2011 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, 2011: “Americans got poorer as Congress’ wealth doubled ” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘It’s more and more expensive to run for office,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “You need someone who can afford to quit their job or at least take a leave.’”

Decmeber 27, 2011: “Crucial two weeks for Mitt Romney” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ”Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics told ABC 4, ’The next two weeks are potentially everything.’”

December 27, 2011: “Caucus commotion: Iowa battle for the GOP nomination nears climax ” by John Daley (KSL) ”Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are both on statewide bus tours, hoping to jump start their campaigns. Turnout, as always, will be key. Kirk Jowers, a Romney advisor, says that could hinge on weather.”

December 27, 2011: “‘Real Women Run’ – Public Leadership Training Empowers Women to Actively Pursue Politics” (Utah Pulse.com) ”‘The Hinckley Institute’s mission is to promote citizen involvement in government “ our mission is not being fulfilled if half of the population isn’t fully engaging in the political process.  Hinckley Institute Founder Robert H. Hinckley said, ˜Making up your mind to begin the battle is half the game; nerve to stick to the finish is the other half.’ The Real Women Run initiative is here to first empower Utah women to want to be politically active and then give them the tools and confidence to make it happen,’ said Lindsay Zizumbo, Program Manager, Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 27, 2011: “Year-end review: Huntsman, Romney jump into race for White House ” by Paul Nelson (KSL) ”Speculation about a possible run at the White House by former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman began in late January when he stepped down as the U.S. Ambassador to China. Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said it would be an interesting dance between Huntsman and whver else entered.”

December 27, 2011: “‘Real Women Run’ – Public Leadership Training Empowers Women to Actively Pursue Politics” (Utah Policy.com) ” The Hinckley Institute’s mission is to promote citizen involvement in government “ our mission is not being fulfilled if half of the population isn’t fully engaging in the political process.  Hinckley Institute Founder Robert H. Hinckley said, ˜Making up your mind to begin the battle is half the game; nerve to stick to the finish is the other half.’ The Real Women Run initiative is here to first empower Utah women to want to be politically active and then give them the tools and confidence to make it happen, said Lindsay Zizumbo, Program Manager, Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 26, 2011: “Newt Gingrich’s position on courts wrong” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ” Delegates to the Constitutional Convention separated power by creating three separate branches of government and giving each an advantage over the other two. The legislative branch got the power of the purse, to control the money. The executive branch got the power of the sword, to enforce the law and control the military. The judiciary branch got life tenure, shielding it from political pressure when making decisions. c

December 26, 2011: “Congressmen should live in district they represent, poll shows” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he thinks Chaffetz has mostly muted any complaints against him. The Republican congressman represents the 3rd District but lives in the 2nd District. Redistricting, however, placed him the 3rd District starting with the 2012 election.”

December 23, 2011: “World Bank Executive Director Will Visit Utah, Share Global Business Opportunities” (Utah Pulse.com) ”The Utah business community will have the unique opportunity to host the Executive Director of the World Bank, Honorable Ian Solomon, on January 13, at 8:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake Chamber.  Director Solomon will discuss global business opportunities in products services and consulting with the business in the morning session.   His afternoon presentation will take place at the University of Utah- Hinckley Institute of Politics, where he will speak on the topic of globalization, its challenges and opportunities.”

December 21, 2012: “2 interim directors to begin repairing damaged Middle East Center” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers,director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Bob Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center were appointed Tuesday.”

December 20, 2011: “University of Utah charts new course for struggling Middle East Center ” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”College of Humanities Dean Robert Newman on Tuesday named two respected U. scholars as interim co-directors ” political scientist Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, and historian Robert Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center. They will run the center for two years, after which a permanent leader will be found.”

December 19, 2011: “Who’s more electable, Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”What will be the deciding factor in determining the winner? At the beginning of the debate last Thursday, Fox News commentators said the No. 1 question raised by viewers who texted in their pre-debate comments was electability. Republican voters wanted to know which candidate was best positioned to beat Obama. Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 19, 2011: “Considering Utah’s Caucus and Convention System” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy.com) ”Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics believes Utah’s caucus/convention system is not working well. He favors, at the very least, opening up that system by the political parties themselves loosening their 60 percent candidate nomination rule. ‘That alone would get more (candidates) into primary elections,’ he told a special seminar/debate on the topic hosted by the foundation in the Zions Bank headquarters.”

December 16, 2011: “Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Changes to Utah’s Nominating System Will Wait” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy.com) ”In any case, Webb and Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, told the Salt Lake Tribune that it would just be too difficult to run a citizen petition in 2012. But the effort could be mounted in 2014 or beyond.”

December 15, 2011: “Utah’s Unique Caucus System – The Pros and Cons” by Doug Fabrizio (KUER – Radio West) Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics was live on KUER to discuss the current caucus-convention system.

December 15, 2011: “Utah election reformers pull back from 2012 target” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said his group remains convinced that something needs to be done to boost Utah’s voter participation, and that changing Utah’s unique convention system for nominating candidates could do that.”

December 15, 2011: “Rep. Jim Matheson jumps to 4th Congressional District for re-election” by Deniis Romboy (Deseret News ”‘The primary and the general (election) will be must-see politics,’ said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 15, 2011: “Utah voter participation down” by Brittany Green-Miner (Fox 13) ”Kirk Jowers of the Hinkley Institute of Politics says that’s what is keeping mainstream voters away from the polls. ‘The one thing we always find is when voter participation gs down, polarization and extremism gs up. If we can get everyone involved, we think we have a better chance to solve our state’s and our nation’s problems,’ said Jowers.”

December 14, 2011: “Gingrich staffer says Romney’s religion could lead to his defeat” (Fox 13) ”‘It tells me religion [is] still an issue, it’s still a concern, still a factor when Iowa voters, or voters in any one of the upcoming primary states are thinking about which candidate to vote for,’ said University of Utah’s Institute of Politics professor Tim Chambless.”

December 12, 2011: “Examining federal revenue sources” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”User fees are just what the name implies. Those who use cars and trucks on public roads pay for highway construction and repair through the gas tax. Those who fly on airlines fund the Federal Aviation Administration through the ticket tax. Those who visit national parks support park maintenance with admission fees, and so on. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 11, 2011: “Romney’s wager comment in debate may have cost him, experts say ” by John Daley (KSL) “Kirk Jowers appeared on KSL to Romney’s comments in the Republican devate. See video here.

December 7, 2011: “Pete Suazo Business Center recognizes Utah leaders for their commitment to minority entrepreneurs” (Deseret News) ”Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, a resident scholar at the Hinckley Institute of Politics; Dr. Matthew Holland, president of Utah Valley University; and Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, were recognized during a special dinner.”

December 7, 2011: “Cut caucus-convention power ” by Sheryl Allen (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Gov. Jon Huntsman’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy worked diligently to determine why Utah’s voter participation had tanked from leading the nation in voter turnout to a ranking that is now a miserable 50 percent. According to Commission Chair and Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, The 800-pound gorilla of our democratic malaise is the caucus-and-convention system.

December 5, 2011: “Is the GOP race down to Romney and Gingrich? ” by John Daley (KSL) “Romney adviser Kirk Jowers says it’s unclear how Gingrich will fare with the scrutiny that comes with frontrunner status. ‘I think it’s clear that Romney will be in that championship game, but we still don’t know if Gingrich is going to be able to hang on and be the anti- Romney,’ Jowers said.”

December 5, 2011: “On climate change, let sense rule” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Last week, in Durban, South Africa, The 17th conference of the parties concerned with the question of climate change began its meetings. It is considered the last hope to revive the Kyoto Protocol, which former Vice President Al Gore proclaimed as the definitive blueprint for reversing the trend of carbon emissions. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

December 5, 2011: “System needs imagination: U requires rethinking” by Michael Ukkestad (Daily Utah Chronicle) It is not just a matter for faculty and administrators. As students, it is our responsibility to search out  the paths we want to take in our education. Utilizing the resources that are already present, such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program or the internships available through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, allows us to shape our own education.”

December 4, 2011: “Dec. 4: Utah candidate nomination, Carl Wimmer and Charity Lift 2011 ” by Bruce Lindsay (KSL) ”Joining us to discuss that wasKirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. He is part of the group pushing for reform. Also joining the discussion, leaders from Utah’s major political parties, Thomas Wright, chair of the Republican party and Jim Dabakis, chair of the Democratic party.”

December 3, 2011: “Romney and Huntsman have differing leadership styles” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney friend and supporter, said . . . “It’s ingrained in him to dig below the superficial answers.’Utahns saw that firsthand when Romney took over the Olympics, Jowers said. ‘We saw him come in and deal with the very complex situation with the Olympics, which dealt with everything from intense security after 9/11 to generating international and local support after the scandal.’”

Decmeber 3, 2011: “U professor: Cain’s determination to overcome obstacles kept him in the race” by Brittany Green-Miner (Fox 13) ”Tim Chambless, a professor at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Cain’s personality is what kept him in the race for so long; he thought he’d be able to weather the political firestorm.”

December 2, 2011: “Ann Romney campaigns for Mitt in Utah” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter, agreed. ”The wonderful thing about Ann,” he said, “is that no one humanizes her husband more.”

December 1, 2011: “Time asks why voters don’t like Mitt” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime supporter of Romney, said it’s unfair to say voters dislike him. Jowers said voters understand that “all good candidates evolve with the world around them, and with the new positions they’re seeking,” including Rommey.”

November 28, 2011: “Eighty percent is better than nothing” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”No, they’re not. Oh, to be sure, each party has its share of activists and officeholders who are ideologically brain-frozen, ego-driven, truly clueless or some combination thereof. But the majority of people who get into the political fray, from the left or the right, do so because they are patriotic Americans who are truly concerned about the direction of their country and honestly believe they can help solve its problems. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 27, 2011: “Gingrich wins NH backing as Romney plugs along ” by Phillip Elliot (KSL) “Kirk Jowers appeared on KSL to discuss Gingrich’s endorsement in NH. See video here.”

November 25, 2011: “Utah’s unique system for nominating candidates under scrutiny” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”The alliance also includes former Gov. Michael Leavitt and his former chief of staff, Rich McKeown, as well as University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers. Jowers has been an outspoken critic of the current selection system.”

November 23, 2011: “Count on cyclists: Number of bikers in Salt Lake City is growing ” by Heather May (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The count was coordinated by University of Utah student Andrew Coffey, an intern from the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Cyclists at the U. were also counted this year as the school finalizes a bicycle and pedestrian master plan.”

November 20, 2011: “Report: Politicians may cater to caucus delegates” (Associated Press) ”In conjunction with the study, the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah will host a debate in December between the chairmen of the state’s major parties.”

November 18, 2011: “Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Utah’s Nominating System and Reforming the Electoral College” by Bob Bernick (Utah Pulse) ” The group, which includes UtahPolicy owner/publisher LaVarr Webb, former Gov. Mike Leavitt, and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, among others, is thinking of running a citizen initiative petition in 2012 which would allow a party member who gathers 2 percent of the voter signatures from the last general election to put his name on the primary ballot.”

November 18, 2011: “Judge students attend forum at Hinckley Institute” (Internmountain Catholic) ”Journalism is changing, and there is no doubt about it. While online journalism and media are exploding, print journalism is lacking profits. During the week of Oct 24-28, the Hinckley Institute of Politics put on the 15th Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, “Considerations on the Status of the American Society,” which examined “The Future of Journalism.”

November 17, 2012: “Funds needed for food programs” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”During a Hinckley Forum on chronic hunger, students listened to three panelists discuss the challenges of fighting hunger in the state, as well as how students can get involved.”

November 17, 2011: “Group nears crunch time on proposed election reform” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The plan ” formulated by Webb, Leavitt, Leavitt’s former chief of staff Rich McKeown, and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers ” would let candidates circumvent the party convention system by gathering enough signatures to go directly to the primary ballot.”

November 17, 2011: “Utah Foundations studies candidate nominating system” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”A debate between the head of that study, University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics head Kirk Jowers, and the state’s Republican and Democratic party chairmen is set for Dec. 16. Don’t expect changes in the system anytime soon, Krs said. ‘If anybody picks up the challenge of trying to reform this system, nobody expects it would be done so quickly it would change the system for 2012,’ he said.”

November 17, 2011: “Utah Foundation Report on The Politics and Process of Utah’s Unique Convention and Primary System” (Utah Pulse) ” In addition to publishing the report, Utah Foundation will host a luncheon forum on this topic on December 16th, featuring the state Republican and Democratic Party chairs, along with the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, discussing the potential for reform to this nominating syste

November 16, 2011: “Former Utah senator suggests raising gas tax” by David Fierro (KSL) “Bennett said the likelihood of a gas tax increase is slim because Congress ds not have the stomach for it. ‘It is heresy in Washington today to increase taxes on anything, particularly among those who were just elected because they ran on the campaign promise that they would not increase taxes, he said.” Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 16, 2011: “Coalition seeks to steer more women into Utah politics” by Dan Harrie (Salt Lake Tribune) ” Expected to attend Thursday’s social are state Reps. Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Jennifer Seelig, former state lawmakers Jackie Biskupski, Sheryl Allen, Lorie Fowlke, Julie Fisher and former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini, said Lindsay Zizumbo, program manager for University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 15, 2011: “Initiative encourages ‘real women’ to run for political office” by Marjoie Cortez (Deseret News) ”‘Our goal from this is to get more people involved. We want women to know that when they run, they win. Their voices need to be heard across the state of Utah, whether in elected offices or the volunteer level. And we’re here to help,’” said Lindsay Zizumbo, the Hinckley Institute of Politics‘ program manager for state and local internships.”

November 14, 2011: “History of Utah’s nominating process” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “Political parties initially picked their nominees by means of conventions. Then, roughly a century ago, some states started replacing conventions with “primary” elections, so named because they preceded the “general” election. Voters in those states registered as members of the party of their choice in order to vote in that party’s primary. The idea caught, on and primaries began to replace conventions in state after state. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 12, 2011: “Gov. Herbert fundraiser gala gets sold-out attendance” by Aaron Vaugn (FOX 13) ”The gala’s perfectly legal. It’s right in line with the law and the spirit of Utah’s campaign finance laws,” says Kink Jowers of University of Utah’s Hinkley Institute of Politics. Jowers says he is torn. He is a select member of the governor’s advisory team and he knows the governor is obeying the rules. However, he ds not like the rules.”

November 11, 2011: “Ds Utah’s Nominating System Cater to Extremes?” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”Others working on the idea include Leavitt, a three-term elected governor and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and federal department of Health and Human Services; Rich McKeown, Leavitt’s chief of staff both at the state and federal levels; and Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and former head of a special governor’s commission on democracy and voting in Utah.”

November 11, 2011: “University of Utah and the YWCA announce new initiative ” ‘Real Women Run “ Find Your Voice.’(National Association of Women Business Owners) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and the YWCA Salt Lake City have announced a new initiative ” ‘Real Women Run “ Find Your Voice.’ The initiative is intended to empower women to participate fully in public life and leadership through elected political office at all levels, political appointments, working on campaigns, or simply learning more about our political system.”

November 2011: “Real Women Should Run” by Marilyn O’Dell (Leauge of Women Voters Newslwetter) ”To encourage women to run for public office, work on political campaigns, and serve on public board and commissions, YWCA-Salt Lake City and the Hinckley Institute of Politics have organized Real Women Run. The group has invited the League of Women Voters to join in planning, publicizing and participating in these events. Real Women Run is organizing two free nonpartisan events open to women throughout the state.”

November 11, 2011: “Politics Up Close: Real Women Run, LDS Dems and Auditor Controversy” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”W ith only five in the Senate and 13 in the House of Representatives, the Utah Legislature ranks 43rd among the states for the number of women lawmakers. But a new initiative from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the YWCA of Salt Lake City aims to get more Utah women into government and public policy-making. We talked about the Real Women Run campaign with the Hinckley Institute’s Lindsay Zizumbo and former State Representative Lorie Fowlke of Orem.”

November 10, 2011: ” Analysis: Utah’s Caucus Convention System Hasn’t Hurt Many Incumbents” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”The alternative route plan is now being bandied about by a Republican group whose members consider themselves mainstream conservatives, and includes former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, UtahPolicy owner/publisher LaVarr Webb, among others.”

Novmeber 8, 2011: “Political clubs fight apathy on local issues” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Jolin said the College Democrats try to put on events to help educate students. On Monday, Nov. 21, the College Democrats and College Republicans will hold an open debate on gay marriage and tax distribution. Organizers will also open the event to questions from the audience. The event will be 11 a.m. to noon in the Hinckley Caucus Room.”

November 8, 2011: “˜Low-level politics’ keep prof in City Council” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Although city-level elections are the least participated in, they should matter the most to citizens”especially students, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘City policies actually impact [students] the most,’ he said. ‘Municipal government actually focuses on the issues that directly affect the neighborhoods students live in.’”

November 7, 2011: “Voter turnout may be low in municipal elections” by Jared Page (KSL) ”But municipal elections are a “tough sell,” particularly in odd-numbered years, when there are no presidential, gubernatorial or even state senate races to attract voters, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 7, 2011: “Low voter turnout expected for municipal elections” by Jared Page (Deseret News) ”But municipal elections are a “tough sell,” particularly in odd-numbered years, when there are no presidential, gubernatorial or even state senate races to attract voters, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 7, 2011: “Long-term problems abroad are real” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”The wildly fluctuating stock market is back in the news; the European crisis is the driver between the uncertainty. One day the headline says the crisis is solved, and the market gs up; the next day it says it is not, and the market gs down.”

November 3, 2011: “Community Voices “ November 3, 2011″ (KPCW) ”Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, talks to co-hosts Linda Gorton and Larry Warren about all things political, from redistricting to the caucus system in Utah and its in making Utah in the bottom three of US states as far as voter participation gs.”

November 2, 2011: “Here Comes The Sun” by Katharine Biele (City Weekly) ”If this is a philosophical argument, then we wonder why Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson is all a-twitter about the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics‘ Kirk Jowers having a vanity scholarship in his name, and maybe directing its use. Stephenson thinks that’s unseemly, although we don’t know what he thinks of a member of Congress doing the same thing.”

Novmeber 1, 2011: “Ted Wilson and four other U. of U. alumni honored for service” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Ted L. Wilson, ’64, former Salt Lake City mayor and professor emeritus of political science. He directed the Hinckley Institute of Politics for 18 years and was the founding director of the Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy. He is now director of government affairs for Talisker Corp.”

October 31, 2011: “Political parties make elections chaotic” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Here’s a challenge for you ” explain the logic behind the political nominating process we Americans use to pick our presidential candidates to a European. (Or to most Americans, for that matter.) Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 30, 2011: “Romney called “pretzel candidate” but still has advantage ” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘I think Mitt is in a great position to win,’ said Romney adviser Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.” See story also on Deseret News here.

October 28, 2011: “Rep. Jim Matheson says he won’t challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the talk is that Matheson will run in the 4th District. So far, the chief candidate in the new district is state Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, although other Republicans are said to be eying the race.”

October 28, 2011: “NYT reporter: Journalism still evolving” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium filled with people who came to hear Martin Tolchin speak at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. He told his story in the field and shared thoughts on how new media and technology are changing the face of news coverage.”

October 26, 2011: “Hinckley Institute director analyzes political attack ads” (ABC 4) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute, joined Angie Larsen and Don Hudson live in Good Morning Utah’s studio Wednesday to discuss the effect and reasoning behind political attack advertisements.

October 26, 2011: “Journalism expert talks about the future of news” (ABC 4) ”Journalism expert talks about the future of news [at the Hinckley Institute of Politics].”

October 26, 2011: “Lee wants to push campaign finance law limits, create super PAC” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he worries that politicians having super PACs is another step to allowing money and special interests to have a big role in campaings. ‘I do believe if you allow large and unlimited contributions to come in direct contact with candidates, the more corruption or appearance of corruption there is,’ he said. ‘That’s a slippery slope.”

October 2011: “Shaping up the 2012 Elections” (College of Social and Behavioral Science Newsletter) ”The debt situation is undoubtedly one of the many concerns potential voters have when it comes to this next election. According to Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the single biggest issue for everyone running in this election is the current debt situation. Programs and priorities are hindered by the debt issue which is seen as the biggest issue by voters and by the international countries, he says, And a lot of the debt problems are very solvable. It will just take some deviation from basic principles to get to that point.

October 2011: “Annual Siciliano Forum Is Upon Us Once More” (College of Social and Behavorial Science Newsletter) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics presents the 15th Annual Rocco. C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum. The topic ofConsiderations on the Status of the American Society will examine The Future of Journalism. From October 24th-28th, there will be several events and forums the public to hear from numerous specialists from a variety of journalistic backgrounds and their ideas about the future of journalism. The Hinckley Institute will be holding a variety of forums throughout “

October 25, 2011: “Utah newspaper heads say newspapers will find a way to survive” by Geoffrey Fattah (Deseret News) ”Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media, and Nancy Conway, editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, led a panel discussion at theHinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday. Mark Jurkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, also rounded out the panel.”

October 25, 2011: “Newspapers have readers, its revenue that’s lacking” by Paul Beebe (Salt Lake Tribune) “How are Journalism Leaders on the Ground Adapting to the Changing Media? broadcast live from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Caucus Room Tuesday, October 25, 2011.”

October 25, 2011: “Tonight: ˜Page One’ looks at journalism from the inside” by Sean Means (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The screening is presented in connection with the 15th annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. The topic of this year’s forum: Is Journalism Dead? For information on the forum, go to http://www.hinckley.utah.edu.”

October 24, 2011: “Occupy Wall Street protests can’t repeal law of supply and demand” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Compared to many other efforts at stirring mass action, Occupy Wall Street has been tiny and embarrasingly ineffective. In Washington DC, they spent a morning debating how to best “occupy” ” that is, shut down ” the Hart Senate Office Building. The primary suggestion was that they get on elevators and push all the buttons, slowing the elevators to a crawl. Unable to agree among themselves, they did nothing, and the Hart Building’s workers continue to function without being forced to take the stairs.. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 24, 2011: “Salt Lake City councilman snags endorsement of longtime political rival” by Katie Drake (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Although endorsements play a larger role in national or statewide races, Tim Chambless, a political scientist at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said they can be influential in local campaigns as well. Those races typically are won through retail politics, or the number of contacts a candidate can make.

October 21, 2011: “U. tries to smooth things over with conservative donor ” by Geoffrey Fattah (KSL) ”University of Utah officials say they are standing behind the actions of its director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, who was accused by a national Republican direct-mailing businessman of mishandling part of his $200,000 donation.”

October 21, 2011: “U. stands behind Jowers in donor spat ” by Robert Gerhke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”University of Utah officials are standing by Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers after a political consultant accused him of co-opting a sizable charitable contribution for his own purposes.

October 19, 2011: “Redistricting Recap Wednesday” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”For a blow-by-blow recap of what’s happened in the redistricting process that has set in stone the maps that will guide Utahns for the next 10 years in electing their state legislators, congressional representatives and school board members, you won’t want to miss this forum presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Along with Speaker Lockhart, and other representatives of the Redistricting Committee, the forum will include John Fellows, Legislative Counsel for the Redistricting Committee.”

October 19, 2011: “Wimmer Vs. Twitter Also: Educated Mess, Kirk Jowers” by Katharine Beile (City Weekly) ”Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics gets an attaboy for pushing forward with an initiative campaign to clear the path toward candidate selection in elections.”

October 19, 2011: “Podcast: Martin Tolchin, Founder of Politico ” by Bryan Schott (Utah Pulse.com) ”Martin Tolchin, founder of The Hill and Politico, will be in Utah next week to speak at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Siciliano Forum on the future of journalism.”

October 18, 2011: “With congressional map done, time for candidates to pick a race” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Wimmer’s early entry into the race puts him in a strong position, especially now that he has a district “that should give him the best possible chance to win.”

October 17, 2011: “Would America vote for a Mormon?” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”With two Mormons in the current race for the Republican nomination, the poll question, “Would you vote for a Mormon for president?” keeps appearing in the news, showing that a large percentage of Americans say “no.” Ds that mean that neither Mitt Romney nor Jon Huntsman Jr. has a chance to be president? Let’s talk about polls. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 17,. 2011: “U Forum to Examine Journalism’s Future ” (Medai Newswire) ”‘The press can be our greatest educator and catalyst for change,’ saysKirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics hosting the event. ‘Our methods of obtaining the news may be changing”instead of reading the paper over breakfast in the morning, we are navigating Internet sites and social media on our smart phones all day long”but the value of a free, independent press remains central to building engaged, informed citizens, strengthening our democracy and preserving our freedoms.’

October 13, 2011: “I’m a Mormon’ Campaign Intends to Correct Misconceptions” (Fox 13) Kirk Jowers [Director of the Hinckley Instittue of Politics] says voters have other things on their minds.”

October 13, 2011: “In Utah a Smack Down Between a Donor and University Institute Director” by Ruth McCambridge (The Nonprofit Quaterly) ”At the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute, director Kirk Jowers has been promoting an initiative that would allow political candidates to sidestep the primary system and go straight to a general election. And in doing so he has, apparently rubbed some Tea Party types the wrong way.”

October 13, 2011: “Is the US view of Mormons changing?” (BBC) ”Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said, ‘As long as people recognize him as the turn around guy for the olympics, the governor, his businesses and so many other aspects of him. Mormonism is every bit a part of him and I don’t think he will ever shy away from that.”

October 12, 2011: “Is the US view of Mormons changing?” by Jonny Dymond (BBC) ”Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said, ‘As long as people recognize him as the turn around guy for the olympics, the governor, his businesses and so many other aspects of him. Mormonism is every bit a part of him and I don’t think he will ever shy away from that.”

October 12, 2011: “Dems Plan For Redistricting” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”Tim Chambless, a professor of political science at the University of Utah, says there are some challenges to mobilizing voters behind questions of political corruption. The first problem is redistricting.”

October 12, 2011: “Academic politics” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The backstory of a $200,000 donation that led to the dispute between Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Peter Valcarce, a political operative and now disgruntled contributor, is enough to make us dizzy.”

October 12, 2011: “Leavitt group discuss new ways to choose political candidates ” by Dennis Romboy (KSL) “Those kicking around ideas are McKeown, Leavitt, Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and political consultant, lobbyist and Deseret News columnist LaVarr Webb. The group may propose whatever it comes up with as a ballot initiative for voters to decide, which likely puts any changes out of reach for the 2012 election cycle.”

October 12, 2011: “Leavitt, GOP insiders discuss new ways to choose political candidates” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”Those kicking around ideas are McKeown, Leavitt, Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and political consultant, lobbyist and Deseret News columnist LaVarr Webb. The group may propose whatever it comes up with as a ballot initiative for voters to decide, which likely puts any changes out of reach for the 2012 election cycle.”

October 11, 2011: “Don’t bypass commission on redistricting, county told ” by Mike Gorrell (Salt Lake Tribune) ”So if anybody on the council wants to redraw the boundaries, added commission vice chairman Tim Chambless, a U. political science professor, “the taxpaying public will have been misled and we would have been used for political cover. If there is redrawing behind closed doors, let’s call it what it is ” gerrymandering.”

October 11, 2011: “U’s Hinckley director caught in political fight” by Geoffrey Fatah (Deseret News) ”A political fight has broke out between the owner of a multimillion-dollar national Republican direct-mailing business and Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.”

October 11, 2011: “INTERVIEW: Kirk Jowers – Hinckley Institute Of Politics – Responds To Accusations Of Him Co-opting Peter Valcarce’s $200,000 Donation.” (Talk Radio)

October 10, 2011: “Donor spat at U. of U. draws in Utah tea partyers “by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, the director of the U.’sHinckley Institute of Politics, is working on an initiative campaign to alter the way the two major parties select their candidates. He wants to create a path in which political hopefuls could sidestep the traditional conventions and go directly to a primary election.”

October 10, 2011: “Republican race is Mitt Romney’s to lose” by Bob Bennett (Deseret News) ”Last week, two more former or sitting governors ” Sarah Palin and Chris Christie ” announced that they would not seek the Republican nomination for president. Adding their names to those of Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, George Pataki and Tim Pawlenty means that nine governors have seriously considered running. Those six have either declined to do so or dropped out, leaving three ” Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman Jr.” in the race. There is only one former senator, Rick Santorum. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 9, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was interviewed on the County Seat television program on ABC Channel 4, regarding redistricting.

October 9, 2011: “Oct. 9: Redistricting, Kirk Jowers, and the housing market ” by (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers is the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicsat the University of Utah–and, on all things political is the most quoted man in Utah. Bruce got his take on the redistricting battle, political maneuvering and what it means for both parties.”

October 9, 2011: “Downtown library to host discussion about redistricting” by Jared Page (Deseret News) ”Tim Chambless, associate professor of political science at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, will moderate the public discussion. Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, also is scheduled to speak during the event.”

October 5, 2011: “Lawmakers relieved to be taking a breather on redistricting” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the impasse may just be a continuation of last year’s battle for the speakership. Lockhart reportedly beat former speaker, Rep. Dave Clark, R-Santa Clara, by just a single vote in the secret ballot.

October 5, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was interviewed live in-studio on the KSL Television Evening News, regarding Utah’s redistricting.

October 3, 2011: “Democrats challenge legality of proposed redistricting plan ” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘I think their chances of success are very low,’ said Executive Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics Kirk Jowers. Redistricting cases are seldom filed because they’re expensive and a legal victory is even more rare, Jowers added.”

October 3, 2011: “Surfing The Intern-net: Students Dive Into DC Politics” by Jared Whitley (Utahpulse.com) ”The most famous student from the U’sHinckley Institute of Politics, Karl Rove, leveraged his internship into a lifelong professional relationship with George W. Bush. Arizona’s Rep. Jeff Flake got his start through the Washington Seminar.”

October 3, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hicnkely Institute of Politics, was interviewed live in-studio on the Doug Wright Show, KSL Radio, regarding redistricting.

October 3, 2011: “Pros and cons of electoral college” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”However, having the Congress choose the president would undermine the doctrine of separation of power and make the president politically dependent on Congressional favor. Few were satisfied with this method but none could think of anything else to do. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 2, 2011: “Redistricting drama to play out at special Legislative session” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘It’s the same movie that’s played out every 10 years,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “The side with the power creates a map that’s to their advantage. And the side that’s not in power whines about it.’”

Septemebr 28, 2011: “In low-voting Utah, young adults and Latinos vote least ” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, who also led a state panel that examined ways to increase voter turnout, also said after elections last year that turnout was likely low because of a perception that the state had no competitive races. Jowers has said the state could adopt some improvements to help voting. He said allowing same-day registration would help. Additionally, he suspects that Utah’s caucus and convention system may depress turnout because it allows a small number of state party convention delegates to essentially write the ballot without participation by most of the electorate.”

September 27, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio’s Afternoon News with Scott and Maria regarding the use of social media by political candidates.

Septemer 19, 2011: “Ex-New Mexico guv bases his presidential campaign in ” Utah? ” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney backer, says there are various types of campaigns that candidates run, but those on shstring budgets have to make a difference any way they can.”

September 26, 2011: “Global effect of Europe’s financial crisis” by Senator Bob Benentt (Deseret News) “Some months ago, while discussing Europe’s financial problems, I asked the German ambassador if the Euro (the common European currency) would survive. “Yes,” he said, ‘because everyone wants it to. But it will be hard.’ That now looks optimistic. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

September 26, 2011: “Profs: economic recovery needs fiscal responsibility” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Four economics professors served as panelists at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday, arguing that transparency and accountability in the financial system will aid in possible solutions to the global financial crisis.”

September 23, 2011: “Panel looks at how to end partisanship” by Dianna Nanez (Arizona Republic) ”U.S. politics depends on fierce debate, but at the end of the day, Americans expect results, said former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah. Instead, he said, Washington lawmakers remain entrenched in a stalemate on issues ranging from health care  to the economy.”

September 22, 2011: “Religion Roundup: Huckabee may be Romney’s new ‘frenemy’ (KSL) Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers told Utah’s Morning News, ‘This is big news because Huckabee was seen by many as running one of the most religiously-bigoted campaigns in November and December of 2007.’”

September 22, 2011: “Romney’s ‘middle class’ statement draws attention” by Andrew Adams (KSL) ”On KSL Newsradio Thursday morning, Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics called speculation over Romney’s comment “much ado about nothing.” Others say he was referring to “us” as the collective American people.”

September 22, 2011: “Preview of GOP debate” (ABC 4) Director Of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers appears in studio to preview the debate.

September 21, 2011: “Insults fly in Salt Lake City candidates’ debate ” by Derek Jensen (Salt Lake Tribune) ” The exchange at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics gave new meaning to what Martin jokingly dubs ‘Fighting District 6.’”

September 21, 2011: “Hinckley Forum: District 6 candidates spar in debate” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The debate-style forum, held by theHinckley Institute of Politics in OSH, started with short opening statements from each candidate.

September 20, 2011: “District Six Candidates Debate Focused on Ethics” by Whitney Evans (KCPW) ”Candidates for Salt Lake City Council District Six were having a hard time keeping their blows above the belt Tuesday during a debate at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. As KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports, Charlie Luke and Councilman J.T. Martin disagreed about the state of the city’s east bench and the possibility of a convention hotel, but the big hits were more personal. “

September 19, 2011: “America remains a nation at risk” by Bob Bennett (Deseret News) ”Ronald Reagan said he would abolish the Department of Education, created by Jimmy Carter at the behest of the National Education Association. (They boasted, “We are the only lobby in town that has its own department.”) Reagan appointed a Utahn, Ted Bell, as Secretary of Education but told him his job would soon disappear. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

September 19, 2011: “Samoan head speaks to next generation” by Laura Scmitz (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi spoke to a packed room at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Filled to capacity 15 minutes prior to the address, the event had dozens lined up in the hallway before the speech even began. Many Tongan and Samoan community members were present at the address, as well as U faculty.

September 18, 2011: “D.C. Notebook: What do an iPod and federalism have in common? ” by Thomas Burr and Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”So far, he consults for mega law firm Arent Fox, is a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, works with the Bipartisan Policy Center, heads a global vaccine initiative and writes a weekly column for the Deseret News.”

September 14, 2011: “Hinckley forum: Politicians stress respect, civility” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Elected officials and a former senator urged civility and respect in political discourse at a forum Tuesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

September 13, 2011: “The September Project: Civility in American Politics” (Fox 13) ”Join former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, State Senator Karen Morgan, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker for “Civility in American Politics,” a discussion on the current climate and need for civil dialogue in American politics. Lunch will follow.”

September 13, 2011: “News roundup: Tea party’s Mia Love fires back at black caucus member remark” (Salt Lake Tribune) “SLC Mayor Ralph Becker welcomes the National Waste Technical Review board meeting, meets with department directors and attends the Hinckley Institute forum on “Civility in American Politics,” and then chats with UTA General Manaer Mike Allegra.” (Political Cornflakes)

September 12, 2011: “The Mitt Romney, Rick Perry show” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ” Early political predictions in a presidential race are often foolish and always risky, but last Wednesday’s debate involving all announced Republican candidates appears to have shaken out the field. While there were eight candidates on the stage, it quickly became the Mitt and Rick show. Most observers believe that the race for the nomination has hardened into a fight between those two.

September 12, 2011: “American hers who get no credit” by David Frum (CNN) ”The politicians who supported the financial rescue in 2008 get no applause. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah lost his Republican primary in 2008 in large part due to his emphatic support of TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.”

September 12, 2011: “Bennett, Dorgan say government needs more money” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”That’s the message former Sens. Bob Bennett and Byron Dorgan delivered to members of the Salt Lake Chamber on Monday.”

September 10, 2011: “Salt Lake Chamber Of Commerce, Kirk Jowers Hold Session On Killing The Neighborhood Caucus” (Utah Rattler) ”The elite group is lead by Kirk Jowers who is rumored to have aspirations to be governor one day (and needs to rid himself of potential obstacles).  In the power broker post above I noted a potential Plan B caucus  killers may pursue would be to virtually guarantee every race would go to a primary where the big donors and political elites can have the most influence, I even went so far as to suggest that Jowers was behind the suggestion penned in a Deseret News editorial.”

September 9, 2011: “Paul Rolly: Karl Rove’s Texas titans ” by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Now, the one-time University of Utah student andHinckley Institute of Politics intern is in a position to get credit for a twofer, having also been instrumental in launching the upward political mobility of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the current front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.”

September 8, 2011: “Preview of Wednesday’s GOP debate” (ABC 4) ”The Republican Presidential Candidates are set to debate Wednesday night.  It is Rick Perry’s first presidential debate.  Good Morning Utah previewed the debate with the Director Of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers.”

September 7, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was live in Studio on Channel 4, Good Morning Utah to talk about the Republican presidential debates.

September 5, 2011: “Protect labor voting rights and jobs” by Senator Bob Bennett (Deseret News) ”Union leaders are obviously unhappy with this trend but have been unable to reverse it because workers have not been voting their way in union elections. When a majority of workers in a company sign a card saying that they want an election, the National Labor Relations Board, set up by Congress, conducts one, by secret ballot. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “

September 5, 2011: “Upcoming GOP debates may help fuel voter interest” by John Daley (Deseret News) “Romney adviser Kirk Jowers said now the GOP will get a chance to see if Perry is for real. ‘These debates will go a long way in showing whether Perry has some amount of staying power or if he’s 2008′s Fred Thompson,’ said Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

September 4, 2011: “Upcoming GOP debate series fuels voter interest ” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘These debates will go a long way in showing whether Perry has some amount of staying power or if he’s 2008′s Fred Thompson,’ said Kirk Jowers, Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

September 1, 2011: “Hinckley internships for all majors” by Nic Dunn (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘Kirk Jowers, director of the institute, said one of his goals is to expand the diversity of the institute by attracting students from a variety of majors. Dozens of students visited the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday to grab some free pizza and learn about internship opportunities. ‘We’ve more than doubled the number of internships, but more than tripled the number of non-political science majors,’ Jowers said. ‘If you’re an engineer and you want to build a bridge, you better know how government works.’”

August 30, 2011: “Lee endorses Wimmer for Congress in 4th District race” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Lee’s endorsement could help discourage other candidates from entering the race. ‘Lee’s been very careful about his endorsements,” Jowers said. “I think a Lee endorsement is powerful.’”

August 30, 2011: “Matheson: ‘There’s no question I’m a target’ in redistricting” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ” Even so, Matheson told reporters after delivering a speech to students at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics he “absolutely” can keep his seat no matter how the lines are redrawn.” Story also on KSL.

August 30, 2011: “Matheson speaks at U of U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics” (Fox 13).

August 30, 2011: “Happening today: Rep. Jim Matheson speaks at the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics at 10:45 a.m. This evening, Sen. Mike Lee holds a town hall from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sanpete County at the Fairview City Hall.” (Political Cornflakes)

August 29, 2011: “Chris Cannon fined for campaign violations ” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Cannon hired Kirk Jowers and Matthew Sanderson of Caplin & Drysdale to handle the probe, the same attorneys he hired in 2005 when the FEC audited his campaign. That audit found only minor paperwork problems. In contrast, former Sen. Bob Bennett, who lost in 2010, left office in relative financial health. He paid off his debts and handed the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics an $85,000 check this month. Bennett is a U. of U. alumnus who is now a paid adviser to the Hinckley Institute.”

August 29, 2011: “China’s view of U.S. financial debate” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”I did not write a column last week because I was in China, where I had the opportunity of addressing a university class, exchanging views with a seminar of economists and conducting interviews with several journalists. It was an interesting insight into how the recent U.S. financial debates are viewed there. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 28, 2011: “With Hatch-Chaffetz showdown averted, what’s next?” by Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb (Deseret News) ” For the immediate future, Chaffetz will need to mend fences with supporters that may be angry at this change of heart. He raised eyebrows with a strange setting for the declaration of his non-candidacy: Monday afternoon at the University of Utah ” a liberal bastion ” and at a difficult time for reporters. Further, he attacked Hatch when most politicos believed this was a time for nominal graciousness. These are landmines for Chaffetz to maneuver around. However, the right wing will always embrace his strong talents and the media will continue their love affair with his edgy but funny demeanor.

August 26, 2011: “Welcome to the club! Nearly 70 University of Utah students have began fall internships with government agencies, nonprofits and private organizations in Utah, Washington and nearly 20 countries through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. And all of them are now signed up for Political Cornflakes, as are students in Peter Watkins Comm 5200 class at the U. We wish you the best and welcome you to the growing group of political insiders who wake up to this news digest. (Political Cornflakes)

August 25, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Insitute of Poltics was interviewed on Radio West with Doug Fabrizio. Lisen here.

August 24, 2011: “After Chaffetz, conservatives searching for new Hatch challenger” by Robert Gerhke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Hatch has avoided his most formidable challenger, but that dsn’t mean he’s punched a ticket for re-election. ‘Chaffetz was, by all measures, the most popular politician with the current set of delegates so [his decision not to run] is unqualified good news for Hatch,’ Jowers said, ‘but it harkens back a little bit to the Bennett-Shurtleff race.’”

August 23, 2011: “Chaffetz leaves Hatch alone; stays in House race” by Dan Metalf Jr. and Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ” Chaffetz made his intentions known during a news conference at the Hinckley Institute Caucus Room in Orson Spencer Hall on the University of Utah campus at 4:00 p.m. Monday. “

August 22, 2011: “Chaffetz Passes on Hatch Challenge” by Kyle Trygstad (Roll Call) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and with whom Chaffetz spoke during his deliberations over the past several months, called Chaffetz the 800-pound gorilla in Utah Republican politics. Despite Chaffetz’s strong approval among the state party’s delegates, Jowers said Chaffetz’s decision boiled down to where he would be most effective.”

August 22, 2011: “Chaffetz will not challenge Hatch in 2012″ by Jared Page (KSL) ”It’s a tough and difficult decision,” Chaffetz said during a news conference at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 22, 2011: “Utah’s top Dem takes redistricting fight south ” by Donald Meyers (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Dabakis’ strategy is a sound one, reaching out to voters who may have been previously ignored by Democrats. But, he warned, it could backfire. He will have to be articulate enough, Jowers said, to keep it from sounding like, ˜We don’t want you in our district because you won’t vote for us.’ 

August 22, 2011: “Chaffetz Won’t Enter “Multi-Million Dollar Bloodbath” Sen. Race” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”Kirk Jowers, Director of theHinckley Institute of Politics, says a Hatch versus Chaffetz battle would have been a ‘spectacular race’ but not a sure victory for Chaffetz. ‘Representative Chaffetz has really explored this run,’ Jowers said. ‘And that’s why it’s made such great political theatre; it was a very legitimate question for Chaffetz. He’s very successful in the House, very tied in with House leadership”it would have been a lot to leave behind.’”

August 22, 2011: “Rep. Jason Chaffetz running again, but not against Sen. Orrin Hatch” by Jared Page (Deseret News) ”‘The Utah political world absolutely revolved around Chaffetz for these past few months, as everyone wondered whether he would stay in the House, run for the Senate or even for governor,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, where Chaffetz made his announcement Monday.”

August 22, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hicnkely Institute of Politics, was interviewed on Doug Wright, KSL regarding thepolitical landscape.

August 19, 2011: “Romney only in Utah for fundraising, stays out of the GOP fray” (Fox 13) ”Longtime Romney friend Kirk Jowers says Romney’s campaigners are glad to stand outside the spotlight. Romney seems to be keeping his head down while all the other candidates blow their feet off with different statements that seem to be false or misguided,’ Jowers says.”

August 15, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding the results of the Iowa Straw Poll.

August 15, 2011: “Effects of debt ceiling wrestling match” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”No one knows any of the answers. That is one reason why the stock market has reacted with such volatility; markets hate uncertainty, as the wild swings in the Dow Jones Industrial averages have demonstrated. However, one can make some educated guesses. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 14, 2011: “Could a Mormon win White House? Yes, say Utahns, but …by Robert Gerhke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘I know there is a lot of feeling out there which got exposed by the 2008 campaign saying, ˜No, we’d never vote for a Mormon,’ says Bennett, who is LDS. ‘It’s either the evangelical community or people who don’t know anything about Mormons or people whose information comes entirely from ˜Big Love,’ the HBO show about a polygamous family.”

August 14, 2011: “Rick Perry replaces Tim Pawlenty in race, looks to challenge Mitt Romney for GOP nomination” by Benjamin Wood (Deseret News)Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinkley Institute of Politics, said Pawlenty’s announcement comes as little surprise. Despite a strong start, Pawlenty struggled to gain traction nationwide and staked the future of his campaign on success in Iowa. ‘A few months ago, this would be huge news that Tim Pawlenty drops out,’ Jowers said. “He was widely seen as the most serious contender next to Romney, but his campaign never caught fire, and so now when he drops out, it’s almost a foregone conclusion.”

August 11. 2011: “EXCLUSIVE: Senator Hatch’s $125,000 annual pension?” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ”Now, Kirk Jowers, who runs Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, was surprised by Hatch’s total, ‘Well, when you look at the median income is in the nation or Utah and what they’re going to expect from their work, I am sure these will seem very generous.’”

August 8, 2011: “The debt ceiling and 2012 campaigns” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”With the vote on the debt ceiling now completed, political discussion has shifted to its possible impact on the 2012 campaign. Will it determine who the Republican nominee will be? Will that nominee be able to use it in his/her campaign against President Barack Obama? Or will the president be able to use it to discredit the Republicans as obstructionists? The newspapers, blogs and airwaves are full of commentary on these questions. They are fleeting ones. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 5, 2011: “Public frustration high as Congress members return to home states” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) “Matheson, who has forgone traditional town halls in recent years, will take questions from the audience at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Aug. 30.”

ugust 5, 2011: “Mike Lee blazes new kind of tea party influence” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”‘We’ve found ourselves in a strange moment in time with this big debt ceiling debate consuming everything,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘And without question Mike Lee was a key voice in that debate.’”

August 4, 2011: “Huntsman Campaign in Turmoil” by Faith Mangan (Fox News) ”A big part of the reported strife inside the campaign supposedly centers around Weaver. Tim Chambless, a professor of politics at Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah explains, ‘He’s known for being a little controversial, known for being a little unconventional and for getting results.  But what we see right now is that Jon Huntsman came into this campaign effort at end of April, beginning of May and the movement in polls has not been there for him.’”

August 3, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics spoke a the Capitol Club meeting sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. Listen to the podcast here.

August 1, 2011: “The Civil War’s lesson on secession” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”In July, we commemorate the birth of America, the founding of Utah and, this year, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Its first major clash was fought on July 21st, 1861, and a re-enactment was staged at Bull Run just a few weeks ago. It created a good amount of review and commentary about the war. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 31, 2011: “Why Harvard may not help Mitt Romney catch votes” by Hal Boyd (Deseret News) ”‘When you do polling you look at a number of factors and you try to understand what motivates people to vote a certain way,’ said Tim Chambless, a professor of political science with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “Ultimately, what we find is there is a block of voters … who are suspicious of well-educated and wealthy candidates, especially those with inherited wealth and who are better educated than they are.”

July 29, 2011: “Hatch vs. Chaffetz Looks to Be a Brutal Battle” by Shushannah Walshe (ABC News) ”Tim Chambless, a professor of politics atHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said the battle has been going on behind the scenes for at least 15 months. ‘Sen. Hatch says he is in the fight of his life,’ Chambless said. ‘He has been campaigning very hard. He has tried to encourage Chaffetz to stay in the House. … Chaffetz is very good at retail politics. I think he is more effective than Hatch in talking one-on-one to small groups in an enthusiastic way.’”

July 24, 2011: “Dems hope Dabakis’ election is a sign of changes to come” by Brittany Green (Fox 13) ”‘I think when we look at Jim Dabakis we need to look at him someone who is more than just sexual orientation,” said Tim ChamblessHinckley Institute of Politics. “My impression is that Dabakis really had the support of the delegates and so I percieve him in that room on Saturday a lot of hope.’”

July 23, 2011: “Poll: Herbert, Matheson in dead heat for governorship ” by “Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) Tim Chambliss, a political-science professor at the University of Utah and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator], said he believes it’s increasingly likely that Matheson won’t run to keep his House seat and will run statewide.

July 22, 2011: “Utah Immigration” (Religion and Ethics Newsweekly) ” Tim Chambless is a professor with the Hinkley Institute Of Political Science at the University of Utah. PROFESSOR TIM CHAMBLESS: We do know that the Utah State Legislature is unique because about 91 percent of the 104 members of the Utah State Legislature self-identify as LDS.  And each member, almost each member would say they’re a good church member. They’re a member of the Republican party and their a good church member and they’re very divided on this issue.”

July 21, 2011: “Can Reagan Connection Help Hatch Or Huntsman?” by Jared Whitley (Utah Policy) ”‘Ronald Reagan is very popular in Utah “ he has been for at least 30 years,’ Professor Tim Chambless, Hinckley Institute of Polictics Academic Outreach Coordinator. Despite things like his divorce, support of abortion rights, and deficits, ‘voters in Utah looked past that and were impressed with the movie-star style and the content of what he was saying.’

July 21, 2011: “Jon Huntsman Jr.’s campaign manager resigns” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “‘Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney adviser, said Huntsman “did not have the advantage of creating this team over time before the campaign.’ Jowers said he dsn’t ‘read anything into this personnel move. It’s still very early in the campaign, and it’s natural for any campaign to adjust personnel once the teams in place.’”

July 18, 2011: “Romney’s Utah money falls behind his 2008 pace” by Matt Canham (Deseret News) ”Other prominent Romney donors include former Olympians Rulon Gardner and Derek Parra, Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt.”

July 18, 2011: “Shock from default would devastate” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”In previous columns, I expressed optimism about the debt ceiling debate, assuming, with most others, that a default would not occur. However, as I write this, a number of people now think a default is not only possible but maybe even likely. Hypothetical questions about what would happen are turning into strategic plans about what to do.” Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

July 16, 2011: “Utah Democrats elect Dabakis as new party chairman” by Pat Reavy (Deseret News) ”‘He will bring energy,’ said Tim Chambless, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘He’ll bring a greater connection with the business community.’”

July 14, 2011: “NH and AL Democratic Parties File New Evidence with Federal Election Commission and State Authorities of Romney’s End Run Around Campaign Finance Law, Call on Romney to Provide Detailed Accounting of State PAC Expenditures ” (PR Newswire) ”‘The chairman of Romney’s Commonwealth PACs, Kirk Jowers, said Alabama was picked ‘because we had some enthusiastic supporters there and PAC leadership felt it was important to support candidates who value limited and effective government within the state of Alabama.’”[Birmingham News, 7/4/11]

July 12, 2011: “Revelation that rattled Utah capital” by Matthew Spolar (Concord Monitor) ”‘But once the news broke about the hot tub incident, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Garn “saw the writing on the wall immediately.’ ‘He knew this was not the kind of admission that would allow him a future in elected politics,’ Jowers said.

July 12, 2011: “Senator Hatch opposes President Obama plan to balance budget” by Noah Bond (ABC 4) ”ABC 4 sat down with Tim Chambless of theHinckley Institute to ask what this means for citizen’s in Utah. ’We’re going to all have to sacrifice. We’re going to have to sacrifice,’ he said.”

July 11, 2011:Tim Chambless, a professor of political science and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator was interviews on KCPW re: “Wimmer Files for Congressional Committee”.

July 11, 2011: “Entitlement reform and tax structuring” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Entitlement costs ” which constitute the largest component of government spending ” are tied to demographic trends. If you pass a law that says that everyone over 65 is entitled to a certain payment, and the number of people who reach 65 gs up by 50 percent, the cost of the total program automatically gs up by the same 50 percent. Raise the payment to each individual and costs go up even more. That’s what happened in Europe and is happening here.” Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

July 5, 2011: “˜We Cannot Forget’ a sobering view 17 years after Rwandan genocide” by Sheldon Wardwell (Daily Utah Chronicle)” Grasping the reality of such an event is difficult, even after spending significant time in the country. After graduating from the U in 2009, I served an internship through theHinckley Institute of Politics with the Rwanda Governance Advisory Council. During my internship, I met several survivors and perpetrators of the genocide, as well as visited numerous massacre sites, mainly churches, where defenseless Tutsi families had sought refuge only to be hacked down by Interahamwe and civilian mobs using machetes and other farming tools.”

July 4, 2011: “On the Declaration of Independence” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”The Fourth of July ” the day we eat hot dogs, hear speeches, listen to patriotic music and watch fireworks ” is also a good day for us to learn a little history about the Declaration of Independence.” Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

July 4, 2011: “National candidates can take advantage of Alabama’s campaign finance laws” by Mary Orndorff (Al.com) “The chairman of Romney’s Commonwealth PACs, Kirk Jowers [Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics], said Alabama was picked ‘because we had some enthusiastic supporters there and PAC leadership felt it was important to support candidates who value limited and effective government within the state of Alabama.’”

June 30, 2011: “Jon Huntsman’s Secret Campaign Weapon: Dad” by Erik Hayden (National Journal) “Huntsman Sr. apparently took offense recently when Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, chose to support Mitt Romney’s campaign instead of lining up with Huntsman. According to two sources with knowledge of the incident, Huntsman Sr.”who has donated $15,000 to the institute every year for a decade and a half”had a supporter deliver the message that he was seriously reconsidering future donations.”

June 30, 2011: “Romney expected to be party frontrunner in campaign donations” by Max Roth (Fox 13) ”‘Romney will absolutely be the top fundraiser for the Republicans,’ said Romney campaign supporter Kirk Jowers [Director, of the Hinckley Institute of Politics]. “You will continue to see donors flood to the frontrunner and as long as Mitt has that status he’ll be in good shape.”

June 2011: “U Alumni in Europe Meet in Portugal for Reunion” by Cornelia Divrician (U-News and Views, Alumni Newsletter) ”University of Utah alumni from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal met for a reunion in Lisbon on June 12 and 13. They were happy for a chance to spend time together and to get an update about the U from Barb Snyder, the University’s vice president for student affairs; Kirk Jowers, director of the U’sHinckley Institute of Politics; and me, Cornelia Divricean, the U’s international alumni coordinator.’

June 29, 2011: “LDS policy gets specific on who can get involved in politics” by Brent Hunsaker (Fox 13) ”Professor Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah explained, ‘He is sufficiently away from the epicenter of decision making authority in the LDS Church to give his own money to his son’s campaign.’

June 29, 2011: “Mormon statement wouldn’t preclude a Prop 8-type push” by Tony Semerad (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘There has been division within the largest bloc of voters in the state of Utah, namely those who self-identify as LDS, said Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political scientist [andHinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator] . ‘There are people seeking guidance from the epicenter.’

June 29, 2011: “It’s time to throw your hat in the ring in Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake” by Pamela Manson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”A desire to make his community better drove University of Utah Professor Tim Chambless [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator] to spend more than two decades either on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission or the Board of Adjustment. Those jobs took a lot of time but the political science professor got satisfaction out of the work. ‘I really encourage people to do more than the minimum, to serve on citizen boards and committees and try to improve their neighborhood and the state,’ Chambless said.”

June 29, 2011: “Poll: Governor holds small lead over Matheson” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to Herbert, said Matheson “is obviously the most daunting challenger any Republican could have.’ Even so, Jowers said, ‘any Democrat starts off at a huge disadvantage in Utah just because of the sheer numbers of Republicans versus Democrats.’”

June 28, 2011: “Candidate filing: Davis County cities and Ogden ” by Pamela Manson (Salt Lake Tribune) ” , Tim Chambless a University of Utah political science professor [and academic outreach coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics], said municipal office is the government level closest to people. Working in the trenches can be hard, he said, but is worth it. ‘At times, candidates feel it’s a thankless job but in hindsight, they usually say it was one of the highlights of their lives,’ Chambless said.”

June 28, 2011: “Huntsman’s Big Daddy” by Mckay Coppins and David Graham (The Daily Beast) ”Huntsman Sr. apparently took offense recently whenKirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, chose to support Mitt Romney’s campaign instead of lining up with Huntsman. According to two sources with knowledge of the incident, Huntsman Sr.”who has donated $15,000 to the institute every year for a decade and a half”had a supporter deliver the message that he was seriously reconsidering future donations.”

June 28, 2011: “Tim Chambless, Academic Coordnator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL regarding the Huntsman to visit Utah business leaders.”

June 27, 2011: “Election filings: Alta, Bluffdale, Draper, Herriman, Riverton, Sandy, South Jordan, West Jordan” by Pamela Manson (Salt Lake Tribune)Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political-science professor [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator], said municipal office is the government level closest to people. Working in the trenches can be hard, he said, but is worth it. ‘At times, candidates feel it’s a thankless job, but in hindsight, they usually say it was one of the highlights of their lives,’ Chambless said.”

June 27, 2011: “Huntsman to arrive in Utah tomorrow for next campaign stop” by Aaron Vaughn (Fox 13) “The former Utah governor has many supporters here and political analysts like Dr. Tim Chambless, from the University of Utah’s [HinckleyInstitute of Politics, say that the stop in Utah will be big for fundraising.”

June 27, 2011: “Romney pushes early Utah primary that could cost state $3M ” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, an adviser to the Romney team, said the June primary is so late in the presidential nominating process that it would make Utah meaningless. ‘Utah now knows what it feels like to be relevant in a presidential contest,’ Jowers said, referring to the state’s February 2008 primary in the last election. ‘I can’t imagine Utah wants to go back to being irrelevant.’ Tim Chambless, a political science professor with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that Huntsman may have the resources and enough support among GOP moderates to stick around in the contest until a Utah primary in June.”

June 27, 2011: “Huntsman and Romney dash for cash” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”‘There were so many first-time donors to Romney in 2007-08 that have now been contributing to other candidates since then because it ignited a fire in them,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Such an incredibly small percentage of people actually make political donations, and the single biggest indicator of whether someone will give is if they’ve given before. So I think the excitement over Romney (in 2007-08) will actually increase the amount of political dollars available in Utah in the future.’”

June 27, 2011: “Mormon church tells its top officials to stay out of politics ” by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) ”Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett [Hinckley Institiute of Politics Resident Scholar], R-Utah, who is LDS and a descendant of former LDS Church President Heber J. Grant, said the new letter may help the church distinguish itself from other churches that do endorse candidates or even hand out voter guides before elections.”

June 27, 2011: “Defining ‘democracy’ and ‘republic’” by Robet Bennett (Deseret News) Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Huntsman Seminar on Constitutional Government at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, attended by history and government teachers from schools across the state.”Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

June 27, 2011: “The ‘Utah solution’ to immigration” by Sarah Gilman (High Country News) ”Supporting it, says political science professor Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, may increase the lawmakers’ risk of being branded as not conservative enough.”

June 26, 2011: “Huntsman, Romney running for President; New firework law ” by Bruce Lindsay (Sunday Edition – KSL) ”In this Sunday Edition, KSL’s Richard Piatt discusses the campaigns of Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney with University of Utah political science professor [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator], Timothy Chambless, and Deseret News political reporter, Lisa Riley Roche. Also, fire officials discuss Utah’s new firework law and what it means for our dry state.”

June 24, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Doug Wright about Romney visit and Huntsman Seminar.”

June 23, 2011: “Mitt Romney campaigning Friday at Salt Lake’s Hires Big H” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Mitt takes nothing for granted and particularly Utah, which has been such an incredible source of support both financially and in volunteer hours,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney adviser. He’s making the stop at Hires because he ‘loves to just meet with people on their own home turf, and particularly small-business owners,’ Jowers said. ‘And he loves the Hires burgers. Ever since the Olympics, Hires has been a favorite place.’”

June 21, 2011: “Election 101: Ten facts about Jon Huntsman and his presidential campaign” by Husna Haq (Christian Science Monitor) ”‘His base would begin with fiscal conservatives and social moderates … then expand to independents and loosely identified Democrats, says Tim Chambless, professor for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.”

And Huntsman is perhaps best poised among the Republican contenders to capture the youth vote, adds Mr. Quinn. He hit it off well with the students here, he says.

June 21, 2011: “Tim Chambless, Academic Coordnator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL regarding the Huntsman’s Whitehouse run.

June 20, 2011: “Poll: Mormon church membership negative for Huntsman, Romney” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “‘Utahns are a little sensitized,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter who is also close to Huntsman. He said Romney’s 2008 campaign provided ‘millions of people an opportunity to learn about Mormons, and usually more information provides greater tolerance and understanding.’”

June 20, 2011: “Debate good, but debt limit must go up” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ” If it is not raised, the Treasury Department will be unable to sell more bonds. Some say that would create market panic and trigger a world wide meltdown in the financial system; others say markets would rally because the world would know that we were serious about getting our financial house in orderRobert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

June 20, 2011: “Poll: Mormon church membership a negative for Huntsman, Romney” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ’”Utahns are a little sensitized,’ saidKirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter who is also close to Huntsman. ‘What many polls fail to capture is Mormonism is a huge plus for many people in the country. Focus groups show Mormons are seen as honest and hard-working and patriotic,’ Jowers said.

June 17, 2011: “Hatch Courts Tea Party to Boost Election Chances” by Kirk Victor (The Fiscal Times) ”‘It is a common perception among folks here in the state that he has been maneuvering to the right, shifting to the right as he knows Election Day is coming,’ said University of Utah political science professor [and academic outreach coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics] Tim Chambless. His vote ratings in National Journal show a move from the 29th most conservative senator in 2008, 30th in 2009 to 17th last year.”

June 14, 2011: Tim Chambless, Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics interviewed with Lucky Severson and Trent Harris, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Re: Immigration Laws, Utah Legislators, and the Influence of the LDS Church.  [Program is scheduled to air on KUED-TV Channel 7 at a later date in 2011].

June 14, 2011: “Special Report: Huntsman’s path to White House starts in China” by Ken Wills and Sui-Lee Wee (Reuters) “Others say Huntsman’s role in China, no matter how nuanced, may be largely irrelevant to an electorate more concerned about jobs in a sluggish economy at home. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, could crowd out Huntsman for those votes, said Tim Chambless, political scientist at the University of Utah [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator]in Salt Lake City.’

June 14, 2011: “Huntsman to announce bid for presidency” by Dan Metcalf Jr. (ABC 4) ”‘It’s very symbolic in terms of the Statue of Liberty being the backdrop, says Hinkley Institute of Politics professor Dr. Tim Chambless. ‘It’s the symbolism of Ronald Reagan in 1980 when Reagan began his campaign for the presidency “ it was very successful.’”

June 14, 2011: “Huntsman to announce his presidential candidacy next week” by Aaron Vaughn (Fox 13) ”‘It’s very symbolic in terms of the Statue of Liberty being the backdrop, says Hinkley Institute of Politics professor Dr. Tim Chambless. ‘It’s the symbolism of Ronald Reagan in 1980 when Reagan began his campaign for the presidency “ it was very successful.’”

June 13, 2011: “Romney leads race to take on Obama” by Richard McGregor (FT.com) Tim Chambless of the University of Utah [and academic outreach coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics] said the church had been trying for a decade to become more visible in the mainstream but still faced suspicion. ‘Evangelicals will probably vote against Mr Romney even if they agree with him on business,’ he said, citing polls that record up to 39 per cent of evangelicals saying they won’t support a Mormon.’”

June 13, 2011: “Jon Huntsman visits Utah as presidential candidate” by Jared Preusz (Fox 13) ”‘He’s someone who can be a candidate like Ron Paul for many primaries, maybe throughout the all of the primary season, because he has a certain niche, a certain constituency, within the Republican Party,’ saidDr. Tim Chambless of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics.

June 13, 2011: Tim Chambless, Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio 1160
re : Tonight’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in New Hampshire.

June 12, 2011: “A Step in the Right Direction for Children Around the World” by Chris Dodd and Robert Bennett ”Last week, mothers in Mozambique walked up to 15 miles on behalf of their children. They weren’t part of a walk-a-thon or a protest, but their footsteps sent an equally powerful message: they were walking so their children could receive lifesaving vaccines to protect them from the blindness, deafness, brain damage and death caused by measles.Robert Bennett represented Utah in the United States Senate from 1993 to 2011. He is the chairman of The Bennett Consulting Group, a Resident Scholar at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Center.”

June 11, 2011: “Huntsman to announce his presidential campaign…soon ” by Sarah Dallof (KSL) ”Tim ChamblessHinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator was interviewed on Channel 5.”

June 9, 2011: “BYU scholar says all states are mix of Democrats, Republicans” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘It’s a myopic, exclusionary device. Activists are not paying attention to public opinion. They are not really talking to their neighbors,’ said Tim Chambless, academic outreach coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

June 9, 2011: “Poll shows Romney in dead heat with Obama” by Dan Metcalf Jr. and Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ”But, University of Utah associate political science professor [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator], Tim Chambless, reminds ABC 4 and others that the election is still nearly a year and a half away. ‘We always have to remember that polls are simply indicators of the moment. The ultimate poll is going to be in November, November 6th, 2012, general election day.’”

June 8. 2011: “Is the US ready for a Mormon president ” by Tom Geoghegan (BBC News) ”Tim Chambless, Political Scientist, Hinckley Institute of Politics - “Polygamy or plural marriage was practised by Mormons until 1890 when leaders announced it would no longer be appropriate church policy.As a result, Utah was accepted as a state in 1894. The federal government had opposed statehood for Utah until the polygamy issue was resolved.Women received the right to vote shortly after the Civil War ended in 1865. Today, in Utah and in nearby neighbouring states, it is estimated that plural marriage is practised by perhaps 35,000-45,000 people. But this number cannot be documented.”

June 8, 2011: “Utah’s Bob Bennett: 2012 election may not be as anti-incumbent as 2010″ by Felicia Sonmez ”Former senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), who lost his bid for a fourth term last May when he was ousted at the state Republican Party convention, said during a Capitol Hill visit last week that he believes the voter anger of 2010 that swept out longtime incumbents such as himself will have subsided by next year “ and that may make the road ahead easier for another Utah Republican up for reelection in 2012, Sen. Orrin Hatch.” [Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics]

June 7, 2011: “10 good examples of the type of leaders we need” by Randy Shumway (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers: Dubbed the “most quoted man in Utah,” Jowers is a Harvard-educated partner of a top international law firm. Along with chairing Utah’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy and serving on Gov. Gary Herbert’s “Kitchen Cabinet,” Jowers leads the U.’s Federal Relations and Hinckley Institute, which he has expanded globally and grown significantly since taking the helm.”

June 6, 2011: “A Westerner too reasonable for the White House?” by Stephanie Paige Ogburn (High Country News) ”That experience carries into his management and political style, says University of Utah political science professor [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator] Tim Chambless, who’s been closely watching Utah political wrangling for 30 years. ‘Jon Huntsman¦will self identity as a good manager, problem solver, looking for consensus. That’s what good diplomats do. He’s looking for an approach where he can walk out of the room and people feel good. That’s not an approach that’s going to endear him to the Tea Party people. And the Tea Party people are the ones who are the loud ones right now.”

June 6, 2011: “Satirical Newsweek Cover Features Romney and Religion” by Carole Mikita and Andrew Adams (KSL) ”‘There are people in this country, people who potentially will be Republican Party delegates, who have real questions about whether or not Mormons are real Christians,’ says University of Utah political science professor [and Hinckley Institute of Politics Academic Coordinator] Tim Chambless. ‘Public opinion polls range from 34 percent to 39 percent of Republicans who indicate that, as evangelicals, they will not vote for a Mormon for president.’”

June 6, 2011: “Mormons get Newsweek cover story” by Kimberly Houk (ABC 4) ”‘In 1960, John Kennedy had to address whether he’d be taking his orders from Rome instead of from the American people,’ says Dr. Tim Chambliss with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

June 6, 2011: “Utah wilderness plan a model for U.S.” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”I was not aware of the depth of feeling on the issue until I ran for the Senate in 1992. My Democratic opponent, Wayne Owens, favored designating a large portion of the state as wilderness, and the vast majority of rural Utahns, whose lives would have been impacted by his proposals, were almost violently opposed. I quickly learned that if I wanted to be taken seriously in the counties south of Provo, I had to make myself knowledgeable on the subject.” Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

June 5, 2011: “Mormons Rock!” by Walter Kirn (Newsweek) ”In the words of Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a practicing Mormon, Romney and Huntsman are typical of what happens when prominent members of the church spend time ‘in environments where Mormonism is simply not a part of the everyday equation.’ They blend in.”

June 3, 2011: “High unemployment is good news for Mitt Romney” by Kimberly Houk (ABC 4 News) ”‘When it comes to the economy, that’s Mitt’s sweet spot. So unfortunately, for the rest of the country the more dramatic the economic news the better it is for Romney’s chances and to beat Obama,’ saidKirk JowersJowers is the director for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. He’s also a close friend of the Romney family. He said for Romney to be successful, he can not let the economic discussion stray away from the economy. In Reagan’s words, are you better off now than you were 4 years ago? That’s what people are always asking, and as you saw in Romney’s speech, he was really trying to tie Obama to the fact that the economy was not getting better, remarked Jowers.

June 2, 2011: “Romney: A Utah Favorite” by Marcos Ortiz (ABC 4 News) ”This time, Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics,said Romney is focused. This time it’s all about the economy and that’s Mitt’s sweet spot…you will hear him talk about the economy, non-stop.

June 2, 2011: “Mitt Romney’s big choice signals strategy” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”‘I imagine Romney will run a different campaign this time than he did last,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘In 2007 Romney had developed somewhat of a national name as governor of Massachusetts, with the Olympics and with being one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. But he was not nearly as well known. ¦ Now, Romney has great name ID, the best fundraising network and is labeled as the frontrunner.’”

June 2, 2011: “Romney bound to find political success in Utah once again” by John Daley (KSL News) Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers visits with Richard Piatt and discusses Governor Romney’s campaign strategies for 2012.

June 2, 2011: “Rod Arquette Show with guest host Thomas Wright re caucus and convention” by Rod Arquette (KNRS) Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers discusses Utah’s caucus and convention system.

June 2, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio as an anchor guest for the hour to watch and discuss Mitt Romney’s presidential announcement on Fox 13′s Good Morning Utah.

June 1, 2011: “Sources say Chaffetz is in against Hatch” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘If Chaffetz declares, he is clearly the most formidable challenger to Orrin Hatch, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Senator Hatch has this amazing history of service and a significant leadership post, but Chaffetz is simply the most popular politician among the delegates in Utah at the moment.’

June 1, 2011: “Chaffetz considering a run for Senate” by Marc Giauque (KSL News) ”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says Chaffez is definitely the 800 pound political gorilla right now, because whatever he chooses will impact others interested in a possible Senate or House seat.

June 1, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding the potential Hatch v. Chaffetz senatorial match-up.

May 31, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the Grant and Amanda Show regarding the Mitt Romney appearance on the Today Show and Romney’s announcement this week.

May 30, 2011: “S.L. County politicians lining up to replace Corroon” by Jeremiah Stettler (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Tim Chambless, a political scientist at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, wouldn’t be surprised if it gets larger. When you have no incumbent, that makes it very attractive for people to consider running, Chambless said. I would expect more names as we move toward 2012.

May 30, 2011: “Huntsman uses weekend for serious family talks concerning presidency” by Kylie Conway (ABC 4 News) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers says if Huntsman throws his hat in the ring, this could be a great race. You know, you hear democrats talk a lot about two of Utah’s favorite sons. Romney and Huntsman, said JowersJowers says Huntsman particularly threatens democrats because of his more moderate stance. That could give him the chance to steal votes from independents who could be willing to swing their vote. I think if he declares he and his family will be ready and they’ll make it an even more interesting race especially for us here in Utah, said Jowers.

May 30, 2011: “Fake Huntsman ad aims to distance him from conservatives” by John Hollenhorst (Deseret News) ”‘It shows me some fear in the more radical side of the Republican Party,” said Republican analyst Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “They see some of their control slipping away. And so, instead of just engaging in a debate on the issues, they try to demonize or belittle people that way.”

May 30, 2011: “Poverty, optimism pepper Mozambique” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 29, 2011: “Huntsman attack ad hits the Internet” by John Hollenhorst (KSL News) ”‘It shows me some fear in the more radical side of the Republican Party,” said Republican analyst Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “They see some of their control slipping away. And so, instead of just engaging in a debate on the issues, they try to demonize or belittle people that way.”

May 28, 2011: “S.L. County’s new Democratic boss eager to buff up a rusty party” by Jerimiah Stettler (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Tim Chambless, a political scientist at the University of Utah, said rebranding the party to better appeal to “young, up-and-coming, working professionals” could benefit Democrats, particularly when those “working-class” families comprise a large percentage of the voting bloc.”

May 28, 2011: “Bennett back from African aid trip” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Bennett’s work with the U.N. Foundation is the latest in his post-Senate obligations. After losing a re-election bid in 2010, Bennett has started his own lobbying firm, signed up with the Bipartisan Policy Center, mentored interns from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and written a regular column for the Deseret News.”

May 27, 2011: “Huntsman family meeting in Utah this weekend to discuss presidential bid” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ’Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney adviser, said while Huntsman was in China, other contenders were able to raise money, assemble campaigns, court supporters and do media interviews. “The field is being set right now,” Jowers said. “There is a true cost for delaying.”

May 25, 2011: “Jowers says he was told of serious conflicts at Utah’s capitol” by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says he heard troubling confessions when he served as Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.”

May 24, 2011: “The GOP’s Sinophile US Presidential Candidate” by Hamish McKenzie (Asia Sentinel) ”Some observers believe Huntsman’s Asian experience “ he also served as ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush “ would stand him in good stead for a run for the Presidency. “One thing that is perceived as lacking in the Republican field is foreign policy experience and understanding,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the Salt Lake City-based Hinckley Institute of Politics and a former adviser to Huntsman. “Romney’s very tough to beat if economy is the number one issue… but if foreign policy turns into the top issue, then that could be the opening that gives Huntsman some air.”

May 24, 2011: “Romney, Huntsman and 2012″ by Doug Fabrizio (Radiowest KUER 90.1) ”Mormonism is making headlines again in the Republican presidential race. In 2008, there were a lot of questions about Mitt Romney’s membership in the LDS Church. Romney’s thrown his hat in the ring again, but chances are he won’t be alone. Utah’s own Jon Huntsman hasn’t officially declared, but he’s just off a 5-day tour of early primary state New Hampshire. Tuesday, we’re talking about the 2012 prospects for Romney and Huntsman and what being “Mormon” means to them and to American voters.”

May 23, 2011: “Jon Huntsman weighs GOP presidential bid” by Susan Page (USA Today) ”Tim Chambliss, a University of Utah political scientist who knows both Romney and Huntsman, says Huntsman can be a more likable figure. ‘He’s just one of those men who, when he walks into the room, the temperature changes,’ Chambliss says.”

May 23, 2011: “Conflict investigation leads to UDOT backpedaling” by Max Roth (Fox 13 News) ”There’s not a lot of transparency, not even a lot of guidelines for people who would like to be good or like to be ethical,” said Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and an attorney specializing in election law.”

May 22, 2011: “An investigation into governmental conflict of interest laws” by Brittany Green (Fox 13 News) ”‘On the one hand, they need to make a living, on the other hand they need to be legislators and represent the public interest, so there’s a lot of gray area,” said Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 20, 2011: “‘I am Mormon,’ Huntsman tells ‘Good Morning America’” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News & KSL) ”Mormonism is an absolute catnip for national media. They can’t get enough of it,” Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to another LDS contender for the White House, Mitt Romney. “I think Mormon candidates probably feel like it’s not completely fair,” Jowers said. “Most other people can get away with one more superficial answer. But that’s the world Mitt Romney faced in 2008 and is still facing. That’s what Huntsman will face going forward.”

May 20, 2011: “Might the road to the White House wind through Park City again?” by Jay Hamburger (The Park Record) ”Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, agrees with the state Republican chairman that Parkites are more apt to see Huntsman or Romney, if they mount campaigns, than they are politicians who will be running without ties to the state. “The other candidates will most likely cede Utah to them,” Jowers, a longtime Romney supporter, says. “I don’t expect a play by the other candidates.”

May 19, 2011: “Congressman suggests selling Utah” (KSL) “At the University of Utah, political science professor Tim Chambless raised concerns about precedent.  To sell off your assets is something you want to think long and hard about, Chambless said.  Interest is one thing.  To sell off your principal is another.

May 15, 2011: “Capitol sausage-makers” by reader Sandra J. Everett (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The first red flag was when the well-respected Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that many lawmakers felt they were strong-armed into voting to override the governor’s veto.”

May 12, 2011: “Huntsman And His Faith A Tough Question” by Fields Moseley (KUTV) ”‘Religion, especially Mormonism has proven like catnip to the national media,’ Kirk Jowers. The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Director knows Huntsman personally and professionally. ‘I think that is not necessarily him pandering to these different constituencies, but rather, kind of his more globalist view of philosophies and ideas,’ Jowers said.”

May 12, 2011: “Mitt Romney: Mass. health law differs from Obama’s” by Philip Elliot (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney supporter said the speech was a good starting point. ‘It is a question among voters, about how ‘Romneycare’ and ‘Obamacare’ compare and what his vision for the future is. ¦ It’s a great first step of settling the issue. Romney has been very consistent on saying health care should be left to the states,’ Jowers said.”

May 12, 2011: “Huntsman says his Mormon church membership is ‘tough to define’” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter, said it’s too early in the race to judge Huntsman’s comments on religion. ‘Huntsman is a very spiritual man and certainly is respectful of a lot of the world’s religions and ideas,’ Jowers said. ‘It’s always difficult for candidates to discuss such personal issues. If you profess your religion too loudly, people will call you self-righteous.’” See story also at Fox 13 and Deseret News.

May 12, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by Marc Giaque on KSL Radio regarding the Time Magazine article on Ambassador Huntsman and Governor Mitt Romney’s healthcare address.

May 12, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the Rod Arquette Show regarding reforming Utah’s caucus and convention system.

May 12, 2011: ” Rep. Rob Bishop meets with Utah constituents, ds a news conference with Sen. Mike Enzi to re-introduce the Repeal Amendment and sits down with students from the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.” (Politics Cornflakes)

May 11, 2011: ” Sen. Orrin Hatch meets with Utah Realtors, attends a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Columbia Free Trade Agreement, and hosts meetings with the Utah Association of Realtors, Chevron CEO John Watson and students from the U. of U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.” (Political Cornflakes)

May 4, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the KSL Radio regarding the political implications of former President Jimmy Carter complimenting Jon Huntsman, Jr. as a potential presidential candidate.

May 4, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the KSL TV regarding the political implications of former President Jimmy Carter complimenting Jon Huntsman, Jr. as a potential presidential candidate.

May 3, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the Grant and Amanda Show regarding the political implications of Osama Bin Laden’s death for President Obama.

May 2, 2011: “Huntsman and Romney on a collision course” by Matea Gold (LA Times) ”‘He’s certainly not willing to make a great off-color joke, but he’ll good-naturedly slam you a little bit,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations, who has known Romney for years. ‘He is a great guy to share a root beer with.’”

May 2, 2011: “Birther question should be dropped” by Robert Bennett” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”I had no intention of writing about President Obama’s birth certificate until I was asked, after his press conference on the subject, “Why didn’t he produce it a long time ago?” The question shows how difficult it is to squash a ridiculous story once it has “gone viral” on the web. Time for a little history. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 29, 2011: “Primary Status: NH Dems file complaint against Romney over contributions” by John Distaso (Unionleader.com) ”In New Hampshire, Romney’s state PAC changed its name from “Free and Strong America PAC – New Hampshire” to “The Commonwealth PAC- New Hampshire” on April 1. On the same day, Elizabeth Mahoney resigned as PAC chair, replaced by Kirk Jowers, and Mark Sykas resigned as Treasurer, replaced by Beverly Bruce.”

April 28, 2011: “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert fires back at lawmakers who want override” 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 override session could help rather than hurt him with voters. ‘It could be a great moment for Herbert to have taken a stand, a principled stand, in spite of the fact he was going to lose to the Legislature,’ Jowers said. ‘For Utah, it is high stakes, because it’s relatively unseen.’”

April 28, 2011: “Huntsman’s ambassadorship in China ends Saturday” by John Daley (Deseret News) ”‘People use the analogy of a surfer,’ explained Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘You have to be a great surfer to win, but you also have to catch the right wave. His wave is going to be foreign policy. Romney’s is going to be the economy. If one of those is cresting at the right time, who knows what will happen.’

April 28, 2011: “Huntsman facing steep path to presidency” by Matt Hopkins and John Daley (KSL) ”‘People use the analogy of a surfer. You have to be a great surfer to win, but you also have to catch the right wave,’ explained Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘You also have to catch the right wave. His wave is going to be foreign policy. Romney’s is going to be the economy. If one of those is cresting at the right time, who knows what will happen.’”

April 28, 2011: “Students recognized for internship experiences” by Doug Jennings (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Pittman completed a three-month internship in Melbourne, Australia with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Part of his experience included “chasing kangaroos and flood recovery efforts,” Pittman said as he received his certificate.”

April 28, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the regarding legislators considering overriding Governor Herbert’s veto.”

April 26, 2011: “Worldwide internships open doors” by Chris Shapard (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The international internship program, which is supported by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is the first of its kind to be offered in England. Benns will be one of three students to pioneer the new experience. Benns discovered the opportunity while working for the institute as a staff assistant. She worked with the Utah Legislature during the 2010 session as an intern for the chief advocate of United Way, and said she has always been interested in government functions.”

April 25, 2011: “Let’s lower our voices and make sure we’re telling the truth” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Last week I sat on a panel where the topic was civility in public discourse. The panelists were asked if nastiness in America’s political dialog was at its highest point in our history. All agreed that the answer was “no,” but that is small comfort. Just because we do not settle differences the way Aaron Burr did with Alexander Hamilton by shooting him ds not mean that the present atmosphere of vitriol is healthy. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 25, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show regarding President Young’s departure from the University of Utah.

April 22, 2011: “Politics Up Close: Imam Muhammad Musri” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”Imam Muhammad Musri was launched into the spotlight for trying to stop a Florida Pastor from burning the Quran. We talked with him about that effort, and what it’s like to be Muslim in the U.S. He spoke in Salt Lake City this week at the Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations and the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 21, 2011: “Women’s worth not publicly dictated” by Whitney Walalce (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Thanks to the Hinckley Institute of Politics, I intern within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol and just down the street from the FBI at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This is a great place to intern, not just because of the interesting neighbors and the résumé-enhancing taglines, but also because of the engaging work and ongoing academic discussion of public policy.”

April 21, 2011: “Think for yourself, keep perspective” by Danny Goaslind (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”I am working on Capitol Hill as a congressional intern through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. I’ve been here since January and will leave in the next couple of weeks. Naturally, as my time is winding down, my thoughts turn to some of the experiences that I’ve had here and the lessons that have come along with them. I was asked the other day, ‘What will you miss most about Washington, D.C.?’ I became somewhat nostalgic as I thought about my response:

April 20, 2011: “Lobbyists say they spent no money; loophole blamed” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘The loopholes were pretty easy for everyone to figure out,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘At the very least, these first quarter reports seem to amplify the need to fix some of those loopholes.’”

April 18, 2011: “New Utah CCHD head supported gay ˜marriage,’ promoting contraception in schools” by Patrick B Cayne (LifeSite.News) ”In a 2008 debate at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City, Hill called for changes in Utah law to allow the promotion of contraception in schools as part of a ‘comprehensive’ approach to sex education.  The state currently forbids promoting contraception in schools.”

April 18, 2011: “The good, the bad and the hopeful” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”For decades, every serious policy maker has realized that the spending trajectory of these programs must change if our long-term debt problem is to be solved, but any attempt to do so was considered political suicide. Bills introduced on the subject were sidetracked and ignored. I know because my bills dealing with entitlements, while praised by financial experts, never attracted a single co-sponsor or became the subject of a single hearing. That’s now changed.” ”Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 12, 2011: “Bennett: Congress should raise federal debt ceiling ” by Becky Bruce (KSL) ”‘It will mean that the United States for the first time in its history will have defaulted on its debt, when it has the capacity to borrow the money by selling new bonds to pay the debt,’ Bennett said [Robert Bennett, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics].”

April 12, 2011: “Ambassador to discuss U.S., Brazil relations” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics will be hosting Brazilian Ambassador to the United States Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira today in a forum about Brazilian relations. Kirk Jowers, director of the institute, said the ambassador will be coming to discuss the state of United States and Brazilian relations and the state of affairs in Brazil.”

April 11, 2011: “Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on the Grant and Amanda Show regarding how the 2012 presidential race is stacking up.”

April 11, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by KSL Channel 5 News regarding former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney filing his presidential exploratory committee documents with the Federal Election Commission.

April 11, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by Fox Channel 13 News regarding former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney filing his presidential exploratory committee documents with the Federal Election Commission.

April 11, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by KUTV Channel 2 News regarding former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney filing his presidential exploratory committee documents with the Federal Election Commission.

April 11, 2011: “Brazil Ambassador visits Utah” by Spencer Garn (Deseret News) ”Utah has both, Vieira said, referencing the 12 to 15 thousand Brazilians in the state and a Brazilian company in Lindon Utah. When Vieira met with Lt. Governor Greg Bell earlier Monday, they discussed further plans to strengthen business relations including an upcoming Bell plans to make with a business delegation. [He will speak at the Hinckley Institute of Politicson Tuesday].”

April 11, 2011: “Mitt Romney announces 2012 presidential exploratory committee” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘I think Romney has decided, ‘Let’s have at it, let’s get in there,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter.”

April 11, 2011: “UDOT didn’t have documents to support $13 million settlement ” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”An adviser to the governor, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said despite the hard hit Herbert’s campaign took over the controversy, the governor still won big last November. “I think he was vindicated in the election and nothing was changed with that in this audit,” Jowers said. “It’s his choice now whether he will take up the mantra on being a reformer” and extend some of the audit’s findings on transparency and conflicts of interest to other areas of state government.” ((Story also provided at Deseret News).

April 9, 2011: “Trump may want to fire himself from Utah GOP presidential primary after new poll” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘I think Utahns realize that one man has a vision for running the country and the other man, a vision for getting his ratings up,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter. Jowers said he was surprised Trump had as much support as he did in Utah. “We have 11 percent who want to be an apprentice,” he said, referring to Trump’s popular TV show that allows him to choose someone each season to help him run his business empire.”

April 4, 2011: “Hinckley intern receives Truman Scholarship” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Peart’s selection as one of the scholars was announced last week. He is a three-time Hinckley Institute of Politics intern, where his experience includes working at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C., and as a personal assistant to Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon.”

April 4, 2011: “Reagan: political skills and solid principles” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Like most Americans, I wasn’t aware of Reagan as anything more than an actor whose career had ended until I saw the televised speech he gave in support of Barry Goldwater in 1964. It was powerful enough to launch his political career; just two years later, in 1966, he was elected governor of California. In 1968, many conservatives backed him for president. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 3, 2011: “2012 is a blank slate, but we see potential chalk lines” by Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Web (Deseret News) Hinckley InstituteDirector Kirk Jowers (Utah’s “most quoted person”) definitely wants to run for something, sometime.”

April 1, 2011: “Streak: Another U. student wins prestigious Truman scholarship : by Brian Maffly (Deseret News) ”‘Untold lives have been inspired by theHinckley Institute’s efforts to elevate the caliber of public service and political discourse, using their valuable influence in Utah as well as on national and global stages,” Peart said in a news release. “Receiving this scholarship and the distinction it entails evokes in me an enormous sense of responsibility to continue on into public service. I hope to honor this trust in my efforts to realize a vision of expanding democracy and voter efficacy in developing states.’”

March 31, 2011: “Are there fatal flaws in politics anymore?” by Paul Nelson (KSL) ”ll of these skeletons in the political closet are reasons why these candidates can’t win the 2012 election, right? Not necessarily, according to Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers. ‘I don’t see anyone with a so-called ˜fatal flaw,’ he said. Jowers says flaws are not nearly as fatal as they sound on paper, no matter what party the candidate represents. President Barack Obama was criticized for not having enough experience. President Bill Clinton was labeled as a philanderer by his critics. President Ronald Reagan was called a shallow actor. President George W. Bush was¦ well, many negative things were said about President Bush. All of these men had what were supposed to be reasons why they couldn’t win a presidential election. Yet, each one landed the job.

March 30, 2011: “Meet Utah’s new Cherry Blossom princess ” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) “Coomans, an [Hinckley Institute] intern in the Washington office of Rep. Jason Chaffetz and a U. student, has been named by the Utah State Society as its princess for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a large gathering that draws millions of visitors to witness the Tidal Basin ablaze in puffy flowers.”

March 30, 2011: “U student to represent Utah” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Every year, state societies select princesses to represent their states. Coomans works as an intern with Rep. Jason Chaffetz in his Washington, D.C. office, said Taylor Morgan, the Hinckley Institute of Politics’sWashinton, D.C. internship manager.”

March 28, 2011: “Federal shutdown could disrupt Utah jobs” by Richard Piatt (Deseret News) ”‘Remember back to 1995 with Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton,’  said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 28, 2011: “Could budget cuts favor Obama?” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Recent news out of Congress has been about the possibility of a dramatic face off between President Obama and the Congress over spending. The newly Republican House has been demanding deep cuts in what’s left of Fiscal 2011 (it ends on Sept. 30) and threatening to “shut down the Government” if they don’t get their way. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 28, 2011: “Federal shutdown could disrupt Utah jobs ” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”‘Remember back to 1995 with Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton,’  said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.  ’With Gingrich and Clinton, Clinton was at a lower point in the polls than Obama is right now. But he used the shutdown as a trampoline to jump into a second term. He did it very effectively, so the gamesmanship will be fascinating,’ Jowers said.”

March 26, 2011: “Can balanced budget amendment put to an end to U.S. deficit?” by Kelly McConkie Henriod (Deseret News) ”Earlier this month, Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, along with Republican heavyweights like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, were set to unveil yet another draft of a proposed balanced budget amendment. The event was scuttled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in order to garner a wider base of Republican support, but it’s not going away. A part of the Republican platform since 1980, and proposed by Hatch 27 times, the time has perhaps never been more ripe to pass the amendment, says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

March 25, 2011: ” Doug Wright speaks to ” and for ” Utah’s moderates” by Glen Warchol (Salt Lake Tribune) ”With Wright’s huge following in the middle of Utah’s political spectrum, being interviewed by ‘the most trusted voice in Utah’ has strong appeal to politicians, says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘He is respected as a fair interviewer by everyone but those at the extremes of either party,’ Jowers says. There is an understanding that if [an office holder] is coming on, [Wright] will not be impolite.

March 22, 2011: “Poll: Utah lawmakers, Herbert get ‘C’ for session” (Associated Press) ”‘The Legislature has become very adept at blowing its own foot off in the last couple of days,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 22, 2011: “As women demand bigger seat at table in Utah politics, ‘Troublemakers’ seek to make a difference” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”Despite the enthusiasm surrounding Troublemakers, an artificial ceiling may already exist for women in Utah politics. Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, readily acknowledges the political vitality, productivity and influence of women like Scott and Henderson. However, he cautions that before women start winning statewide elections in Utah with any kind of frequency, a fix must first be found for the caucus system that sends to convention a contingent of Republican delegates which is 75 percent male.”

March 21, 2011: “Who is Utah’s Biggest Publicity Hound?” by Bryan Schott (Utah Policy) ”WHO IS UTAH’S BIGGEST PUBLICITY HOUND? PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING POLITICIANS AND WANNABES, BASED ON HOW PUBLICITY-HUNGRY THEY ARE AND HOW SUCCESSFUL THEY ARE IN GETTING THEIR NAMES IN THE NEWS. RANK THE TOP PUBLICITY HOUND WITH A NO. 1, DOWN TO NO. 5 FOR THE LEAST SUCCESSFUL PUBLICITY HOUND. AND ADD OTHER ANY PUBLICITY HOUNDS YOU THINK SHOULD BE ON THE LIST.”

March 20, 2011: “Public gives Legislature mediocre grade after late dustup over GRAMA” by Paul Kpp (Deseret News) ”According to Jowers [Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics], that’s more evidence of a gulf between activist delegates ” who control party conventions and therefore many politicians’ fates ” and the general public. ‘Again and again, we see vast majorities of Utahns are conservative, compassionate, pragmatic people who want reasonable solutions,’ he said. ‘But when politicians give the people what they want, the delegates try to make them pay for it.’”

March 17, 2011: “Internship gave tweeting lesson for a twit” by Cody Rogers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Soon after I arrived in Brussels to complete aHinckley Institute of Politics internship with the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization, I was asked to come up with some recommendations to improve our outreach on social media platforms.”

March 17, 2011: “Looking to the future: China’s 5-year plan” by Meredith Andolesk (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”My internship [with Hinckley Institute of Politics] with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service has opened my eyes to a whole new side of China. Located in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, I am able to get front and center with the current and unremitting issues that run through the veins of the dragon nation.”

March 17, 2011: “Utah GOP Dominating State Policy” (Newsmax) ”‘They do listen to us,’ Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero, a Salt Lake City Democrat, told a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum at the University of Utah last week.”

March 16, 2011: “Legislative session is adjourned” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the governor and legislators made a fair budget and should be commended.”

March 16, 2011: “GOP passed 9 of every 10 bills in Legislature” by Lee Davidson (Deseret News) ’They do listen to us,’ Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City, told a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum at the University of Utah last week.”

March 15, 2011: “House rep. holds press conference explaining intentions signing HB 477″ by Aaron Vaughn ”Rep. Powell, R-Heber, voted yes on House Bill 477 two times, once during the initial vote and another time when the governor recalled it.  But Powell said during a live radio interview that he did not want to vote for the law, which would restrict the public from accessing certain government records, including emails and text messages. Powell said he felt pressured by House leadership, but appeared to backtrack a little further explaining his intentions.”

March 14, 2011: “Hinckley Institute: Combining Politics and Education” (The News) ”Politics is a necessary component of our government, just as education is a necessary component of an informed citizenry. These societal segments feed each other in many ways, both adversarial and cooperative. As such, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, was the latest presenter for the biannual meetings of Leaders Associates. Along with an overview on America’s political landscape, Jowers addressed the ever important educational issue of civility as well as how schools can teach students to civilly engage in politics.’

March 14, 2011: “Three biggest entitlement programs” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ” In a previous column I used the term ‘entitlement spending,’ and a number of people have asked me what that means, exactly. In law, ‘to entitle’ is to bestow a legal right. If you buy a government bond, you have a legal right to the interest payment promised in the bond. Your right to that payment is so secure that the government must give it to you even if it has to borrow the money in order to do it. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 13, 2011: “More Mormons pursuing the presidency” by Mark Hemingway (GetReligion.org) ”The mixture has created overwhelmingly conservative politics in heavily Mormon states such as Utah and Idaho, but with a pragmatic twist, says Kirk Jowers, a Mormon and the director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. It may not be a coincidence that Mr Romney in Massachusetts and Mr Huntsman in Utah made the two biggest state-level efforts to reform health care (Mr Romney’s reform even resembling Barack Obama’s to a striking degree).”

March 11, 2011: “Lawmakers say they deserve B+ for session” by Amanda Verzello (KSL) ”Sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the panel discussion also included House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo. While she chose not to give the session a grade, she did say she was “quite pleased” with how the session turned out.”

March 11, 2011: “Lawmakers Wrapping Up Legislative Session” by Fields Moseley and Rod Decker (KUTV) ”Fields Moseley and Rod Decker report from the capitol on the final night for this legislative session, one which saw hundreds of demonstrators that were not happy with the passage of HB 477. Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed for the report.”

March 11, 2011:Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio to discuss the end of the legislative session on Fox 13′s Good Morning Utah.

March 10, 2011: “Governor Herbert refuses to talk to ABC 4 about House Bill 477″ by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ”ABC 4 tried to ask Governor Herbert about HB 477 in private as he arrived at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 7, 2011: “ASUU candidates start campaigns” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Panelists from different student groups, including theHinckley Institute of Politics, the Student Village, Black Student Union and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center will attend and ask questions, said Mari Broadhead, the elections registrar.”

March 7, 2011: ” Ex-Sen. Bennett to help Wilderness Society” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”In addition to his consulting firm, Bennett has taken on a slew of assignments since leaving office, including working with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center and the massive law firm of Arent Fox.”

March 7, 2011: “Two Latter-day Saints consider presidential run” by Hunter Schwartz (Universe – BYU) ”‘Having two Mormons run in the primary will get certain detractors of the Church more motivated, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations. Regardless, the fact that Romney endured questions and criticism over his faith in 2008 might mean the media and voters will be less interested the second time around.”

March 4, 2011: “ABC 4 confronts Governor Herbert about plans to keep state records hidden from public” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ”ABC 4 tried to ask Governor Herbert about HB 477 in private as he arrived at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 2, 2011: “Two students are finalists for Truman Scholarship” by Marie Lenihan-Clarke (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The finalists for the 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholarship were announced this week. Two U students are in the running for the $30,000 scholarship, which can be used toward graduate study, training and career counseling. Finalists will also have opportunities to work with federal government departments. ‘Essentially, this is one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the U.S. and is remarkable in what it offers for the students”not only ds it offer a large sum of money, but it also gives priority admission to some of the best schools,’ said Taylor Morgan, political programs coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 28, 2011: “Kitchen table model dsn’t work” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”‘The American people know what it takes to get things under control,’ the Outs say. “As they sit at the kitchen table going over their bills, they know that if they can’t get a raise from the boss down at the factory, they must cut back on their spending. The Ins don’t seem to understand this truth, and look at the mess they have gotten us into!’”

February 27, 2011: “Jowers discusses the 2011 legislative session” by Brittany Green (Fox 13) ”This year’s legislative session has less than two weeks left and Hinkley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers came to Fox 13 to give his perspective of what has happened so far. Jowers says determining the winners and losers in this year’s session is hard with two weeks left, but as the session ends, they will begin to emerge.”

February 27, 2011:Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio to discuss what to expect in the final two weeks of the legislative session on Fox 13′s Good Morning Utah.

February 24, 2011: “Will Matheson survive? Census figures set stage for redistricting” by Paul Kpp (Deseret News) ”‘Whatever they do, I’m sure they’ll be criticized,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He noted that making Matheson’s district more conservative would make the other three districts somewhat less safe for Republicans.”

February 24, 2011: “Huntsman appears supporter of China demonstrations in YouTube video” by Arikka Von (Fox 13) ”Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah was in Beijing last year and says Huntsman is not one to shy away from the public. ‘I think one thing very endearing about Ambassador Huntsman to the Chinese is he rides his bike to some of his meetings, he dsn’t lock himself behind the walls of the embassy, he wants to see what people are experiencing in China,’ Jowers says.”

February 24, 2011: “Video has Huntsman in international hot water” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) ”Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics watched the video with ABC 4 and said, ‘It’s funny to watch the propaganda they’re trying to make on it. I think it’s absurd on its face that he would be involved in any type of revolutionary display.’”

February 23, 2011: “Utah’s fourth House seat to add clout in Washington” by Katie Barlow (Universe – BYU) ”A big question is whether the new lines will create an advantage for Republicans. Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Republicans in Utah control the state House and Senate with more than super majorities, as well as the governor’s office, so the GOP will have complete control in setting the boundaries. ‘Like Democrats and Republicans with control all over the country, they will draw the lines that most favor their own party,’ Jowers said. ‘The big question is whether Republicans will be able to redistrict in such a way that they create an opportunity to unseat Jim Matheson or force him to run for the Senate.

February 21, 2011: “Getting America’s financial house in order” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Center for Politics. We are pleased to welcome him as a regular columnist at the Deseret News.

February 19, 2011: “Utah’s immigration debate ” the tone has darkened” by David Montero (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said the debate gets so simplified that one side screams ‘amnesty’ and the other side shouts ‘rule of law’ and no middle ground is visible. That, he said, can promote extremism.”

February 18, 2011: “Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal spouts a trial balloon” by Jose Da La Isla (East Valley Tribune) ”There was something unsettling about what U.S. Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal said at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics this month. It was maybe an ominous trial balloon. Westphal’s Feb. 8 lecture touched on wild speculation that the U.S. Army might end up fighting insurgents in Mexico, according to the Salt Lake City daily The Deseret News.

February 18, 2011: “Mitt Romney’s wife: ‘He’d make a great president’” by Max Roth (Fox 13) ”‘He’d make a great president,’ said his wife, Ann, when asked if she wanted him to run for the nation’s highest office.

February 18, 2011: “Mitt Romney meets with Utah lawmakers and supporters” by Lisa Riley Roche and Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter who is also close to Huntsman, helped set up Romney’s visit to the Utah capitol. ‘A lot of people got on the Romney presidential bandwagon in 2008,’ Jowers said, noting an unprecedented 90 percent of Utah Republicans backed Romney in the party’s presidential primary.

February 17, 2011: “Romney makes surprise stop at Utah Capitol” by David Montero (Salt Lake Tribune) ”But he didn’t make an official announcement ” though Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and a Romney booster, said that ’96 percent of the people in line waiting to shake his hand asked him to run.’ Jowers said he thought the candidates ” including Romney ” would make their official announcements in March or April.”

February 17, 2011: “Mitt Romney meets with Utah lawmakers and supporters ” by Lisa Riley ROche and Dennis Romboy (KSL) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter who is also close to Huntsman, helped set up Romney’s visit to the Utah capitol. ‘A lot of people got on the Romney presidential bandwagon in 2008,’ Jowers said, noting an unprecedented 90 percent of Utah Republicans backed Romney in the party’s presidential primary. Jowers downplayed Romney’s stop in Utah as mostly personal, but hinted an announcement may be coming soon. ‘I think it’s definitely fair to say Gov. Romney has done everything he would need to do to be able to run for president if he chooses to do that. Certainly there’s no announcement yet,’ Jowers said, from any legitimate candidate.”

February 15, 2011: “U.S. Constitution Gets Second Life With New Website” (Utah Business.com) ”Other donors for the ConSource website include Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Bob Bishop (R-UT).  Bishop supported the House of Representatives opening its session by reading the Constitution in January, and he is encouraging other politicians to donate to the site.  University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers has also donated. (2.16.11)”

February 14, 2011: “David Eccles School of Business Streamlines Undergraduate Curriculum to Enhance Entrepreneurial, Interdisciplinary Education” (SunHerald.com) ”The changes will give students greater opportunities to pursue experiential learning opportunities at the University of Utah”including lessons in entrepreneurship at the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center, assessing venture capital deals with the University Venture Fund, study abroad, foreign language studies, internships with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and many other options.”

February 13, 2011: “Mitt Romney Leads John Huntsman in Utah Poll for President” by Jack Philips ”‘It could be a damaging poll for Huntsman, at least in the short term,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, according to the Deseret News.”

February 13, 2011: “Utahns would choose Romney over Huntsman for president ” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”‘It could be a damaging poll for Huntsman, at least in the short term,; said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter who is also close to Huntsman.”

February 12, 2011: “Mexican official claims his country is safer than many U.S. cities” by Dave Gibson (Examiner.com) ” On Monday, Undersecretary of the U.S. Army, Joseph Westphal, told a crowd at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics that Mexico’s drug war was an “insurgency.”

February 12, 2011: “Utahns would choose Mitt Romney over Jon Huntsman Jr. for president” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘It could be a damaging poll for Huntsman, at least in the short term,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter who is also close to Huntsman. ‘To see the place that knows him best is going for Romney could have some impact,’ Jowers said, at a time when the public is just beginning to hear about the possibility of a Huntsman run.

February 11, 2011: “McEntee: Orrin Hatch embraces the far right ” but will it work?” by Peg McEntee (Salt Lake Tribune) ”After being knocked out, the three-term incumbent teared up when he talked to reporters, then leavened the moment, saying he [Senator Bennett] ‘tears up at parking lot dedications.’ Then he got busy. He’s set up a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., works with a law firm and is a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 11, 2011: “Arizonans highlight economic cost of tough immigration law” by Paul Kpp (Deseret News) ”Arizona is set to lose $490 million in tourism revenue this year, including $141 million in lost spending due to conferences canceled in protest of the measures, Todd Landfried said at aHinckley Institute of Politics forum discussion at the University of Utah.”

February 10, 2011: “Army Westphal Backs Off on Need for U.S. Troops in Mexico” by Kelly Holt (New America) ”During a speech to the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal (left) called the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border an insurgency. An unnamed Mexican official condemned Westphal’s remarks, as did a university assistant professor of political science and Latin American studies. The next day, CNN U.S. reported the Undersecretary was backing off his comments, expressing his regrets for his inaccurate statements.

February 10, 2011: “Mexico, Insurgency, and the Arguably Misleading Controversy over Under Secretary Westphal’s Remarks: by Robert Chesny (Lawfare) ”Last week, Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal gave a speech at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on the subject of ‘The Impact of Education on the Armed Forces in the 21st Century.’  At the end of the post-speech Q&A (around the 51 minute mark “ the full audio is here), a graduate student asked him to comment on any strategic blind spots’ we face going forward, including emergent threats.  Westphal’s responded first by identifying cartel violence in Mexico as a potentially underappreciated threat, describing the situation as a ‘form of insurgency.’ He then indicated that, in his personal opinion, there is a risk that the cartels one day might take over altogether in Mexico, and that he particularly fears the prospect that the United States might one day have to send U.S. forces to fight either on or across the border.  The next day, amidst claims he committed a major gaffe, Westphal issued a statement walking back these extemporaneous remarks.”February 10, 2011: “Mexico drug war an ‘insurgency’? US official’s gaffe sparks US-Mexico row” by Nacha Cattan and Stephen Kurczy (The Christian Science Moniter0 “Speaking Monday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Westphal said he ds not want to see America’s ‘armed soldiers fighting an insurgency right on our border or just across our borders,’ as Deseret News reported. ‘This isn’t just about drugs and illegal immigrants. This is about the potential takeover of a government that’s right on our border,’ he said.”

February 10, 2011: “Undersecretary of Army Westphal Calls Mexican Drug Wars Insurgency by Dominic Costillo (Aqua Pour) General Westphal spoke Monday at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.  He said he wants to avoid U.S. armed soldiers fighting an insurgency right on our border or just across our borders.’  He added, This isn’t just about drugs and illegal immigrants. This is about the potential takeover of a government that’s right on our border, he said.

February 10, 2011: “Todd Landfried and Lydia Guzman, about Immigration Reform” (City Weekly) ” At the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Todd Landfried, spokesman for Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, and Lydia Guzman, president of Somos America and Respect Respeto, will talk with policy makers and the public about the implications of SB 1070 in Arizona. They will address the consequences of the immigration enforcement-only bill on the economy and public safety.”

February 9, 2011: ” Army undersecretary recants” by Steve Fidel (KSL) ”On Wednesday, Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers said the institute was honored to have Westphal as a speaker. “Part of the joy and thrill of having live speakers in front of students and the community is sometimes they say things they could not or would not say in another setting,” Jowers said. “This seems to be a classic example of a speaker saying something that may well be true, especially in light of the Secretary Clinton’s statements of a few months ago, but is very unhelpful in the diplomatic relations with the international community, and particularly Mexico in this case.”

February 9, 2011: “Mexico bristles at ‘insurgency’ remarks Army undersecretary says he shouldn’t have made” by Steve Fidel (Deseret News) ” He made those characterizations during a Monday lecture at the University of Utah’s , where he said he advocates “much more coordinating with the Mexican military and civilian authorities to help them in support of their operations.” He suggested that neglecting that relationship could result in armed U.S. military doing battle with the cartels, either on or across the border.”

February 9, 2011: “Army official recants insurgency in Mexico statement” by Matthew Laplante (Salt Lake Tribune) ” Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, speaking at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, had suggested that if the Mexican government was unable to stop the cartels, armed and fighting American soldiers might have to be sent to combat the problem on our border, or even across the border.

February 7, 2011: ” Utah Dem seeks campaign contribution limits” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”A governor’s commission called for it and Utahns consistently favor it in polls. So Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, introduced a bill Monday that would cap campaign donations ” but she openly doubts that it will go far. . . . Her bill would limit donations to candidates for statewide office, such as governor or attorney general, to $10,000 per donor; $5,000 per donor to legislative candidates; $40,000 per donor to state political parties; and $10,000 per donor to state political action committees.  ‘Those are the same limits proposed by the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy created by then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Chavez-Houck said.’

February 7, 2011: “WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends a state Republican Party breakfast, joins a Hinckley Institute of Politics meeting and later hits.” (Political Cornflakes)

February 7, 2011: “Bennett says he was ready to leave Senate life” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Bennett has officially announced his new position as a senior fellow at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The institute, in partnership with KUER’s ‘RadioWest,’ welcomed Bennett with a forum and open house, reflecting on the former senator’s time in office and introducing him to the students he will be teaching.”

February 7, 2011: “Army of the future in transition; focus may be Mexico” by Steve Fidel (Deseret News) ” Westphal’s alert came in a speech to faculty and students at the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics about the vision for the Army beyond current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

February 4, 2011: “Utah: Arizona immigration activists to visit” (NECN) ”The pair will participate in a forum at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. They’ll also join Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank for a panel discussion. Burbank has spoken against the enforcement provisions in the Arizona law.”

February 3, 2011: “Bloggers doubt Huntsman’s chances in 2012 election” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar with contributions from Andrew Adams (KSL) “Even some local political experts have questions. Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said, ‘How ds he have a chance to win? He’s been working for a Democratic president, he hasn’t been doing the ground work — so all those questions come in.’”

February 3, 2011: “Tune in: KUER’s Radiowest will broadcast a conversation with former Sen. Bob Bennett from the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. 11 a.m. Mountain Time on 90.1 FM.” (Political Cornflakes)

February 2, 2011: “Hinckley Institute to Welcome Bennett” (Utah Policy.com) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics is hosting a forum Thursday to welcome former Sen. Bob Bennett to his new post as a resident scholar. The forum, titled ‘Great Issues, Great Diversions,’ will be held in the Hinckley Caucus Room (255 OSH) from 11:00 a.m. to noon.” Source: Daily Utah Chronicle

February 2, 2011: “Barack Obama’s man in Beijing hopes to out-Obama Obama in 2012″ by Araminta Wadsworth (National Post) ’As Lisa Riley Roche at The Deseret News reports, ‘A Huntsman run would likely mean two Mormon candidates with Utah ties. Former Utah Olympic leader Mitt Romney ran unsuccessfully in 2008 for the GOP nomination and is expected to announce this spring he’s running again. ˜For Utahns and members of the LDS Church, it’s an embarrassment of riches,’ Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said. ˜How that plays out will be really interesting. But it’s kind of nice not to be marginalized.’”

February 2, 2011: “The U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics will host a forum Thursday welcoming former Sen. Bob Bennett as a resident scholar. [Chronicle]” (Poliktical Cornflakes)

February 2, 2011: “Hinckley Institute to welcome Bennett as resident scholar” by Doug Jennings (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”A forum welcoming former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett to his post at the Hinckley Institute of Politics will be held Thursday, hosted by the senator and RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio. Bennett was voted out of office in November after serving 18 years in Washington, D.C., said Rochelle Parker, communication and outreach coordinator for the institute. Bennett’s new role will be as a resident scholar at the institute.”

February 2. 2011: “Analysts weigh in on Huntsman’s plans” Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) “‘(Huntsman) put everything into his job (as ambassador),’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Now is the perfect time for him to resign, especially after the historical Chinese state visit, he said. His vision is higher than a position in the Senate, Jowers said. Depending on different factors, including support from fellow Republicans, other potential candidates, finding a niche of voters and funding, Huntsman might or might not run.

February 1, 2011: “But if Huntsman Runs, What will We Call Him?” by Jared Whitley (Utah Policy) ”But Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Huntsman would choose to sell his credentials as a Republican governor not as a Democrat-appointed Ambassador. ‘Plus, everyone will always be talking about Ambassador, so it is good to remind them he was governor of one of the most conservative states,’ Jowers said.

February 1, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by Good Day Utah on Fox 13.

February 1, 2011: “Huntsman resigns…possible presidential bid?” by Jenny Brundin (KUER) ”With the announcement, Jon Huntsman is now considered a possible presidential candidate. The 50-year-old Republican already has a fundraising PAC, a new home in Washington D.C. and his supporters are making calls to put together a campaign-in-waiting should he decide to run. Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says it’s unclear how Huntsman’s moderate stance on issues like civil unions for gay couples and global warming would play in the Republican nomination process. ’If all of the candidates seem to be segregated into the Tea Party Republican camp,’ said Jowers, ‘he becomes become very interesting. If foreign policy becomes a major issue, that becomes interesting.’ Jowers says on the negative side, Huntsman has a late start and lacks a nationwide fundraising base. BYU political science professor Quinn Monson says Huntsman is up against more than that.”

January 31, 2011: “UNDER SECRETARY WESTPHAL TO ADDRESS VISION FOR ARMY IN 21ST CENTURY” (U News Center) “The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Middle East Center will proudly welcome Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, to the University campus on Monday, February 7, 2011. Dr. Westphal will deliver a lecture entitled “A Vision for the United States Army in the 21st Century” at 10:45 a.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room, 260 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 255.”

January 31, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politcs by Noah Bond of ABC 4 “WIth his refusal to shut the door on running for president his name has exploded and Hunstman has now become a very interesting potential candidate.”

January 31, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by Tamara Vaifunua of Fox 13 ”The question will be whether that service can be appreciated on its own merit or will the fact that the service was for President Obama be too much an impediment for a Republican primary.”

January 31, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regairding Jon Huntsman’s possilbe presidential bid.

January 31, 2011: “White House says Huntsman leaving ambassadorship” by Lisa Riley Roche with contributions from John Daley ” “There are warring factions within the Republican Party,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “If Huntsman runs, he will be choosing sides in that internal Republican war instead of waging one from the outside.”

January 31, 2011: ” Huntsman resigns diplomatic post, weighs White House bid” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”That said, both Huntsman and Romney are often referred to by their Mormon membership, a point that fellow Mormon and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Kirk Jowers, says may not be as big a concern this time around. ‘I don’t think having two Mormons at the top of all nomination chatter is a bad thing, Jowers said. If anything, it moves Mormonism more into the central mainstream of the party to see two of perhaps the top five or six candidates from the same religion.’

January 31. 2011: “White House says Huntsman leaving ambassadorship” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret Morning News) ”‘There are warring factions within the Republican Party,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “If Huntsman runs, he will be choosing sides in that internal Republican war instead of waging one from the outside.” Story also convered on KSL.

January 31, 2011: “Forum will examine racial struggles in legal system” by Doug Jennings (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politicswill hold a forum on legal struggles faced by black people. In a time some have referred to as “post-racial” following the election of President Barack Obama, the forum serves as a reminder that race still plays a significant factor in how the American legal system operates and the specific struggles faced by black Americans.”

January 30, 2011: “˜Old school’ Hatch girds for new wave in primary” by Valerie Richardson (The Washington TImes) ” People attending the convention are more radical, more libertarian and more distrustful of people in Washington, D.C., said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, at the time of the Bennett race. The delegate crowd is a much tougher crowd than the rest of the state.

January 29, 2011: “Arizona-inspired immigration bills lose momentum in other states” by Lois Romano (The Washington Post) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinkley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said the compact already “has had a big impact on a number of legislators. . . . Some aren’t backing down, but there are other bills floating around that are far more moderate.”

January 28, 2011: “States inspired by Ariz. illegal immigration law face tough fiscal realities” by Lois Romano (The Washington Post) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinkley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said that the compact already ‘has had a big impact on a number of legislators. … Some aren’t backing down – but there are other bills floating around that are far more moderate.’”

January 25, 2011: “Partial Credit – Lawmakers and lobbyists completed mandatory ethics exercises at the last minute”if at all.” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”‘The concern always with these laws is whether they’re put forward more as a placebo than a solution,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

January 25, 2011: “Jowers looks to broaden the institute’s connections” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Kirk Jowers‘ love of politics has made him a staple voice in the field throughout Utah and the country. He has been the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics for about five years, and during his career has consulted and given advice to many political figures.”

January 23, 2011: “Dan Liljenquist rising from ashes of plane crash” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”‘Dan Liljenquist is in the top 1 percent of our elected officials in Utah,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘He took on an incredibly thorny issue with the state pension plan. It’s one of those problems where it’s usually too difficult for a state part-time legislator to ever dare invest the time and effort because the chance of solving it seems too low. ‘But nonetheless, I think he did an amazing job with it. I think all Utahns owe Dan a great debt of gratitude for taking on (pension reform).’”

January 23, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, appeared live in-studio to discuss the upcoming legislative session on Fox 13′s Good Morning Utah.

January 23, 2011: “Legislative Session 2011 begins….but it’s not just about immigration! Will public education be harmed while no one is paying attention?” (Utah Education Blog) ”Senator Howard Stephenson — professional lobbyist, member of every possible education committee, and the sponsor of 15 education related bills in 2011 (no one else has more than 2…correct me if I miscounted) — spoke to students at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

January 23, 2011: “News analysis: Utahns don’t mind sending some messages” by Con Psarras (Deseret News) ”The poll, taken in September of 600 active voters, was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates as part of the Utah Priorities Project, an effort by the Deseret News, KSL, the Utah Foundation and the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, to assess the top issues among those most likely to vote in last November’s general election. Though a few months old, the poll offers valid insight into the mood of the people who comprise the Legislature’s full constituency.”

January 23, 2011: “New Speaker Lockhart is a history-maker” (Fox 13) ”‘One of her key supporters is now out of the legislature so will that create any mischief or will they all unite behind their speaker,’ asked Kirk Jowers from the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 21, 2011: “Politics Up Close: Hinckley Forum on Affirmative Action in Utah” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ” Several experts came together at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute on Wednesday for a forum on Reaffirming Equal Opportunity ” Should Utah’s Constitution be Amended? KCPW’s Jeff Robinson moderated a panel discussion between Dr. Laurence Parker, Professor of Education Policy at the U of U, Jeanetta Williams, President of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch, and retired Utah Judge Jon Memmott.’

January 20, 2011: “Welcome: To all the Hinckley Institute of Politics interns and also to students in Peter Watkins’ Comm 5200 class. Whatever you do, don’t read this story about Peter because I promised I wouldn’t make a big deal about it. [Trib].” (Political Cornflakes)

January 20, 2011: “Hinckley internships bring global issues to light” by Danny Johnson (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”When I started my internship with theHinckley Institute of Politics at Azul Airlines in Brazil, I was hoping for two things: first, to gain meaningful work experience, and second, to have some adventures traveling the country. “

January 20, 2011: “President Obama Grilled Over Huntsman in Front of China’s President” by Kempite (White House 2012) ”Since at least as early as 2010, Huntsman supporters have stood ready to launch a run for his presidency if he gave the go. That began when those supporter started a PAC which close friend and advisor to Huntsman, Kirk Jowers, is the attorney. At the time Jowers the PAC is practically an effort to draft Huntsman to run, most likely in 2016.”

January 20, 2011: “Israeli official warns U. audience of dangers Iran poses to world” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”Jacob Dayan, Consul General of Israel for the southwest United States, addressed Israel’s view of Middle Eastern and global security at an event hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 19, 2011: “Obama weighs in on a 2012 run for Jon Huntsman Jr” by John Daley (Deseret News) ”‘From everything we’ve seen from Ambassador Huntsman, his vision probably seems to be more national and international at this point, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Jowers, a Huntsman confidant, said the former Utah governor faces a tough decision, as the 2012 field is already coming into focus.”

January 19, 2011: “Panel Discussion – Covering Utah’s 2011 Legislative Session” by Bryan Schott (Utah Policy.com) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politicsand UtahPolicy.com present a panel discussion featuring members of Utah’s Legislative press corps talking about the upcoming legislative session.”

January 18, 2011: “Hinckley forum will look at ban on affirmative action” by Doug Jennings (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘We wanted the panel to examine the issue from three standpoints”a legal standpoint with Judge Memmott, an education standpoint with Dr. Parker and a community standpoint with Ms. Williams,’ said Rochelle Parker, communication and outreach coordinator for the institute. ‘Our goal at the Hinckley Institute is to engage community leaders, students, and policymakers in a meaningful dialogue about this issue and the effects that this resolution would have on the U and its surrounding communities.’”

January 16, 2011: “On the Record – Bob Bennett Segment 3″ by Kristine Pratt (ABC 4) ”[Senator] Bennett says that he’s assuming Mitt Romney will run again.  He’s talked to Romney, but says Mitt hasn’t even decided yet.  But overall in Washington, he’s hearing a lot of Governor names being tossed around as potential nominees.”

January 16, 2011: “On the Record – Bob Bennett Segment 2″ by Kristine Pratt (ABC 4) ”After Senator Bennett was defeated at the state Republican Convention, many wondered about a write-in candidacy.  Bennett says that he was serious about it for about 10 days.  “While the competitive juices were still there, I thought about it.  But I had only planned on serving another term at most.”  He says he realized the consequences would have been worse if he did have a write-in candidacy.’

January 16, 2011:On the Record – Bob Bennett Segment 1″ Kristine Pratt (ABC 4) ” But But [Senator] Bennett definitely wants to stay involved.  He has several new gigs lined up including working at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, serve on several boards, and go on a speaking tour. ‘As I was putting all this together, my Senate duties got in the way!’  Bennett says he still fulfilled his political duties, but he says he was looking forward to his future. definitely wants to stay involved.

January 14, 2011: “MODERNIZING VOTER REGISTRATION” by Ryan Lesar (Fox 13) “The conference begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Hinckley Forum entitled, ‘UpgradingDemocracy: Modernizing Utah’s Voter Registration,’ featuring Lt. Gov. Greg Bell; Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers; David Becker, project director, Election Initiatives, Pew Center on the States; Jeff Butcher, Executive IT Architect, IBM; and county election officials. This forum will be followed by a policy lunch and working groups that will be attended by Utah state officials, Utah legislators, county officials,community leaders and academic leaders.”

January 14, 2011: “Utah To Modernize Voter Registration Statewide” (GovMonitor) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute and acting chair of the Governor’s Commission said he is honored to work with Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Bell and his office and Pew in seeking ways to bolster political participation in and empower the citizens of our great state. ‘Pew has created a program that provides a common-sense approach to ensuring that properly registered citizens may vote while also protecting the integrity of elections by providing a safeguard against invalid or inaccurate registrations,’ Jowers said.”

January 14, 2011: “The religious makeup of Congress is unfazed by the 2010 election” by Chase Larson (Deseret News) ” “You’re not going to see huge swings in religious diversity because America has a winner-takes-all system, even when there are significant partisan swings,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.” (Story also provided at KSL).

January 14, 2011: “Utah pursuing improved online voter registration” by Amanda Verzello (Deseret News) ”Lt. Gov. Greg Bell laid out a plan Friday to modernize Utah’s voter registration system during a panel discussion at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 13, 2011: “Governor Herbert, Pew Center on the States and Hinckley Institute of Politics Collaborate to Modernize Voter Registration” (Utah.gov)Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute and acting chair of the Governor’s Commission said he is honored to work with Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Bell and his office and Pew in seeking ways to bolster political participation in and empower the citizens of our great state. ‘Pew has created a program that provides a common-sense approach to ensuring that properly registered citizens may vote while also protecting the integrity of elections by providing a safeguard against invalid or inaccurate registrations,’ Jowers said.”

January 11, 2010: “Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett joins D.C. law/lobbying firm” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennetthas joined a D.C. law firm as a senior policy advisor in the firm’s government relations practice, a week after leaving the Senate.”

January 11, 2011: KSL Radio interviewed former Senator Bob Bennett from the Hinckley Caucus Room about his future plans.

January 11, 2010: “Ex-Sen. Bennett joins major lobbying firm” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Bennett has also started his own consulting and lobbying firm, dubbed the Bennett Consulting Group, staffed primarily by his former staff. And the former three-term senator, who left office just weeks ago, has also taken positions with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 9, 2011: “Ariz. shootings unlikely to spark increased security long term” by John Hollenhorst (KSL) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers disagrees. He says the issue had more to do with the suspect’s mental state than politics. ‘Civility in politics is an important topic, but I don’t think that’s what’s at issue here,’ he said. ‘This was a disturbed man that could have let his rage come out against any number of things, it just happened to be in this tragic way.’”

January 9, 2011: “Lawmakers call for toned down political rhetoric” by Tamara Vaifanua (Fox 13) ”Hinckley Institute Political Director, Kirk Jowersalso weighed in saying the discourse should be about the suspects troubled past. “It’s not the time to condemn huge groups of people because of one very disturbed troubled persons past,” said Jowers.”

January 9, 2011: “Jan. 9: Potential Huntsman presidential run, Utah’s public schools” (KSL) ”In this Sunday Edition, Bruce Lindsay discusses a recent Newsweek article spotlighting former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and his potential run for the White House in 2012. Joining him is the reporter behind the article, McKay Coppins, and the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Kirk Jowers.

January 9, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Fox 13 Evening News regarding the tragic shooting in Arizona of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others at a political gathering.

January 8, 2011: “Utes expect to grow richer with new vice president” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) ”‘Jason Perry has earned deep respect from state officials and community leaders through his exceptional service and leadership,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘He now brings all of that knowledge and good will to the U. In short, he is the perfect choice.’”

January 3, 2011: “Bennett bids the U.S. Senate farewell” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Bennett now plans to chart a new course in the private sector, joining a bipartisan policy group and a law firm, helping the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and running his own consulting group.”

January 2, 2011: “Resolutions for 2011 from Utah’s political leaders” by Frank Pignanelli by LaVarr Webb (Deseret News) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers. Personal: Get more people engaged in politics, policy, and governing. Political: Reform laws and practices that disenfranchise, disengage, and discourage political participation. For example, improve Utah’s peculiar caucus/convention system that prevents over 99 percent of all Utahns a meaningful vote and campaign finance laws that, unlike 45 other states, allows unlimited political contributions.