2018 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.

To schedule a media interview with Hinckley Institute director Jason Perry, please contact Natalie Tippets at 801-581-8514 or natalie.tippets@utah.edu.


February 11, 2018:  POLITICAL STRATEGIST KARL ROVE SAYS NASTY POLITICS NOT NEW (Political News) " Karl Rove, known as the “architect” of President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns, shared one central message here Thursday: 'don’t despair.' Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, where he said he began his political career. 'They were some of the most exciting and pleasant times I had, and when I left here I was on fire,' Rove said, referring to his time spent at the University of Utah as a student. Among many other topics, Rove addressed the current low levels of trust in American institutions, including the White House, Congress and the media. 'Things are not what they ought to be. I’m not gonna say that things are normal,' Rove said. 'But I like to remind people we’ve been here before.' Rove gave many examples of previous eras in American history when politics have been, in his words, “brutal, nasty, ugly, divisive and unconstructive.' He said the key to overcoming such eras is in the presidency. " 

February 9, 2018: In Utah talk, Karl Rove suggests President Donald Trump isn’t the worst Americans have seen (Salt Lake Tribune) " President Donald Trump has called Democrats “treasonous” for not clapping during his State of the Union address. He’s mocked the minority leader of the Senate as “cryin’ Chuck Schumer.” And he’s tweeted that actress Meryl Streep is “over-rated.” Still, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Thursday, the political discourse has been more “nasty and mean and vicious” in America’s past than it is now. Trump, he suggested, is not the worst this country has seen. Speaking at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, where he studied for two years, Rove offered his take on historical partisanship that has caused deeper rifts. "

February 8, 2018: Karl Rove, ‘architect’ of Bush presidential campaigns, speaks at Hinckley Institute (Fox 13) " Political strategist Karl Rove is speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Thursday. Rove served as the senior adviser and deputy chief of staff during the George W. Bush administration. He’s also known as “the architect” of Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns. Rove will speak at the Hinckley Institute at 2 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. " 

February 3, 2018: 3 of 4 Utahns support tougher ban on cellphone use while driving (Salt Lake Tribune) " Three of every four Utahns apparently would like to send a message to people who use cellphones while driving: Hang up, already. A new poll commissioned by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics shows that by a 75-23 margin, Utahns support HB64 by Rep. Carol Moss, D-Holladay — legislation that would clearly ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. It would still allow use of hands-free devices. "

February 2, 2018: Romney Says He’ll Decide on Senate Run Mid-Olympics: ‘Join Team Mitt’ (Breitbart Store) " Former Massachusetts governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he would announce on February 15 if he is running for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by longtime statesman Orrin Hatch (R-UT). 'I think he’s in,' Jason Perry, executive director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics told the Tribune. 'The way this tweet was put out and the message that was delivered seems to indicate that he has a big announcement.' 'You don’t usually send out a tweet to say ‘I’m not interested,' Perry said."

February 1, 2018:  President Trump falsely claims record viewership for his State of the Union address (Salt Lake Tribune) " President Trump falsely claims record viewership for his State of the Union address. Biskupski gives her State of the City speech. McAdams outraises Love. According to a new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and The Hinckley Institute, 46% of Utah Rep. John Curtis’ constituents don’t know who he is -- something the new congressman says he’ll work to improve. "

January 29, 2018: Opposition to Our Schools Now’s $715M tax hike falls to its lowest level yet (Salt Lake Tribune) " Fifty-six percent of Utahns support an initiative seeking to add $715 million in annual public school funding by boosting income and sales taxes, according to a new poll. That number is in line with recent polls on the Our Schools Now campaign showing a consistent, but not necessarily comfortable, cushion of support for the proposed ballot measure. But the new survey — conducted for The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics — also suggests opposition to Our Schools Now is eroding. Only 38 percent of Utahns say they “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose the initiative, a decline of 5 percentage points since October. "

January 28, 2018: Breaking down the State of The State address (Good4Utah) " On Wednesday, Governor Gary Herbert gave his annual State of the State address, but this year's speech was a little different. Less than a week after  the federal government shutdown he decided to focus on what he calls, 'Utah's unique spirit of collaboration,' where he called for all Utahans to come together and work with one another for a brighter future. Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Jason Perry stops by this weeks Inside Utah Politics to break down the speech.  'People left the speech thinking, I'm proud to be a Utahn, but they're also thinking we have to think beyond ourselves and that is such an important principal. Decisions today impact tomorrow and we have to, kind of be making laws that think that way, 'Perry said. "

January 27, 2018: Should Utah allow higher-alcohol beer in grocery stores? Utahns are split (Salt Lake Tribune) " The selection of 3.2 percent beer in Utah grocery and convenience stores will, later this year, start a rapid decline. Consumers will see fewer options while businesses, especially in rural areas, could see sales revenue drop. Without legislative action, Utah could soon become one of only two states that maintain the 3.2 percent beer mandate. The Legislature is undecided on the issue. And a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows their constituents also are split. "

January 26, 2018: Mia Love Vulnerable In Re-Election Race (Goddard's Political Wire) " A new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows Rep. Mia Love (R) with a small 5-point edge over Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D), 47% to 42%, 'a slightly narrower lead than she had three months ago and just outside of the margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points'.”

January 25, 2018: A majority of Western voters oppose Trump’s energy-focused public lands agenda, poll finds (Salt Lake Tribune) " New bipartisan polling finds widespread disapproval among Western voters of the Trump administration’s public land policies, including recent reductions to two Utah national monuments and the expansion of lands being made available for energy extraction. New polling commissioned by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute also found Utah voters divided over the monument reductions, but with a near or slight majorities favoring reduction rather than opposing it. "

January 23, 2018: Trump’s team wants Bears Ears, Grand Staircase lawsuits filed in D.C. sent back to Utah (Salt Lake Tribune) " The Trump administration is urging a federal court in Washington to transfer lawsuits seeking to overturn changes to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to Utah’s district court, where it says the impact of the ultimate decision will be felt most. A new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics shows that about half of Utahns support Trump’s move to dramatically shrink the two monuments. " 

January 19, 2018: Bills and ballot initiative aim at legalizing medical marijuana in Utah (Daily Universe) "A BYU graduate’s proposed 2018 ballot initiative effort could lead to the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah. At the same time, a Utah County lawmaker says he will introduce a package of bills aimed the production and sale of cannabis-based medicines. The initiative needs 113,000 signatures by April 15 in order to be included in November’s ballot. A recent poll conducted by the Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics shows that 75 percent of Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support the initiative. "

January 19, 2018: Utah preps for federal shutdown as politicians squabble over CHIP (KSL) " Gov. Gary Herbert urged the U.S. Senate on Friday to resolve its differences in order to keep the federal government going and to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. Political observers in Utah said voters are likely to be frustrated over the difficulty Congress has coming to an agreement. 'It's turning out to be the blame game, and putting very important populations in the middle of that game. It is concerning,' said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "

January 13, 2018: Money being raised for Sen. Orrin Hatch library, public policy institute (Deseret News) " Both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University have made their interest in the project known, although other campuses in the state may also be hoping to participate. Jason Perry, head of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he and U. President David Pershing are leading an effort to attract the center. A possible site is on South Temple, near the U.'s Thomas S. Monson Center. 'There is huge interest in the papers that Sen. Hatch has collected in his time in office. There are many organizations that would love to be affiliated with him and his center and the university is one of them,' Perry said. "

January 11, 2018: Republican House speaker in Utah won’t seek re-election (Post Register)  "Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the Republican may have his eye on a higher office, perhaps the governor’s seat that is opening in 2020. 'What we know about Greg Hughes is he has a plan for whatever he does,' Perry said. 'He is known for being willing to take risks.'Hughes said he would back Mitt Romney if the former Massachusetts governor decides to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated when Sen. Orrin Hatch retires at the end of the year.

January 10, 2018: Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes will not seek re-election in 2018 (KUTV) "Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, commented, 'I doubt very much that he is finished with politics.' 'Anytime there is a high-profiled political position available, Greg Hughes is on that list,' Perry said. 'And we have some big opportunities coming. He could decide to run for the [U.S.] House, but most speculation is on him being most interested in running for governor' in 2020. "

January 8, 2018: Mitt Romney treated for prostate cancer over the summer (KSL) " Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he sees a 'high likelihood' that Romney is running, and the news about his health shouldn't have any negative effect on the race. 'In fact, I think it's just a positive for Mitt Romney. Get that out on your own terms and put it to rest. He's already an amazingly popular candidate. If he decides to run, nothing's going to hurt him in terms of announcements like that,' Perry said. He said the timing of the news is telling. "

January 3, 2018: Mitt Romney could change race for open Senate seat ( Good4Utah) " Morgan Lyon Cotti is the Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. She notes if Romney does decide to run he would be hard to beat. 'It would be very difficult to challenge Mitt Romney whether from the Republican or Democratic side, said Cotti. 'However if Mitt Romney decides not to run we could see quite a few people going for that seat.' Several people have already declared for the race even before Senator Hatch's announcement. Jenny Wilson, who is a current member of the Salt Lake County Council, is a Democrat who has already announced she's running. " 

January 2, 2018: Senator Hatch announces retirement after more than four decades of service (Good4Utah) "Hatch has also been part of the confirmation of every justice currently sitting on the Supreme Court. Morgan Lyon Cotti, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics says regardless of what you think of him, Hatch is an institution in Utah politics. 'You could argue that he's the most powerful politician Utah has ever had. As President Pro Tempore and the chair of the Senate Finance Committee he has a huge amount of sway,' said Lyon Cotti."

January 2, 2018: Orrin Hatch just announced he’ll retire from the Senate (Vox) " A July poll from the Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics found 78 percent of voters in the state wanted to see Hatch retire after this term, with 57 percent saying he should "definitely not" run for reelection. Hatch polled 1 point behind the Democratic candidate. "