2017 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. " 

December 29, 2017: Utah Republicans on edge waiting for Orrin Hatch's re-election decision (Washington Examiner) " 'No poll can adequately account for the toughness of Sen. Hatch as a candidate,' said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. 'In a general election between Hatch and a Democratic challenger, it very much depends on who the Democratic candidate is. But at the end of the day, party roots run deep in this very Republican state, and any Democrat would have a very tough time challenging Hatch.' " 

December 23, 2017: Rio Grande politics: Speaker Greg Hughes discusses his 'unusual' step into homeless issue (Deseret News) " Political pundits call Hughes' involvement in homelessness issues an "unusual" move for the Draper Republican — who comes from a city that erupted in outrage earlier this year when their mayor volunteered to host a homeless resource center. 'The issue of homelessness has been historically fraught with peril for elected officials,' said Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. And politics aside, 'it is unusual for an elected official, particularly a speaker of the House, to get involved in a very local issue like this,' Perry said. " 

December 15, 2017: Local navigators busy on final day of ACA open enrollment (Good4Utah) " Interest is running high despite all the uncertainty surrounding the law. Jason Perry, the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says the fate of the ACA is still very much in doubt. 'This was a campaign promise for many Republicans across the country. They are going to take down the Affordable Care Act, and the fact that they have not been able to do it so far is not discouraging this dialogue from happening all across the country,' said Perry. "

December 13, 2017: Utah Democrats: Win in Alabama Senate race 'incredibly energizing' (KSL) " 'The good thing for Romney or any candidate that does not toe the Bannon party line is Bannon will not have the ability to impact good quality Republican candidates in the future,' Jowers said. Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Bannon was never going to win over many voters in Utah, even before his candidate lost big in Alabama. " 

December 7, 2017: Letter: Majority of Utahns believe in climate change — and politicians should take note (Salt Lake Tribune) "A recent Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll shows that Utahns’ attitudes about our changing climate are changing. The poll, conducted Oct. 10-13, indicates that 72 percent of Utahns believe that climate change is occurring, and 64 percent believe that human activity is exacerbating that change. "

December 4, 2017: Trump decimates two national monuments in ‘historic action’ (Think Progress) " On Monday, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) thanked Trump for 'giving a voice to the people of Utah who for too long have been overlooked in the debate about public lands.' Polling shows that Utah residents are almost evenly split on the issue, though Bears Ears tends to be more controversial than Grand Staircase-Escalate. An October poll commissioned by commissioned by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics found that 51 percent of Utahans polled in October favored shrinking Bears Ears, but 53 percent opposed breaking up Grand Staircase-Escalante. "

December 4, 2017: TRUMP, WHOM THE LDS CHURCH’S NEWSPAPER ONCE URGED TO DROP OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, WILL MEET WITH TOP MORMON LEADERS TODAY (Hotel Promo) "Several addressed the Mormon faithful in the iconic tabernacle on downtown Salt Lake City’s Temple Square; some even made campaign speeches there. 'We don’t have that [anymore],' Morgan Lyon Cotti, associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said on 'Mormon Land,' 'because of trying to have some more barriers with church and state.' 

November 29, 2017: Trump's popularity may be boosted by Utah visit despite split over monuments (KSL) " President Donald Trump's trip to Salt Lake City on Monday to announce reductions in the size of two of the state's national monuments may give him a boost in Utah, despite the split over the issue. 'His popularity level here, I think has a chance to improve,' Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Wednesday. 'I think there's just an upside for him.' Polling has shown Utahns are divided over whether the president should shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, something Perry said will be evident during Trump's visit. "

November 27, 2017: Hatch's big moment arrives as tax fight heads to Senate floor (10 News) " Overhauling the tax code is always a tall order, which is one reason Congress hasn't passed legislation of this magnitude since 1986. But as lawmakers return Monday from the Thanksgiving break, Hatch, the 83-year-old Utah Republican who chairs the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, faces special challenges. 'If he decides not to run for re-election, this would be the capstone of the career of a senator who has passed more legislation than any other person in Congress,' said Jason Perry, the director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "

November 20, 2017: Bannon's Senate Insurgency Hits a Stumbling Block in Utah (The Atlantic) " Steve Bannon’s widely hyped war on the Republican establishment hit a setback Monday in Utah, when a prominent conservative he’d been courting to mount an insurgent Senate bid in the state announced he wouldn’t run. That sentiment was echoed by other Utah politicos I heard from Monday. 'If Mitt Romney enters the Senate race, it is hard to imagine any other candidate, hand picked by Bannon or otherwise, who could beat him,' said Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. 'Romney is political royalty in Utah and his brand of politics resonates with Utah voters.' "

November 18, 2017: The Watchdog That Demands Transparency: Bob Woodward at the Hinckley Institute (HerCampus) " Woodward said he was borderline obsessed with his job at the Post. He was the worker who was there early, stayed late, and was 'dumb enough to come to work this morning' when his superiors needed a Saturday story covered. The respected journalist we know today originally wanted to be a lawyer. He told Sam Rich, a U alum who conducted the interview at Hinkley’s event, he planned on following his father’s footsteps, and worked as a janitor for his father’s law firm. One day, he came upon papers concerning his classmates. It was his curiosity in reading about the dirt on his classmates lives that fed his interests in becoming a journalist. "

November 16, 2017: Watergate reporter Bob Woodward calls current political climate a test for democracy (KSL) " The Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and prolific author spoke as part of the Hinckley Institute of Politics' 2017 Sam Rich Lecture Series. The conversation with Doug Fabrizio, host and executive producer the RadioWest program on KUER radio, focused on Woodward's experiences with fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein investigating Richard Nixon and the scandal that ended his presidency in 1974. "

November 10, 2017: Mitt Romney may be making moves to run for Senate (KSL) " Mitt Romney's interest in running for the Senate appears to be intensifying, even though Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has shown no sign he's decided to retire. 'Everyone is waiting for him to make that decision,' said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. 'Even Mitt Romney is waiting for that decision, out of an abundance of respect for the career Sen. Hatch has had.'But Perry said that hasn't stopped the 2012 GOP presidential nominee from openly discussing a possible Senate run next year. "

November 9, 2017: More women running for office, and winning (Good4Utah) " Morgan Lyon Cotti is the Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. She notes woman often feel they need to be over qualified to run, which often keeps them from trying. That's why these wins were so big. 'This is a big deal,' said Lyon Cotti. 'And we see that governing changes when women are at the table.' Lyon Cotti is also a part of a Utah non-partisan organization called 'Real Women Run.' The group helps train and get women ready to run for office. While the group has mostly worked on the Wasatch Front, they've started to get more interest from around the state. "

November 7, 2017: Curtis Poised to Succeed Chaffetz in Utah (Roll Call) "Curtis had a nearly 30-point lead in a Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll conducted in early October. Forty-six percent of those surveyed backed Curtis, 19 percent backed Allen and 9 percent backed Bennett. "

November 6, 2017: 3rd District vacancy to be filled on Election Day (Good4Utah) " Tuesday, we will find out who voters choose to fill the vacant seat in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. 'This is just a tough district for a democrat. This is one of the most reliably red districts in the whole country. This is one Jason Chaffetz had for such a long time, won by huge margins. It's just one of those areas where republicans do really, really well,' said Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry. "

November 5, 2017: Breaking down the big races in this weeks upcoming General Election (Good4Utah) " Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Jason Perry stops by Inside Utah Politics to talk about some of the key races on this Tuesday's General Election ballot including the Special Election in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. '[John Curtis} he has had a consistent lead through this entire process, nothing has happened to change that. Even the debates didn't change anything there. Everyone loves who they love, but he's going into this election with a thirty point lead' said Perry. "

November 2, 2017: Most Utahns say a baker with a religious objection shouldn’t have to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple (TVN) "A new Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows that 67 percent of registered voters would support a law to let business owners deny consumer services on religious grounds, while 29 percent would not. The question itself turns on the tension between religious freedom and the advancing civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens, who have been legally allowed to marry in all 50 states since 2015. "

October 31, 2017: This Green Earth (KPCW) " Then, former Congressman Bob Inglis talks about a speech he is giving this Friday, November 3rd at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.  Bob is a republican from South Carolina who received high marks from his colleagues and constituents until he embraced one subject - climate change.  Learn why he did this, why it cost him his seat and why he still embraces it today. "

October 29, 2017: Big names line up to support Mia Love, how will that impact the race? (Good4Utah) " Representative Mia Love rolled out her Campaign Finance Committee and it includes some big Utah names.Kathleen Anderson and Jeff Swift debate what that could mean for the race. They also weigh in on a new Salt Lake Tribune/ Hinckley Institute of Politics poll on the 2020 governors race and Senator Jeff Flakes speech on the Senate floor."

October 27, 2017: Hatch Retirement Rumors Heat Up Again (KUER) "The Atlantic magazine reported Friday that Hatch has privately been telling friends he will retire at the end of his term next year, citing five sources familiar with the conversations. Hatch’s office immediately rebutted the article, saying there was nothing new to be reported. The seven-term Republican senator has repeatedly said he’s yet to make a final decision.'Sen. Hatch has a difficult decision to make,' says Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. 'In the end, he is the only one who can make it, and people are going to wait for him to do it.' That said, Perry says speculation continues to grow about Mitt Romney entering the race should Hatch step aside.

October 27, 2017: A majority of Utah voters like the idea of creating an independent board to work on redistricting (Salt Lake Tribune) "One in four registered voters strongly supports the Better Boundaries plan and 28 percent somewhat support the idea, according to the results of polling by Dan Jones & Associates for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Twenty-seven percent of the 605 registered voters surveyed were either strongly or somewhat opposed to the idea. And 20 percent didn’t know whether they supported the initiative, one of five that may be on the 2018 ballot. "

October 25, 2017: Count My Vote set to hold public hearings this week (KSL) " Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said answering that question is going to be key to the success of the Count My Vote initiative. 'The messaging for the Count My Vote initiative is the most important part, because Utahns are weary of things that limit options," Perry said. "It has to be a message of choice.'

October 23, 2017: New poll has Chaffetz in the lead among early contenders for governor (Good4news) "  A new Salt Lake Tribune/ Hinckley Institute of Politics poll is giving us a glance into the next race for Utah governor. 'At this point, it is really just about name ID and recognition. When you go out a couple of years before a race what you are really saying is, who do you know and do you like them? And right now, people know Jason Chaffetz and they like him,' said Jason Perry, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. "

October 21, 2017: Most Utahns are worried about North Korea's nuclear program, but very few favor a military strike to stop it (Salt Lake Tribune) " More than eight in 10 Utahns are concerned about North Korea’s nuclear program but they are split on what approach to take — continuing with sanctions or conducting direct negotiations with the rogue country, a new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics found."

October 19, 2017: Poll: Utahns say Orrin Hatch shouldn’t run again, but Mitt Romney should (Salt Lake Tribune) " 'Voters are saying, ‘Please don’t run again.’ Many have fond memories of Senator Hatch, but they feel the time has come for him to step aside,' said pollster Dan Jones, who conducted the survey for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 18, 2017: As leaders assess first two months, Operation Rio Grande gets a thumbs up from Utah voters (Salt Lake Tribune): " A new statewide Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows nearly two-thirds of registered voters believe the effort has been at least somewhat effective in reducing lawlessness near the 210 S. Rio Grande St. shelter."

October 18, 2017: Big majority of Utahns favors banning rapid-fire gun modifications after Las Vegas shooting (trueviralnews): " Some 69 percent of surveyed Utahns – including majorities across party, ideology, religion and education-level lines – say they want a law to prohibit the devices that can allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire more rounds more quickly, according to The Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll. The Las Vegas shooter had rigged multiple rifles with bump stocks, allowing him to spray bullets into the crowd. "

October 10, 2017: Republican congressional hopeful John Curtis nabs Romney endorsement in race to replace Chaffetz (trueviralnews): " 'It’s a huge deal in this race,' said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. 'The Romney name carries a significant amount of weight and if he’s behind you, significant portions of Utah come with him.' Perry also said support from Romney is hard to earn. 'Everyone would love to have it, but it’s not just handed out.'

October 8, 2017: KSL TV Sunday Edition (KSL, Deseret News): "Morgan Lyon Cotti and Lois Collins discuss the politics that surround tragedy with Mike Headrick."

September 30, 2017: McAdams ponders congressional run in Love's 4th District" (KSL) " Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said McAdams is known for having "support from both sides of the aisle." A broad coalition of support would be needed to beat Love, who has been garnering more and more of the vote in the 4th District every two years since being defeated by Democrat incumbent Jim Matheson in 2012, Perry said." 

September 25, 2017: "U. officials chat with students before this week's Ben Shapiro speech" (KSL) " To encourage civil discussion on the differences about free speech and hate speech, the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center and the Hinckley Institute of Politics sponsored a "pizza and politics" forum titled "Free Speech at What Cost?" on Monday. Almost 80 students and faculty attended the on-campus forum, which included Lori McDonald, U. dean of students; Nicole Robinson, assistant vice president for equity and diversity; Boyd Ferguson, senior attorney at the Salt Lake City Attorney's Office; and David Reymann, attorney with Parr Brown Gee and Loveless, as panelists."

September 18, 2017: "Jon Huntsman Jr. faces Senate hearing for Ambassador to Russia job" (Fox 13 News) " Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry expects the hearing to focus more on Trump than on Huntsman, because Trump is under investigation by Senate and House Committees as well as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, all examining alleged ties between the President, his campaign, and the government of Russia."

September 11, 2017: Journalist who helped break Watergate scandal to visit U of U" (KUTV) " The University of Utah announced on September 11 that the Hinckley Institute of Politics will be welcoming Bob Woodward as the 2017 Sam Rich Lecturer." 

September 11, 2017: " Mitt Romney may run for Utah Senate seat in 2018: report" (Morning Star) " Two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senator from Utah in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch, the senior-most Republican in the Senate, decides to retire. A poll last month by the Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, found that nearly 8-in-10 registered Utah voters don't think Hatch should seek re-election." 

September 3, 2017: "Iconic journalist to visit Utah this fall" (Good4Utah) "Investigative Journalist Bob Woodward will speak to students about the importance of the press and how he broke the story on Watergate. Woodward will also talk about the similarities between politics today and during his time at the height of his career. Jason Perry, the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, broke the news on Inside Utah Politics. 

September 1, 2017: "News roundup: Treasury secretary suggests Harriet Tubman’s future on $20 bill is uncertain" (Salt Lake Tribune) "  Dirty campaign tactics used by politicians are teaching us ”to hate each other,” said Project Vote Smart co-founder Richard Kimball during a forum at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday."

August 24, 2017: "The redistricting process" (KCPW) " Emily Means talks with Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, about redistricting, the process of re-evaluating and redrawing political boundaries following the U.S. census; and their thoughts on the Better Boundaries initiative. Also, Jason Perry from the Hinckley Institute of Politics lays the groundwork for understanding where congressional seats are located." 

August 23, 2017: "Chris Stewart says he’ll seek Senate seat if Orrin Hatch doesn’t run for re-election" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Utah Rep. Chris Stewart “absolutely” hopes his colleague and mentor Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, runs for re-election in 2018. But if he doesn’t, Stewart said he plans to launch a bid for Hatch’s seat. 'If Hatch decides not to run, the list of candidates grows immediately,' said Hinckley Institute Director Jason Perry. 'There are several people who have campaign machines already running.' Stewart, who took office in 2013, would be 'a very strong candidate,' Perry added, though other possible contenders could be challenging opponents for the congressman.

August 17, 2017: "Tribune Editorial: We need more women on Utah's courts" (Salt Lake Tribune) " Part of why the ascent of women onto the Utah judiciary has been so slow is due to an antiquated cultural prohibition on men and women socializing, even in the workplace. A recent Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows that men and women in Utah feel social mingling between the sexes is often inappropriate, especially evening activities."

August 15, 2017: " What to know about the Alabama primary" (Fox News) " Unlike other House races decided this year, Democrats are not seriously contesting the heavily GOP district… Instead, Tuesday’s GOP primary in Utah is set to be decided along more familiar lines of ideology and sensibility in a state whose Republican voters have long had an uneasy relationship with Trump. 'The short answer is, President Trump has not been much of a factor in this race,’ said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

August, 10, 2017: " 'Now the real work begins': Medical cannabis advocates cleared to collect initiative signatures" (KSL) "Efforts to put a medical cannabis initiative on the voting ballot reached a new milestone Thursday when Lt. Governor Spencer Cox granted approval to the Utah Patients Coalition to begin gathering petition signatures. 'Now the real work begins,' said DJ Schanz, co-director of the organization's campaign. Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, agreed with Schanz that gathering signatures is 'not an easy process.' Perry said many groups who oppose the bill will almost immediately begin campaigning against it. 'That is the dance that's going to occur,' he said."

August 1, 2017: "Poll: 78% of Utahns don't support Sen. Hatch run for 8th term" (KSL) "A majority of Utahns do not think Sen. Orrin Hatch should run for an eighth term in office, according to a new poll. The poll, by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, shows 78 percent of respondents said Hatch should not run again when his current term ends."

July 31, 2017: "Over 75 percent of Utahns support medical marijuana ballot initiative, a new poll says" (Salt Lake Tribune) " It stands to reason, then, that the Sugar House resident is in favor of a proposed 2018 ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Utah. And a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows that 77 percent of Utah voters somewhat or strongly support it as well. That relatively high level of backing isn't surprising to medical-marijuana advocate Christine Stenquist. The people of the Beehive State, she said, 'are ready for this issue.'"

July 29, 2017: "Race for Chaffetz's House seat heats up, in GOP primary debate" (FoxNews) " Republican candidates for the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz jockeyed to burnish their conservative credentials in a Friday debate that got heated over one candidate's former Democratic ties. The event was in Provo, hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and The Salt Lake Tribune."

July 28, 2017: " Representative Stewart angry over failed health care vote" (Good4Utah) " In the early morning hours the republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare suffered a stunning defeat.'This was a high drama night. People coming to the floor not knowing what their votes are going to be, and in the end Senator John McCain really derailed the republicans efforts on health care for right now,' said Jason Perry, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

July 18, 2017: "Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia" (KSL) " President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. as U.S. ambassador to Russia, ending months of speculation about the high-profile, high-stakes appointment. 'It's the nomination that we have been waiting for and he is the perfect choice for this position, and if there was ever a time we needed Jon Huntsman, this is it,' said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

June 27, 2017: "Salt Lake County is becoming less Mormon—Utah County is headed in the other direction" (Salt Lake Tribune) "'Salt Lake County and Utah County are so different but are becoming one big metro area,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti, a political scientist at the U. Part of the religious divide is driven by housing costs, but she suggests some of it also might come from workers more willing to commute, especially those who have relocated from more crowded states like California."

June 8, 2017: "Utah members of Congress say nothing new in Comey testimony" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, former head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Comey's testimony didn't produce a smoking gun for the Democrats to take Trump out, but 'boy, there's a lot there.'"

June 5, 2017: "First candidate qualifies for ballot spot in race to replace Utah 3rd District’s Chaffetz" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Deidre Henderson standing out as strong candidates from the GOP, according to Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Although the district is reliably red, Perry acknowledged that Democrat Kathie Allen could also be a contender."

June 2, 2017: "GOP delegates 'highly encouraged' to donate at convention to replace Chaffetz" (Deseret News) "Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the Republican Party is "clearly trying to find ways to get funding flowing.""

June 1, 2017: "A.M. notes: LDS Church to repay tithing, plans for Mitt Romney's summit, double-decker I-15 in the future?" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, a former head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, told the Deseret News that Trump won’t be a subject of discussion."

May 26, 2017: "Chaffetz's exit leaves 21—so far— seeking to fill the void" (The Salt Lake Tribune) ""This is a very crowded slate," said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. "All of them are not going to be able to get to the finish line."

May 25, 2017: "Congressional race gets crowded as Provo Mayor joins candidates" (Good4Utah) "Jason Perry is the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. He said this is the most candidates he's seen in a local congressional race."

May 16, 2017: "U. looks to create endowed chair honoring the late Bob Bennett" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "After losing re-election, Bennett taught at the U. and mentored students at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

May 10, 2017: "No way around politics in Comey firing, Utah leaders say" (Deseret News) "Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the way Trump dismissed the FBI director won't instill confidence in the American public.'"

April 25, 2017: "Chaffetz says Michael Flynn may face 'repercussions for a violation of law' after accepting Russian money" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry suggests that Flynn presents "a very safe way to look at some dealings with Russia.""

April 20, 2017: "Rep. Chaffetz considers leaving Congress before the end of his term" (FOX 13) "Morgan Lyon Cotti of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah said Chaffetz is on par with many past members of the state's congressional delegation who have served about 10 years, then retiring because of 'burn out.'"

April 19, 2017: "RadioActive" (90.9 KRCL) "Morgan Lyon-Cotti, Hinckley Institute of Politics, on the political tea leaves in the wake of today's #breakingnews: Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz will not be seeking re-election." 

April 19, 2017: "Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he won't seek re-election but his plans remain unclear" (KSL) "Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Chaffetz should be taken at his word when he talks about the toll his being in Congress has taken on his family."

April 19, 2017: "Jason Chaffetz was a political celebrity almost from the start" (KUTV) "'He is an unconventional candidate in most respects,' said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

April 19, 2017: "Will he or won't he? Hatch keeps Utah in suspense" (Roll Call) "'That momentum that claimed the position of Sen. Bob Bennett in Utah is not really there right now,' said Jason Perry, head of the Hinckley Institute."

April 10, 2017: "More than a third of Utahns know someone who died by suicide, 42 percent know someone who tried, poll shows" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "A recent Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll indicates nearly 38 percent of Utahns knew someone who died by suicide."

April 8, 2017: "Utahns not thrilled with state's response to Outdoor Retailer staredown, poll shows" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "A Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll showed 34 percent of registered voters evaluated the state's response to Outdoor Retailer complaints as excellent or good, while 23 percent rated it as fair and 31 percent found it poor."

April 6, 2017: "Could Romney take Hatch's place in the Senate?" (FOX 13) "'The rumors are just rumors until Senator Hatch decides he wants to do,' said Jason Perry, Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics."

April 6, 2017: "Will Mitt Romney Run for U.S. Senate in 2018?" (Good4Utah) "'[Hatch] said 'maybe I'd feel OK about not running if someone taking my place like Mitt Romney was in the picture',' Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry said."

April 4, 2017: "'Nuclear Option' could change future of Supreme Court" (Good4Utah) "Jason Perry, who is the Executive Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, notes a drawback of simple majority is it could change how nominees are selected."

March 30, 2017: "Most Utahns don't know a homeless person, says poll. Could it help explain NIMBY view on shelters?" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "79 percent of registered Utah voters say they have no personal affiliation with a homeless individual, according to a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll"

March 28, 2017: "Trump approval sinks nationally, rises in Utah" (FOX 13) "Jason Perry, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says the two polls reflect different moments in time for Trump."

March 26, 2017: "Majority of Utahns now view Trump favorably, poll shows" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "A Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll finds that 54 percent of registered voters say they somewhat or strongly approve of Trump's job performance."

March 26, 2017: "Voters skeptical of concealed gun law as protection for sex-assault victims" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Women disliked the measure by more than a two-to-one margin...according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

March 25, 2017: "Ted Wilson calls it a day—and it's real this time" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "He served three terms as mayor from 1976-1985 before becoming director for the Hinckley Insititute of Politics."

March 24, 2017: "Rep. Chris Stewart postpones town hall; Poll shows most Utahns want Congress members to hold meetings" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "That's not entirely unexpected, said Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry."

March 23, 2017: "Utah governor signs bill allowing 18-year-olds to obtain concealed-weapon permits" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "A majority of Utah voters — 60 percent — opposed HB198, according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll."

March 23, 2017: "Herbert signs nation's first 0.05 DUI bill; Utahns split on issue" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "That happened as a new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics shows that Utahns are evenly split on that bill."

March 23, 2017: "Utah law professors, constituents urge Chaffetz to investigate Trump—and poll shows voters agree" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Utahns agree by a more than two-to-one margin, according to a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll."

March 10, 2017: "Your Questions About the Legislative Session, Answered" (Good4Utah) "Morgan Lyon Cotti from the Hinckley Institute of Politics from the University of Utah joined GMU to talk about the session."

March 8, 2017: "Reports: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. chosen as US ambassador to Russia" (KSL) "Sending Huntsman to represent the United States in Russia can only help Trump, said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

March 7, 2017: "Why does President Trump think President Obama wire tapped him?" (Good4Utah) "Morgan Lyon Cotti from the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah joined GMU to talk about President Trump's allegations of wire tapping and revised travel ban."

March 6, 2017: "Young Utahns need to know about consent and sexual violence in a real-world way, panel says" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Those conversations need to be happening, Jackson said Monday at a Hinckley Institute of Politics panel on rape."

March 1, 2017: "Report: Jon Huntsman Jr. 'in discussions' to become ambassador to Russia" (KSL) "Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics....said Huntsman could help Trump deal with the concerns about Russia."

February 28, 2016: "Utahns React to President Trump's Speech" (Good4Utah) "Jason Perry of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said the first joint session address for a president is when they transition from campaign mode to their presidency." 

February 28, 2017: "Reports: Huntsman being considered for deputy secretary of state" (Deseret News) "Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, says any president 'would be luck to have Jon Huntsman' as part of his or her administration."

February 23, 2017: "Plan takes shape for spending Our Schools Now tax money" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "A recent Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found a small majority of Utahns support the tax increase initiative."

February 20, 2017: "Presidential Visits, Executive Orders, Redistricting, Students of Washington and Hawthorne Elementary Schools" (KRCL) Morgan Lyon-Cotti, Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute, is a guest. 

February 19, 2017: "How to get more women to run for office" (OZY) "Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Utah’s state government became increasingly female over time, says Morgan Lyon Cotti, an associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

February 10, 2017: "Chaffetz: Town hall attendees were 'paid attempt to bully and intimidate'" (KSL) "Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said politicians need to pay attention." 

February 5, 2017: "Most Utahns support pornography lawsuit bill" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Lopez is among 57 percent of Utahns who support legislation that would open the door to lawsuits against pornographers when their products cause emotional or psychological damage, according to a recent Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll."

February 2, 2017: "Poll: Utahns split on later school start times" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "But a new Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows Utahns are divided on the idea of later school days."

January 31, 2017: "Poll shows Utahns hardly united against Bears Ears as House seeks to erase it" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "The Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics survey polled 605 registered voters between Jan. 9 and Jan. 16 to gauge their positions on Bears Ears and other subjects."

January 27, 2017: "Lawmakers put medical pot on pause despite most Utahns' support" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "The decision to delay action comes as a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows a clear majority of Utahns favor legalization of medical marijuana."

January 26, 2017: "Utahns oppose Trump's plan to curtail refugee immigration" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Some 55 percent of registered voters in Utah said they would oppose efforts to suspend or curtail acceptance of immigrants from countries facing terrorism or war while 40 percent said they would back such efforts, according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics survey."

January 25, 2017: "Utahns approve of Sen. Hatch's performance but don't want him to run again" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, warned it's far too early to count Hatch out if he decides to seek re-election, although Huntsman would be formidable if he jumped in.

January 25, 2017: "McMullin launches nonpartisan organization in 'defense of our democracy'" (KSL) "It's not clear how much impact the new organization will have now that Trump is in the White House, said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.

 January 25, 2017: "GOP senator to sponsor equal pay for equal work bill" (Deseret News) "Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he believes the equal pay issue will get some consideration this session."

January 24, 2017: "Curtain call for Utah's 'Zion Curtain' may be at hand" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "A new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll says 73 percent of residents oppose the Zion Curtain."

January 19, 2017: "What you can expect in Trump's first 100 days as president" (KUTV) "Jason Perry, Director of the Hinckley Institute Of Politics, talked about whether that’s a real possibility."

January 19, 2017: "Most Utahns give thumbs-down on Trump, don't like Obama either" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "'We are still divided today as we were during the election,' said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute."

January 3, 2017: "Trump's tweets wearing on Utahns, new poll finds" (KSL) "Trump's tweeting proved powerful Tuesday, but that may not be enough to change Utahns' minds about his use of Twitter to communicate, said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."