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.


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."