2012 MEDIA COVERAGE

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


December 31, 2012: Political analyst: Change likely to come to GOP (Standard-Examiner): “‘Kirk Jowers said he thinks the changes will be forced by circumstances.’The reason I think things will change is the problems have reached a point of no return,’ Jowers said.”

December 26, 2012: Washington Post op-ed suggests Huntsman for Speaker of the House (Fox 13) ”‘I think there’s zero chance that anyone would ever be selected outside of the House of Representatives. And so, no slight to Huntsman or Daniels or anyone else you could think of, they just simply won’t do it. It’s their body, it’s their House and they’ll pick one of theirs to be speaker,’ Jowers said.” Story also published by the Deseret News.

December 24, 2012: Will Medicare Part D be a financial solution? (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.

December 19, 2012: Utah politicos weigh in on gun violence solutions (KSL.com) ”When you see kind of the market taking into account this tragedy and these steps, I think it follows that our leaders and politicians that have control over this can take a more thoughtful approach to the next step, said Hinckley Institute of Politics President Kirk Jowers.”

December 17, 2012: A happier ending than I anticipated, AIG pays back TARP money, 17 billion in interest (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.

December 14, 2012: Sub-Saharan Africa: Breeding a New Generation of Leaders (The Diplomatic Courier) Ambassador John Priceserved as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of the Comoros from February 8, 2002 to June 17, 2005 and currently serves as a Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of the book “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes Commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

December 10, 2012: “Feds: $11.2 million spent on Matheson-Love” (San Francisco Chronicle) ”This was an unprecedented,” said Tim Chambless, a professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “We have never seen a race so expensive in Utah.” Story also published by ABC4, by The South Florida Times, and by the Deseret News.

December 5, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Radio regarding Super PACS.

December 3, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Media are failing in Rice coverage” (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.”

November 29, 2012: “Will Islamists Trump Democracy?” (International Policy Digest) by former Ambassador John Price, current Hinckley Insittute of Politics Resident Scholar

November 28, 2012: “Obama and Romney set to meet on Thursday” (Fox 13) ”Kirk Jowers ran Mitt Romney’s official Political Action Committee, and he thinks Romney still wants to be involved in public service. I think ultimately he’ll be very drawn to do something for his country and whether that has anything to do with President Obama, I don’t know. That will probably be more up to Obama than to Romney, Jowers said. Story also published on Deseret News.

November 27, 2012: “What next? From the election horse race to the critical issues” (KSL) Kirk L. Jowers is the University of Utah’s Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Caplin & Drysdale.

November 26, 2012: “Mitt Romney comes under fire from fellow Republicans” (ABC4) ” Kirk Jowers worked with Romney’s campaign for years and he now cautions those who may already be looking ahead for a nomination in 2016.”

November 26, 2012: “Politics and Social Media Forum Wednesday” (City Weekly) ”Hear C-SPAN’s Mortman explain the new trends at this free public forum. Check it out at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, 260 S. Central Campus Drive, Wednesday, Nov. 28″

November 26, 2012: “Robert Bennett: One Problem America needs to fix–education” (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.”

November 24, 2012: “Romney’s Utah Supporters upset with how he’s being treated by GOP” (Deseret News) ”Another top Romney supporter in Utah, Kirk Jowers, said the candidate has likely been ruminating about the reasons for his loss.”

November 23, 2012: “FEC dismisses funds complaint against Wil Cardon (AZ Central) ”In their initial March 16 response to the complaint, Cardon’s attorneys, Kirk Jowers and Matthew Sanderson, argued that Smith was a disgruntled former business associate of Cardon’s father and that his blind conjecture should be rejected.

November 20, 2012: “The Arab Spring Didn’t Buy Us Many Friends” (Diplomatic Courier) ”Ambassador John Price served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of the Comoros from February 8, 2002 to June 17, 2005 and currently serves as a Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of the book “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes Commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

November 20, 2012: “Matheson holds on to win by whisker, but Utah GOP questions results” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said the money spent by outside Super PACs “disproportionately advantaged the incumbents” like Matheson, because, while he was already well known, Love was an unknown quantity.”

November 19, 2012: “Focusing entirely on one job prospect? Don’t” (Detriot Free Press) ”Referencing Mitt Romney’s loss for the job of United States president, Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend said in a recent New York Times article: “‘He will be sifting through this for quite a while. The question is when the sifting takes a couple of hours a day instead of being all consuming.”

November 16, 2012: “Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Utah’s GOP Won’t Change Until They Have To” (Utah Pulse) ”Along with U of U Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, another Romney devotee, and a few other mainstream conservative local Republicans (as the informal group likes to call itself), Leavitt has the organizational power and connections to fund and run a citizen initiative aimed at the 2014 general election ballot.

November 13, 2012: “Utah A Country? Thousands Sign Petition For Utah To Secede” by Dan Rascon” (KUTV) ”Kirk Jowers the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah says this is the wrong approach for those upset about the election results.”

November 12, 2012: “Another election, this time to replace mayor-elect Ben McAdams in Legislature” (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Republican, said the Democratic delegates voting in the race may not care about the tax increase.”

November 12, 2012: “Mia Love says election loss surprised her, but she’s mum on future” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”‘She was caught in a great but difficult situation,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. The national Republican Party was heavily involved and excited about her campaign, but it diverted her attention away from the district, Jowers said. For example, Love was the only candidate for major office in Utah to turn down an hourlong interview with the well-respected Doug Fabrizio on KUER Radio. She also campaigned for Romney in Ohio and Nevada.” In addition, see story here.

November 12, 2012: “Time to Reset the Reset in US-Russian Relations” by John Price (International Policy Digest) “Regardless of which political party occupies the White House, American presidents are allowed a certain degree of latitude on foreign policy, where initiatives are not as constrained by Congressional oversight in comparison to the nation’s domestic issues.” John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

November 11, 2012: “Sunday Edition, Nov. 11: Romney’s career, the Mormon moment and campaign clutter” by Richard Piatt (KSL)“There are a lot of Romney supporters ” especially in Utah ” who have no doubt that if voters around the country knew Romney as well as they did, he would have won. One of those people is Kirk Jowers, a Romney confidant who has known the Romney family for years. He is the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Richard Piatt discussed Romney’s defeat with Jowers, and what the campaign could have done differently.”

November 9, 2012: “For Romney, mulling what comes next” (HT Politics) ”He will be sifting through this for quite a while,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend. The question is when the sifting takes a couple of hours a day instead of being all consuming.’

November 8, 2012: “For Romney, All His Career Options Are Still Open. Except One.” by Michael Barbaro (New York Times) ”‘He will be sifting through this for quite a while,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend. ‘The question is when the sifting takes a couple of hours a day instead of being all consuming.’

November 8, 2012: “Forum evaluates election aftermath” by Topher Webb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Rep. Jim Matheson won the 4th Congressional District race because he defined himself to voters better than Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, said political science professor and political columnist Frank Pignanelli at a Hinckley forum on Wednesday.”

November 8, 2012: “AP story points to Huntsman Jr. as Secretary of State candidate” by John Daley (KSL) ”University of Utah Political Science Professor Tim Chambless says with China looming large in U.S. foreign policy and financial affairs, appointing Huntsman to the cabinet could make sense.”

November 7, 2012: “Voters’ trust propelled Matheson to victory, analysts say” by Jordan Ormond (KSL) ”‘This race seemed like a perfect storm against him, and he still prevailed,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

November 7, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on Access Utah for a post-election wrap up

November 7, 2012: “Election 2012 – The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same” by Bob Bernick (Utah Pulse.com) ”And you could very well see a moderate Republican use the same alternative route to run for governor. (How about Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers?)”

November 7, 2012: “Rising Republican star Mia Love of Utah loses to Democrat” by Debbie Hummel (Reuters) ”The race, which drew millions of dollars in outside money, so dominated Utah’s airwaves and news reports that it essentially rendered the state’s three other congressional races ‘irrelevant,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 7, 2012: “Jim Matheson dodges GOP machine in win over Mia Love” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”‘This race seemed like a perfect storm against him, and he still prevailed,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘It’s hard to see another circumstance where they can take him out without a major mistake, and he hasn’t made one so far.’”

November 7, 2012: “Romney’s loss ends presidential dreams” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”For Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a long-time Romney friend, the loss stung even though Jowers thought Romney was “the best candidate he could be” and had given his all.”

November 7, 2012: “A day of painful goodbyes for Mitt Romney (+video)” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, another longtime Romney supporter from Utah who traveled to Boston for Election Day, said he skipped the brunch because he knew how difficult it would be to recap the loss.”

November 7, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on BBC regarding Romney’s defeat.

November 6, 2012: “Hinckley Forum: Speaker: Votes increasing: by Topher Webb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Utahns might see a 25-percent jump in voter turnout from the 2010 midterm elections, said state elections director Mark Thomas at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum on Monday.”

November 6, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on live on the Doug Wright show regarding the presidential election.

November 6, 2012: “Is Mitt Romney’s loss Utah’s loss? Mike Leavitt, other Utahns were poised to make an impact” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Other Utah names that had been on Romney’s shortlist for filing 100 top-level slots were Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a top surrogate on the campaign trail for the past year; and Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime supporter.”

November 6, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed in Boston at the Romney Election Watch by KSL TV news, KUTV news, and television stations from Chicago, Boston, and other media markets.

November 5, 2012: “4th District race draws big money from both parties” by Nineveh Dinha (Fox 13) ”‘I think this will be the most expensive U.S. House race we’ve ever seen. Usually we see about $1 million spent by each candidate,’ says Tim Chambless, a professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 5, 2012: “Utahns surveyed say Romney’s faith rarely a target” by Aaron Vaughn (Fox 13) ”Romney has gotten a share of critical views pertaining to his religious beliefs. Tim Chambliss, from the Hinkley Institute of Politics, said it is no surprise Romney’s critics would use his LDS faith against him.”

November 2, 2012: “Good Question: What Happens If They Tie?” by Matt Gephardt (KUTV) ”Hinckley Institute President Kirk Jowerssays the chances of a tie are slim. It’s a very unlikely scenario, but realistic. You can go play with the map on a couple different websites and come out with a very realistic 269.

November 2, 2012: “Foreign Policy Needs More Focus on Security” by John Price (International Policy Digest) ”On October 29, 2012 the State Department gave a briefing on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s visit to Algeria. The focus of the trip was on ‘counterterrorism cooperation and Mali.’  John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

November 2, 2012: “‘The Colbert Effect:’ how young voters get their political news” by John Daley (KSL) ”Universities are well aware of the trend. The U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics offers an internship at “The Colbert Report.” It’s become one the program’s most coveted, said director Kirk Jowers.”

Novmeber 1, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and U of U students Nelson Warr, Kaitie Jowers, Mary Mellor and Sam Ortiz participated in KSL Doug Wright’s townhall regarding the presidential election.

November 1, 2012: “Could Sandy Aftermath Affect Election Day?” by Heidi Hatch (KUTV) ”Super storm Sandy is unprecedented for many different reasons, but one thing is for sure. Never in our Nation’s history has an election day been moved. The only way it can happen, is if Congress meets and moves it for every single state- and that we’re told is not going to happen. This afternoon we sat down with Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah to get answers.  He said, a delay for a state ‘would be beyond unprecedented’ he went on to say he thinks attorneys on both sides are looking at it very closely.’”

November 1, 2012: “Straight-ticket voting allowed in Iowa, but parties aren’t pushing it” (The Gazette) ”There’s a feeling straight-ticket voting is not good for democracy, according to Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, a state where the practice still is allowed. Voters don’t have to look at the individual candidates. They simply walk in, fill in one oval and walk out without giving each candidate due consideration.”

October 31, 2012: “Fewer Democrats on Utah’s Capitol Hill Could Cause Problems” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy.com) “‘That’s an interesting question,’ says Lindsay Zizumbo of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Going down two Democratic senators and five House members likely wouldn’t change the day-to-day operations of the Utah Legislature much, says Zizumbo, who specializes in watching legislative politics for the institute. ‘We are so close to one-party rule in Utah already; it would just mean less of a voice for the minority members.’

October 30, 2012: “Superstorm Sandy slows Mitt Romney’s momentum” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s band a longtime Romney supporter, said the storm has put Romney in a difficult situation. ‘The president gets to act presidential and he gets the free ‘earned’ media. Romney is forced to sit out the storm,’ Jowers said. ‘In a perfect world, there would be no perfect storm a week before the election.’”

October 29, 2012: Just think what you could by with $3B” (Deseret News) ”According to Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, if you include another $1 billion more spent by the super PACs and political parties on behalf of the candidates, then the price tag is closing in on $3 billion spent during a deep recession.”

October 29, 2012: “The Diplomatic Security Service Failed to Protect” by Ambassador John Price (Diplomatic Courier) ”We are living in the most crucial time in modern history since the Cold War. Today’s enemy has no name, no face, no uniform, and not even a standing army. It is a theological movement with a mission to control the world under Sharia. So how has the United States foreign policy dealt with these issues?” John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

October 29, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Bennett: Religion and politics in Europe vs. America” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”This is being written in Paris, where I have been attending an academic conference dedicated to an analysis of the 2012 presidential election. If they could vote, Europeans would solidly support President Obama, with France leading the way. Some polls show that Obama would draw more than 90 percent of the vote here; across the entire continent, he runs above 70 percent. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

October 29, 2012: “Sen. Orrin Hatch spends $12 million on re-election bid” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”‘I feel like it’s by far the most (ever) spent on any race in Utah,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 26, 2012: “Following in a Father’s Footsteps, But Probably Not Into Politics” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Ashley Parker (New York Times) ”For now, though, he is all in, on the road six days out of seven, selling Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, to the American public. ‘It means a lot to him, more than anything else, what people think about his father, do they know he’s a man of character and integrity,’ said one friend, Kirk Jowers. ‘Tagg will do anything his father needs and anything he thinks will advance or protect his dad.’

October 26, 2012: Hinckley Forum:  Cooke Lays Out Broad Platform Intentions. by D.J. Summers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Tim Chambless ’said changing concepts is a good thing as we need to produce more competition between parties.   It’s important to have dual-party inclusion,’ Chambless said. ‘We need to create more party competition. Competition is a good thing, whether in politics or business or dating.’

October 26, 2012:  Tim Chambless Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by La Vanguardia(Spanish newspaper) by Francesc Peiron regarding  U.S. presidential election, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and the impact of religion and wealth.

October 25. 2012: Specialists Predict Possible Tie in Presidential Election by Keith McCord (KSL) ”Depending on how the electoral votes go in those states, there’s a possibility that there will be a tie –with Barak Obama and Mitt Romney each having 269 votes¦that’s where the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution kicks in, said Tim Chambless, a professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Then, the new Congress, let me stress, the new House of Representatives and the new Senate meeting in January of 2013 would meet to choose the new president and new vice president.”

October 25, 2012: “Rising Republican star Mia Love in tight Utah race for House” by Jennifer Dobner – Reuters (Chicago Tribune) ”‘These polls have been very volatile,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, citing the challenges of polling a new district. ‘Part of it too is that Matheson is a very well known and popular in Utah, but there is also a lot of excitement for Mayor Love.’”

October 26, 2012: “\Hinckley Forum: Profs discuss hazards to democracy” by Anne Plummer (Dailty Utah Chronicle) ”Panelists Jim Curry, Samuel Handlin and Peri Schwartz-Shea discuss democracy at work at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday.”

October 25, 2012: “Hinckley Forum: Cooke lays out broad platform intentions” by DJ Summers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Doug Fabrizio from RadioWest interviews gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke at a Hinckley Forum.”

October 23, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and University of Utah student Kaitie Jowers were interviewed on KUTV 2regarding the last presidential debate.

October 23, 2012:   Tim Chambless Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by ABC 4 regarding the third presidential debate.

October 22, 2012: Mitt Romney Heard, Not Seen, in New Ad for Mia Love Dennis Romboy by (Deseret News) University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless said it will be interesting to see how the Romney ad plays in the new, untested congressional district. He noted Romney dsn’t have 100 percent support in Utah, but also that the district is 62 percent Republican.”

October 22, 2012:  Tim Chambless Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics interviewed with Polish Radio Channel III.  Polish journalist Martin Zakowski.

October 22, 2012:    Tim Chambless Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics interviewed with Swiss and Danish journalists Fabrice Boule and Mashu Poulsen, official election observers for OSCE/ODIHR.

October 22, 2012:   Tim Chambless Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics interviewed with British Consul-General (Los Angeles) Dame Barbara Hay regarding U.S. presidential election and Utah’s 4th Congressional District race.

October 22, 2012:  Tim Chambless Academic Coordinator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics interviewed with the New York Times reporterRay Rivera aboutUtah’s 4th Congressional District race.

October 22, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KSL by Dan Jessop regarding the recent Gallup poll on the presidential race.

October 22, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Message sent vs. message received: The impact this misinterpretation has on politics” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Every expert in human communications knows ;message sent; is not always the same as ‘message received.’ In illustration of this principle, I cite a cartoon where, in the panel labeled ‘What he said,’ a young man asks a young woman, ‘Will you marry me?’ In the adjoining panel, labeled ‘What she heard,’ she thinks, ‘I will never have to diet again.’ Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

October 22, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KCPW radio regarding the presidential foreign policy debate.

October 22, 2012: “Salafi Islamists may gain Political Control (Part II)” by John Price (International Policy Digest) ”In the Arab Spring dissidents involved in the uprisings used the U.S. and European allies for financial and military support, which led to regime change, but not to the democratic outcome that everyone had expected.” John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

October 20. 2012: “Put Off By ‘Too Many Mitts,’ ‘Salt Lake Tribune’ Endorses Obama” by Howard Berkes (Capital Public Radio) ”ButKirk Jowers, a long-time Romney adviser and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says the Tribune ’got it wrong.’ Jowers says he’s known Romney since 1994 and says the Republican nominee ‘is the same man with the same character and the same values, and he’s the same singular force who saved the Olympics.’”

October 20, 2012: “Salafi Islamists may gain Political Control” by John Price (International Policy Digest) ”The Arab Spring started with uprisings by dissidents in Tunisia, and spread across North Africa, and to the Arabian Peninsula.” John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

October 19, 2012: “Put Off By ‘Too Many Mitts,’ ‘Salt Lake Tribune’ Endorses Obama” by Howard Berkes (NPR) ”But Kirk Jowers, a long-time Romney adviser and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says theTribune ’got it wrong.’ Jowers says he’s known Romney since 1994 and says the Republican nominee ‘is the same man with the same character and the same values, and he’s the same singular force who saved the Olympics.’”

October 19, 2012:   Presenters Unravel Rohingya Genocide” by Ainsley Cook (Daily Utah Chronicle) Dr. Tim Chambless, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, addresses attendees at the Voices for Rohingya: Stop the Genocide! lecture in the Union on Thursday night.

October 18, 2012: “The Myth of ‘Surgical Strikes’ on Iran” by David Isenberg (Time) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Omid for Iran, a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake CIty, Utah published the assessment. Author Semnani has provided support for the conferences and educational initiatives in the United States.

October 18, 2012: “The Myth of Surgical Strikes on Iran” (Paulo’s Corner) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Omid for Iran, a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah, published the assessment.”

October 17, 2012: “Presidential audience” by Anna Drysdale (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Senior Molly Wheeler finds humor in comments made by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney concerning energy efficiency during the presidential debate at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday.”

October 17, 2012: Political Expert Examines Presidential Debate. by Noah Bond (ABC 4)   ABC 4 turned to political expert University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless who works at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to get his answer.   He says Mr. Obama won.   ‘On style, in terms of energy.  In terms of assertiveness, I would much more tilt it towards to the President.  This was a different Presidential than the one we saw in the first Presidential debate,˜ Chambless said.

October 17 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Richard Piatt on KLS regarding the presidential debate.

October 17, 2012: “Political expert examines presidential debate” by Noah Bond (ABC 4) ”ABC 4 tuned to political expert University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless who works at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to get his answer.  He says Mr. Obama won, ‘On style in terms of energy. In terms of assertiveness I would much more tilt it towards the President. This was a different President than the one we saw in the first Presidential debate, Chambless said.”

October 16, 2012: “Too much style, not enough substance in presidential debate, students say” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”The second presidential debate Tuesday focused too much on style for many of the students watching at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 16, 2012: Are You Tired Of Political Ads?  You Are Not Alone. by Cristina Flores (KUTV) In some places like Las Vegas, where presidential candidates are competing hard for voters, viewers are bombarded with 10,000 television ads a week, according to Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

October 16, 2012: “Hatch: Energy resources would boost schools” by Blake Belden (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Hill Airforce Base and energy were hot topics for Sen. Orrin Hatch when he spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday.”

October 16, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live, via remote hook-up from the Hinckley Caucus Room, on KSL Channel 5′s Evening News, to discuss the upcoming presidential debate.

October 15, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Candidates should debate how to fix Social Security, Medicare” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News)“The sparring over Social Security and Medicare between Vice President J Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan during their debate last week was like a conversation between two women at year end. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

October 15, 2012: “Matheson pushes for ed funding” by Anna Drysdale (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Matheson was interviewed Wednesday by Doug Fabrizio of RadioWest at the Hinckley Institute of Politics as part of the Meet the Candidates series. He addressed a wide array of issues, from taxes to funding for public television to health care, but spent a great deal of time answering education questions.”

October 15, 2012: “County mayoral candidates to speak on diversity” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The county’s Council on Diversity Affairs is sponsoring the forum along with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Inclusion Center, League of Women Voters of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights, Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Utah Multicultural Affairs, YWCA and Vietnamese Community of Utah.”

October 15, 2012: “Town hall format ‘wild card’ in second Mitt Romney/President Obama debate” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”A moment like that from Romney, while unexpected, could be the final blow to Obama’s re-election, suggested Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney backer.”

October 12, 2012: “Is straight-party ticket voting good for democracy?” by John Daley (Deseret News) ”In general there’s a feeling that straight ticket voting is not good for Democracy, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘You don’t get to really look at other people running,’ he said. ‘You just kind of walk in, punch it, and walk out without a lot of consideration, and it just dsn’t quite give the candidates their due.’

October 12, 2012: “Pres. Obama, Romney face challenge after VP debate” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”‘Biden punched Ryan in the mouth a few times’” said Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Ryan, on the other hand, was very competent and very smart.’”

October 12, 2012: “Benghazi Attack: AQIM Terrorists had their roots in Mali” by John Price (International Policy Digetst) ”On July 5, 2012 the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2056, to deal with the instability in northern Mali. Tuareg fighters returning from Libya brought with them a large cache of arms.” John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

October 10, 2012: “The Arab Awakening and Change in the Middle East” (KERA) ”How is the Arab Awakening changing the geopolitical dynamic in the Middle East and what might the future hold for Syria, Iran, and their neighbors? We’ll spend this hour with Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Affiliated Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa at the University of Cambridge and Middle East Fellow at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at University of Utah.”

October 10, 2012: “Let Romney be Romney” by Rick Moran (American Thinker) ”‘Second only to his mother, Tagg is probably the most trusted individual in Mitt’s life on political matters,’ said Kirk Jowers, a longtime friend of Mitt Romney’s, and director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Tagg really devoted himself in 2007 and ’8, and has stayed engaged all the way through until now.’”

October 10, 2012: “Romney Son, Tagg, Takes Charge” by McKay Coppins (Buzzfeed.com) ”‘Second only to his mother, Tagg is probably the most trusted individual in Mitt’s life on political matters,’ said Kirk Jowers, a longtime friend of Mitt Romney’s, and director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Tagg really devoted himself in 2007 and ’8, and has stayed engaged all the way through until now.’”

October 10, 2012: “Voting A Patriotic Duty” by STAN ROSENZWEIG (City Weekley) Kirk Jowers brings excellent news in his Oct. 4 letter [Outcome Not a Forgone Conclusion, City Weekly]. He cites a recent U of U survey showing that most students plan to vote. He gs on to encourage more Utahns to vote, because the results are not certain and every vote could sway the results. But there is another reason to vote: citizenship.”

October 10, 2012: “The Arab Awakening and Change in the Middle East” (Kera.org) ”How is the Arab Awakening changing the geopolitical dynamic in the Middle East and what might the future hold for Syria, Iran, and their neighbors? We’ll spend this hour with Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Affiliated Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa at the University of Cambridge and Middle East Fellow at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at University of Utah. She’s in town to speak to the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth.”

October 9, 2012: “Romney’s family open new campaign to ‘Let Mitt Be Mitt’” by John Daley (KSL) ”Romney supporter, Kirk Jowers also feels that the new campaign is a good move for Romney. ‘Ultimately, the candidate has to be him or herself,’ he said. ‘I think in the debate people saw that with Mitt and if he keeps that up, according to the polls, he should do very well.’” Story also published on Deseret News.

October 8, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Debate gave Romney a boost he needs” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Last Thursday morning, Republicans filled the airwaves and Internet with blogs, phone calls, emails and tweets that shared their joy over Mitt Romney’s dominating performance in the presidential debate the night before. Democrats, on the other hand, were spinning and making excuses, the most bizarre of which came from Al Gore, who said that Obama lost because he had not been in Denver long enough to become acclimated to its high altitude. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

October 8, 2012: “Consider the human costs of using the ‘military option” on Iran’s nuclear facilites) by Jasmin Ramsey (www.lobelog.com) ”‘The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble’ is sponsored by Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics(http://www.hinckley.utah.edu/) and was authored by Khosrow B. Semnani (http://www.mec.utah.edu/?pageld4882), an Iranian-American engineer by training and philanthropost.”

October 8, 2012: “Radioactive fallout is likely if Iran hit, study says” by Howard Altman (Tampa Bay Online) ”According to a recent study by The University of Utah’s Hinckley School of Politics and Omid for Iran, exactly that. Fallout. Amont other consequences, enough radioactive fallout to kill about as many people perished in Nagasaki.”

October 8, 2012: “Vice presidential debate: Romney team tries to build on momentum” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter, said the best the GOP ticket can hope for is to sustain the bump in the polls from the presidential debate. ‘At this point, all eyes are really on the top of the ticket. There’s no way the vice president can be as positive for the ticket as the president,’ he said. ‘Of course, the downside is always huge for either ticket.’

October 6, 2012: “Ansar al-Sharia: A New Salafi Jihadist Movement” by Ambassador John Price (Diplomatic Courier) ”If the world feared Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network, wait until we see the outfall of the Arab Spring, which unleashed suppressed Salafist and Wahhabist imams in North Africa. Today their followers are attempting to take control of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in their quest to create a caliphate under their brutal version of Sharia Islamic law. John Price former U.S. Ambassador is Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics

October 5, 2012: “Time investigates Romney’s faith as election advantage” by Aaron Vaughn (Fox 13) ”Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, who is also with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, ‘that’s probably fair. His book is called ˜No Apology: The Case for American Greatness’.  I think he certainly sees America if not ˜the’ great country, a great country that has great responsibility to lift the entire world in how it proclaims liberty and freedom abroad.’

October 5, 2012: “Hinckley Forum: Foreign Service” by Alexandra Burton (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”It is important for students interested in foreign service careers to get an early start, since the application process is rigorous, said Nelson Warr, staff assistant at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 5, 2012: “Why Do Candidates Have The Same Tag At The End Of Political Commercials?” (KUTV) ”While the phrase is a clear motif in American politics, Kirk Jowers with the Hinkley Institute of Politics says it’s only been around for 10 years.”

October 5, 2012: “LGBT community unveiling ˜borders’” Anne Plummer (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Members of the LGBT community and gender-study students heard from a panel about immigration and sexuality issues at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday.”

October 4, 2012: “Political expert examines Presidential Debate” by Noah Bond (ABC 4) ” The Hinckley Institute of Politics and theUniversity of Utah associate director Tim Chambless graded President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney during their first presidential debate.”

October 4, 2012: “Attack On Iranian Nuclear Program Could Lead To Up To 70,000 Civilian Casualties” by Doug Mataconis (Outside the Beltway) ” Experts believe the Isfahan uranium-conversion facility ” which contains an estimated 371 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride ” is one of the four Iranian sites likely to be targeted if Israel or the United States were to decide to take military action in an effort to delay or cripple Iran’s nuclear program. The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the NGO Omid for Iran teamed up to produce a study that concludes that a military strike on the facility could have tragic consequences for Maryam and thousands of other residents of her centrally located city, which has a population of 2 million.”

October 4, 2012: “Pres. debate evokes student response” by Topher Webb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Multiple locations were available across campus for students to watch the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday. Some watched at large, organized events and others in unorganized small groups. The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a screening of the debate in the Hinckley Caucus Room that filled to capacity.”

October 4, 2012: “U of U students react to presidential debate” by Cristina Rendon (ABC 4) ”Dozens of students gathered at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah to watch the screening of the presidential debate Wednesday. The viewing was held in the Caucus Room and in the lobby of the Hinckley building to accommodate an overflow of students.”

October 3, 2012: “Outcome Not A Forgone Conclusion” by Kirk Jowers (City Weekly) ”At the Hinckley Institute of Politics, we’re observing the exact opposite response. In fact, the results of our University of Utah straw poll conducted last week with a sample of 1,510 freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors and graduate students is cause for great optimism”particularly considering 18- to 25-year-olds are traditionally one of the lowest-voting demographics.”

October 3, 2012: “U students grade the big debate” by Aaron Vaughn and Max Roth (Fox 13) ”The University of Utah turned the first presidential debate into a combination pizza party/symposium in the Hinckley Institute of Politics caucus room. The crowd was overflowing, with seats set up in the lobby of Orson Spencer Hall in front of a second large-screen television.”

Octobetr 3, 2012: “Utah students weigh in on a debate filled with substance” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘I was extremely surprised “ and pleasantly surprised “ at how Mitt Romney did,’ Smith said following a debate watching party at the university’s Hinckley Institute of Politics that attracted some 175 students.”

October 2, 2012: “Study: Thousands Would Die in an Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Sites” by Golnaz Esfandiari (The Atlantic) ”Now a new report is trying to answer that question. Experts believe the Isfahan uranium-conversion facility — which contains an estimated 371 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride — is one of the four Iranian sites likely to be targeted if Israel or the United States were to decide to take military action in an effort to delay or cripple Iran’s nuclear program. The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the NGO Omid for Iran teamed up to produce a study that concludes that a military strike on the facility could have tragic consequences for Maryam and thousands of other residents of her centrally located city, which has a population of 2 million.”

October 2, 2012: “Study: Thousands Would Die In Attack On Iran’s Nuclear Facilities” by Ben Armbruster (Think Progress) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the NGO Omid for Iran has concluded in a new report that bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities in an attempt to delay its nuclear progress would kill thousands of Iranians and severely injure tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands more.”

October 1, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Is the presidential election over?” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”This week’s conventional wisdom is that the presidential campaign is over. “Mitt Romney is in a death spiral, caused by his own ineptness, and Barack Obama is beginning to coast. The proof is in the polls.”

October 1, 2012: “Ten Days of Briefs on the Top Issues” (Utah Foundation) ”Tune in to KUER public radio (FM 90.1) starting on Monday, October 1st! We’re creating a 10-day series on the top 10 issues for this election year from our Utah Priorities Survey. The spots will air during their morning local news breaks at 7:33 and 8:33 a.m. Utah Foundation is also co-sponsoring a series of hour-long candidate forums produced by KUER’s RadioWest talk show talk show and the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 1, 2012: “U.S., China still strong in competition” by Lesedi Botite (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The United States and China, two worldwide powerhouses, each have their own leadership strengths and weaknesses in the economic, military and political sense, said a speaker at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Friday.”

October 1, 2012: ” Utah Foundation Launches 10-Day Series of Policy Briefs of Voters’ Top Issues” (Utah Policy) “Each gubernatorial election year since 2004, Utah Foundation organizes the Utah Priorities Project in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics to identify what voters view as the top ten issues for the election year.”

September 29, 2012: “Scruggs: Civility and political compromise” by H.E. “Bud” Scruggs (Salt Lake Tribune) ”With this in mind, I was drawn to a story in The Tribune last week, which reported on a lecture by Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. According to the article, the speakers presented a thesis from their new book advocating moderation in politics and railing against extremism.”

September 28, 2012 “Military Strike to Have ‘Devestating’ Impact on Democracy in Iran” (Eurasia Review) ”A military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would have a devastating effect on those who dream of democracy in Iran, says a new study titled The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble by Khosrow B. Semnani, published by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah and Omid for Iran.”

September 28, 2012 “German Politics discussed at forum” by Blake Belden (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The conflict in Syria was at the forefront of a forum held at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday. Peter Ammon, the ambassador from Germany to the United States, said the conflict is a religious war, which historically are hard to bring to an end.”

September 27, 2012: “Obama up, Romney down in polls ” ds it matter?” by Josh Furlong (KSL) ”‘The thing you look for in polls are trends, and then you try to figure out what those trends mean,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Some of the polls that talk about whether the country is on the right track or wrong track, whether they believe the economy is getting better, with those type of right track questions, it sometimes gets to the heart of what people feel without them trying to protect or harm their candidate of choice.’”

September 27, 2012: “What 371 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride could mean to Iranians” by Gordon Lubold (Foreign Policy)“Semnani is not well known in Washington. But we’re told by an independent expert on Iran that Semnani, a scientist, went to “considerable lengths” to make his model as realistic as the available data allows. He funded his own research but the report was published by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Semnani’s Omid for Iran.”

September 27, 2012: “How Many Civilians Would Be Killed in an Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Sites?” by Azadeh Moaveni (Time World)“Beyond those initially killed in a potential strike, the Iranian government’s lack of readiness for handling wide-scale radiation exposure could exponentially raise the death toll, Semnani says. His study, published by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the nongovernmental organization Omid for Iran, outlines Iran’s poor record of emergency response and notes that its civilian casualties from natural disasters like earthquakes have been far greater than those suffered during similar disasters in better prepared countries like Turkey.”

September 26, 2012: “Howell: students crucial to future community” by Anna Drysdale (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Politicians often speak about reaching across the aisle to get things done in Washington. Scott Howell, a Democrat who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch for his long-held seat, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday to convince students he is the man for the job.”

September 25, 2012: “Majority of U students voting blue” by Emily Andrews (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Nelson Warr, a senior in political science and economics and a student administrator at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he was surprised to find that Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, overtook Democratic candidate Peter Cooke by 7‰percent.”

September 25, 2012: “Howell to emphasize higher ed importance” by Carolyn Webber (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”To help students keep track of political hopefuls in the various races, the Hinckley Institute of Politics is bringing local candidates to campus.”

September 24, 2012: “Robert Bennett: President is not omnipotent, honesty needed in campaign” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”As the campaign enters its most frenetic period, when millions of dollars will be spent and millions of words will be spoken, we should remember this fundamental truth: as important and powerful as the president is, he is not a comic book superhero who personally determines the fate of the nation at every level.”

September 22, 2012: “Romney has several Utah power players in key spots” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) Josh Romney has hinted before at a possible political run of his own and was considering running in Utah’s gubernatorial race two years ago as the running mate toKirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime friend of Mitt Romney. The bid never happened, but Josh Romney hasn’t ruled out putting his name on a future ballot.

September 20, 2012: “Center matches students with fitting leadership opportunities” by Topher Webb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”On Wednesday, directors from the Bennion Community Service Center and the Hinckley Institute of Politics let students know how to get involved in the community and the government at a Hinckley Forum.”

September 20, 2012: “Utah’s youth could use more sex education, not less” Kyler Bowers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Last week, members of the Utah PTA on campus at the Hinckley Institute of Politics described the uphill battle to keep comprehensive sex education in the state. Powerful interest groups, including the far-right, socially conservative Eagle Forum, lobbied the Legislature heavily to pass the anti-sex education bill.”

September 20, 2012: “Students should pursue degrees with skill sets” by Matt Stern (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”With a strong emphasis placed on internships and hands-on experience, offices such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Hinckley Institute of Politics allow students to pursue their passions, while building skill sets that will allow them to succeed after they graduate.”

September 17, 2012: “Ambassador explains roles, economic triangle in Peru” by Topher Webb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Harold Forsyth, Peru’s ambassador to the United States, told students about the relationship between the two countries in matters of security and the economy at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Friday.”

September 17, 2012: “Romney in Utah Tuesday for big fundraisers” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Longtime Romney confidant Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics predicts a lot of support for the Republican presidential candidate. University of Utah senior Nelson Warr plans to volunteer at Tuesday’s event. Because of that, Warr says, Utah voters understand the quest for money and a tight schedule. ‘Because of where we are, because of the kind of state we live in, we’re not a battleground,’ said Warr. ‘But that’s OK. We still believe in the message, we can still help out in other ways.’”

September 17, 2012: “Mitt Romney to dash for cash in Utah amid swing states stops, debate prep” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News)“Utahns are energized about (Romney) because they know him to some extent. Whether they’ve met him personally, they know what he did for our Olympics. They feel a kinship toward him.’ Jowers called Utah ‘reliably supportive’ of Romney, noting many contributors had never given to a political campaign before.’

September 17, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Lessons learned from embassy attack” by Robert Benneett (Deseret News) ”One lesson that both campaigns can take from last week’s 9/11 attacks in Libya, where the U. S. Ambassador was killed, and Egypt, where the U. S. Embassy was stormed, is, ‘Wait for the facts before speaking out.’”

September 17, 2012: “Documentary asks ‘so what?’ about Mitt’s Mormonism” by Joseph Walker (Deseret News) ”But it ds, said Kirk Jower, director of the Hinckley Institute, who participated in the panel discussion. ‘You can’t stop people from having their own belief about who represents them the best,’ Jowers said. ‘When they walk into the voting booth, they are going to decide who to vote for, and if that decision is based on religious preference, there’s nothing that can stop them from doing that. But that’s a different thing than an official religious test constitutionally.’

September 14, 2012: “Romney schedules first stop in Utah since nomination” by Aaron Vaughn (Fox 13) ”Longtime Romney supporter and Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Kirk Jowers says Utah is good to Romney. ‘Utah knows Romney, and so we have always been very solidly behind him. There are some states that are trying to get to know him and so you see him go up and you see him go down. That will probably continue until at least that first debate when more of the country will finally make up their mind. They know what they think about Obama and they’re still trying to figure out what they think about Romney, Jowers said.

September 12, 2012: “Utah lacking strong political role models” by Matt Stern (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”This illustration came in the form of a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The speech made it clear that even Utah’s most successful democrat was having a real problem connecting with and inspiring his audience.”

September 12, 2012: “Election Profile: Donna McAleer” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”After participating in an event by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the YWCA’s Utah’s Real Women Run event in 2012, McAleer wrote a blog for the group, urging women to fill the seats of power if they really wanted to change their worlds. McAleer ended the blog by sounding a note that now is the time for women to run.”

September 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Poltic regarding the Republican National Convention.

September 12, 2012: Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornsterin 2012 Hinckley Institute of Politics Fellows were interviewed on KCPW.

September 12, 2012: “Where Are The Voters?” by Katharine Biele (City Weekly) ”As November nears, you can only wonder why no one in the state is really interested in voting. But maybe it’s not such a mystery. Even Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers says voters just think the outcome is a forgone conclusion, so why vote?”

September 12, 2012: “Mitt Romney criticized for response to attack on Libya” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Ornstein and Mann spoke Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics about their book, which blames Republicans for the current dysfunction in Washington, D.C.”

Septem ber 12, 2012: “Authors: Politics of no compromise threatens country” by David Montero (Satl Lake Tribune) ”For about five minutes Wednesday, Norman Ornstein did a little stand-up comedy before a crowd of around 250 at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. That’s because the remaining 55 minutes of the lecture was a sobering riff on his and Thomas Mann’s politically apocalyptic-titled book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.”

September 12, 2012: Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornsterin 2012 Hinckley Institute of Politics Fellows were interviewed by Doug Wright, KSL.

September 11, 2012: Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornsterin 2012 Hinckley Institute of Politics Fellows were interviewed in RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio.

September 10, 2012: “Opinion: Conventions brought respite from brutal campaigns” by Kirk Jowers (KSL) ”The national conventions have been a needed respite from an otherwise wrenching presidential campaign. We have finally been treated to the two sides’ love for America and enumerated qualifications to lead it, rather than their hateful vitriol of the opposing candidate and party.”

September 10, 2012: “State of the Race: Polls tighten as presidential debates loom” by John Daley (KSL) ”Now, the focus turns to a series of presidential debates ” the first in just one month. ‘It looks like the first one will be the ball game, because that’s the one where I think people will finally solidify their thoughts on these two men,’ said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.’”

September 10, 2012: “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” by Doug Fabrizio (NPR) ”Mann and Ornstein are in Utah as guests of The Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. This Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., they’ll give a lecture at the library’s Gould Auditorium (Map). It’s part of the international September Project. For more information click here.”

September 10, 2012: “Sex ed debate becomes lesson for future Utah leaders” by Lisa Schencker (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Tim Chambless, aHinckley Institute associate professor, said he intended the forum to give his students an actual political scenario to think about. ‘Where possible, I want to give my students a real-life case study rather than a hypothetical,’ Chambless said. ‘I want my students to think critically with the hope that they’ll then problem solve.’”

September 10, 2012: “Nevada email prompts Mormon church to reaffirm neutrality stand” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney adviser, says both the LDS Church and the Romney campaign have been careful not to cross any lines.”

September 4, 2012: “Hinckley straw poll brief” by Emily Andrews (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Hinckley Institute of Politics is gearing up for the presidential election season with a straw poll, designed to give students a chance to participate in a mock election before the real thing rolls around in November.”

September 2, 2012: “Democratic congressman Matheson to avoid partisan politics of convention, will stay in Utah” (The Associated Press)Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Matheson has spent much of his political career building an image of a politician who isn’t beholden to his party. ‘Some people take issue whether that’s true when it counts, but it’s a big part of his image,’ Jowers said, noting that if Matheson did attend, and speak, he’d have to keep an even, restrained tone and resist the partisan politics that are typical of conventions.”

September 2, 2012: “Scott Howell criticizes Orrin Hatch on education” by Dennis Romboy (KSL) ”‘Education is not Democrat versus Republican,’ he said Wednesday Aug. 29 at a news conference at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘It’s about doing the right things for the right reason for our kids.’”

August 31, 2012: “Mayor Love not catering to students” by Anna Drysdale (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Rep. Jim Matheson, a Democrat who represents Utah’s second district and will oppose Love in the new district this November, commented on Love’s stance at a forum at theHinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday.”

August 31, 2012: Political expert examines Romney’s RNC speech” by Noah Bond (ABC 4) ”ABC 4 spoke with Tim Chambless who works in the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah to break apart Gov. Mitt Romney’s verbal language as he accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States.”

August 31, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KSL News Radio regarding the use of social media in the presidential campaigns.

August 31, 2012: “Matheson keeps focus local, won’t attend Democratic convention” by Paul Nelson (KSL) ”Political analysts say Matheson isn’t really missing anything by avoiding the conventions. In fact, attending one could actually hurt him. Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said Matheson has spent a lot of time creating an image of not being beholden to his party. ‘Some people take issue whether that’s true, when it counts, but, it’s a big part of his image,’ Jowers said.”

August 30, 2012: “Hinckley: Lobbying the Utah Legislature” by Topher Webb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Two lobbyists discussed common misconceptions about campaigning, such as state legislators’ texting habits, on Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 30, 2012: “Romney’s road to the GOP nomination began when his father lost his own White House bid” by Thomas Burr – Salt Lake Tribune (Independentmail.com) Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend and supporter and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Romney followed a path similar to his father’s but with the added bonus of not having to blaze it. ‘He saw his father’s success in politics and public service, so he saw how much could be accomplished,’ Jowers says. ‘I’m sure he absorbed a lot of lessons from his parents’ losses, but there have been so many successes as well that he certainly had a balanced view.’”

August 30, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by several local, national, and international radio and television stations while attending the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

August 29, 2012: “Defeat, Introspection, Reinvention, Nomination” by Michael Barbaro (New York Times) ”Mr. Romney’s book, ‘No Apology,’ published in March 2010, was a forceful conservative manifesto: an argument for preserving America’s military supremacy, free-market economic edge and energy independence. ‘He wanted his vision for American to be pretty black and white, which was probably inspired by people calling him a flip-flopper,’ said Kirk Jowers, a family friend.”

August 29, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by several local, national, and international radio and television stations while attending the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

August 28, 2012: “The Red Kool-Aid Stand: Delegates Bear Testimonies In Tampa” by Mike Winder (City Weekly) ”The only complaint at the service project was by us Ute fans who were bothered that Sean Reyes led the singing of the BYU fight song during the event (I know at least Kirk Jowers and I would have rather heard ‘Utah Man’).”

August 28, 2012: “Die schrecklich nette Familie Romney” by Sabine Muscat (Financial Times Deutschland) ”Was Familienwerte angeht, haben die Mormonen, die früh heiraten und große Familien haben, Amerikas Konservativen viel zu bieten. Romney sei “altmodisch” und ein anständiger Mann, lobt Kirk Jowers, Delegierter aus Utah, der den Kandidaten durch die mormonische Gemeinde kennt. Er glaubt, dass die Öffentlichkeit dem oft als Kult abgelehnten Mormonentum heute offener gegenüberstehe als 2008.”

August 28, 2012: “Rep. Chaffetz speech gets big cheer at RNC ” from Utahns” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Utah delegate Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it’s not likely the speech by Chaffetz had much impact outside the state.’It’s certainly a big honor for him to have been chosen, so the recognition absolutely registers’ in Utah, Jowers said, noting most convention speeches carry far more downside than upside.”

August 28, 2012: “Mike Winder’s Convention Diary – ‘Mo-mentum and Mitt-mentum’” by Mike Winder (Utah Policy.com) ”The only complaint at the service project was by us Ute fans who were bothered that Sean Reyes led the singing of the BYU fight song during the event (I know at least Kirk Jowers and I would have rather heard ‘Utah Man’).”

August 28, 2012: “Mia Love speech at Republican National Convention ‘pitch perfect’ on national stage” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Utah delegate Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said a lot of people know who Love is after her speech. ‘I hope her website is ready to get a lot of donations. They’ll probably be coming in fast and furious,’ Jowers said, adding that she understands there’s still a lot of work ahead.”

August 28, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by several local, national, and international radio and television stations while attending the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

August 27, 2012: “For Utahns, Romney is a good candidate and good friend” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Beyond some friends Romney has in Utah’s convention group, there’re also some with closer ties: Rep. Jason Chaffetz has served as a surrogate for Romney across the country; Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, worked as a lawyer for a pro-Romney political action committee; and Taylor Leavitt is the son of ex-Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt who is now heading up Romney’s transition team should he win the White House.”

August 27, 2012: “GOP Hopes House Hopeful Will ‘Change Impressions’” by Terry Gildea (NPR) ”Kirk Jowers, executive director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says the national GOP spotlight on Love is an attempt by the party to shed its white male image. ‘Certainly the African-American vote is going the wrong way for them, [and] the Hispanic vote has been going the wrong way for Republicans,’ Jowers says. ‘So where they can find people like Mayor Love, individuals who don’t fit a stereotype that Republicans don’t want applied to them, I think they are going to make extra efforts to bring them into the fold.’”

August 26, 2012: “GOP Hopes House Hopeful Will ‘Change Impressions’” by Terry Gildea (NPR) ”Kirk Jowers, executive director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says the national GOP spotlight on Love is an attempt by the party to shed its white male image. ‘Certainly the African-American vote is going the wrong way for them, [and] the Hispanic vote has been going the wrong way for Republicans,’ Jowers says. ‘So where they can find people like Mayor Love, individuals who don’t fit a stereotype that Republicans don’t want applied to them, I think they are going to make extra efforts to bring them into the fold.’”

August 26, 2012: “Utah GOP benefits from Romney ties at convention” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”Utah Delegate and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers says that this is an especially crucial time for Romney to win supporters, as he looks to topple President Barack Obama.With the stage set for Romney at the convention ” though he won’t arrive until mid-week ” the build-up surrounding his Thursday night acceptance speech has already started. ‘Everyone knows and has an opinion on Obama at this point,’ Jowers said. ‘So the variable is Romney. It’s growing, but this is really the time when they decide, ‘do we love him? Is he competent?’ and if the convention gs well, all those answers should be there.’”

August 26, 2012: “Mia Love, Jason Chaffetz in the GOP convention spotlight” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a GOP delegate to the convention, said Love is the one to watch since Chaffetz is an established name in the party. ‘This is just a chance to kind of solidify his status. For Mia, she is all potential in most people’s eyes,’ Jowers said.  ’If this were the NBA, Jason is an established star in the league. And Mia is potentially a first-round draft pick and that’s always more exciting.’

August 26, 2012: “Aug. 26: GOP convention, criminal justice, and Utah’s highways” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”For what to expect this week, Sunday Edition has Lisa Riley Roche, political reporter for the Deseret News, Bob Bernick, political reporter for Utah Policy, andKirk Jowers from the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 24, 2012: “Romney gets Utah support at RNC convention” by Aaron Vaughn (Fox 13) ”‘He’s absolutely critical. Romney trusts his hunch his instincts his wisdom,’ said University of Utah Hinkley Institute spokesman Kirk Jowers.”

August 23, 2012: “Ferret in the Dishwasher: Mitt Romney Non-Insult of the Tea Party” by David Weigel (Slate) ”Today, Grunwald’s mothership magazine runs an excerpt from the book that gets into the GOP base’s rejection of the program, and of Republicans who voted for TARP. The star is Sen. Bob Bennett [Resident Scholar at the Hinckley Institute of Poltiics], who lost at the 2010 nominating convention even after getting Mitt Romney to campaign for him.

August 23, 2012: “Speakers give U interactive experience with politics:” by Carolyn Webber (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics will soon open its doors for the year to a broad spectrum of leaders, including congressmen, ambassadors, authors and scholars from around the world. The institute has a storied history of hosting well-known speakers, with past guests including former President Bill Clinton, former Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain and numerous foreign ambassadors. September will bring more presenters to campus to discuss current issues with students.”

August 22, 2012: “CBO report predicts another economic recession on the way” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”The CBO report is coming at a key time in the political campaign season. Even if easing into higher taxes may be responsible and more palatable than the cliff, theHinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers says it’s a ‘no-no’ subject. ‘This is the worst possible time to have these types of potential consequences looming,’ said Jowers, ‘because no one from either party has any interest in solving any problems. It’s all about November, and then they’ll solve the problem.’”

August 22, 2012: “Rep. Jason Chaffetz gets speaking slot at GOP convention” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City on Aug. 22, 2011. Chaffetz is set to speak Monday at the Republican National Convention.”

August 22, 2012: “Board combats political apathy” by Emily Andrews (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”To combat this apathy, Sadler is organizing a series of forums set to run in October with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The forums will feature local candidates such as Gov. Gary Herbert, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke, Republican congressional candidate Mia Love, Sen. Scott Matheson, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Democratic Senate candidate Scott Howell.”

August 22, 2012: ” Primetime speakers include Gov. Susana Martinez, Utah’s Mia Love” by Paul Foy – Associated Press (Voxxi.com)“Love’s speaking engagement is ‘a big deal’ that shows the party is behind her, said Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Jowers likened Love’s potential opportunity to President Barack Obama’s breakthrough Democratic convention speech in 2004.”

August 21, 2012: “Mia Love gets prime speaking slot at GOP convention; U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Rep. Jim Matheson” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, president of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said this is an honor for Love. ‘It’s a big deal and shows that the party is really behind her,’ he said.”

August 21, 2012: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by the Norwegian Daily Dagsavisen re: mormonism and politics.

August 21, 2012: “Mia Love to speak at GOP national convention” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, president of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said this is an honor for Love. ‘It’s a big deal and shows that the party is really behind her,’ he said.”

August 21, 2012: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed by France 5 TB regarding the US presidential campaign.

August 21, 2012: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL re: the sudden surge of Medicare talk on the campaign trail.

August 21, 2012: “Utah’s Mia Love to speak at Republican convention” (Associated Press) ”Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics called the speaking engagement “a big deal” and says it shows the party is behind her.”

August 21, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio’s Morning News with Grant and Amanda regarding the upcoming the Medicare debate.

August 20, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KSL News Radio regarding the lack of military service by the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

August 20, 2012: “Get relevant experience and volunteer with a local political campaign” by Arielle Newman (Daily Utah Chronicle) “As a U student, you can get the added benefit of receiving internship credit for working on political campaigns. The Hinckley Institute of Politics, located in OSH, has an amazing internship program. The institute can help set you up with internships on campaigns so you can attain college credit for your volunteer hours.”

August 20, 2012: “Utah Honors grad from Mexico achieves dream of education” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune) ” Eduardo Reyes-Chavez was 11 when a ’coyote’ spirited him across the U.S. border to start a new life with his mom in Salt Lake City. At the time, he knew three words of English. In college, his excellent grades opened many doors for internships [with the Hinckley Institute of Politics], but his illegal status prevented him from leaving Utah. Reyes-Chavez and his sister obtained U.S. residency in 2009 after their mother married a legal resident.”

August 20, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Breaking down the 2012 vice presidency” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”The topic of the moment is the vice presidency. Should President Barack Obama dump J Biden in favor of Hillary Clinton? Is Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan a good one? Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

August 13, 2012: “Robert Bennett: Deciphering voter sentiment from polls” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”After showing a statistical tie for months, the presidential polls have taken a dramatic turn ” at least for a moment. As I write this, CNN has Obama ahead by 9 and Rasmussen has Romney ahead by 4, with both polls taken during the exact same time period. What is going on? Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

August 13, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in KSL TV studio on the Morning News Today show to discuss Mitt Romney’s Paul Ryan vice presidential pick.

August 13, 2012: “Like father like son: Both Huntsmans say Romney should release taxes” by Robert Gehrke and Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, a Romney adviser and University of Utah political science professor, speaking to Huntsman Sr.’s comments, said Romney shouldn’t release any more than he has already committed to turning over. ‘I have a lot of respect for Mr. Huntsman, but in this case the political realities dictate that Romney should not give the Obama team any more fuel to the fire to run negative and untrue ads,’ Jowers said.”

August 13, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in KSL Radio studio on the Grant & Amanda show to discuss Mitt Romney’s Paul Ryan vice presidential pick.

August 11, 2012:Paul Ryan-Mitt Romney ticket draws praise from Utah politicos who call Ryan a serious choice” by Jasen Lee (Deseret News) ”‘In my mind, what Ryan brings that no one else did was an actual roadmap to fix the economy and to get us back to a more fiscally responsible way of going forward, said Kirk Jowers, Romney supporter and director of Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “Ryan puts it (the race) squarely in Romney’s court. It’s about jobs and it’s about fixing this deficit.’”

August 10, 2012: “Romney will announce VP Saturday; speculation abounds” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”It could be one of the best kept secrets in a while: Not even close confidants like the Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers has a clue.”

August 10, 2012: “Utah’s politics on global warming” by John Daley (KSL) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers said the dynamics of the issue have changed considerably. ‘In 2008, it was a big issue in the presidential election and down ticket,’ Jowers said. ‘This election it’s been a complete non-issue.’”

August 6, 2012: “McAdams deserves student vote” by Arielle Newman (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Ben McAdams, the Democratic candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor, was born and raised right here in Utah and attended the U. He likes to say that politics is in his blood because he sold his plasma to pay for his political science degree. After an inspiring internship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, McAdams worked on his first campaign.”

August 6, 2012: “Hinckley promotes diversity in education” by Anne Plummer (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Every year the Hinckley Institute of Politics gives more than $700,000 to provide the U with competitive internships in the community, nation and around the world. These internships include opportunities such as working with the White House in Washington D.C., creating sustainable programs in Bolivia, working in the Australian or German Parliament and developing sustainable projects in Tanzania.”

August 6, 2012: “Robert Bennett: It’s time we all ‘Face the Facts’” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”When I first became interested in politics, virtually all political information was in the newspapers, with a little bit more available on the radio. Then came national television, with its three networks offering nightly news, followed by cable channels offering news and commentary 24 hours a day. Next, the internet stimulated the rise of opinion blogs of an indeterminate number, followed by social media which makes it possible for a political claim to “go viral” to millions of computer, tablet and smart phone screens in a matter of a few hours. In today’s campaigns, all of these methods of distributing one’s message are being used simultaneously. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

August 3, 2012: “Politicos opine on whether Mitt Romney’s overseas gaffes will hurt campaign” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”‘In Utah, it will have no effect. Nationally, it won’t have a negative impact, but it probably didn’t give him the positive (publicity) it could have,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Romney adviser.”

August 2, 2012: “Utah gives Obama lowest marks of his presidency” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Or as Kirk Jowers, a Republican who runs the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and is an adviser to the Romney campaign, puts it: ‘It sounds like 26 percent had very low expectations or were not in Utah when Romney ran the Olympics.’”

July 30, 2012: “Utah VFW Lauds University of Utah’s efforts on behalf of Veterans” (Utah VFW “The VFW and the University have maintained positive relations for many years. Utilizing the University’s Hinckley Institute of Politics internship program, more than one dozen University of Utah students have interned in the National VFW’s Washington, D.C office. Two of those interns, Steve Glauser and Brian Wotring, published articles in the Hinckley Journal of Politics, working closely with VFW staff to research Veterans and military issues.”

July 26, 2012: Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed live on Doug Wright re: Mitt Romeny’s foreign travels.

July 25, 2012: “Supporters of Ted Cruz’s tea party role models Rand Paul, Mike Lee see influence but not results” by Todd Gillman (Dallas News) ”Business groups and universities grumble about the new reality, as they do in Kentucky, where Paul also shuns spending carve-outs. But ‘the irony is that over the last two years, whether we had Bennett or Lee we would have had exactly the same number of earmarks, which is zero,’ noted Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 24, 2012: “Mia Love Clips at Incumbent Jim Matheson’s Heels in Utah’s 4th Congressional District” by Lauren Fox (US News) ”‘Utah has gone from one of the highest voter turnout states to one of the lowest and the Romney Tsunami will probably correct that,’ says Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Center for Politics at the University of Utah. ‘There will be so many more voters for Romney that it could end Matheson’s winning streak.’”

July 17, 2012: “Wage disparities hurt Utah women” by Mary Mellor (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”I had the opportunity to speak with Gov. Gary Herbert four days after the Bureau’s labor study was released, when he came to the Hinckley Institute. When I asked Gov. Herbert about wage disparity and the hurdles women face, he said: Equal pay already exists. It’s a non-issue in Utah today.”

July 16, 2012: “Utahns with connection to Olympics side with Romney on Bain debate” by John Daley (KSL) “Romney supporter Kirk Jowers says both sides are looking to inflict damage on the other. ‘It’s hurting Romney a little bit right now and has the capacity to hurt him in the long run, but it’s also hurting Obama because I think people are looking more for solutions than accusations,’ Jowers said.”

July 16, 2012: “Photo IDs may be inconvenient, but they help prevent voter fraud” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”An increasing number of states have passed laws requiring voter ID at the polls. When a Republican legislator in Pennsylvania recently said that their ID law would enable Mitt Romney to win the state, Democrats pounced, insisting that the remark proved that Republicans were using fears of ‘vote fraud’ ” which Democrats insist is non-existent ” to engage in ‘voter intimidation,’ a blanket term that covers anything that impacts the ability to vote. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

July 10, 2012: “Utah: Very Republican, but Not Quite as Conservative as It Appears” by Nate Silver (NY Times Blog) ”Today we continue our Presidential Geography series, a one-by-one examination of the peculiarities that drive the politics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today’s stop: Utah, the Beehive State. FiveThirtyEight spoke with Tim Chambless, a political science professor with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

July 8, 2012: “How ds Love stack up against previous Matheson challengers?” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”‘Mayor Love will be a far more difficult matchup for Matheson than his past opponents because she is likable, charismatic and has no record of votes and/or message bills that can be used against her,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U.”

June 27, 2012: “State GOP chairman says negative advertising “damages the system” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”University of Utah political science [and Hinckley Institute of Politics] professor Tim Chambless said even though the negative advertising appeared to work in the attorney general’s primary race, it could backfire in the general election.”

June 26, 2012: “Mia Love has her sights set on congressional seat” by Krissah Thompson (Daily Herald) ”‘It is unprecedented. It is astonishing,’ said Tim Chambless, an associate professor of political science at University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.” Story also here.

June 24, 2012: “Constitution Party readies for its Tuesday primary” by Julian Reyes (Deseret News) ”Tim Chambless, an associate professor of political science at the University of Utah and and part of the Hinckley Institute of politics, said the Constitution Party’s purpose is usually not to win, but to try to send out its political message.”

June 24, 2012: “Sen. Hatch Faces ‘Youth Movement’ In Utah Primary” by Terry Gildea (NPR) ”‘Liljenquist was always hoping to win this thing in convention or at least get rid of Hatch as they were able to do with Bennett,’ said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Because once you get to the primary, people know Hatch, they’re used to him and Hatch has all the money. It made the numbers game almost impossible for Liljenquist.’” Story also here.

June 24, 2012: “One for the Money: Republican Donors Put Big Dollars Behind Romney” (Jakarta Globe) ”‘James Baker has always been one of my hers,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a long-time Romney supporter. ‘It’s like Jim Baker or Bono.’”

June 21, 2012: “Race for Utah’s attorney general heats up with super PAC’s attack ad” by Wendy Leonard (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that with little accountability, super PACs exist to be negative. Candidates, he said, are expected by the public to portray civility and don’t typically go into the negative aspects of a campaign themselves. ‘Super PACs try to rip down the other candidate and that heightens the cynicism, heightens the apathy of people wanting to get involved and makes it really difficult for us to trust anyone who is elected, even when they are both great people potentially,’ Jowers said.”

June 19, 2012: “Study: Utah’s Voter Turnout Continues to Drop” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”The ailing Larry H. Miller was named as chair, but he passed away during the study and Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, took over the chairmanship.”

June 18, 2012: “Lt. Gov. Greg Bell plays golf at the Utah Hospitals Tournament, participates in a Hinckley Institute seminar then sits in on the Commission on Civic and Character Education.” (Political Cornflakes)

June 18 2012: “Citizens United had an impact in Wisconsin recall” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Ever since it was rendered, the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court has been hammered by commentators who lean left. They say it has tilted the money balance in politics irretrievably in favor of corporations and right wing fat cats and cite it as the ultimate evil every time there are concerns raised about the impact of money in politics. This constant drumbeat of attack has produced significant disapproval of Citizens United and the court that rendered it, so Democrats bring it up whenever they can, believing that it will help position them as the party of purity when it comes to campaign spending. Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.”

June 2012: Kirk Jowers, Hinckley Institute director was interviewed in “The Religious Test” Documentary.

June 13, 2012: “Rolly: Wimmer blames the messenger for all the confusion” by Paul Rolly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Then he acted shocked when he held a news conference at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and two television stations broke into their noon newscasts to cover it live.”

June 13, 2012: “News roundup: Lee says Mormons have extra dose of patriotism. WVC Mayor Mike Winder speaks at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah” (Political Cornflakes)

June 12, 2012: “Romney Aide Oversees Fundraising That Makes Him Cash, Too” by Lisa Lerer (Bloomberg) “‘Zwick’s focus has always been Romney,’ said Kirk Jowers, a former Romney aide and director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘And there’s been plenty to keep him busy.’” Story also here.

June 11, 2012: “Police investigating burglary at Alpine home of House Representative Jason Chaffetz” by Emiley Morgan (Deseret News)“Jason Chaffetz announces he will not run for office in the U.S. Senate at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City on Monday, August 22, 2011. He believes he can do more good in the U.S. House of Representatives and will seek re-election.”

June 10, 2012: “Mysterious ads, slander allegations plague attorney general’s race” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘SuperPACs (are) not accountable; and they’re only built for one thing, and that’s to tear someone down,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

June 8, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to Utah.

June 7, 2012: “UTA pays big bucks for lobbyists, but can it pay for the programs?” by John Daley (KSL) “‘Lobbying dollars are sometimes the best bang for the buck a company or an organization spends,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘There was a lot of federal dollars going out. If you could get a nice earmark, what’s $200,000 in lobbying fees for a $10 million, $20 million, even $2 million earmark?’”

June 7, 2012: “Wimmer: Nevada GOP struggles prevented his employment” by Meredith Forrest Kulwicki (Fox 13) ” Explaining his situation during a press conference at the University of Utah’s Hinkley Institute of Politics, Wimmer said he thought his job was secure given the correspondence with party officials telling him they were going to help him find housing next to the party’s headquarters in Las Vegas. He says he was also given his first assignment of tracking down a missing $15,000 donation.”

June 7, 2012: “Carl Wimmer’s rough road trip to Vegas” by Chris Vanocur (ABC 4) “Thursday, at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Wimmer told reporters, “I was in the dark as much as anybody here.”

June 7, 2012: “Carl Wimmer back in Utah after Nevada GOP debacle” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”At a news conference at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Wednesday, Wimmer said there wasn’t a job waiting for him after all, thanks to a “non-functional” state party organization.”

June 7, 2012: “Jowers: Leavitt Not Afraid of Far-Right ” (Utah Policy) “In an interview, Kirk Jowers tells TPM that Mike Leavitt is the ‘perfect choice’ to head Mitt Romney’s transition team, noting that the former Utah governor has long experience dealing with activist conservatives who are now complaining about his relatively moderate position on healthcare reform.  Kirk Jowers, a former Republican operative and longtime Mitt Romney backer, remembers the first time he met Mike Leavitt, the man tapped to run Romney’s transition team. It was in the late 1990s, during a fight over allowing states to force online retailers to levy sales taxes. Leavitt was a staunch supporter of collecting online taxes ” a position that split him from anti-tax purists on the right like Grover Norquist. As general counsel for the Advisory Commission On Electronic Commerce, Jowers was on Norquist’s side.

June 7, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio regarding Mitt Romney’s national fundraising success and the part Utah is playing.

June 7, 2012: “Jowers: Leavitt Not Afraid of Far-Right” (Utah Policy) ”In an interview, Kirk Jowers tells TPM that Mike Leavitt is the ‘perfect choice’ to head Mitt Romney’s transition team, noting that the former Utah governor has long experience dealing with activist conservatives who are now complaining about his relatively moderate position on healthcare reform.”

June 7, 2012: “Romney’s Transition Team Leader Not Afraid To Pick Fights With The Right” by Evan McMorris-Santoro (TPM) “‘It was clear after the first meeting that Leavitt was five miles ahead of everyone else,’ Jowers recalled. ‘He just danced around them and was looking around corners when everyone else hadn’t even seen the corner yet.’ Jowers ” who now runs the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah ” said Leavitt is the perfect choice to lead any Republican’s transition team, especially Romney’s.”

June 7, 2012: ” Happening today: Carl Wimmer holds a news conference to discuss “the Nevada Republican Party and their initial offer of employment.” Noon, Hinckley Institute.” Political Cornflakes

June 6, 2012: “Wimmer’s Nevada GOP future still ‘confusing,’ spokeswoman says ” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) Wimmer is scheduled to hold a noon news conference at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of PoliticsSo ds former state lawmaker and unsuccessful congressional candidate Carl Wimmer have a job with the Nevada Republican Party?”

June 5, 2012: “Grad helps women combat poverty” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Courtney McBeth, assistant director for theHinckley Institute of Politics and Jessop’s summit recommender, said Jessop embodies President Pershing’s vision of undergraduate success and community impact. ‘[Liz] is an exceptional example of the opportunities available at the U, and the [summit] recognized this unique background and her potential for [future] leadership,’ she said. ‘She is globally aware and culturally competent ¦ a shining example of what the Hinckley and the U hope to instill and provide.’

June 5, 2012: “Tea Partier: Bring back Glass-Steagall!” by Alex Seitz-Wald (Salon.com) ”‘I’m a little surprised to hear that,’ said Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, a frequent commenter on Utah politics. So surprising, in fact, that Chambless wanted to hold off on responding to it before he could verify the quote and read it for himself.”

June 4, 2012: “Mike Leavitt’s new role heading Romney transition team puts attention on former Utah governor” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Leavitt “would be a phenomenal chief of staff” given his experience at the state and national level. ‘No one has more relevant experience,’ Jowers said, including with the “past Republican power brokers under Bush’ who could prove useful to a new GOP president.”

June 4, 2012: “Leavitt working on transition plan for Romney” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) “Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Leavitt ‘would be a phenomenal chief of staff’ given his experience at the state and national level. ‘No one has more relevant experience,’ Jowers said, including with the ‘past Republican power brokers under Bush’ who could prove useful to a new GOP president.”

Jowers said there likely would be little concern raised if Romney chose another member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as chief of staff.

June 4, 2012: “Wimmer to work as new Nevada GOP political director” by Nineveh Dinha (Fox 13) “‘It’s like herding political cats,’ saysChambless, a political professor at the University of Utah and Academic Outreach Coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘He’s trying to bring people together that will vote for the nominee and right now there are folks that are doing so much finger pointing in the state of Nevada that for a person whose not even a resident of Nevada, who is a resident of Utah to try to bring these folks together is going to be very difficult to do.’”

June 4, 2012: “Taking stock of the presidential race” by Robert Bennertt (Deseret News) ” Last week, after the Texas primary gave Mitt Romney the statistical majority he needs to become the Republican nominee, President Obama called him to offer congratulations. The race is now officially on ” time to take stock. 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 30, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio’s Morning News regarding the impact Mitt Romney’s religion will have on the upcoming U.S. presidential contest

May 28, 2012: “After Lugar’s loss, Hatch not taking Senate race for granted” by Valerie Richardson (The Washington Times) ”‘Sen. Hatch is doing everything he can to avoid what happened to Dick Lugar,’ said Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor and academic outreach coordinator at the school’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘It’s one thing to talk about what happened to Bob Bennett two years ago. It’s another thing to talk about what happened toDick Lugar two weeks ago.’

May 28, 2012: “How I came to write a weekly column” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Recently, in the on-line comments section that accompanies the column, where people go back and forth with each other in their reactions to it, one commentor requested that I log on and participate in the discussion. I have considered doing it, but have been reluctant because I think that could be a bit of overkill in behalf of my opinion. Having made my point in the column, I have been content to stand aside as my defenders and attackers each have their say. 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 27, 2012: “Senate candidates Cardon, Flake spar over accusations” by Dan Nowicki (The Arizona Republic) “In a March 16 letter to the FEC’s general counsel, Cardon attorneys Kirk Jowers and Matthew Sanderson paint Smith as a disgruntled former business associate of Cardon’s father who has no evidence connecting what they say is an unrelated business loan with Cardon’s personal loans to his Senate campaign. ‘Mr. Smith’s blind conjecture should be rejected,’ the lawyers wrote.”

May 26, 2012: “Liljenquist pushing to make name for himself as primary approaches” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”He’s got the advantage. He almost came out of convention. He’s got the money. He has almost 100 percent name recognition,’ said University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless.”

May 24, 2012: “Dan Liljenquist Works to Breach Orrin Hatch’s Stronghold” by Kyle Trygstad (Roll Call) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said there dsn’t appear to be anything on the horizon that’s going to significantly cut into Hatch’s lead. ‘It’s hard to imagine the game-changer, Jowers said. That’s why you get a Sarah Palin jumping on and Club for Growth backing away, because it dsn’t look like there’s a real logical path for Liljenquist to win this one.’

May 21, 2012: “Romney, Obama fighting for favor in swing states” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘(Romney) has to win the three states that Obama beat McCain in that had traditionally been Republican ” that’s Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina,” said Romney advisor, Kirk Jowers. ‘He’s got to win the two big swing states, that are always swing states, Florida and Ohio, and then pick up one of those other swing states, in Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado.’”

May 18, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio’s Morning News with Grant and Amandaregarding the upcoming U.S. presidential contest.

May 18, 2012: “Why you should vote in November” by Kendahl Melvin and Nelson Warr (Deseret News) ”Kendahl Melvin and Nelson Warr represented the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the Harvard National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement held in Cambridge from March 30-April 1, 2012. During the conference, they participated in the research that contributed to this editorial.”

May 17, 2012: “2012 election has parties going high-tech in pursuit of ‘millennial voters’” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”‘Even in 2008, where there was a great increase in youth voter participation,’ said Ellesse Sorbonne, outreach coordinator at the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, ‘Utah ranked third worst in the nation, which is pretty dismal.’

May 17, 2012: “Hatch rejects Liljenquist calls for TV debate” by Dennis Romboy (KSL) “‘Hatch can get his message out a  hundred ways,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Liljenquist will take all the free media he can get. That’s what debates can be seen as in some ways.’”

May 16, 2012: “Utah National Republican Delegates Heavy on Party Insiders” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a Mitt Romney advisor and organizer, put together the official Romney slate at the request of Romney’s national campaign, with the advice of several top Utah Romney-backers, like Chaffetz.”

May 16, 2012: “Orrin Hatch continues to rebuff Dan Liljenquist’s calls for TV debate” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) “Liljenquist will take all the free media he can get. That’s what debates can be seen as in some ways. Kirk Jowers, head of the University of UtahHinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 15, 2012: “Bennett Says 2012 Very Different Year for Hatch than 2010 Was for Him” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) “While longtime Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch will fight to keep his party’s nomination on June 26, former Senator Bob Bennett didn’t have the luxury of being in a primary election in 2010, when his bid for a fourth term in office fell right at the state GOP convention.”

May 13, 2012: “Elected officials should perform duties with openness, transparency” by Peter Corroon (Deseret News) “Accountability, ethics and transparency are things I have spent many years addressing as Salt Lake County mayor. I certainly have room for improvement, but I take them seriously. So do our citizens. In this regard, I have watched with interest the work of the Utah Citizen’s Council, Utahns for Ethical Government and the Utah Transparency Project, which is supported by both the Hinckley Institute and the Sutherland Institute. And I do so again now as supporter of the Alliance for a Better UTAH.”

May 11, 2012: “Utah’s investment in innovation paying off ” by Kirk Jowers (KSL) “In recent weeks, Utahns have celebrated the new Adobe campus with its promise of as many as 3,300 high-paying jobs over the next two decades. That the powerhouse software company centralized in the entrepreneurial capitals of San Francisco, New York City, Stockholm and Tokyo would opt to build a key location in Lehi is a testament to Utah’s economic prowess even during a recession. Kirk L. Jowers is the University of Utah’s Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Caplin & Drysdale.”

May 9, 2012: “ Political Cornflakes: News roundup: Bush’s $80K phone bill has Chaffetz shaking his head” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with students from the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, attends a Judiciary hearing where the FBI director will testify and later meets with Bruce Johnson, a Utah State Tax Commissioner.”

May 7, 2012: “It’s time to reinstate earmarks” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “The biggest piece of legislation to come before the Congress this session is the transportation bill, dealing with infrastructure spending throughout the nation. The issue is a serious one ” many of our bridges and highways are well past their design age and need repair or replacement ” but Congress has repeatedly pushed it off, passing temporary extensions of old authorizations rather than tackle the challenge of crafting new 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.”

May 7, 2012: “Answer This: Bob Bennett” by Patrick Gavin (Politico) ”Utah Republican Bob Bennett served three terms in the Senate, holding leadership positions on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the Rules and Administration Committee. After leaving the Senate in 2011, he started the consulting firm The Bennett Group and serves as a senior policy adviser at Arent Fox.”

May 6, 2012: “Do women in politics face an uphill battle in Utah?” by Dan Harrie (Salt Lake Tribune) ”On the agenda for the May 19 session at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics are five hours of training by current and former elected officials and political pros ” along with a free lunch.”

May 4, 2012: “University of Utah student starts Colbert-like super PAC” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”U. alum Matt Sandersonand Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, have done legal work for the Colbert super PAC though Trevor Potter, their colleague at the firm Caplin & Drysdal and the comedian’s on-air legal adviser.”

May 4, 2012: “In Newark, examples of how technology can improve education” (NJ.com) “In all the hubbub about the election and the issues that will decide it, one lingering challenge to America’s future has been pushed aside: our education crisis. Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator from Utah, is a teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 3, 2012: “In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History” by Terry Gildea (KUMN) ”‘Now he’s chosen to run in the 4th Congressional District, a district that really has only about 25 percent of his former constituents. And so he has to reintroduce himself to about three-quarters of the district,’ says Tim Chambless, an associate professor with The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

May 2, 2012: “Preparing for Primaries — All About Voting in Utah on AU Thursday” (UPR) ”Our guests will include state Democratic party chairman Jim Dabakis and state Republican party chairman Thomas Wright, Deseret News columnists Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb, and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.”

April 30, 2012: “Who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate?” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Now that Mitt Romney has nailed down the Republican nomination, speculation has turned to his choice of a running mate. Polls are being taken ” Condoleezza Rice is in first place, followed by Rick Santorum ” and all kinds of analyses are being written. All are speculation, and most are wildly off the mark.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 24, 2012: “Study gives Utah a liquor-profit plan” by Anne Plummer (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Bob Springmeyer, president of Bonneville Research and U graduate in political science and economics, explained the firm’s study at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 23, 2012: “U. student to intern with Colbert” by Laura Schmitz (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Benns landed the coveted internship thanks toKirk Jowers, director of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a partner at Caplin & Drysdale, the law firm that handles host Stephen Colbert’s super PAC.”

April 21, 2012: ” GOP Sen. Hatch clears big re-election hurdle, still faces June primary in Utah” by Alicia Acuna (Fox News) “‘They were angry because ObamaCare had just been passed and so they flooded the caucus meetings and had a very angry electorate that wanted blood on almost all incumbents,’ recalled Kirk Jowers, associate professor and director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 20, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on the Fox News Channel to discuss Utah’s upcoming convention and the fate of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch. (should be links up on Friday).

April 19, 2012: “Economy, education, energy are guv’s focus” by DJ Summers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Gov. Gary Herbert outlined the goals of his administration at a Hinckley forum Wednesday. His administration intends to focus on what he calls the three E’s: economy, education and energy.”

April 19, 2012: “2012 Should be More Moderate Politically in Utah” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”Now an in-depth poll by Dan Jones & Associates, sponsored by the non-partisan Utah Foundation and the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, shows such is the case.”

April 18, 2012: “˜Bullied’ creator hopes film will raise awareness” by Alyssa Ferris (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Today, the LGBT Resource Center will screen the documentary Bullied (not to be confused with the 2011 documentary Bully) at noon in the Union’s Saltair Room. The film’s creator, Jamie Nabozny, will be on hand afterward and will hold a panel discussion in the Hinckly Institute of PoliticsOSH room 255.”

April 18, 2012: “Poll: Utah GOP delegates more moderate than two years ago” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said while greater participation brought delegates with views closer to most voters, a gulf still remains. They are still far apart on things such as pollution, gay rights and global warming. Also, he said only 25 percent of GOP delegates are women, and most delegates in both parties are older ” suggesting young people are not participating.”

April 18, 2012: “Energy, real estate interests fuel Herbert’s campaign” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Tim Chambless with theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said in speeches around the state, including a recent speech to business leaders, Herbert has emphasized energy development as one of the four pillars of his administration.”

April 18, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in KSL studio for on the Doug Wright Wright show to discuss the upcoming convention, Utah Priority Survey results, and presidential election.

April 18, 2012: “Poll: Utah Sen. Hatch Leads Liljenquist 63 Percent to 21 Percent” (Nesmax) ” A Utah Foundation/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll released Tuesday produced results similar to the Wilson Perkins Allen survey. Hatch leads Liljenquist 61 percent to 21 percent in the Utah Foundation poll.”

April 18, 2012: “Poll: Hatch, Herbert Within Striking Distance of 60% at Convention” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”The Dan Jones & Associates poll comes as part of a broad-ranging delegate/voter survey sponsored by the Utah Foundation, a non-partisan public policy think tank, and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 18 2012: “Poll: Hatch just above Utah threshold” by Charles Mahtesian (Politico) ”The WPA poll, conducted for the Hatch campaign, mirrors the findings of a Utah Foundation/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll released Tuesday that put Hatch at 61%. In both polls, Hatch’s fate is within the margin of error.”

April 17, 2012: “Workforce services adopt business strategies” by DJ Summers (Daily UIah Chronicle) ”Kristen Cox, executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday.”

April 17, 2012: “Sen. Orrin Hatch, Gov. Gary Herbert convention races too close to call” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “But the poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates for the nonprofit research group and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.43 percent, making the outcome of the convention unpredictable.”

April.17, 2012: “New poll shows Hatch, Love leading among GOP delegates” by Dan Metcalf Jr. (ABC 4) ”A new [Hinckley Institute of Politics] poll shows that interesting races are developing among candidates vying for congressional seats in Utah.”

April 17, 2012: ” Survey reveals Utahns’ priorities in 2012″ (KSL) ”We still didn’t improve the representation of women (at the caucuses),” said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the Hinckley Institute. “They stayed marred at the exact same number as they did in 2010, for both Republicans and Democrats.”

April 12, 2012: “Becker: Government, public should seek transparency” by Kelly Jones (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”There is always a frenzy when a major politician comes to campus. Students in the audience at Wednesday’s Hinckley Institute Forum described it as more hectic than usual. Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake councilman Soren Simonsen were at the Institute to endorse the Utah Transparency Project, a final class venture launched by the U Honor’s College.”

April 12, 2012: “Utahn part of Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC team” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘It’s kind of funny that all of this is attributable to a two-week intensive course I took,’ said Sanderson, who received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah. That two-week course was on the U.S. presidency, and the teacher was Kirk Jowers, who now heads the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U. and is a partner at Caplin & Drysdale. Jowers said Sanderson received “the highest score I had ever administered,” so he pushed the institute to give Sanderson a job and helped him land an internship at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit advocating for tougher campaign-finance laws.”

April 11, 2012: “New project pushes for more open government in Utah” by Ben Winslow (Fox 13) ”A student project at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics is pushing local and county governments to do more to be open and transparent to the public.”

April 11, 2012: “University of Utah students launch open government campaign” by Rosemary Winters (Salt Lake Tribune) ”University of Utah student Theresa Krause introduces Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker as students unveil their Utah Transparency Project at theHinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 11, 2012.”

April 11, 2012: “New exchange program to send U interns to Germany” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”A German student from the University of Kiel, Julian Wettengel wanted to immerse himself in the real mechanics of his American politics and government major. He got this chance when he was accepted as an intern at the Wilson Woodrow International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., through an exchange with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 11, 2012: “New project pushes for more open government in Utah” by Ben Wnslow (Fox 13) “A student project at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics is pushing local and county governments to do more to be open and transparent to the public.”

April 11, 2012: “Students to share government transparency project with 270 agencie” (ABC 4) ”The students at the transparency project kick off event at the Hinckley Institute in Salt Lake also cited research that says doing these types of things leads to more public trust and more public input. Alex Boren says, ‘When citizens are not informed, they cannot be effectively engaged.’”

April 11, 2012: “LGBT panel discusses community, goals” by Gina Kopcrak (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Extra chairs were crammed into theHinckley Caucus Room yesterday afternoon. The faces that represent the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community in Utah, both socially and politically, came to engage students in discussion about the issues that the LGBT community is facing.”

April 10, 2012: “Romney supporters warn presidential race now gets tougher” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime Romney supporter, said Utahns should expect to be hit up for contributions by the Romney campaign. ‘It’s going to be an epic general election,” Jowers said. “I think it will be incredibly hard fought and come down to the wire.’”

April 10, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio regarding Rick Santorum suspending his presidential campaign

April 9, 2012: “Republic will survive Obamacare ruling” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”In anticipation of a 5-4 Supreme Court decision against Obamacare, commentators on the left have dredged up more than a decade’s worth of complaints about similar close decisions from the court, saying that all of these rulings have been blatantly partisan. 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 9, 2012: ” U of U students want transparency in local government” by Alison Peek (Examiner.com) ”A think tank of honor students at the University of Utah has written five Best Practices for local government transparency, and plan to introduce them Wednesday at a formal launch at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Their goal: to have all of Utah’s city and county governments adopt the principles of the Transparency Project.”

April 6, 2012: “Prof: World democracies should band together” by DJ Summers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”India, the biggest democracy in the world, and Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, can collaborate on a new world order of peace and prosperity, said the Thursday Hinckley Forum speaker Ramesh Babu Kanneganti, a professor of American Studies at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. The distant nations serve as leaders around the world and wield enormous influence that should be used wisely, he said.”

April 5, 2012: “Nine Things You Need to Know Today” by Bryan Schott (Utah Policy) ”The five Republican candidates for Utah’s new 4th Congressional District seat face off at the Hinckley Institute of Politics [Deseret News].”

April 5, 2012: “Chief: Citizens, police should be a team” by DJ Summers (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank spoke about the duty of the police force in maintaining community ties and developing a rapport built on trust and mutual assistance at a Hinckley Forum on Wednesday.”

April 4, 2012: “4th District GOP challengers say they can’t let Matheson define them” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) “So it comes as no surprise that the current crop of GOP challengers in Utah’s new 4th Congressional District are often asked how they plan to unseat the moderate Democrat. The five candidates took a swing at that question Wednesday during a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum at the University of Utah.”

April 4, 2012: “Notable achievements: April 4, 2012″ by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘I am pleased to see the Truman Foundation validating social justice work, activism and community organizing by recognizing the work I’ve done with the Mestizo Arts and Activism Collective, the Bennion Center Social Justice Gardens, the Honors College Social Justice Scholars and the Hinckley Institute of Politics,’ Edgette said.”

April 3, 2012: “Notable achievements: April 4, 2012″ by Marjorie Clark (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘The challenges we face as Americans are a result of our government’s acquisition of debt,’ Lee said at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The national debt has been increasing and accruing interest since the 1930s and has been passed from generation to generation.”

April 3, 2012: “4th Congressional Candidates And The First Senate Debate” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”The congressional action gets started at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics forum, where 4th Congressional District Candidates Mia Love, Jay Cobb and Carl Wimmer are confirmed to speak about their bid to usurp Utah’s lone Democrat in D.C., Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah.”

April 3, 2012: “Utah’s unusual political nominating system under way and under scrutiny” by Lisa Riley Roche and Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”‘We would get the best of both worlds,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politicsand a supporter of changing the caucus system. Delegates should be able to choose the party’s best candidates at a convention, but the final pick should be left up to voters, he said.”

April 2, 2012: “Ashley Edgette is the University of Utah’s sixth Truman winner in a row” by Brian Maffly (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Ashley Edgette, an honors student interested in food security, is among 54 winners named Monday by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The U. is the only university in the country to have fielded a Truman winner in each of the past six years. Much of that success can be attributed to the school’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, which maintains a thorough vetting process for U. applicants.”

April 2, 2012: “U student named Truman Scholar” (FYI News) ”Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, has announced U student Ashley Edgette as a 2012 Truman Scholar. Edgette is the sixth Truman Scholar from the Hinckley Institute of Politics in the past six years, and the only Truman Scholar representing the state of Utah this year.”

April 2, 2012: “2012 Truman Scholarship awarded to University of Utah student” (Deseret News) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics is the only institution in the nation to produce a scholar in each of the last six consecutive years. ‘The university community is proud of Ashley Edgette’s exceptional achievements, and we congratulate her for being recognized by the Truman Foundation,’ said U. President David W. Pershing. ‘It is a great honor, and we are thrilled to have her represent the U. on the national stage.’

April 2, 2012: “Regardless of Supreme Court’s ruling, health care still needs reform” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”The Supreme Court will not announce its decision on Obamacare until June, but pundits on both sides of the political spectrum have rushed to judgment. They are writing as if the decision has already been made ” the Court is going to rule against the administration, and strike down the law ” and are giving us a spate of contradictory predictions about the consequences. 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 29, 2012: “Mali coup shows regime instability” by Elisabeth Jessop (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”I am currently living in Bamako, Mali, West Africa doing an international internship on Yeah Samake’s presidential campaign through the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 29, 2012: “Politician: Be the best at your job now” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Highlighting the importance of a good education and civic involvement, Ibarra spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday about his journey.”

March 27, 201: “Coup in Mali hits close to home” by Hunter Schwartz (KSL) “University of Utah [and Hinckley Institute of Poltics] students Elizabeth Jessop and Kyle Rehn, who are in Bamako interning for Yeah Samake’s presidential campaign, said they have been “living on the edge” the past week. ‘We were downtown when we heard there would be unrest,” Jessop said. “By the end of the evening, there was regular gunfire. It was almost impossible to sleep.’”

March 27, 2012: “Rocky Anderson: U.S. requires a new point of view” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The United States operates under a pretense of democracy and has deteriorated to tolerating rule by the elite and making illegal war, said presidential candidate Rocky Anderson at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday. In a forum titled, ‘An End to Plutocracy: It’s Up to Us,’ former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke about the inequality, unconstitutionality and unaccountability he sees plaguing the United States.”

March 27, 2012: “Racial equality needs students’ nurturing” by Michael Ukkestad (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”A local example of this can be seen in last year’s ASUU elections when a Voice Party candidate’s signs were vandalized with racially charged statements. Last week, theHinckley Institute of Politics held a forum where a panel discussed the race issue and how we should address it as a campus community.”

March 26, 2012: “An End to Authoritarianism and Plutocracy: It’s up to us” by Rocky Anderson at the Hinckley Institute of Politics(OpEdNews.com) ”Let us consider the fundamental guiding principles for the United States of America — freedom, equal opportunity,compassion, and security.”

March 26, 2012: “Republicans Grappling with Flood of New Delegates ” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the flood of new state GOP delegates means that the April 21 state convention will be more open-mined and less angry than the 2010 convention “ in which Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, was removed from office.”

March 26, 2012: “How Supreme Court justices may vote on health care” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”The individual mandate has a mixed legal history, having been ruled constitutional by some panels and unconstitutional by others. The Supreme Court must render the final decision, and speculation about what that will be, and how it will come about, abounds. 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 23, 2012; “Women’s Week panel upset with Utah’s attitude toward refugees” by Kelly Jones (Utah Daily Chronicle) ”The last thing refugee women need is to be re-victimized by their host communities, said a group at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday.”

March 23, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Radio regarding the impact of Super PACs.

March 22, 2012: “Latino leader Mickey Ibarra donates papers to University of Utah” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Wednesday at noon, Ibarra will give the Hinckley Institute Forum keynote. Then, on Thursday, U. officials will hold a public reception at the Marriott Library at 5:30 p.m. in recognition of “The Mickey Ibarra Papers: A Utah Journey to the White House.” The U. awarded Ibarra an honorary doctorate of humane letters five years ago. The son of a Mexican immigrant, he graduated from BYU.”

March 21, 2012: “Hinckley forum: Panelists urge students to serve elderly people” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”A great need exists in society to care for older adults both physically and emotionally, said three panelists at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum Wednesday.”

March 21, 2012: “Utah: The story behind the score” by John Daley (State Integrity) “‘Just as we reveled in high marks from Pew for good governance and Forbes for businesses, we also must take [this] poor grade as a call for the state to look at model laws and possibilities for improvements,’ said Kirk Jowers, chair of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.”

March 20, 2012: “Racial equality needs students’ nurturing” by Tyson Gibb (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”At the Hinckley Institute of Politicson Monday, Bagley discussed the unique culture of Utah politics and how he conveys ideas through editorial cartoons. Bagley’s political cartoons in The Salt Lake Tribune are renowned for their biting social commentary.”

March 20, 2012: “Once endangered, Orrin Hatch Battles Back in Utah” by Kyle Trygstad and David Drucker (Roll Call) ”Kirk Jowers,Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a member of Mitt Romeny’s finance team, said the difference between 2012 and 2010 was timing, voter outreach and Hatch building a campaign team that recognized that Thursday was the most important election.”

March 19, 2012: “Studies give Utah D for corruption risk, B+ for spending transparency ” by Dennis Romboy (KSL) ”‘You find the abuses, and Utah has had its share of abuses, every state has,’ said Kirk Jowers with the Hinckly Institute of Politics. “And so you need to legislate around that. At least give honest people a chance to remain honest.”

March 19, 2012: “Studies give Utah D for corruption risk, B+ for spending transparency” by Dennis Romboy (KSL) ”‘You find the abuses, and Utah has had its share of abuses, every state has,’ said Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘And so you need to legislate around that. At least give honest people a chance to remain honest.’”

March 19, 2012: “Moving beyond political ideology” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”In a presidential campaign in years gone by, a third party candidate justified his getting into the race by saying, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.” Some say the same thing today.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 18, 2012: “Utah’s revolving door keeps spinning out lobbyists ” by Britny Mortensen (Salt Lake Tribune) ”In fall 2009, theGovernor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy recommended eliminating the lobbying loophole to “flatly prohibit state officials from engaging in all lobbying for compensation for one calendar year after the state official leaves office. Accordingly, in the 2010 legislative session, Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, introduced a bill to do just that. The bill failed to make it out of the House.”

March 17, 2012: “Senate candidates prepare to court 4,000 delegates” by Hunter Schwartz (Deseret News) ”‘Utah Republicans are all in for Romney, and I think they take Romney seriously when he says he could use a powerful friend in the Senate’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations.”

March 15, 2012: “Hatch’s grand plan for survival to be put to the test Thursday” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”But Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said no campaign has ever gone to the level of detail as the Hatch campaign.’What Hatch has done that’s so unique and so expensive is essentially trying to have a much bigger impact on who the delegates will be, [waging] thousands of mini elections around the state on Thursday,’ Jowers said. “Hatch essentially ¦ expanded the potential pool of [delegates] 20-fold, and so the complexity and cost just go up exponentially.’”

March 14, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio’s Morning News with Grant and Amanda regarding the results of the Mississippi, Alabama, Hawaii, and American Samoa GOP contests.

March 13, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on the March 13 episode of Access UtahCaucuses: How do they work? Why should we participate? http://www.upr.org/post/find-my-caucus.

March 12, 2012: “Is Mitt Romney the inevitable nominee?” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “Last week, following Super Tuesday, Team Romney called upon the other candidates to recognize reality and withdraw, so that the campaign focus could switch to President Obama. They said that the mathematics of the race for the Republican nomination were now inexorable, that Romney was the inevitable nominee. 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.”

March 12, 2012: “Hatch Faces Trial by Fire in Utah” by Sean Sullivan (National Journal) ’Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations, said Liljenquist’s efforts can’t be compared to Hatch’s. “It’s kind of like saying, ‘Has [Rick] Santorum been doing the same work that Romney has?’ Jowers said.’

March 9, 2012: “Hinckley forum: Democracy to take on a new look” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Despite the sea of political cynicism, the deliberative democracy occurring worldwide is cause for optimism, said a communication scholar at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum on Thursday.”

March 9, 2012: “Legislative interns make all the difference at Capitol ” by Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Interns work long hours doing a lot of tedious tasks and don’t get paid much. But many said it was one of the best jobs they’ve had – tracking schedules, returning emails and climbing a lot of stairs. Interns at the Capitol rarely sit around, and the public rarely sees the work that they do.”

March 9, 2012: “Abortion, autism among last-minute bills for state legislature” by  Brittany Green-Miner, Meredith Forrest Kulwicki, Max Roth, and Ashton Goodell (Fox 13).

March 9, 2012: “Poll: Half of Utahns not interested in attending party caucuses” by (Lisa Riley Roche) “‘Predictable, but sad’ was the reaction of Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime critic of the caucus system as a cause of the state’s low voter turnout.”

March 9, 2012: “Most Utahns won’t attend party caucuses” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) “‘Predictable, but sad” was the reaction of Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a longtime critic of the caucus system as a cause of the state’s low voter turnout.’Utah has to make its democracy more accessible to more people in order to get us back engaged,’ Jowers said, calling for changes in the system that would result in more primary elections.”

March 9, 2012: “Is social media changing politics?” by John Daley (KSL) “‘It ds increase awareness, but ds it have a long term impact?’ said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute. ‘I think it’s still too early to know how that works.’”

March 8, 2012: “Nobody’s in charge of governing Utah education” by Sen. Howard Stephenson and Cody Jenkins (Deseret News) ”The Soviet agricultural system has been relegated to the ash heap of history, but American public education continues with one five-year reform plan after another. Howard Stephenson is a Utah State senator and the chair of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Cody Jenkins is an intern from the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 8, 2012: “Hinckley forum: Invest in school first, stock second, investor says” by Marjorie Clark (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”A finance specialist spoke to students about the tricks of investing and the importance of education at the Hinckley Institute on Wednesday.”

March 8, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show regarding the results of Super Tuesday.

March 8, 2012: “Hinckley forum: Journalist decries political extremism” by Brandon Schembri (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Politics have intensified and are beginning to change focus in an attempt to appeal to party extremists, said a journalist at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday.”

March 7, 2012: “Candidates voice ideas in final debate” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Sync party candidates Ellie Sanchez and Jake Rush debate with Open party candidates Geneva Thompson and DJ Payton in the Hinckley Caucus Room on Tuesday.”

March 6, 2012: “It’s not so super a day for Utahns” by Doug Robinson (Deseret News) ”‘More importantly, we have no impact on the issues,’ says Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘The issues that are important to us will not be important to candidates because they don’t need to address them. They need to go to Iowa to talk about ethanol subsidies and to Florida to talk about off-shore drilling. We don’t get to vote or have candidates who really care about us.’”

March 5, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show regarding the Super Tuesday GOP presidential races.

March 4, 2012: “Poll says Romney’s faith not as big of a factor in 2012 race” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”‘There’s no question that Romney’s religion is a mixed bag,’ said Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney advisor and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 4, 2012: “Ohio voters like Santorum, lukewarm on Romney” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘I think it’s smart,’ said Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney adviser and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Jowers dismissed the suggestion that being in Boston on election night will connect Romney to Massachusetts’ liberal image, especially passage of his state health care plan.”

March 3, 2012: “Utahns say Romney the only Republican who can beat Obama, new poll shows” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News)Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney adviser and head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he believes Utahns are paying more attention to the nomination fight than residents of other states.”

March 3, 2012: “Poll: Utah voters believe Romney’s Mormon faith hurting him less this time” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News)“‘There’s no question that Romney’s religion is a mixed bag,’ said Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney advisor and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘It’s been incredibly helpful to him in some states, in fundraising, in volunteers, in imaging,’ Jowers said. Romney was able to count on LDS voters in states like Nevada and Arizona to help deliver victories.”

March 2, 2012: “Poll: Utahns support Romney first; Obama next in line ” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney adviser and head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he believes Utahns are paying more attention to the nomination fight than residents of other states.”

March 2, 2012: “Understanding Politics” (KSL) Lindsay Zizumbo is the Internships Program Manager for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. She offers a few ways to wrap your brain around the big, seemingly complicated, political world.”

March 1, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in KSL studio for a SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE AIR, with host Doug Wright and fellow guests Rep. Kraig Powell, GOP Chair Thomas Wright, and Democratic Chair Jim Dabakis to discuss Utah’s Caucus System.

February 29, 2012: “Upstart Political Party Seeks Leader to Help Group Work Against Partisan Politics” (PRWeb) ”‘Polls show that Americans are more frustrated and angrier at government than ever before,’ said Taylor Morgan, political programs manager for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at The University of Utah.”

February 29, 2012: “Notable Achievements: Feb. 29, 2012″ by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”All three finalists for the Truman Scholarship Award are U students. This is the fourth consecutive year that all U final nominees have been selected as Truman Scholarship finalists, according to a press release from the Hinckley Institute of Politics, where all of the students have served internships. Harvard University and Stanford University are among the schools from which finalists are considered. The Truman Scholarship is a national award of $30,000 for graduate studies, with 3,000 students applying every year.”

February 28, 2012: “Wrong Taft. Wrong newspaper” by Francisco Kjolseth (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Salt Lake Tribune State Sen. Karen Morgan joined former Sen. Bob Bennett at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday to discuss the loss of civility in today’s politics.”

February 27, 2012: “Americans are anchored in the center” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”I have been following politics all my life. The first Republican convention I remember in which there was a contest was 1952, when Dwight D. Eisenhower narrowly outmaneuvered William Howard Taft to win. From then until now, I have never seen a nomination fight like this one. 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.”

February 26, 2012: “Jason Chaffetz Supports Mitt Romney but Is Coy on Ambitions” by Daniel Newhauser (Roll Call) ”‘Chaffetz would be phenomenal as White House spokesman or working as some type of legislative liaison capacity,’ said Chaffetz confidant Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘If President Romney felt he really needed Congressman Chaffetz to serve some role for him, he would probably be open to doing it.’”

February 25, 2012: “GOP presidential race will drag on, Romney backers say” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Longtime Romney adviser Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said this has already been “by far the most vetted nomination process in the history of our country,” including 20 GOP debates.”

February 25, 2012: “Romney’s race for GOP nomination will continue, supporters say ” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ” Longtime Romney adviser Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said this has already been ‘by far the most vetted nomination process in the history of our country,’ including 20 GOP debates.’”

February 25, 2012: “Jack Ambramoff, teen tanning and a boxing beauty queen” (KSL) ” In this Sunday Edition, “The Man Who Bought Washington,” convicted Lobbyist Jack Ambramoff explains his crimes and why he believes the federal political system is still broken {at the Hinckley Insittute of Politics]. Plus, we’ll take a closer look at a bill that would require parental consent for anyone under 18 to use a tanning bed. And, we’ll introduce you to a beauty queen with a great left hook.

February 25, 2012: “‘Excommunicated’ by GOP, Bob Bennett says Romney, religion, economy make 2012 election unique” by Jared Whitley (Deseret News) ”Sharing his “experiences of a practical politician, forcibly retired,” former Sen. Robert Bennett told an interfaith conference of Mormons and Protestants in Washington, D.C., that the 2012 election is proving to be one unlike any in his lifetime, and Gov. Mitt Romney’s religion is a key part of that.” 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.

February 24, 2012: “Washington’s most notorious lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, pushes for reform” by John Daley (Deseret News) “At the University of Utah [Hinckley Institute of Politics] Thursday, Abramoff talked about his new book, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist. He writes about how he rose to the top and ended up serving 43 months in federal prison, an experience he said changed him.”

February 24, 2012: “Wealthy Utahns write big checks to Mitt Romney super PAC” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, a campaign finance lawyer and Romney supporter, said it makes sense that the super PAC would out-raise the campaign in Utah for two reasons.”

February 24, 2012: “Politics Up Close: Former Superlobbyist Jack Abramoff” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”Less than two years after getting out of federal prison, former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff is in Utah, talking about the corrupt practices that led to his downfall and what should be done to put an end to such practices in Washington. We sat down with him at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 24, 2012: “Exposing Capitol’s secrets” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was the speaker at Thursday’s Hinckley Forum. He spoke to students about the corruption he witnessed and partook in during his time in prison.”

February 23, 2012: “Jack Abramoff comes to Utah on reform-oriented book tour ” by John Daley (KSL) ”Former lobbyist and influence peddler Jack Abramoff spoke at the University of Utah [Hinckley Institute of Politics] Thursday, advocating reforms in the lobbying system.”

February 23, 2012: “Hinckley Forum: Education forum discusses benefits of charter schools” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle)“Charter schools are often more able to prepare students for college than traditional public schools because they have academic rigor and smaller class sizes, said two speakers at the Hinckley forum Wednesday.”

Febuary 23, 2012: “U events desperately need to be organized” by Mimi Marstaller (Daily Utah Chronicle) “A few weeks ago I got an email about a Hinckley Institute forum happening the next day. The talk was fascinating but was attended mostly by students who had to be there for a class. The announcement of the event showed up on the Hinckley home page and the U’s Events page.”

February 23, 2012: “Study abroad deserves more credit” by Mark Pittman (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Since 2006, the Hinckley Institute of Politics has provided more than $730,000 in scholarships directly to students undertaking international internships, with 300 students undertaking them in at least 35 countries. The institute sends about 80 students a year on international internships, and those numbers have been steadily growing.”

February 22, 2012: “The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers says Utah is leading the way in voter reform. [KSL]” (Political Cornflakes)

February 22, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on-air with host Neal Larson of KID Newsradio 590am/92.1fm, Idaho Falls, ID to discuss GOP presidential campaign

February 2012 – Zac Zabawa was featured in the local paper while serving a Hinckley internship in India.

February 21. 2012: ” Salty Citizen – Shake off the cynicism. A better Utah awaits” by Kirk Jowers (City Weekly) ”On one hand, we live in an incredibly vibrant place. We have unparalleled access to outdoor recreation, the arts, booming businesses, and a world-class research, Pac-12, BCS-busting university. Kirk Jowers is director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He thanks Hinckley colleague Rochelle McConkie Parker for assisting with this feature.”

February 21, 2012: “”Utah leads way in solving voter registration problems” by Kirk Jowers (KSL) “Just a few years ago, Governor Jon Huntsman issued a challenge for Utah to improve some of the lowest voter turnout numbers in the nation. Governor Huntsman formed, and Governor Gary Herbert subsequently endorsed, a commission to explore the extent of the problem and make suggestions for improvement. Kirk L. Jowers is the University of Utah’s Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Caplin & Drysdale.”

February 20, 2012: “Entitlement spending must change” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “President Obama’s budget is out and it is an eye popper ” the largest peacetime one in history. Still, it claims to contain $1.7 trillion in budget cuts, or is it $2.4? Or some other number? Republicans insist that those cuts are phony and focus on the tax increases, which they put at $2 trillion. Maybe $3. Or more. Or less.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.”

February 18, 2012: “Romney visits Utah, speaks at Olympic celebration” by Lisa Riley Roche (KLS) “‘A lot of people are nostalgic about the Olympics and upset at the falsehoods said about the Olympics for political purposes and they wanted to welcome their leader home,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Romney adviser and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

February 18, 2012: “Mitt Romney relishes Olympic anniversary as opponents attempt to make his role as Games head political” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) “‘A lot of people are nostalgic about the Olympics and upset at the falsehoods said about the Olympics for political purposes and they wanted to welcome their leader home,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Romney adviser and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 17, 2012: “Mediocrity of education continues” by Howard Stevenson and Cody Jenkins (Deseret News) ”The commission called for more homework, extended school years, higher standards for teachers, higher graduation requirements, more rigorous and measurable standards and stiffer requirements for admission to four-year colleges. The national report was followed by state reports calling for implementation of the recommendations and countless other five-year plans for reforming education. Howard Stephenson is a Utah State senator and the chair of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Cody Jenkins is an intern from the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 17, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KSL TV’s Evening News regarding Mitt Romney being in Salt Lake City.

February 17, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding the Mitt Romney fundraiser at Little America

February 16, 2012: “Profs weigh in on Occupy pros, cons” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Professor in the Sociology Department, Julie Stewart speaks on the Occupy Movement at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 14, 2012: “Biographer highlights the many sides of Honest Ab” by Megan Gessel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Biographer Ron Andersen highlighted a few of the president’s lesser-known qualities ” his humor, spirituality and fearlessness ” on Monday at aHinckley Institute of Politics forum.”

February 13, 2012: “Mormon church seeks to boost party caucus turnout ” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘It is a very significant step by the LDS Church,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 13, 2012: “A brokered convention? Dream on” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “With Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum’s surprise showing in three states last week, people are again talking about a “brokered convention.” What exactly is that, and how could it happen? Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 11, 2012: “Tuesday losses for Romney cast doubt on frontrunner status ” by Lisa Riley Roche (KSL) ”‘Santorum has had difficulty in states where a lot of people vote, that require a broader outreach,’ said Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney supporter and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

February 10, 2012: “Colonel says building trust is key in security, military strategies” by Kelly Jones (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”‘Counter-insurgency is about challenging assumptions, developing trust and not being afraid to get your boots dirty,’ he said in a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum on Thursday.”

February 10, 2012: “Romney’s ‘Horrible Tuesday’ signals tough race ahead” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Santorum and Gingrich have each had some victories and some colossal no-shows. Neither of them has shown the ability to mount a sustained campaign against Romney, said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

February 10, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio’s Morning News with Grant and Amanda.

February 7, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show regarding the Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado GOP presidential races.

February 6, 2012: “Candidates need economic policy to win” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”With the Florida primary behind us, pundits are now pouring through its exit polls to come up with numbers to tell us where Mitt Romney’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Pollsters are doing the same with numbers attached to President Obama’s current approval ratings, giving us state-by-state projections of his likely electoral vote count. 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.”

February 6, 2012: “Would Mormon church influence Romney if president?” by Matt Canham (Scrippsnews.com) “Former Utah GOP Sen. Bob Bennett, who is Mormon and a Romney supporter, said it shouldn’t shock anyone that the LDS Church asks national politicians for help on occasion. Bennett predicted the LDS Church would be more hesitant to weigh in on a political issue if Romney were in the White House.”

February 6, 2012: “Romney has solid lead ahead of Tuesday’s triple primary” by John Daley (KSL) “‘When you look at it right now — and what he did in Florida, what he did in Nevada, the states coming up between now and Super Tuesday — it’s hard to see anything going wrong for him,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Romney supporter.”

February 2, 2012; “Law prof advocates stifling extremism” by Jake Stout (Daily Utah Chronicle) “All these questions were predicated on decisions of morality and ethics, the key issues behind extremism and targeted killing, which Guiora spoke about at Hinckley Institute of Politics forum Wednesday.”

January 31, 2012: “Romney wins big, but not big enough to end nomination race” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics head Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney adviser, said Florida sends a message to voters in the upcoming primary states. ‘South Carolina seemed to call in to question whether he had the fight necessary to take on Obama and his billion dollars,’ Jowers said. ‘There’s no question that Florida answered Mitt is ready, willing and able.’”

January 31, 2012: “Hits and Misses” by Katharine Biele (City Weekly) “So, as Durham steps down from the chief-justice spot, Utah women should be encouraged by the nonpartisan Real Women Run effort, sponsored by the YWCA and Hinckley Institute of Politics.The first event anticipated 40 attendees and got 300, which may attest to the interest. Right now, only 17 percent of the Utah Legislature is female and there are no female federal lawmakers. Durham, of course, represents the best for women, and, hopefully, will serve as a guiding light.”

January 2012: “Women meet in Sandy for leadership training” by JM Martin (Sandy Journal) ”The event was the product of a partnership between the YWCA of Salt Lake City, The Hinckley Institute of politics at the University of Utah and an organizing committee of 20 prominent women in positions of leadership.”

January 30, 2012: “Despite Gingrich, Romney says he’ll get the nomination” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said none of the remaining candidates are likely to be ready to leave the race right away. Besides Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are still in the running. Both have left Florida and are campaigning in other states.”

January 30, 2012: “Romney adjusts, moves Florida polls” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “The Florida Primary may determine the race for the Republican nomination. In 2008, it was McCain’s win there that eliminated Romney. If that proves to be the case this time, it will be because of “halftime adjustments,” to use a football term, that Team Romney made as a result of the outcome in South Carolina. (Full disclosure ” I am a Romney supporter.) 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.”

January 30, 2012: “Race for GOP presidential nomination going the distance, but Mitt Romney says he’ll eventually win” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said none of the remaining candidates are likely to be ready to leave the race right away.”

January 30, 2012: “Democracy Day 2012″ (City Weekly) ”Interested in the legislative process? Register for this FREE event and find out more. If you have ever wanted to learn more about the political process, meet your legislators or tour the capitol, register now for Democracy Day 2012. Special events this year include a mock debate between the Chairmen of Utah’s major political parties, and a keynote speech from Kirk L. Jowers.”

January 30, 2011: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics will be the keynote speaker AARP’s and CAP’s Democracy Day and moderate a debate between Republican Chairman Thomas Wright and Democratic Chairman Jim Dabakis.

January 27, 2012: “Hinckley forum: Utah Legislature to consider popular vote bill” by Jake Stout (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Panek was speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday for a bipartisan event promoting a change to the way votes are tallied in presidential elections.”

January 25, 2012: “Climate change could put food at risk” by Tiffany Justice (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Emanuela Bozzini, a research fellow at the University of Trento and Fulbright Schuman Fellow, spoke about the possible effects of climate change at Tuesday’s Hinckley Forum.”

January 24, 2012: “Utah higher education must adapt or die, Harvard business innovator tells legislators” by Ladd Brubaker (Deseret News) ”Afterward, Pershing said he has also been influenced by the book’s ideas. However, he said coursework is not the only product that the U. offers, but experiences provided by programs such as the Hinckley Institute of Politics and others.”

January 23, 2012: “With growing turnout, student voters can inspire candidates” by Mark Pittman (Daily Utah Chronicle) “‘University students always play a huge role in presidential campaigns,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘Because no amount of money or organization can compensate for a lack of passion and on-the-ground work, which is provided primarily by students.’

January 23, 2012: “Economic recovery depends on political stability” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”Let us hope that the news stays good or even improves. However, it ignores a potential problem facing us in 2012 which could change everything ” the unresolved financial problems in the rest of the world. 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.”

January 22, 2012: “Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on Fox 13 regarding the SC Primary and Florida.”

January 20, 2012: “Lawyers support minorities on the bench during MLK Week” by Kelly Jones (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The Hinckley Institute held a Celebrating Utah First discussion panel with Judge VerniceTrease; Judge Raymond S. Uno; Trystan Smith; Robert Flores; Sheldon Spotted Elk.The forum was moderated by Dr. M. David Rudd, Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Science, and was part of the 2012 Martin Luther King Celebration.”

January 20, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio’s Morning News with Grant and Amanda.

January 19, 2012: “Alumni lobbyists redefine their roles in government” by Dan Treasure (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”On Wednesday at theHinckley Institute of Politics, U alumni and lobbyists David Spatafore and Lincoln Shurtz spoke to a full house about their jobs.”

January 18, 2012: “Rep. Ivory says keep separation of state duties” by Dan Treasure (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, framed an argument for states’ rights through the lens of national debt and health care reform at a Hinckley Institute of Politicsforum Tuesday.”

January 18, 2012: “Poll: Only 1/3 of Utahns Participate in Utah’s Caucus System” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy.com) ”Leaders of the group, which include former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, Hinckley Institute of Politics executive director Kirk Jowers and Exoro partner and UPD publisher LaVarr Webb, said they didn’t have enough time before the April 15 petition filing deadline to gather the estimated 100,000 voter signatures required.”

January 17, 2012: “Huntsman has many options — including Senate bid” by Thomas Burr (Scripps News) ”‘Huntsman would be glad to serve in the next administration,’ said Kirk Jowers, a friend and backer of Romney and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 17, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in-studio on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show regarding Huntsman dropping out of the GOP presidential race.

January 17, 2012: “Getting women to run” (Deseret News) ”Two years ago, a Dan Jones & Associates poll for the Deseret News/KSL in conjunction with the Hinckley Institute found that women make up 55 percent of Republican voters in the state but only 25 percent of convention delegates. On the Democrats’ side, women were 60 percent of voters and only 43 percent of delegates. Young people and newcomers to the state also were disproportionately represented.”

January 17, 2012: “The Ins and Outs of the 2012 Presidential Election” “Presented by Kirk Jowers Director, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Director for Federal Relations, The University of Utah

January 16, 2012: “Huntsman: Smart choice to get out now, expert says” by Andrew Adams (KSL) ”Hinckley Institute of Politics directorKirk Jowers says Huntsman’s performance in New Hampshire was nice but not good enough to spur more fundraising beyond the Granite State. And he still trailed in the polls in places like South Carolina.”

January 16, 2012: “Mitt Romney’s technology driven campaign” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”However, a large percentage of potential voters fail to participate, so a candidate may not have moved up by changing minds; instead, he might have increased his total by getting passive supporters off the bench and onto the field. Every campaign needs a good “ground game” to identify and stimulate such potential voters. Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 16, 2012: “Women take on leadership at conference” by Jason Asay (Standard Examiner) “On Saturday, nearly 300 women attended the “Real Women Run: Find Your Voice” leadership training conference, sponsored by the YWCA and the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 16, 2012: “Next for Huntsman: Senate bid? Romney Cabinet? 2016? ” by Thomas Burr (Salt Lake Tribune) ”[S]aid Kirk Jowers, a friend and backer of Romney and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics[:] . . . ‘From what I know of Romney, he’s incredibly magnanimous and very focused on doing what’s right for the country. . . . I don’t think Huntsman has burned any bridges with Romney.’

January 16, 2012: “Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in-studio on Fox TV’s News regarding Huntsman dropping out of the GOP presidential race.

January 16, 2012: “Huntsman’s decision to quit presidential race ‘came from his gut’” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”;Huntsman put everything into New Hampshire. It was the proverbial ‘Hail Mary’ and it didn’t’ make it to the end zone,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Romney supporter who advised Huntsman as governor. ‘So it was inevitable he was going to drop out. Jowers, director of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said Huntsman likely took time after New Hampshire’s election “to make sure everyone was at peace with abandoning the fight.’”

January 16, 2012: “Huntsman dropping out not a surprise to some political observers” by Aaaron Vaughn (Fox 13) ”‘You realize it’s inevitable that he can’t win. Almost inevitable that Romney’s going to win,’ says director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Kirk Jowers. ‘So you drop out, endorse the frontrunner and live to fight another day.’

January 15, 2012: “Utah’s caucus system: Repair or replace?” by Billy Hesterman (Daily Herald) ”‘The great thing about the parallel track is it keeps everything that is good about the caucus convention system,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a member of Leavitt’s group. ‘This adds the component that allows the rest of your party’s voters to have a say in who represents the party.’”

January 15, 2012: “Romney’s spot on GOP ticket could increase Utah voter turnout” by John Daley (Desert News) “‘I tend to think that Democrats are in a lot of trouble if Mitt is at the top of the ticket,’ said Romney adviser Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Veteran political observers in Utah believe Romney’s impact could drive voter turnout up 3 percent or more.”

January 15, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in-studio on Fox TV’s 9 pm News regarding Huntsman dropping out of the GOP presidential race.

January 15, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in-studio on KSL TV’s 10 pm News regarding Huntsman dropping out of the GOP presidential race.

January 15, 2012, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on CBS Radio regarding Jon Huntsman’s announcement that he was dropping out of the presidential race and endorsing Mitt Romney.

January 14, 2012: “Real Women Run conference encourages women to get involved in politics” by Brittany Green-Miner (Fox 13) ”The group held their inaugural event, sponsored by The Hinckley Institute and the Salt Lake City chapter of the YWCA, on Saturday in Salt Lake City to help teach and encourage women to run for public office.”

January 14, 2012: “Hundreds of women participate in public leadership training” (Deseret News) ”Real Women Run is a collaborative nonpartisan effort. In addition to the YWCA and The Hinckley Institute, the partnership includes Salt Lake Community College, Vision 2020, representatives from all political parties in Utah, League of Women Voters, AAUW, current and former elected female officials, Westminster College, and other community organizations that support women.”

January 14, 2012: “Hundreds of women express interest in public leadership” (KSL) ”Real Women Run is a collaborative nonpartisan effort. In addition to the YWCA and The Hinckley Institute, the partnership includes Salt Lake Community College, Vision 2020, representatives from all political parties in Utah, League of Women Voters, AAUW, current and former elected female officials, Westminster College, and other community organizations that support women.”

January 14, 2012: “Real Women Run” (Women’s Resource Center) ”But if today’s event is at all indicative of future ballots, we’re in luck! Many Utah women are ready and willing to take on the important and respected role of Public Servant“ and now they’ve got backup! The YWCA, Zions Bank, Salt Lake Community College, the Hinckley Institute of Politics,Vision 20/20, the Utah Democratic Party, and the Uta GOP- along with numerous past and present representatives and senators- have all declared their support for the bold and brilliant concept of equal representation! Here’s to progress!”

January 14, 2012: “Martin Luther King Jr. events in Utah ” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politicspresents “Celebrating Utah Firsts” with some of the first people of color to join Utah’s legal profession, 12:15 p.m., Orson Spencer Hall, Room 255.”

January 13, 2012: “Real Women Run” (ABC 4) “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.”

January 13, 2012: “Campus takes a week to celebrate life of MLK” by Emily Andrews (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The week will conclude with a forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Jan. 19, with a panel discussion on issues of race in Utah.”

January 12, 2012: “Real Women Run This Saturday!” by Eric Peterson (City Weekly) ”This weekend’s political-organizing boot camp for women is more than just complimentary breakfast and a good keynote speaker, says Hinckley Institute Program Manager Lindsay Zizumbo. ‘We’re hoping to build a network of women [in politics],’ Zizumbo says.”

January 12, 2012: “Boot camp for aspiring women politicos” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The YWCA of Salt Lake City and Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah are organizing the public leadership training boot camp. The effort is backed by the Utah League of Women Voters.”

January 12, 2012: “FreedomWorks prepared to spend big money in Utah to defeat Hatch” by Dennis Romboy (Desret News) ”In 2010, the group initially stood behind Tim Bridgewater to unseat three-term Sen. Bob Bennett until it found out Bridgewater had received federal money for one of his businesses, said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. They shifted to now-Sen. Mike Lee, who ousted Bennett at the convention.”

January 11, 2012: “Free training Saturday intended to help more Utah women seek elected office” by Marjorie Cortez (Deseret News) ” The training, which has been organized by the YWCA Salt Lake City and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, will also encourage women to work on political campaigns, serve on public boards and commissions and participate in public policymaking. ‘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, the Hinckley Institute’s program manager for state and local internships.”

January 10, 2012: “Rocky road to recovery for fallen MEC” by Jordan Vogel (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”After director Bahman Baktiari was fired over a plagiarism scandal, the center lost a federal grant worth $4.5 million and an audit showed large money loss, the beleaguered center has undergone a dramatic restructuring. Two interim co-directors, Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Bob Goldberg of the Tanner Humanities Center were hired to help rebuild the center.”

January 10, 2012: “Real Women Run” by Jerre Wroble (City Weekly) ”The free training, sponsored by the YWCA Salt Lake City and the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, encourages women not only to run for office but to work on campaigns and serve on public boards and commissions. Why are there so few women in Utah politics? Are men not making them feel welcome, or are women just not stepping up?”

January 9, 2012: “CityViews 1/10/12: Why Don’t We Vote?” (KCPW) ”Utahns have a reputation for being good-hearted souls, volunteering and donating organs in record numbers. But that virtue dsn’t extend to the ballot box, with only one in four eligible Utahns registered to vote. On Tuesday, we’re talking about Utah’s dismal voting record and what can be done to involve more citizens in our democracy. Guests: Jennifer Gonnelly, League of Women Voters of Utah and Dr. Tim Chambless, political science professor, University of Utah”

January 9, 2012: “U.S. needs entitlement restructuring” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) “$1.7 trillion, or 58 percent of that number, came about without any action by either Congress or the president. It accrued as a liability simply because the nation became a year older. How is that possible? Because of our entitlement programs. 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.”

January 8, 2012: “A better nominating process” by Michael Leavitt (Deseret News) “If I had one New Year’s resolution for our state it would be to reverse a more than 40-year general decline in voter participation. Utah used to set a high standard for civic engagement. Now we consistently rank among the bottom five states in the country for voter turnout. It’s a black eye on our state and a harbinger of trouble ahead if we don’t reverse the trend.”

January 6, 2012: “Chris Herrod to take on Hatch, socialism in bid for U.S. Senate” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) “Herrod’s entry into the race might be good news for Hatch, said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics. Herrod and Liljenquist could split the delegate vote at the state GOP convention in April, he said.

January 5, 2012: “Love launches congressional bid as budget hawk ” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”I think the 4th District is by far the most compelling race in Utah for 2012,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “It’s a fascinating convention fight that I think is almost guaranteed a primary, and the winner has to go against the most formidable Democrat in Matheson.”

January 4, 2012: “We’ve finally arrived at votes that count. We’ll review the results of the Iowa Caucuses with several political experts: Mike Lyons, Associate Professor of Political Science at USU; Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics; Deseret News columnists, LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli; and Quin Monson, BYU Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Director at the Center for the study of Elections and Democracy.” (UPR)

January 4, 2012: “Romney, Santorum look to increase Iowa momentum in NH ” by Keith McCord (KSL) ” “For Santorum, it is a huge lift,” said Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Because there was a guy — ˜Mr. Irrelevant’ — for 11 months, and now he has a very nice ticket out of Iowa. Whether he has anything left is a big question.”

January 3, 2012: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on KLO Radio with Walter Platz to preview the Iowa Caucus.

January 2, 2012: “What we learn from Iowa caucuses” by Robert Bennett (Deseret News) ”The weekend press has been full of predictions about tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses, with new polls showing massive voter shifts. Gingrich now appears destined for third or even fourth place, with Mitt Romney having a late surge along with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. High drama with the nomination hanging in the balance. 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.”

January 2, 2012: “Mormon view on role of governing is distinct ” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”In his major 2007 speech on religion and politics during the last campaign, Romney echd that view. “Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God,” he said, “not an indulgence of government.” Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said such beliefs contribute to a tendency toward conservative politics among Mormons. They help show “a hands-off approach to government,” he said, “and Republicans are seen as embodying that more than Democrats.”