, 2010: “Obama administration considering Utah Republican for U.S. attorney” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Burns’ consideration ‘dsn’t seem to make a lot of sense.’ He said it appears the Obama administration will get a ‘nice, quick’ headline that it is considering a Republican for U.S. attorney in Utah, but in the end, Burns will not be a serious contender.”

July 14, 2010: “Future Leaders of China Complete MPA Program at University of Utah” (Global Utah Weekly) ”The first Hinckley Institute of Politicsinterns traveled to Haikou City, Hainan in fall 2010 and spring 2011. In addition to working, the interns took courses in Chinese language and history. The first two undergraduate exchange students from Hainan were at the University of Utah in 2009-10.”

July 12, 2010: “Unity Party of Utah” by Eric Perterson (City Weekly) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Center for Politics at the University of Utah, says most Americans aren’t ready for a new party, however. ‘The public feels that partisanship has prevailed over problem-solving,’ Jowers writes via e-mail of the current political climate. Unfortunately for the Unity Party, however, the public ds not seem to want another party, just better candidates.’”

July 7, 2010: “Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom plans to continue with immigration bill” by Joseph Dougherty (Deseret News) ”But the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers, said it might be better to wait on any new legislation until the case is settled.
‘It would be irresponsible with our state funds to press forward on similar legislation while the courts were still deciding its constitutionality,’ said Jowers, who also serves as an adviser to Gov. Gary Herbert.” See also at Center for Immigration Studies.

July 6, 2010: “Is nasty out of style?” by Glen Warchol (Salt Lake Crawler) ”Hinckley Institute director Kirk Jowers explains: ‘Unless you have some kind of a scandal or issue that is a total game changer, but if everything stays the same, there aren’t a lot of great races right now.’”

July 5, 2010: “When will Utah political races heat up?” by Ricahrd Piatt (KSL) “The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers voiced what a lot of political insiders are thinking this year: He says those races are ‘in the can.’ ‘Unless you have some kind of a scandal or issue that is a total game changer, but if everything stays the same, there aren’t a lot of great races right now,’ he said.

July 4, 2010: “Utah Senators Orrin Hatch & Bob Bennett won’t support Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ” by Lisa Von App (Salt Lake City Page One Examiner) ”Kirk JowersDirector of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah commended Hatch’s diligence in reviewing Kagan’s record. ‘Senator Hatch takes his judicial committee responsibilities more seriously than anybody I know,’ Jowers told the Deseret News.”

July 3, 2010: “Hatch to vote ˜no’ on Kagan” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) “But after state GOP delegates derailed the election of his Senate colleague, Bob Bennett, the decision of whether to back or oppose Kagan had to be part of Hatch’s political calculation, says Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 3, 2010: “Sens. Orrin Hatch, Bob Bennett say they will vote against Elena Kagan” by Joseph Dougherty (Deseret News) ” Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Hatch was diligent in his review. ‘Senator Hatch takes his judicial committee responsibilities more seriously than anybody I know.’ Hatch has worked as an attorney and has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and his participation in judicial confirmations has been an integral part of service in the Senate, Jowers said.”

July 2, 2010: “Some question whether Hatch is ˜pandering to extreme right’” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”‘I think there’s no question Senator Hatch is going to emphasize the further right issues right now,’ says Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘I think the convention was a huge wake-up call for him.’”

July 1, 2010: “Sen. Orrin Hatch not ready to cast vote on Elena Kagan” by Joseph Dougherty (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Hatch has a politically difficult vote. Republican delegates could use a perceived failure to espouse those issues as justification for tossing out a candidate, Jowers said.”

June 28, 2010: “Democratic candidate proud of run against sitting congressman” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”For a campaign that started with a Craigslist ad at the beginning of the year, that result isn’t too shabby — that’s according to Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Jim Matheson is one of the most popular politicians in our state, if not the most popular, as far as favorability. And so to take any percentage from him is a real accomplishment,’ Jowers says.”

June 28, 2010: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the United State Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan’s Senate confirmation hearings.

June 25, 2010: “Through the Years” Continuum, Magazine of the University of Utah: Hinckley Intern, Jordan Breighner, was highlighted for his current position working with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., a carreer path that came to fruition through his Hinckley Intern on the Obama campaign.

June 25, 2010: “Accolades” Continuum, Magazine of the University of Utah: Hinckley Intern, Cody Rogers, was featured in this summer’s 2010 Continuum for having received the Truman Scholarship.

June 24, 2010: “Ds Mike Lee’s GOP Senate primary win signal another Utah political dynasty?” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, agreed the last-minute push made the difference in a primary where voter participation hovered around 13 percent. ‘When you have such a small turnout, a great ground game is critical, and Mike had it, partly due to his own efforts and partly due to the groups than endorsed him and lent their volunteers to his effort,’ Jowers said.”

June 23, 2010: “Granato, Lee looking ahead to November Senate election” by Richard Piatt (KSL) Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politicssaid, ‘It looks like a cakewalk at the moment for Mike Lee into the U.S. Senate.’”

June 22, 2010: “Utah’s way of picking candidates robs voters” by Hinckley Insitute Poltics Director, Kirk Jowers (Salt Lake Tribune).

June 22, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live in studio on Fox13′s Good Day Utah to discuss the Utah primary races.

June 21, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live in studio on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss the Utah primary races and the incredible growth and success of the Hinckley Institute’s international internship program.

June 21, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed by ABC Channel 4 News’ Chris Vanocur regarding the upcoming Utah primary races.

June 21, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed by Fox 13 News’ Arrika Von regarding the upcoming Utah primary races.

June 19, 2010: “Money or Might: What Will Define U.S.-China Relations?” by Danny Houpt (Diplomatic Courier) ”Hinckley Intern, was published in Volume 4, Issue 3 of the Summer 2010 Diplomatic Courier.”

June 2, 2010: “Some candidates campaigning as ‘real’ Republicans” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”But those groups–sometimes overlapping with the ‘Tea Party Movement’ and Club for Growth–are credited with eliminating Sen. Bob Bennett last month. The influence of those groups is creating concern–enough that dozens of prominent Republicans attended a meeting at Salt Lake’s Alta Club. The group wants to save the Republican party from the extreme right.
Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is one of the people who was there. ‘That’s the exact problem with the Republican party right now, is this civil war of trying to shrink the tent, beyond any hope of being a governing party,’ Jowers said. “

May 26, 2010: “Matheson votes for repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, explains, ‘The significance of this vote for Claudia Wright is that Democrats will look at it as Matheson will vote for us at least some of the time. If a Republican beats his challenger, we may never get one of these votes.’”

May, 25, 2010: Unbounded, the University of Utah’s new international magazine features an article highlighting Hinkcley Institute of Politics interns in Mexico. “The internships completed by Solorzano and Chavez were a fulfilment for Presidnets Michael Young’s goal to make this a more international institution, said Courtney McBeth, international internship advisor for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘For them (Solorzano and Chavez) it was particularly rewarding to return to their home country and to have firsthand experience in the top lobbying and economic organziations and experience the dynamic relationship between the United States and Mexico’, she says.”

May 21, 2010: “Realtor donations to Governor Herbert reach $100K” by Brock Vergakis (AP) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, was surprised by how much money Herbert had received from a single group, and said it carries some political risk. ‘Even a completely honest, legitimate huge contribution ds two things. One, it makes normal
citizens and contributors feel disempowered and disinterested because they don’t feel like their voice could ever be heard with that big of a contribution, and two, it makes people imagine the worst of the relationship between the contributors and the elected official,’ said Jowers, who chaired a state
commission that unsuccessfully recommended the state’s first campaign limits.” See article: ABC4KSLBloomberg BusinessweekONN.TVStandard ExaminerThe Examiner.

May 21, 2010: KCPW News spoke with Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, regarding the impact of the nuclear underground testing issue on Utah’s United States Senate race.

May 20, 2010: “US Sen. Bennett will not pursue a write-in campaign” by Richard Piatt and Sheryl Worsley (KSL) ”‘He is a very powerful force in D.C. right now,’ said Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘He still has an important vote, and he would give the OK in D.C. to a lot of moneyed interests on which candidate to support.’”

May 18, 2010: “Will incumbents survive primaries?” by Paul Nelson (KSL) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers says, “There’s no problem for [Jason] Chaffetz and [Rob] Bishop and even with Gary Herbert.”

May 15, 2010: “Herbert calls off special session, puts off immigration discussion” by Lisa Riley Roach (Deseret News) ”It looked like there was no upside and a very real potential of a downside, so why even go there?” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to Herbert.”

May 10, 2010: “Republican candidates begin primary fight for Senate seat” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers predicts a hard fought campaign. ‘The main difference you will see is that Mike Lee is a an attorney, Bridgewater is a businessman,” Jowers said. “They will make a
lot of extrapolations from that single point.’”

May 10, 2010: “Conservtive insurgents shake up Utah incumbent” by Kathy Kiely (USA TODAY) “The most serious of Bennett’s seven GOP challengers, according to Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics: Mike Lee, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito; Tim Bridgewater, a businessman and local Republican activist, and Cherilyn Eagar, a marketing executive and conservative activist.” See article also on First Coast News.

May 9, 2010: “Sam Granato’s Confidence” by Rob Miller (The Utah Amicus) ”Why is Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics attempting to disenfranchise Utah voters?”

May 9, 2010: Battle for Bennett’s Senate seat begins by John Hollenhorst (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics said, ‘Our country’s going through a hard time economically. We see these problems mounting and no solutions. So people want to get rid of the incumbents.’”

May 7, 2010: “Huntsman says open primary could be way to engage voters” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”In 2008, Huntsman created aCommission to Strengthen Democracy after Utah had the lowest rate of voter turnout in the nation in the 2006 and 2008 elections. He asked members to consider changing Utah’s convention system and other ethics and election reforms.”

May 7 , 2010: “Huntsman speaks, hijinks in the Senate campaign, and a look at the Dems convention battles” by Matt Canham (Polical Cornflakes)“University of Utah political scientist Kirk Jowers’ birthday is tomorrow and he’ll celebrate by babysitting while his wife, Kristen, attends the GOP convention. She’s a delegate.”

May 7, 2010: April 26, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared on Fox News to discuss the Utah Senate Race and the possibility of Senator Bennett loosing his seat at the Republican State Convention.

May 7, 2010: “Will Tea Partyers Quash Bennett’s Re-Election Bid?” by Alex Altman (TIME) “Utah has the highest barrier for entry onto a ballot of any state in the country,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “So the incentives are all toward kissing up to very, very few people.”

May 7, 2010: “Conservative insurgents shake up Utah incumbent ” by Kathy Kiely (USA TODAY) ”The most serious of Bennett’s seven GOP challengers, according to Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics: Mike Lee, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito; Tim Bridgewater, a businessman and local Republican activist, and Cherilyn Eagar, a marketing executive and conservative activist.”

May 7 , 2010: “Voters, not delegates, should choose candidates” by Bob Bernick (Deseret News) “A Deseret News poll of both parties’ delegates and registered voters shows that GOP delegates are more conservative than Republican voters; Democratic delegates more liberal than any other class of voters.  The survey, also sponsored by KSL-TV, the Utah Foundation and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, highlights what local political observers have pointed out for years: In order to win your party’s nomination in convention, you probably have to be at the extreme end of the political scale. And in a real two-party system ” where no one party totally dominates the other ” that can lead to gridlock.”

May 7, 2010: “Leavitt: Senate Seniority is Important ” (Utah Policy) ”In a special report for Utah Policy Daily, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, interviewed Michael O. Leavitt, former Utah governor and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . . .
Jowers: One final question. What advice would you give to students who are interested in public service? How should they prepare and what will give them the best chance of succeeding?
Leavitt: Great question. My interest started in the world of observation as I watched my father in the Utah Legislature. That led to the world of involvement as I helped with several campaigns, including Ronald Reagan’s. Ultimately, I developed an interest and willingness to seek public office. As I look back I’m reminded of the privilege that is public service. There is no question that government service is a trust between the governed and those who govern. It is demanding, complex and rewarding ¦ all at the same time. Mostly, it is great honor for which I thank the people of Utah for affording me. I would tell students that there is no secret sauce for their preparation or success in the public realm. Students should follow their interests, get involved, speak out, learn from others, find mentors, work hard and stay at it. I have no doubt that Utah will be better because of their involvement and I commend the Hinckley Institute and you for encouraging them along the way.”

May 7, 2010: “Bennett Could Be First Casualty Of Changing National Mood” by Kyle Trygstad (Real Clear Politics) ”Utah has the most exciting Senate race in the country, and less than 1 percent get to vote in it,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “Republican voters in general are not that upset with Sen. Bennett. He would probably win the primary handily and the general election by 30 or 40 points.”

May 7, 2010: “Incumbency encumbers Utah senator” by Valerie Richardson (Washington Times) ”For the past year, Sen. Bennett has been in the middle of a circular firing squad by the other seven Republican candidates and the Club for Growth,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “It’s just hitting Bennett on all sides.” See article also on NewsMax.

May 5, 2010: “Ds Utah caucus system shortchange women?” by Arthur Raymond and Lisa Riley Roche ”First-time GOP delegate Kristen Jowers said . . . she feels responsible for representing the views of those in her precinct who don’t have a vote at the state convention. . . .  Her husband, University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, said the low number of women delegates demonstrates how the caucus system fails to represent Utah voters.”

May 5, 2010: Many factors may play a role in lack of women in Utah politics by Bob Bernick Jr. ”While the varying winds of Republican and Democratic dogma that blow through the state play a role in who represents voters in Utah, other factors affect the role of gender in the Utah political system.  A recent Dan Jones & Associates survey [conducted for KSL and the Deseret News, in partnership with the Utah Foundation and the Hinckley Institute of Politics] shows that about the same percentage of Utah men and women consider themselves “strong Republicans.”

May 5, 2010: -May 5, 2010: - Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Utah Public Radio about Utah’s convention system. “Well, you hit on two important things with that question, one is we have a very interesting senate race. I just yesterday did a half hour interview with Fox National News and have had calls from the Guardian in the UK, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times; I mean all over the country and even [media organizations] internationally are interested in our senate race. The other part of that [interest] is, you wondered how many Utahns are really engaged and that is because Utah has a very unique system. A system which puts everything into these neighborhood caucuses and conventions and kind of excludes most Utahns. So 3,500 people have a very important job, they are getting hundreds of pieces of mail, but the rest of the 2.8 million Utahns are getting almost nothing.”

May 4, 2010: “GOP convention agenda includes two anti-Bennett items” by Bob Bernick (Deseret News) ”But various scenarios by pollster Dan Jones & Associates compiled from the survey, which was also sponsored by the Utah Foundation and Hinckley Institute of Politics, found that Bennett will be hard pressed to get that 40 percent support.”

May 4, 2010: “Poll shows majority of Utah GOP delegates support tea party movement” by Bob Bernick (Deseret News) ”A Dan Jones & Associates poll, also sponsored by the Utah Foundation and the University of Utah’s
Hinckley Instute of Politics, found that 55 percent of the GOP delegates strongly or somewhat agree with the tea party and 9/12 groups’ stands on small federal government and a return to states’ rights.”

May 3, 2010: “Corroon announces Rep. Allen as his running mate” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Allen has a reputation as a moderate — some say liberal — Republican. The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers says that makes her appeal “iffy.’ ‘The reality is somewhat difficult because, what ds it do to your Democratic supporters, and ds it really bring over any moderate and independent Republicans?’ Jowers said.”

May 3, 2010: “Corroon picks Republican Sheryl Allen as running mate in Utah gubernatorial race” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to Herbert,
wasn’t so sure Corroon’s choice of Allen will have lasting impact. ‘Choosing a Republican is immediately interesting and seems in theory like a good idea for a party that is struggling so much, but in reality, I don’t think Rep. Allen was the home run he was looking for,’ Jowers said.”

May 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Whitney Evans on KCPW about Corroon picking a republican running mate “Kirk Jowers is the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Jowers says in theory Utahns want bipartisanship but in reality they are divided by party lines and most of them lean to the right. ‘A nice, safe, democratic pick was not going to help him. There is certainly a very natural lean in Utah for the republican candidate with around 19 points right now, so he needed something to shake it up. I don’t think this pick shakes it up enough to get him there and i don’t see where it will add additional fundraising ability, so I don’t think it will necessarily help him overcome these great odds.’”

May 2, 2010: “Is it time for Utah to drop the delegate system?” by Frank Pignanelli and LaVar Webb (Deseret News) ”Hinckley Institute of Politicsdirector Kirk Jowers offers a creative solution: In pursuit of ethical reform, prohibit candidates from feeding and entertaining delegates. This underscores another maxim: Removing freebies fosters real change.”

May 2, 2010: “Poll finds Utahns don’t want candidates eliminated at convention” by Bob Bernick (Deseret News) ”Other political observers, like University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, say it is clear that Utah’s caucus-convention-primary system produces candidates on the extreme ” more conservative Republicans, more liberal Democrats.”

May 2, 2010: “A political system out of touch with the public” (Deseret News) “Sadly, however, it is not representative of the state at-large. Women, in particular, are largely left out of the process. A recent Dan Jones & Associates poll for the Deseret News/KSL in conjunction with the Hinckley Institutefound that women make up 55 percent of Republican voters in the state, but they
comprise only 25 percent of the delegates to next Saturday’s Republican state convention. On the Democrats’ side, women are 60 percent of voters and only 43 percent of the delegates.”

May 2, 2010: “Poll: Utah republican delegates conservative, democratic delegates liberal” by Alison Peek (Examiner.com) ”Utah’s polarized politics are made even more extreme by our system of mass meetings and delegates. According to a poll Dan Jones and Associates for The Deseret News, KSL-TV, the Utah Foundation, and the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University
of Utah, party delegates are more conservative and more liberal than the voters they represent.”

April 30, 2010: “Lack of 2-party process creates political imbalance” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”But the survey of state Republican delegates, by Dan Jones & Associates for the Deseret News, KSL-TV, the Utah Foundation and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is still striking.”

April 27, 2010: “Poll: Women under-represented in Utah politics” by John Daley (KSL News) ”‘One, is the fact that [women] are left out of an insider’s game; two, which flows from that, is that 86 percent of Republican delegates have been here more than 20 years, so they keep coming back,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

April 27, 2010: “Is Utah’s candidate selection system broken?” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘It’s a political boss system,’ Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said during a forum Tuesday. ‘Very few [insiders] can decide without the annoyance of all these people getting in the way.’  No other state makes it so difficult for a candidate to make it to a primary, Jowers said. “

April 27, 2010: “University of Utah forum discusses whether delegates represent Utah’s voters” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Hinckley Institutedirector Kirk Jowers said such findings, as well as the state’s low voter turnout, show why the current caucus system needs to be changed. Jowers said the survey showed that women are ‘severely under-represented’ among delegates, who are chosen at neighborhood party caucus meetings and determine at state conventions whether there will be a party primary open to eligible voters.”

April 26, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared in studio on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss the new KSL, Deseret News, Utah Foundation, and Hinckley Institute survey results and whether Romney will be enough to get Senator Bennett to a primary.

April 25, 2010: “Poll finds Sen. Bennett in trouble with own party” by Richard Piatt (KSL News) ” Seven Republicans are trying to grab the party’s nomination at a state GOP convention. With two weeks left, there is plenty of time for things to shift. The question is, will that happen, or is Bennett in his final year in the U.S. Senate? The study was also done in a partnership with the Utah Foundation and the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 25, 2010: “Utah’s political system- is it fair?” by Bruce Lindsay (Sunday Edition – KSL News) Utah’s political conventions are just weeks away. Delegates elected in caucus meetings will choose who is on the ballot, but do they represent their party’s grass roots? And is Utah’s hybrid system of selecting candidates fair? These topics are explored on Sunday Edition with guests Randy Shumway from Dan Jones and Associates, the director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, Kirk Jowers, and consultant and founder of the Exoro Group, LaVarr Webb.

April 25, 2010: “Bennett, Matheson feeling some party backlash in Utah” by Bob Bernick Jr. and Arthur Raymond (Deseret News) “Van Orden’s assertion is backed by findings of a new Deseret News and KSL TV poll, run in conjunction with the Utah Foundation and University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 24, 2010: “Poll shows Sen. Bob Bennett in trouble with Utah GOP delegates” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of theHinckley Institute, said that even though the poll numbers look bad for Bennett, he has life. ‘It’s a narrow path for Bennett in the convention,’ said Jowers. ‘But now that Bennett is meeting full time with delegates person-to-person, and with Mitt Romney speaking for him and nominating him, I believe Bennett will make it to a primary.’”

April 23, 2010: “Questionnaires show differences among Utah’s U.S. Senate
candidates” by Lee Davidson (Deseret News)
 ”That’s according to their answers to a questionnaire sent jointly by the Deseret News, KSL, the Utah Foundation and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Full answers are now available by clicking here.”

April 23, 2010: “Utah’s Sen. Bennett up against 7 challengers” by Valerie Richardson (The Washington TImes) ”‘Utah’s election system is pretty unique. Bennett is the likely choice of most voters, but with our convention system, he’s in trouble,’ said Hinckley Director Kirk Jowers. ‘At the moment, it’s a narrow gate for Sen. Bennett to make it onto the primary ballot.’”

April 23, 2010: “The Delegates: Still Undecided” by Thomas Burr (Political Cornflakes) ”Kristen loves to joke with her husband that she is the only elected official in their home, a point that should make Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the state’s oft-quoted man, a tad jealous. But while Kirk is waxing philosophically about the Senate race, Kristen is doing her research into which candidate she will back on May 8 at the state convention.”

April 23, 2010: “U of U Awards First-Ever Mormon Studies Fellowship” (Media Newswire) ”The first of its kind in the nation, the fellowship provides a doctoral student funds to spend a year researching the history, beliefs and culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and its members. It was established with a grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.” Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics sits on the steering comittee.

Aprl 22, 2010: “Utah ethics battle could be headed to courts” by John Dailey (KSL) “Both sides are passionate about either having it on or having it off, and the problem is that there are good arguments on both sides –
which makes it an interesting story and more interesting legal case, potentially,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of
Politics 
at the University of Utah.”

April 20, 2010: “Mitt Romney edorses Bennett in re-election bid” (Fox 13)
Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said of Mitt Romeny endorsing Senator Bennett, “A relatively popular incumbent in the state may not even get on the ballot. Tim Bridgewater has run an excellent camapign a very grassroots, retail oriented and has connected. MIke Lee has reached out to certain groups and gotten key endorsements and volunteersn through that outreach. The most important thing that Romeny will do for Senator Bennett is it will make these delegates reconsider one more time.”

April 14, 2010: “ABD’de demokrasi karşıtları artıyor” (TIMETURK) ”Utah Hinckley Politika Enstitüsü profesörlerinden Kirk Jowers, Salt Lake Tribune gazetesine verdiÄŸi demeçte, ˜’ABD toplumu içinde demokrasiden hazzetmeyen bir unsurun büyüdüğüne” dikkat çekti. ABD’nin Anayasasında Cumhuriyet olarak tanımlanmasına raÄŸmen ülkenin her iki partisinin de sıklıkla ülkenin bir demokrasi olduÄŸu vurgusu yaptığını söyleyen Jowers, ˜’Ancak öyle görünüyor ki toplumun bir kesimi sadece bu kelimeden korkmuyor, demokratikleÅŸmeyi durdurulması gereken bir hareket olarak görüyorlar” yorumunda bulunuyor.

April 18, 2010: “Expect Race for Utah Governor to Start Sizzling” (Deseret News) Former Hinckley Institute of Politics employee – Donald Dunn currently campaign manager for Peter Corroon and former Hinckley intern – Brian Maxwell working for Governor Herbert as his deputy campaing manager.

April 16, 2010: “Thoughts on the senate race so far” by Ryan Frandsen (LobbyMe) ”For me the most interesting sentence in the whole article is the last from Kirk Jowers director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics: “The bigger problem for candidates like Eagar and Lee is that their message has been so tailored to the far right that it may not appeal to mainstream Republicans.”

April 16, 2010: “Initiative uncertainty, UTA apologizes, Hatch wants more porn prosecutions” by Matt Canham (Political Cornflakes) ”Bennett still has $1 million to combat what the U.’s Kirk Jowers called a “circular firing squad” of campaign opponents and outside groups that don’t like him ” and that’s after he has outspent his challengers 20 to 1.”

April 15, 2010: “Bennett spends 20 times more than opponents” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ” Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, agrees that the outside spending has forced Bennett to respond, and notes that the senator has been the target for a group of seven Republican challengers. ‘They’ve had a circular firing squad for some time and more importantly the Club For Growth and other outside interests have intruded and spent enormous amounts of money trying to tear him down and it simply costs more money to defend yourself than it ds to tear someone down,’ said Jowers, who is a campaign finance expert.”

April 14, 2010: “Speaker decries nuclear armament in Hinckley forum” by James Lowe (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Lerager, a photo documentarian and author whose works have centered specifically on the dangerous state of the world’s past and present nuclear armament, spoke Wednesday to a packed room at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 13, 2010: “˜Morning J’ discusses media bias” by Trent Lowe (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Two conservatives who work for a liberal news network offered laughs and commentary Thursday for those gathered at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 13, 2010: “LOYAL DISSENTER: We should move toward direct democracy” by Sally Schilling (Aztec Daily) There seems to be a segment of the population who is worried not just about being technically precise on these words … but somehow interprets a move to democracy as some type of a progressive movement that needs to be stopped, Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said.

April 9, 2010: “Weekend 5k will benefit homeless” by Michael McFall (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The need for the donations is even greater than it was at last year’s race. In the past 12 months, the Salt Lake Valley’s homeless population doubled from about 4,000 to 8,000, according to panelists from The Road Home and homelessness charities at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum earlier this year.”

April 8, 2010: “Davis Dems, GOP to hold nominating conventions Saturday” by Dan Weist (Standard-Examiner Davis Bureau) ”Space for more than 30 booths, including for the advocacy group Club for Growth and The Hinckley Institute of Politics from the University of Utah, has been requested for the event.”

April 8, 2010: “Loan reform lightens burden for students” by Michael McFall (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”Savage joined several students from three colleges at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday to get the word out about student loan reform through a press conference by Organizing for America, an organizing group for the Democratic Party.”

April 8, 2010: “China becoming rising threat to US power, Hinckley
speaker says” by Mohammad Allam (Utah Daily Chronicle)
 ”Robert Ross, a professor of political science at Boston College, spoke Tuesday at theHinckley Institute onThe Rise of China. Citing China’s economic and military growth, as well as its growing independence from the United States, Ross spoke to about 100 U students about China becoming a world power and balancing the global political climate.”

April 7, 2010: “TV, radio host Scarborough to come to Hinckley Institute” by Michael McFall (Utah Dailey Chronicle) ”J Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning J’ and syndicated radio program ‘The J Scarborough Show’
will be at the Hinckley Institute of Politics tomorrow at noon.”

April 7, 2010: “Student loan reform could make college education more accessible” by Wendy Leonard (The Deseret News) ”‘And I was working as a skilled laborer, working on machines, making fairly good money,’ he said
Wednesday during a press conference hosted by college democrat clubs from across the state, held at the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘But it was a struggle to keep up.’”

April 6, 2010: “University of Utah student wins prestigious Truman scholarship” by Wendy Leonard (The Deseret News) ”‘This is both an extraordinary honor and a remarkable tribute to the accomplishments of Cody Rogers and the Hinckley Institute of Politics,’ said U. President Michael K. Young.”

April 6, 2010: “Building national image could help Gov. Herbert in re-election bid” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the U.’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a member of the governor’s advisory team, also noted the benefit to Herbert’s campaign. ‘Gov. Herbert has been largely freed from any convention or primary concerns, and for the general election, it can’t hurt to enhance his stature in any way he can,’ Jowers said.”

April 5, 2010: “As graduation looms, unemployment rises” by Jamie Bowen (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”‘President (Barack) Obama came into office with an established agenda that was too broad,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘The number one focus should have been on the recession, but he spent his time on health care and other issues, and he has not put enough attention on providing a better job outlook.’”

April 2, 2010: “U junior selected for Truman scholarship” by Jake Hibbard (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”‘No one deserved it more,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of
the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Jowers, who was named a Truman Scholar in 1990, said one of his goals when he took over the institute was to get U students winning the award again.”

April 2, 2010: “Another U. student wins Truman award” by Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune) ” Hinckley director Kirk Jowers, himself a 1990 Truman scholar, praised Cody’s work ethic and commitment to civic engagement. ‘Cody may be the most prepared applicant we have ever had. He spent hundreds of hours on his proposal and his research behind it,’ Jowers said. ‘He has a deep belief in what we pursue at the institute, which is participation.’”

April 1, 2010: “Utah County parents protest schools’ promotion of ‘democracy’” by Rosemary Winters (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”The term ‘democracy’ is commonly used to refer to American society and the power of the people to participate in government, including through votes on ballot measures and representatives, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.  ‘Technically the United States is a constitutional republic,’ he said. ‘However, leaders from both [political] parties have often referred to us as a democracy.’”

March 31, 2010: “New Chronicle editor in chief named” by Trent Lowe (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Five applicants were considered for the position, but the majority of council members voted for Copeland, whom they saw as experienced and the best choice, said Rochelle McConkie, council vice chairwoman and former Chronicle news editor. We thought that, even though Sara is a relatively young candidate, she had the enthusiasm and drive that would carry The Chronicle forward, McConkie said. She had a lot of poise, she was very mature and displayed great leadership qualities.

March 30, 2010: “Matheson: congress needs attitude adjustment” by Alison Peek (Examiner.com) ”Mr. Matheson spoke at a Forum of the Hinckley Institute, a bipartisan institute that promotes a better understanding of and appreciation for politics and the political process.”

March 30, 2010: “Bookstore expects big crowds for Sean Hannity book signing” by Candice Gale (Fox 13 News) ”A lot of books will go out while he’s here, it generates press so even more books will sell. It’s a tried and true strategy.” said Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics when being interviewed on Hannity’s book signing.

March 30, 2010: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the impact and importance of grassroots movements such as the Tea Party.

March 30, 2010: “Matheson says partisanship needs to be toned down” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Reform means you’re probably going to have to upset the status quo and when you upset the status quo you’re going
to have to take on some powerful interests and I’m not sure this legislation ds that,’ he said Monday during a forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

March 29, 2010: “The new picture of health” by Michael McFall (The Daily Utah Chornicle) ” The Democrats also became too inclusive, shutting out Republicans in favor of pushing the bill as a means to save Obama’s credibility instead of consulting the other party for a consensus, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Republican. In particular, Jowers said he wonders why Obama did not consult former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who implemented health care reform in his state a few years ago.

March 29, 2010: “Matheson decries partisanship at Hinckley forum” by Michael McFall (The Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The congressman, addressing a room of at least 50 students in the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, criticized fervent rhetoric from politicians around the debate as unproductive.”

March 29, 2010: “Timeline: History of health reform” (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Future: Obama and Democrats will sell the reform to the American people, while some Republicans push to repeal it. Source: The Associated Press and Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 29, 2010: “Rep. Jim Matheson: Bipartisan work needed to fix health care” by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) ”‘Whver is in the majority needs to be a little more inclusive, and the minority needs to be more constructive,’ he told the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

March 26, 2010: “Some Romney Books Signed By Autopen” by Brian Mullahy (2 News) ”‘I can’t tell the difference between an autosign or not,’ saidHinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers.  ‘So if he can, then I’m happy to have him look through some of our other books, and if he likes it better than another signature, he can take it.’”

March 25, 2010: “Study lists Utah’s top 10 issues” by Richard Piatt (KSL 5 News) ”The non-profit organization Utah Foundation released a new study ofUtah’s [P]riorities, taken from a citizen survey. But the issues are already playing a part in the political season — especially in the race for governor.”

March 25, 2010: “Gov. Gary Herbert, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon speak of state priorities” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Krs said the project will continue throughout the campaign season, with debates and forums held at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, as well as additional polling to gauge changes in voter opinions.”

March 25, 2010: “Will RomneyCare Be Liability for Potential GOP Candidate?” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW News) KCPW’s Jeff Robinson spoke withKirk Jowers, longtime Romney supporter and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

March 25, 2010: “Utah Priorities Project poll identifies Utahns’ top election year issues” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Jobs and the economy top the list of issues facing the state, according to a new poll that also found many Utahns believe their quality of life is declining.  The statewide poll kicks off the Utah Priorities Project . . .”
The Hinckley Institute of Politics is honored to partner with the Utah Foundation, KSL TV and Radio, Dan Jones & Associates, and the Deseret News to create The Utah Priorities Project.  This project will feature live and online discussions, forums, candidate debates, and other featured coverage of the issues most important to Utahns.  The Utah Priorities Project website serves as a library of information on Utah’s top issues as well as facilitates dialogue about these issues.

March 24, 2010: “Governor’s race heats up over campaign contributions” by John Daley (KSL 5 News) ”‘I don’t know how anyone can say full disclosure ds not include employer and occupation. That is probably the single best way to identify people and make it useful information,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. . . . The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy urged lawmakers to improve state disclosure laws and require candidates to list occupation and employer, but legislation to do that went nowhere in the last legislative session.”

March 22, 2010:”Utah politicos react to Kevin Garn DUI arrest” by Arrika Von (Fox 13 News) ”Everyone will want to see what’s in the back of the closet and this will just feed that frenzy.” said Director Kirk Jowers, of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

March 22, 2010: “Garn DUI arrest raises concerns on candidate vetting process” by Arrika Von (Fox 13 News) ”It is interesting, I think, for the media and the public because there is still facination with his story because the skeletons once hidden, now tumble out. Everybody wants to see whats in the back of the closet.” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

March 22, 2010: “Campaigns target delegates in first big test for Senate candidates” by Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Often times the most important election day of the year is the caucuses because so many races are determined now and may never get to a primary,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

March 22, 2010: “Anti-Incumbent Mood Snares Utah Republican” by Howard Berkes (NPR) ”‘Utah has a caucus and convention nominating process that “empowers a very small number of people who are typically to the far right and highly motivated,’ says Kirk Jowers, a Republican and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

March 21, 2010: “Salt Lake City mayor a frequent flier to D.C.Budget: Becker has gone to D.C. 20 times, but has it paid off?” by Derek P. Jensen (The Salt Lake Tribune) “The number of trips ‘seems high at first glance,’ but the past year has been crucial for Becker to enhance relationships with the new administration and to snare stimulus dollars, according to Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 20, 2010: “GOP senatorial candidates play the conservative card
at debate in Kaysville” by Antone Clark (Standard Net Live) 
“Moderator Kirk Jowers, of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute, said the No. 1 concern for Utahns is the economy. He asked all of the candidates what they would do to ensure financial stability and jobs for Utah.”

March 19, 2010: “Utah Welcomes the hosts of the European Football Championship” (Global Utah) ”…Courtney McBeth, Intern Manager,Hinckley Institute of Politics, to tour the Stadium, the media box, and the players’ locker rooms, to assess the security infrastructure.”

March 19, 2010: “Matheson feeling pressure to decide on health care vote” by John Daley (KSL 5 News) ”‘I think a ˜yes’ vote on health care could cost him his seat. It’s that big a vote. It’s that tangible,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.’If he votes ˜no,”Jowers continues, ‘He’ll be re-elected comfortably, and the Democratic convention will be one of the most uncomfortable days of his life.’

March 19, 2010: “Mitt Romney and the mysterious case of two daggers” by Alex Spillius ( Telegraph.co.uk) ”Romney appeared recently in Salt Lake City at an event sponsored by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute, where a copy of No Apology was included in the $25 ticket price, and 4,0000 people attended.”

March 17, 2010: “ICE candidate showed disrespect for ASUU” by Dave Burt (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”I left the Hinckley Caucus room on Monday after the election debate with a sense of wonderment for next year’s administration. Neither party’s platform was intriguing to me and therefore I will not endorse in this article…”

March 16, 2010: “ICE defends all-arts pass, stipend cuts” by Katie Pratt (Daily Utah Chronicle) “In front of those gathered at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Cameron King, vice presidential nominee for ICE, began the debate with an overview of the party’s campaign goals.”

March 16, 2010: KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding House Democrats’ planned use of the self-executing rule or deem and pass tactic to get health-care through Congress.

March 16, 2010: “Romney attacks Obama plans at Hinckley forum” by Kendal Angell (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”After his remarks, Romney was honored by Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, as a fellow of the organization, an honor held by the likes of former Sen. Ted Kennedy, Vice President J Biden and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.”

March 15, 2010: “Legislators discuss 2010 session at U” by Katie Pratt (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Four members of the Utah Legislature met at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Friday to discuss the end of the 45-day 2010 Legislative session. Members of the Legislature present included Senate President Michael Waddoups; Sen. Patricia Jones, D-Salt Lake City; Rep. Craig
Frank, R-Cedar Hills; and Rep. David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City.”

March 14, 2010: “Garn’s resignation brings up question of ethics in politics” by Nicole Gonzales (KSL 5 News) ”First it was Sen. Sheldon Killpack, now Rep. Garn. Both Utah legislative leaders resigned over personal problems in the past two months. Dan Jones, a professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says they had no other choice. ‘They know the impact that it’s had, but they too hope that people will forgive,’ Jones says. “

March 14, 2010: “Mitt Romney dazzels partisan crowd” by Alison Peek (examinar.com) ”The event was sponsored by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Tickets included a signed first edition of Mr. Romney’s
New York Times best seller No Apology: the Case for American Greatness. All proceeds benefited scholarships at the non-partisan Institute.”

March 14, 2010: “Mitt Romney’s Book Tour Stops in Utah” by Stella Thurkill (Channel 2 News) ”Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts and President of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Organizing Committee, stopped in Salt Lake City over the weekend. He was here to promote his New York Times best-selling book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah sponsored the event.”

March 14, 2010: “Romney wows Salt Lake City gathering” by Kerry Kinsey (ABC 4 News) ”Mitt Romney was in Utah Saturday night promoting his book, ‘No Apology: The Case for American Greatness’. . .  The speech was a fundraiser for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. It was expected to raise $50,000 for scholarships.”

March 14, 2010: “Thousands of fans hail Romney in SLC” by Derek P. Jensen (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, whose Hinckley Institute of Politics sponsored the speech, calls Romney the GOP frontrunner. “When we actually get to Iowa and New Hampshire,” he said, “neither [Sarah] Palin nor [Mike] Huckabee will be in the top five.”

March 13, 2010:”Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn resigns” by Richard Piatt (KSL 5 News) ”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says the story might linger in spite of Garn’s resignation.’This has all the elements of a story that sticks, questions that remain to be answered,’ he said.”

March 13, 2010: “‘Rock star’ Mitt Romney gets big ovation in Utah” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”The speech, a fundraiser for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, was expected to raise $50,000 for scholarships, according to institute director Kirk Jowers.”

March 13, 2010: “Romney book tour comes to Salt Lake City” by Sarah Dallof (KSL 5 News) ”…Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics – the host of Saturday’s event — says the book puts Romney in a good place if he decides to run for the White House in 2012. ‘Certainly this book, the enthusiasm he’s seen all over the country, are great preparation steps if he decides to run,” Jowers said.”

March 13, 2010: “Former Gov. Mitt Romney visits Salt Lake City” by Maile Tua’one (Fox 13 News) ”Romney was in Salt Lake City Saturday night to sell his new book and to raise money for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 13, 2010: “Given Armenia’s geographical isolation, the long run favors Azerbaijan” by T. Teymur (Today.AZ) ”You, along with others, attended the Khojaly related conference, held in Hinckley Institute, in Utah. How, in your opinion, is the informing of Americans on this Azerbaijani tragedy going on?”

March 12, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed on Channel 2 evening news regarding the Mitt Romney No Apology book event hosted by the Hinckley Institute.

March 12, 2010: “Economy forces new Utah mayors to make tough decisions” by Rebecca Palmer (Deseret News) ”The mayors were speaking in a forum for the Hinckley Institute of Politics titled ‘Transitioning From Campaigning to Governing.’ The event was organized by West Valley Mayor Mike Winder, who has taken every possible opportunity since his inauguration to boost his city’s stature in the region.”

March 12, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, was interviewed on Channel 4 evening news regarding the Mitt Romney No Apology book event hosted by the Hinckley Institute.

March 12, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared in studio on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss the Mitt Romney No Apology book event hosted by the Hinckley Institute and developments in the Utah Legislature.

March 12, 2010: “Woman says Garn isn’t telling the whole truth” by Andrew Adams (KSL 5 News) ”Republican lawmakers we talked to say they’re waiting for Garn to make his own decision whether to stay in office. But one Republican, Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley, was bothered by last night’s standing ovation in the house. Sympathy is probably warranted, he said, but cheering is not.”

March 12, 2010: “Mitt Romney’s book tour stops in Utah” by Arikka Von (Fox 13 News) ”Tickets for the event start at $25 and include a signed first edition of Romney’s book. All proceeds from the lecture go to U of U scholarships.
“As we know higher education, as well as other agencies, have taken a hit with the budget: so to give scholarships to deserving students is a wonderful cause,’ says Kirk JowersHinkley Institute Director. A $95 ticket buys a reserved seat and V.I.P.’”

March 12, 2010: “Utah politicians react to Garn confession” by John Hollenhorst (KSL 5 News) ”Kirk Jowers, executive director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, was clearly troubled. ‘It was an inexcusable moment, whether it was 25 years ago or 25 minutes ago; and then with the hush money, it’s a very difficult moment,’ Jowers said. ‘A lot of people are having a hard time with the standing ovation on the House floor. Sympathy is probably warranted, but cheering is not.’”

March 11, 2010: “Weekend Plans: Mitt Romney and the Giant Peach” (About.com – Salt Lake City) ”Salt Lake City Olympic hero and likely 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center as part of his No Apologies: The Case for American Greatness book tour. Tickets are $25-$95 and include a signed copy of Romney’s book. This event benefits the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 11, 2010: “Political Cornflakes” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers is expecting a sold-out crowd for Mitt Romney’s book speech on Saturday at the Salt Palace, but he’s holding 400 of the 4,400 tickets for sale at the door that night (and each ticket comes with a signed copy of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

March 9, 2010: “Mitt Romney’s book is worthy of praise” by Lee Benson (Deseret News) ”The book was released nationally last week, and as we speak, Romney is on a two-month, 19-state book tour. He’ll be in Salt Lake City for a speech and signing Saturday at the Salt Palace. (For further information, go to www.hinckley.utah.edu.).”

March 9, 2010: “Legislature won’t limit campaign contributions” by John Daley (KSL 5 News) ”Kirk Jowers, chairman of the Commission on Strengthening Democracy, said, ‘We are such an outlier with contribution limits. We’ll be one of four states without these limits. Even the limits suggested were very moderate.’”

March 9, 2010: “Political Cornflakes” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Mitt Romneys, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is ranked as 13 on
Amazons best seller list. Kirk Jowers would rather you buy one off of MittRomneyUtah.com.”

March 7, 2010: “Utah campaign cash limits would have affected few” by Brock Vergakis (Associated Press Writer – ABC 4) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and the former
chairman of the governor’s commission, finds the arguments against limits disingenuous.”

March 5, 2010: “Campaign Finance: Lawmakers scrap contribution caps” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy recommends caps. The people of Utah — 74 percent in a recent public opinion poll — demand them. And 45 states see the obvious wisdom in having them. But not Utah.”

March 5, 2010: “Romney: Obama is another Jimmy Carter” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) “Romney pitched his new book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, at the Friday event a week before he appears in Salt Lake City for a March 13 speech at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.”

March 5, 2010: “Parkite shares his path to musical salvation: Zach Rusk turns to the piano in tough times” by Alisha Shelf (The Park Record) Hinckley Intern Zach Rusk’s, “…interest in the health care industry stems from a four-month internship in Washington, D.C., during which he worked on a project to
million of the Obama stimulus package to those with diminished access to health care. ‘It was one of the hardest things to engage in; to go to many, but not all, is comforting, yet troublesome,’ he says.”

March 5, 2010: ”D.A. seeks second term, vows to put job before politics” by Jeremiah Stettler (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, thinks so. ‘Perhaps the first factor in her favor is that her position is not as high profile as many others,’ he said. ‘The fact that she is an incumbent and that people may not have been focusing on the headlines may give her more freedom to run the campaign she wants.’”

March 4, 2010: “Utah Legislature: House rejects campaign spending limits” by Arthur Raymond (Deseret News) ”The move effectively eliminates the main thrust of a package of suggestions put together by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, a group formed in 2009 by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. The diverse, bipartisan 19-member group was tasked with finding improvements…”

March 4, 2010: “Matheson looks like a maybe on final health reform vote” by Matt Canham (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Matheson is ‘caught in a vise.’ Leading Democrats are pressuring him to support the bill, while Republicans are attacking him for simply being undecided. Jowers, who credits Matheson for being attuned to the wishes of his Republican-leaning district, said it ‘could be disastrous for his constituent relationships’ if Matheson were to switch his vote on such a controversial proposal.”

March 4, 2010: “Matheson quid pro quo rumor runs wild” by Thomas Burr (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, also says Obama should have named Scott Matheson to the judge seat months ago but dsn’t buy an ounce of the conspiracy theory. ‘I have no sympathy for any rumors of vote buying with Representative Matheson on his brother,’ said Jowers. ‘Scott Matheson was the consensus choice months ago.’”

March 4, 2010: “Matheson reacts to blogger’s allegations” by Kelli O’Hara (ABC 4 News) ”Kirk Jowers, Excutive Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley
Institute of Politics
, says that Matheson is simply the best candidate.
‘The timing is horrible for the Obama administration,’ says Jowers,’It’s unfortunate to drop this at the center of the health care debate.

March 3, 2010: “Transparency bill clears House minus campaign caps” by Cathy MicKitrick (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, had hoped to reinsert the loose caps in HB329 that were the result of hard-fought consensus by members of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.”

March 3, 2010: “Obama names Scott Matheson Jr. to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals” by Emiley Morgan (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U. called Matheson ‘a great choice’ and said he ‘exemplifies’ all of the qualities of a appellate judge. ‘He’s hardworking, brilliant and fair,’ Jowers said.”

March 2, 2010: “Hinckley Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared with Josh Romney on the Bob Lonsberry Show–Utah’s Early Morning Talk Show re Mitt Romney’s No Apology Book event hosted by the Hinckley Institute.”

March 1, 2010: “Utah legislature: Committee guts bill to cap campaign contributions” by Josh Smith (Deseret News) ”The original HB329was based on recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy, which proposed a series of reforms designed to increase voter participation.”

March 1, 2010: “Lawmakers work to win ethics war” by Cathy McKitrick (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”During the past five weeks, legislators have advanced a cadre of ethics reforms, which are the result of several months of interim study, recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy and a nagging awareness that a broad citizens initiative nips at their heels.”

February 28, 2010: “3 U. scholars compete for Truman award” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) “‘The three U. students “are the best of their generation,’ according to director of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Kirk Jowers, also a Truman scholar in 1990. ‘They are incredibly gifted students
who serve and achieve for all of the right reasons.’”

February 25, 2010: “Merrill Cook to challenge US Sen. Bob Bennett” by John Daley (KSL News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, ‘Merrill Cook is the ultimate wild card. He shakes everything up and it makes it far less predictable whenever he’s involved.’”

February 24, 2010: “Finalists make strong showing for scholarship” by Jake Hibbard (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘It opens doors for students like nothing else,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 23, 2010: “Hinckley speakers focus on political progress” by Katie Pratt (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Hoping to engage college students in the world of politics, two former congressmen visited the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics to stir up excitement.”

February 20, 2010: “Utah Legislature is rife with ‘conflicts’” by Bob Bernick Jr.
(Deseret News)
 ”‘Many believe that disclosure’ of conflicts of interests ‘is not enough,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics. ‘But certainly more disclosure is needed. As it is now, it’s sometimes hard to see where special interests arise that can warp legislation.’”

February 20, 2010: ABC4 Nightly News reporter Jessica Gail interviewed Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers, regarding the new poll showing Mitt Romney leading among independents and his new book, “No Apology, The Case for America’s Greatness.”

February 20, 2010: “Chris Vanocur Vlog: Political things I think I think” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4 News) ”I think that Kirk Jowers is not to be underestimated.”

February 19, 2010: ABC4 Nightly News reporter Jessica Gail interviewed Hinckley Institute of Politics director, Kirk Jowers, regarding the “presidential treatment” Tiger Woods received in the coverage of his apology.

February 19, 2010: “Chaffetz skewered over 9/11 conspiracy comments” by Matt Canham (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Politicians often face uncomfortable questions asked by passionate people and answering them can be a bit like
walking a tight rope, said Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.’In my experience in working with candidates, most of them want to be liked and it can be their biggest weakness,’ he
said.”

February 18, 2010: “Hinckley Institute: more than 5,000 interns” by Alison Peek (Examinar.com) ”Today Hinckley Institute interns work at every level of government, in political campaigns, and in 35 countries around the world. The Institute provides around 300 internships every year, and the program is
funded through generous donations from Jim and Lyn Hinckley as well as many other groups, companies and individuals.”

February 18, 2010: “Hinckley forum analyzes education cuts” by Ryan Howell (Daily Utah Chronicle) With large budget cuts looming in the near future for all forms of Utah education, local experts on education and service convened Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to discuss the state of education and what needs to happen at the legislative level to help continue growth.

February 16, 2010: “U looking for aid as 19% cut passes” by Michael McFall (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”An increase in the tobacco tax is probably the most likely chance the U has at finding a new source of funding and softening the blow of the 19 percent base budget cut, saidKirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 14, 2010: Hinckley Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared on the Utah Conversations with Ted Capener on February 14, 2010 at 5:30pm on KUED 7.1, and again on KUED World Channel 7.2 on February 18, 2010 at 8:00pm.

February 11, 2010: “Mitt Romney’s book makes ‘No Apology’” by Lisa Riley Roche (Mormon Times) ”Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the book “is an attempt, in most instances, to be a nonpartisan…”

February 11, 2010: “Romney releases early sample of upcoming new book” by Bob Evans (Fox 13 News) ”Mitt Romney is shown reading in studio for his new book: “No Apologies: The Case for American Greatness.” FOX 13 has obtained a peek to the first chapter of the book provided by the publisher, Macmillan. Hinkley Institute director, Kirk Jowers says that the writings take a “fresh look” at America’s rising debt and global image regarding foreign diplomacy. The book will be available March 2.”

February 11, 2010: “Forum details green options” by James Lowe (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Utah’s energy elite convened at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday to discuss the state of Utah’s energy consumption and promote ‘green’ ideas.”

February 10, 2010: “Mitt Romney’s book makes ‘No Apology’” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the book ‘is an attempt, in most instances, to be a nonpartisan, pragmatic view of how to solve our problems. Voters are growing tired of the partisanship in Washington that Obama is trying now to address,’ Jowers said. He said if Romney runs, it will be on ‘substance and solutions and not on personality and vague slogans.’”

February 9, 2010: “Why Do The Ones Who Seem To Have It All Cheat?” by Fields Moseley (KUTV Ch 2 News) ”‘I think the combination of separation, opportunity and maybe this kind of arrogance or invulnerability, it can be a lethal combination,’ said Jowers.”

February 5, 2010: “Rolly: Contribution limits on chopping block?” by Paul Rolly (The Salt Lake Tribune) ”Killpack and House Speaker David Clark met with commission chairman Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and the three hammered out a compromise they felt would lead to reasonable reform without seeming too radical.”

February 5, 2010: “Gov. Gary Herbert defends meeting with Alton Coal Development” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) ”GOP House leaders say they will run a bill placing limits as recommended by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy. That is $5,000 from an individual or entity over a two year period in a state House race, $10,000 for a state Senate race over a four year period or $20,000 for a statewide office (like governor or attorney general) over a four-year period.”

February 1, 2010 Utah Legislature: House ethics bills ready for hearings
Limits on gifts, how money is spent among changes By Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) 
House leaders have accepted the contribution limits suggested by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.

January 31, 2010: Hinckley of Politics Director and RNC Bid Selection Committee Member Kirk Jowers was interviewed by KSL Newsradio regarding the news that Salt Lake City had been selected as one of four finalists to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.

January 27, 2010 Utah lawmakers react to State of the Union By Sam Penrod and Keith McCord (KSL News) ”He was an electrifying speaker. It was an historic moment,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

January 27, 2010: Hinckley of Politics Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by KSL Newsradio Reporter Marc Giauqe regarding a preview of today’s President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

January 26, 2010: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics” by Bryan Schot (Utah Policy) ”…what will the Citizens United v. FEC ruling mean for Utah?  We asked Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah for his thoughts on the implications.

January 26, 2010 Budget situation bleak By Michael McFall (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is a frequently quoted man in Utah newspapers for his compendium of political knowledge and insight. He is also a hopeful man. But when asked what can be done to save the U, his brow furrows.

January 26, 2010 Forum reveals plight of homeless in SLC By Michael McFall (The Daily Utah Chronicle) Atkinson puts a hand on Lachance as she tells her hard experiences to an audience in the Hinckley Institute of Politics‘ homelessness forum.

January 26, 2010 Utah Policy Featured Article: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics by Bryan Schott (Utahpolicy.com) Last week the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money on advertisements either supporting or criticizing candidates in elections.  But what will the Citizens United v. FEC ruling mean for Utah?  We asked Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah for his thoughts on the implications.

January 25, 2010 Practical Impact and Longer Term Consequences of Citizens United v. FEC Political Activity Law Alert: Important Recent Developments, January 25, 2010 By Trevor Potter, Kirk L. Jowers, Joseph M. Birkenstock, Stacy Q. Cline, Matthew T. Sanderson, Kristy B. Tsadick

January 24, 2010 Nuclear f targets Utah senators in test ban fight By Paul Kpp (Deseret News) Culp will speak again on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute Forum.

January 24, 2010 Public wants ethics reform By Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) A proposal to limit campaign contributions to $2,500 per year and aimed at improving public confidence in government originated with a task force appointed by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. 

January 24, 2010 Insider Poll: Rated Six Top Issues for the Legislative Session By Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Fox 13 News Anchor Max Roth interviewsHinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers about the upcoming legislative session and poll results regarding the session’s top issues.

January 23, 2010 Utah’s newest senator – he’s LDS, liberal and rising rapidly By Derek P. Jensen The Salt Lake Tribune McAdams also did Hinckley Institute internships in the White House west wing and the Utah Legislature, where he met Becker, a “political hero.”

January 22, 2010 Campaign contribution limits coming to Utah? By John Daley (KSL News) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, heads a commission that recently recommended trimming donations down to $10,000 every two years.

January 22, 2010 Supreme Court ruling could rain money on races By Cathy McKitrick The Salt Lake Tribune Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, worked on the McCain-Feingold legislation and helped co-found the Campaign Legal Center.

January 21, 2010: Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, appeared live in studio for the final hour on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” to discuss the Utah legislative ethics package announced yesterday, Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate seat, the future of Mitt Romney, the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen United, and the fallout from Utah Senator Killpack’s resignation.

January 21, 2010: “GOP lawmakers formulate their own ethics package” by Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) “GOP state lawmakers have come out with their own ethics legislation, and the five-bill package is far-reaching and politically smart.  . . .  Adopting campaign contribution limits as proposed by theGovernor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy  – a $10,000 limit for statewide races, like governor, over a two-year election cycle; $5,000 for senators and representatives.”

January 20, 2010 Republican win in Mass. will alter course for issues affecting Utah By John Daley (KSL News) ”By all accounts it’s a historic victory. It’s unprecedented. We haven’t had a Republican senator in that seat since 1953 when JFK took over,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. 

January 20, 2010: “Brown’s win in Massachusetts Senate big — for Romney” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Romney is clearly the most influential national Republican right now. He’s filled the void,’ said longtime supporter Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.  . . . ‘Romney was essentially a one-stop shop for him to get everything he needed to run a credible campaign,’ Jowers said. ‘I assume he’ll be one of the senators for Romney if he runs again.’

January 20, 2010 Utahns strongly back reforming ethics rules for state lawmakers By Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News But how far they actually may go is now unclear, especially with the resignation of former Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack, R-Syracuse, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Killpack, who pushed ethics reform in the Senate, resigned last week after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

January 20, 2010: “Utah Commission Endorses Automatic Registration” (Fair Vote: The Center for Voting and Democracy) ”The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy today unanimously recommended FairVote-endorsed policies on automatic voter registration and election day registration.”

January 19, 2010 Lawmaker says ’06 open container violation is irrelevant By Robert Gehrke (The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said the citation could only be relevant in light of what led to Killpack’s downfall.

January 19, 2010: KSL Radio News’ Paul Nelson interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers regarding the potential impact of the Massachusetts Special Election.

January 18, 2010 Peter Corroon’s Chances By Bryan Schott (UtahPolicy.com) Respondents include - Kirk Jowers, Director Hinckley Institute of Politics

January 18, 2010 Questions emerging over Senate leadership, ethics reform By Richard Piatt, Andrew Adams and Adam Thomas (KSL News) “He understood which members had problems with different parts of these bills, so he knew all the deals that needed to be made and how to do it, or was at least getting to that point. Now someone has to start over,” says Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

January 17, 2010 Poll shows support for 2 citizen initiatives By Bob Bernick Jr. (Deseret News) And a few GOP leaders have endorsed campaign contribution limits as proposed by a special governor’s commission on strengthening Utah’s democracy.

January 17, 2010 Maneuvering begins amid shock waves from Killpack resignation by John Hollenhorst (KSL News) Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics predicts ripple effects from a majority leader’s resignation so close to a legislative session.

January 13, 2010 Mormons are the most conservative, poll finds By Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake Tribune Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, suspected more Mormons would say they were moderate.

January 12, 2010 Fundraising under way for incumbents By Bob Bernick Jr. and Lisa Riley Roche Deseret News Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the blackout period during the session means more money will pour in to lawmakers just before it starts.

January 11, 2010 Political cash flowing, $7.4 million in donations reported for 2009 By Lee Davidson and Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News ”There is so much money at stake” in dealing with state government today, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, “that many corporate leaders (may feel they would be) derelict for not contributing to powerful state officials who can control the destiny of their industry or company.”

January 11, 2010: “Professor ˜cared deeply’ about work at U” by Tiffany Thorne (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”‘Sam established and generously funded theHinckley Institute’s Sam Rich Program in International Politics with the goal of bringing cooperation, more understanding and more knowledge regarding the issues the U.S. faces in the conduct of its foreign affairs,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Sam’s legacy will live on with U students for decades more through his creation, vision, and support of this wonderful program.’”

January 10, 2010 Hinckley Director Kirk Jowers appeared on ABC 4′s “On the Record” with Chris Vanocur to download a portion of the show clickhere.

January 9, 2010 Corroon to kick off campaign Tuesday By Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Corroon dsn’t have to win the money battle,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “He can raise enough to get his message out.”

January 9, 2010 GOP leaders vow ethics reform in Utah By Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News Several of the GOP bills will be fashioned on recommendations made by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, a group put together by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and continued by Gov. Gary Herbert.

January 8, 2010 Corroon says he is running for Utah governor by Richard Piatt and AP writer Brock Vergakis ”He has a lot of factors going against him. There isn’t a popular Democratic candidate that could maybe pull him a little bit. So, it’s very uphill for Corroon,” said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

January 8, 2010 The Grand Theatre Presents LOVE LETTERS by BWW News Desk Ted Wilson is a veteran of the political and environmental scenes in Utah and beyond. He was elected to three terms as Salt Lake City mayor, beginning in 1976. Ted became director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah in 1987, where he helped bring practical politics to life for thousands of students.

January 8, 2010 SL County Mayor Carroon to Run for Utah Governor By Max Roth (Fox 13) Max Roth interviews Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers about Mayor Peter Carroon’s chances in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

January 6, 2010 Meet Payson’s new mayor By Donald W. Meyers (The Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said that based on anecdotal accounts, he believes that this is not a first. Write-in candidates face an uphill, but not insurmountable, challenge. Incumbents win 90 percent of the time, but they can be knocked out through a write-in campaign.

January 6, 2010 KSL Channel 5′s Rich Piatt interviewed Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers about the 2010 election climate for incumbents of both parties.

January 5, 2010 Mike Lee to oppose Bennett for Senate By J Pyrah (Daily Herald) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that while Bennett may have some trouble on the right, he’s not as vulnerable as some might think.

January 4, 2010 Corroon to give State of County, no campaign plans By Jeremiah Stettler (The Salt Lake Tribune) The mayor may not announce any campaign plans Tuesday, but Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Corroon would be wise to make that decision soon.

January 2010 Campus All-Stars  Achievements of U of U Faculty, Staff, Students, and More (UU Alumni Newsletter) Kirk Jowers, Hinckley Directorfeatured in newsletter.

January 3, 2010 Insider Poll: Democrat and Republican Insiders Predict the Success of 2010 By Max Roth (Fox 13 News) Kirk Jowers, Hinckley Director featured in this story.

January 2, 2010 The next ten years: Politics of division by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) Utah pollster Dan Jones and Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, separately prepared lists of what they foresee as the coming decade’s biggest issues. Their lists closely match, and reflect the top unresolved issues of recent decades.