2015 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 28, 2015: "My view: Kirk Jowers: Hail to the chiefs" (Deseret News) "Kirk L. Jowers is the former director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and now serves as dōTERRA International, LLC’s vice president of corporate relations. Ellesse S. Balli contributed to this article."

December 26, 2015: "U Student Dies in Accident Dec. 24" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Lusk was involved with the Lassonde Institute and Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U."

December 16, 2015: "Utah: ATM to presidential candidates" (KUTV) "University of Utah professor, Dr. Tim Chambless, of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says, another thing that will make Utah more important, is the Trump Factor."

December 12, 2015: "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: Erica Payne, The Agenda Project" (KCPW) "She spoke at the Hinckley Institute on December 2, 2015."

December 3, 2015: "U Student Aarati Ghimire Takes Social Work to New Places" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "'What is unique about Aarati’s situation is that she was born in Nepal and moved to the U.S.,' said Courtney McBeth, associate director at the Hinckley Institute."

December 2, 2015: "Who Gets to Vote?" (City Weekly) "'This is unprecedented,' says Tim Chambless, a professor of political science at the University of Utah who is also affiliated with the U's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

December 1, 2015: "Did Jeb Bush Orchestrate a Pre-emptive 'Strike' Against a 2016 Romney Bid?" (Charisma News) "Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney intimate who direct[ed] the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, told the Utah newspaper the assertion that Bush killed Romney's bid 'could not be further from the truth.'"

December, 2015: "A Changing Nepal" (College of Social Work) Hinckley Intern Aarati Ghimire has been working to help survivors rebuild her home country.

November 30, 2015: "GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson runs first radio ads" (Deseret News) "'He's trying to define himself. How to do that? Well, here's a sensational issue,' said [TimChambless, who's associated with the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 23, 2015: "Governor Herbert visits U., talks politics, tuition" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Gov. Gary Herbert spoke to U students on Monday about his goals for Utah at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 23, 2015: "Gov. Herbert and Utah’s congressional leaders consider limiting intake of Syrian refugees" (KSTU) "Herbert spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Monday at the University of Utah campus."

November 20, 2015: "From Becker to Biskupski: Salt Lake City Hall readies for shift to new mayor" (Deseret News) "Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said mayors typically usher in brand new personal staff members, and also consider replacing staff in departments that are more political."

November 19, 2015: "News roundup: Trump, Carson continue to lead the polls nationally" (Salt Lake Tribune) "The Hinckley Institute of Politics will host Sen. Mike Lee, as he’s interviewed live on Doug Fabrizio’s KUER radio show on RadioWest on Nov. 23 at 11 a.m."

November 15, 2015: "Two U Students in France Safe and Accounted for Following Attacks" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Drew Rouse, interning through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was not in Paris during the rampage that killed at least 132 people."

November 13, 2015: "Some Republicans look to Mitt Romney as 'new hope' for 2016 presidential race" (Deseret News) The Deseret News reported just two months ago that Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, formerly of the Hinckley Institute, said some Republicans would possibly call for Romney to enter the race.

November 13, 2015: "Latinos could decide the White House" (KTVX) "'They have to get that number (Romney's 27%) up and so to the degree which they can get their policies in line with that population is really going to define the success of whoever gets the nomination,' said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 23, 2015: Nepalese Student Gives Back. "I really appreciate Courtney McBeth(associate director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics) and Ruth Gerritsen-McKane, director of BSW field education at the College of Social Work, for helping to set this up for me. They both knew how much I wanted to do my practicum in Nepal and my love for social work. Long story short, The Hinckley Institute introduced me to CHOICE Humanitarian and the College of Social Work supported the idea of me doing the social work practicum in Nepal."

"On Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., former Salt Lake City mayor Ted Wilson, Jason Perry of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Weber State University political scientist Gary Johnson and Tribune reporter Chris Smart join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about Salt Lake City's mayoral race, Prop 1 and other Election Day results."

November 4, 2015: "News roundup: Jeb Bush slides to single digits in latest poll" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Former Salt Lake City mayor Ted Wilson, Jason Perry of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Weber State University political scientist Gary Johnson and Tribune reporter Chris Smart join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about Salt Lake City’s mayoral race, Prop 1 and other Election Day results."

November 3, 2015: "Biskupski Apparently Stops Becker's Bid for a Third Term" (Utahpolicy.com) "Becker outspent Biskupski by a nearly 2-1 margin in the effort to win a rare third term in City Hall. The last Salt Lake City Mayor to do that was Ted Wilson, who resigned in the middle of his third term to head up the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah."

November 3, 2015: "Journalist and “Nightline” Host Ted Koppel to Speak at U on Cyberattacks" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "The event is hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and will be held in the OSH auditorium."

November 3, 2015: "If the Lights Went Out In America" (KUER) "Ted Koppel will be participating in a conversation with veteran KSL TV News anchor Bruce Lindsay on Wednesday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the University of Utah Campus."

November 2, 2015: "News roundup: Speaker Paul Ryan: Republicans ‘don’t have a vision’" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Jason Perry, the interim director of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, talks about his goals for the organization."

November 1, 2015: "A Conversation with the Hinckley Institute's Jason Perry" (Utahpolicy.com) "Jason Perry, interim director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, stops by to discuss his plans for the organization with Managing Editor Bryan Schott.

October 30, 2015: "Utah Republicans still in search of a presidential pick" (Deseret News) "[TimChambless, affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, acknowledged it's 'a political fantasy.'"

October 28, 2015: "Democrats battle in close mayoral race in Utah’s capital" (Associated Press) "But while he’s been in office, Salt Lake City has skewed more liberal and diverse, making it ripe ground for Democrats to square off, said Tim Chambless, a professor at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 25, 2015: "No.1 job ranking belongs to Salt Lake area, not just city as Becker claims" (Salt Lake Tribune) "But Becker likely will not pay a price for political sleight of hand, said Tim Chambless, a University of Utah professor of political science who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 23, 2015: "Hillary Clinton leads presidential field in Utah donations" (Associated Press) "Clinton's superiority reflects her national name recognition, well-organized campaign and the length of time she's been fundraising, said Tim Chambless, a professor at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 19, 2015: "U Students Encourage Others to become Politically Active" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Aside from political clubs, other ways to stay informed include the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ ongoing “Pizza and Politics” series, which gives students an opportunity to engage with local politicians and to discuss relevant topics."

October 16, 2015: "Latest Medicaid expansion plan 'incremental'" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, the former head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to Herbert, said the governor may end up having to accept a more limited plan."

October 14, 2015: "S.L. mayoral candidates square off in TV debate to break voter tie" (KSL) "The next mayoral debate will be held at noon Tuesday at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 14, 2015: "Design Presentation" (City Weekly) "Mayoral debate: Hinckley Institute of Politics..."

October 14, 2015: Hinckley Institute Interim Director Jason Perry appeared on KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright Show speaking on the importance of the Salt Lake City mayoral campaign.

October 12, 2015: "Hinckley Institute of Politics to screen award-winning documentary about honor killings" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "This story, along with several others, is part of an award-winning documentary titled 'The Price of Honor,' to be shown at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m."

October 12, 2015: "Biskupski makes first TV ad buy, but are the airwaves her best option?" (Deseret News) "However, Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, questions whether TV ads are the best medium for either candidate."

October 12, 2015: "Women of the Mountains Conference Draws International Lecturers" (UVU Review) "Morgan [Lyon] Cotti, [Local Program Manager] at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute, works with the nonpartisan nonprofit Real Women Run to help women get elected to political office."

October 9, 2015: "Republican Rep. Charlie Dent calls for 'bipartisan coalition' to select new house speaker" (Dispatch Times) "'All this last week Congressman Chaffetz was saying that McCarthy had a math problem, turns out he was exactly right about that, he did, How do you get to that magic number, how do you get to 218 votes,' said Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Jason Perry."

October 6, 2015: "Huntsman tweet makes clear, he felt betrayed by Chaffetz" (KSTU) "Interim Director of the Hinckley Institute Jason Perry said both men are great leaders, but it's clear they are no longer great friends."

October 5, 2015: "Pride Week at the U" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Another Pride Week event, 'Pizza and Politics' with CeCe McDonald, will take place Friday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in OSH."

October 5, 2015: "Pundits say Chaffetz 'dark horse' campaign to win Speaker of the House is not 'impossible'" (KUTV) "At the University of Utah, the interim director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsJason Perry sat to talk about Chaffetz and his chances saying 'it is a longshot, but Congressman Chaffetz is really great at counting votes.'"

October 4, 2015: "Rep. Chaffetz launches run for House speaker; Utah Democrats wonder ‘who will he represent?’" (KSTU) "'The Republican Party is very disunited, very divided,' said Tim Chambless, Associate Professor at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 2, 2015: "Report: multiple sources suggest Rep. Jason Chaffetz may enter race for House speaker" (KSTU) "'Jason Chaffetz is someone who is very ambitious,' said Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 1, 2015: "Lawmakers discuss questionable politics in development of UtahAccess+" (Deseret News) "Also raised during a discussion on UtahAccess+ at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday was the possibility that the new plan is a 'political tactic' of House leadership to hamper Medicaid expansion in Utah."

September 27, 2015: "Addressing homelessness, assisting local businesses rank as top issues in S.L. City Council races" (Deseret News) "The next District 6 debate will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Hinckley Institute."

September 21, 2015: Hinckley Institute Interim Director Jason Perry appeared on the Doug Wright Show to discuss the Sam Rich forum featuring bestselling author Michael Lewis.

September 20, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared on the inaugural Inside Politics on KTVX. They discussed the role that Utah elected officials play in national politics, as well as Utah's role in general in national political science.

September 17, 2015: "Exploring Europe with Hinckley Internships" (Utah Chronicle) "Courtney McBeth, director of Global Internships at the Office for Global Engagement and Associate Director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the European internships are the most popular."

September 16, 2015: "Utah basketball: Larry Krystkowiak sounds off on recruiting, cheating and more" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Krystkowiak's address on a rainy Wednesday was a part of the Hinckley Institute's Sam Rich lecture series."

September 16, 2015: "Becker courts Republicans; Biskupski grabs support from labor groups" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Although GOP numbers are relatively small in Salt Lake City, they do turn out to vote, said Tim Chambless, a University of Utah professor of political science who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

September 15, 2015: "Dan and Pat Jones Honored by Utah Foundation" (Utahpolicy.com) "He was closely associated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and taught and sponsored thousands of Hinckley interns over the years."

September 14, 2015: "Trump looms large in 2nd GOP debate for Utah GOP, Dems" (Deseret News) "University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics said even if Trump is just seen as 'the face' of the GOP in 2016, Republicans could be hurt."

September 13, 2015: "Herbert Praised for Bipartisan Approach" (Utahpolicy.com) "'Members from both parties were instrumental in passing the legislation,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti, the state and local program manager at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

September 9, 2015: "In the shadow of shiny science and business buildings, Utah’s arts and humanities students await campus upgrades" (Salt Lake Tribune) "One of the school's largest classroom buildings and home of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, OSH is also known as the "worst building on campus," notes student newspaper The Daily Utah Chronicle."

September 4, 2015: "6 Governors Who Choose Pragmatism Over Ideology" (Governing) "'Members from both parties were instrumental in passing the legislation,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti, the state and local program manager at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

September 5, 2015: "Mitt 2016? GOP angst keeps Romney talk alive" (Deseret News) "Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, the former head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said seeing Trump rise to the top of national polls has plenty of Republicans pining for Romney."

September 2, 2015: "Party Animals" (City Weekly) "Tim Chambless, a professor of political science at the University of Utah who is also affiliated with the U's Hinckley Institute of Politics, says he's not surprised that the feud between Evans and Weiler is ongoing."

September 1, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Jason Perry spoke on KSL Newsradio regarding presidential campaign donations and to whom Utahns are donating.

August 27, 2015: "Opinion: Count My Vote and SB 54 – Winning a Battle, Losing the War" (Utah Political Capitol) "This group, led by former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt (Republican), Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, Zions Bank President Scott Anderson, Josh Romney, Jon Huntsman, Sr., and many of their past staffs, were out of power, derided by a new establishment – even the then-chair of the Republican Party, Thomas Wright, was surprised at the Bennett upset."

August 26, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti spoke to KSL Newsradio regarding the 95th anniversary of women's suffrage.

August 24, 2015: "GOP Rhetoric on Immigration is Complicated Topic for Congresswoman Mia Love" (KUER) "'Mia Love became a citizen immediately when she was born in this country under the 14th amendment, section one,' says Tim Chambless, associate professor of political science at the [Hinckley Institute]."

August 11, 2015: "Biskupski gets most votes in Salt Lake City mayoral race, advances to general election" (Deseret News) "Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Tuesday's results show Biskupski 'has a very fair shot.'"

August 11, 2015: "It's Biskupski vs. Becker in face-off for SLC mayor" (Salt Lake Tribune) "University of Utah political scientist Tim Chambless, who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said at this juncture the outlook is dire for Becker."

August 11, 2015: "Biskupski garners most votes in SLC mayoral race, advances to general election" (KSL) "Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Tuesday's results show Biskupski 'has a very fair shot.'"

August 11, 2015: "Donald Trump trails behind Jeb Bush in Utah polls" (KSTU) "Political Science Professor at the University of Utah’s Hinckley InstituteTim Chambless, says the poll shows Utah Republicans are less skeptical of the idea of a third President Bush than Republicans nationally."

August 7, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti spoke to KSL Newsradio recapping the first Republican debate of the 2016 election cycle.

August 7, 2015: "Utahns weigh in on GOP debate" (KTVX) "'The first hour was basically just really individualized questions and a lot of them were really tough questions and that gave voters a chance to learn more about each candidate,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

August 6, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti spoke to KSL Newsradio regarding the first Republican debate of the 2016 election cycle.

August 6, 2015: "2015-2016 Governors Races Give Democrats (a Little) Hope" (Governing) Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti provided information regarding Governor Gary Herbert for this article.

August 6, 2015: "Op-ed: Hatch is an indispensable senator of immense accomplishments" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk L. Jowers is the former director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and now serves as doTERRA International LLC's vice president of corporate relations."

August 5, 2015: "Becker still way ahead in money race for Salt Lake City mayor" (Salt Lake Tribune) "When it comes to the incumbent's bulging campaign fund, the question is whether aggressive spending can overcome Becker's low poll numbers, according to Tim Chambless, a University of Utah professor of political science, who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

August 4, 2015: "Hillary Clinton to make brief stop in Utah" (KSL) "Utahns don't have much love for the Clintons, [Hinckley Institute] political science professor Tim Chambless said, noting Bill Clinton had a third-place finish in the 1992 presidential race in Utah behind third-party candidate Ross Perot."

August 3, 2015: "Hillary Clinton making brief fundraising stop in Utah" (Deseret News) "Utahns don't have much love for the Clintons, [Hinckley Institute] political science professor Tim Chambless said, noting Bill Clinton had a third-place finish in the 1992 presidential race in Utah behind third-party candidate Ross Perot."

July 31, 2015: "Salt Lake City mayor's spokesman placed on administrative leave after online comments" (Deseret News) "Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it's difficult to predict the legal outcome of the investigation."

July 30, 2015: "Poll: Salt Lakers unhappy with police chief’s ouster" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Burbank's departure could be seen as a sea change in the race for mayor, according to Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

July 29, 2015: "The Path to Repeal Obamacare With Just 51 Votes" (Sentinel Republic) "But Tim Chambless, a [Hinckley Institute] political science professor, said he was skeptical Lee’s plan would have much impact."

July 27, 2015: "Lee takes on new strategy in fight against Affordable Care Act" (Deseret News) "But Tim Chambless, a [Hinckley Institute] political science professor, said he was skeptical Lee's plan would have much impact. He said even an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act passes, the president is certain to veto it."

July 27, 2015: "New position for Governor Herbert gives Utah louder voice on national stage" (KTVX) "'It's a huge position for the governor, but it's also a huge position for the state of Utah,' said [director] Jason Perry with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

July 22, 2015: "Poll shows tight race between Becker, Biskupski" (Deseret News) "But [Hinckley Institute] political science professor Tim Chambless said Biskupski could very well have already taken a considerable lead."

July 22, 2015: "Tribune poll: Biskupski leads Becker in Salt Lake City mayoral race" (Salt Lake Tribune) "The numbers aren't encouraging for Becker, said Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

July 21, 2015: "4th District campaign already down and dirty as Doug Owens announces another run for Congress" (Deseret News) "Another U. political science professor, Tim Chambless, labeled Hansen's strong words as a 'pre-emptive strike' in the campaign. Chambless, affiliated with the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he expects the race to be close."

July 19, 2015: "My view: Going forward, deals should involve framework for empowering Iran's civil society" (Deseret News) "In 'The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble' (http://nucleargamble.org), a study I published in partnership with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, we showed that attacking Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would result in 5,500 to 85,000 immediate casualties."

July 14, 2015: "Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker enters 2016 presidential race" (Lidtime) "[Hinckley Institute] Professor Tim Chambless said it shows a fractured Republican Party, and leaves the door wide open for any number of candidates to become the front runner."

July 13, 2015: "New program encourages women to get involved in politics and business" (KTVX) "Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics says it's a step back from recent years when it seemed the tide was turning."

July 13, 2015: "Gov. Herbert's re-election campaign off to an early start" (Deseret News) "'We have a situation where the governor has probably been advised to be proactive rather than reactive,' said [TimChambless, the academic outreach coordinator for the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

July 13, 2015: "Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announces he's running for president" (KTVX) "'Potentially we could have anywhere between 20 and 25,' said Tim Chambless, Academic Outreach Coordinator at Hinckley Institute of Politics and Professor/Lecturer in Department of Political Science."

July 7, 2015: "Local biz: New executives at doTerra and Young Living Essential Oils" (Daily Herald) "dōTERRA, a leading global essential oils company based in Pleasant Grove, announced the addition of Kirk Jowers to its executive management team. Most recently, Jowers held the position as Director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, a position he held for ten years."

July 6, 2015: "Biskupski out-raises Becker after ouster of police chief" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Although it may be difficult to draw direct parallels to the former police chief's ouster, the latest fundraising report does show a trend in Biskupski's favor, said University of Utah political science Professor Tim Chambless, who also is affiliated with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

July 6, 2015: "dōTERRA Welcomes Kirk Jowers to Its Executive Team" (Benzinga) "dōTERRA, the leading global essential oils company, is pleased to announce the addition of Kirk Jowers to its executive management team. Most recently, Jowers held the position as Director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, a position he held for ten years."

July 1, 2015: "Jowers works final day as U of U Hinckley director" (KUTV) "Kirk Jowers worked his last day on Tuesday as Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

June 29, 2015: "UVU officially announces plans for autism center" (Daily Herald) "“dōTERRA is honored to be involved in this project,” Kirk Jowers, [Hinckley Institute director and] vice president of dōTERRA corporate relations, said. “The work UVU is undertaking with the new autism building is critical for countless families."

June 29, 2015: "dōTERRA Partners With Utah Valley University on Autism Support Center" (PR Web) "'We are honored and excited to be involved in the creation of the UVU autism support center,' said Kirk Jowers, [Hinckley Institute director and] Vice President of Corporate Relations for dōTERRA."

June 29, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio's Doug Wright Show to discuss the Supreme Court ruling that keeps independent redistricting commissions legal and the implications for the future.

June 23, 2015: "Hatch heralded for advancing expanded trade authority; Lee skips vote" (Salt Lake Tribune) "'Senator Lee is between a political rock and a governmental hard place. Whichever way he votes he's going to irritate part of his political base in the middle of a political campaign,' says Tim Chambless, associate professor of political science at the University of Utah['s Hinckley Institute of Politics]."

June 22, 2015: "News roundup: If your parent is a senator, you’re 8,500 times more likely to become one, too" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Rep. Jason Chaffetz participates in Hinckley Institute of Politics seminar and meets with representatives from Grand, Emery and Carbon counties. He later tours Vivint."

June 22, 2015: "The table is turned on Utah civics teachers at annual Huntsman Seminar" (KTVX) "They are finding those ways at the 2015 Huntsman Seminar in Constitutional Government for Teachers, hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

June 21, 2015: "2015 Sam Rich Lecture: A Conversation with Michael Lewis" (Utahpolicy.com) "The University of Utah's Hinckley Institute is thrilled to present the 2015 Sam Rich Lecture, "A Conversation with Michael Lewis" in conjunction with the David Eccles School of Business."

June 21, 2015: "About Utah: Siberian born, American treasure" (Deseret News) "Since then she has painted the likes of World Bank president James Wolfensohn, University of Utah President Arthur Smith, Hinckley Institute director Kirk Jowers, Salt Lake City mayors Deedee Corradini and Rocky Anderson and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, among many others."

June 11, 2015: "At least 6 GOP hopefuls expected at Romney's Utah summit" (KSL) "The summit lineup 'is further proof that Mitt Romney has become our country's most compelling public figure, as well as the GOP kingmaker,' said Kirk Jowers, outgoing head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.

June 10, 2015: "Romney to host at least 6 GOP presidential hopefuls at annual Deer Valley summit" (Deseret News) "The summit lineup 'is further proof that Mitt Romney has become our country's most compelling public figure, as well as the GOP kingmaker,' said Kirk Jowers, outgoing head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.

June 8, 2015: "Natalie Gochnour: New Delta flight presents economic growth opportunities for Utah, Western Europe" (Deseret News) "Utah’s language proficiency has been very evident as the governor’s former chief of staff, Derek Miller, director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah [Kirk Jowers], and a member of the governor’s security detail all speak Dutch."

May 31, 2015: "Utah football: Parker Erickson goes pro in Washington — as staffer for Rep. Jason Chaffetz" (Salt Lake Tribune) "The customer was Kirk Jowers, longtime director of the Hinckley Insitute of Politics, and 'I didn't realize how big a deal he was until I was in his office and saw the pictures on the wall of him with presidents,' Erickson said."

May 25, 2015: "Gov. Herbert stepping up pressure on GOP to settle 'civil war'" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, the outgoing head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and a founder of Count My Vote, said the governor 'is in the same boat as all Republican elected officials. They want their party to comply with law.'"

May 20, 2015: "Letter: Sex ed, not catchy billboards, will reduce teen pregnancy" (Salt Lake Tribune) Hinckley Institute Administrative Program Coordinator Molly Wheeler penned this op-ed.

May 20, 2015: "Salt Lake Chamber Celebrates Hinckley Institute’s 50 Years" (Utahpolicy.com) "For five decades, the Hinckley Institute has championed student and community civic engagement."

May 19, 2015: "Poll: Congressional delegation not impressing Utahns" (KSL) "A favorability rating above 50 percent is 'pretty good' when the body you represent has a less than 10 percent approval rating, said Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

May 19, 2015: "Congressional delegation not impressing Utahns, poll shows" (Deseret News) "A favorability rating above 50 percent is 'pretty good' when the body you represent has a less than 10 percent approval rating, said Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

May 18, 2015: "Celebrating 50 years" (At the U) "'The Hinckley Institute has played a pivotal role for strengthening Utah politics, government and policies since its creation. It has also become increasingly important to our nation and world over the past decade as University of Utah students continue to expand their presence,' said Kirk Jowers, the institute’s director."

May 14, 2015: "News roundup: Marco Rubio says America's standing has 'deteriorated' under Obama" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Congrats: To the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, which turns 50 years old this week and celebrated with a gala last night at Rice Eccles Stadium’s Sky Box to tout the success of Robert H. Hinckley’s goal making "every student a politician."

May 13, 2015: "The Hinckley Institute of Politics Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence" (Utahpolicy.com) "Prominent state, national and global leaders will join with students and alumni Wednesday evening to celebrate the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ 50th anniversary."

May 13, 2015: "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: Divestment from Fossil Fuels" (KCPW) "The discussion was recorded on April 13th, with an audience of students and faculty, in the Hinckley Institute caucus room."

May 13, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio on the Doug Wright Show regarding the Hinckley Institute's 50th anniversary.

May 13, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio on X96's Radio from Hell regarding the Hinckley Institute's 50th anniversary.

May 13, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio on KUER's RadioWest regarding the Hinckley Institute's 50th anniversary.

May 13, 2015: "News roundup: Utah’s Mike Lee open to Supreme Court appointment" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Rep. Mia Love hits a Congressional Black Caucus meeting and later talks with students from the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

May 13, 2015: "Rosewater" (KUER) "Bahari is in Utah as a guest of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which is is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the University of Utah."

May 12, 2015: "Governor Brown Announces Appointments" (Imperial Valley News) "Mijic was a graduate fellow for the Pew Charitable Trusts Children's Dental Campaign in 2009 and was a staff assistant at the University of Utah, Hinckley Institute of Politics from 2008 to 2009."

May 8, 2015: "News roundup: Candidates who turned presidential losses into gold" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Happy Birthday: To former state Reps. Phil Riesen and Rep. Kenneth Sumsion, Spencer Jenkins the public information officer for the State Board of Regents, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, and state Sen. Mark Madsen."

May 6, 2015: "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: How Congress Really Works" (KCPW) "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: May 6, 2015)"

May 2, 2015: "Utah: Young, tolerant, and surprising" (The Economist) "The sexual-discrimination bill passed largely because the church supported it, says Tim Chambless, a political scientist [and Outreach Coordinator] at the [Hinckley Institute of Politics at the] University of Utah."

April 29, 2015: "Thank you!" (KCPW) "Earlier this month, we raised over $25,000 for the station thanks to a $10,000 matching grant generously donated by the Hinckley Institute’s Wayne Owens Fund, and thanks to you!"

April 28, 2015: "Mike Lee dodges potential challenger with Romney ties" (Salt Lake Tribune) "He conducted polling to show that former Utah Govs. Mike Leavitt and Jon Huntsman Jr. stood a chance, as did Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Josh Romney."

April 21, 2015: "Josh Romney: I won't run against Sen. Mike Lee, but another Republican should" (Deseret News) "Previously, Romney had considered a bid for Congress against then-Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

April 20, 2015: "Jowers set to leave Hinckley Institute after a decade of work" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "On his first day as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics in 2005, Kirk Jowers got an angry phone call. ... Courtney McBeth, associate director of the Hinckley Institute, and Morgan Lyon Cotti, the state and local program manager, said Jowers leaves a legacy behind him."

April 18, 2015: "Two minutes, any topic; students compete in public speaking event at U of U" (KSTU) "The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U of U hosted the speech competition, and director Kirk Jowers said public speaking is something that is important but often inspires fear."

April 17, 2015: "Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - April 17, 2015" (Utahpolicy.com) "Kirk Jowers announces he is stepping down from the Hinckley Institute of Politics to take a job in the private sector."

April 17, 2015: "News roundup: Clinton flies commercial, carries own bag in ‘everywoman’ push" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Topping the news: Kirk Jowers, often called the most quoted man in Utah politics, announced that he is leaving his position as the director of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics for a corporate job with doTERRA."

April 17, 2015: "Kirk Jowers leaves U.’s Hinckley Institute for job in private sector" (Direct Sellers Society) "One of Utah’s most popular political pundits, Kirk Jowers, announced Thursday he is stepping down as director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics for a job in the private sector."

April 16, 2015: "Kirk Jowers leaving Hinckley Institute of Politics at U." (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk Jowers — sometimes called the 'most quoted man in Utah' on politics — is leaving as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, a job he held for 10 years."

April 16, 2015: "Kirk Jowers leaves U.'s Hinckley Institute for job in private sector" (KSL) "One of Utah's most popular political pundits, Kirk Jowers, announced Thursday he is stepping down as director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics for a job in the private sector."

April 16, 2015: "Political expert Kirk Jowers leaving University of Utah" (Associated Press) "Well-known political science professor Kirk Jowers is leaving the [Hinckley Institute of Politics] to join a Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company."

April 16, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show to discuss his departure from the University of Utah to accept a job with doTERRA.

April 16, 2015: "Kirk Jowers stepping down from U.'s Hinckley Institute" (Deseret News) "One of Utah's most popular political pundits, Kirk Jowers, announced Thursday he is stepping down as director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics for a job in the private sector."

April 16, 2015: "Kirk Jowers stepping down as Hinckley Institute director" (KUTV) "After 10 years, Kirk Jowers is stepping down as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

April 16, 2015: "Kirk Jowers leaving Hinckley Institute for doTERRA" (Utah Politico Hub) "In a email this morning, Kirk Jowers announced his departure from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

April 16, 2015: "Political expert Kirk Jowers leaving University of Utah" (Cache Valley Daily) "Well-known political science professor Kirk Jowers is leaving the University of Utah['s Hinckley Institute] to join a Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company."

April 16, 2015: "‘Most Quoted Man in Utah’ to Leave Post at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics" (Newswise) "Kirk Jowers, a well-known professor of political science at the University of Utah who has been dubbed the 'most quoted man in Utah' during a decade-long tenure as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is leaving his post to pursue a career in private industry."

April 16, 2015: "Political expert Kirk Jowers leaving University of Utah" (Daily Herald) "Well-known political science professor Kirk Jowers is leaving the [Hinckley Institute] to join a Pleasant Grove-based essential oils company."

April 16, 2015: "Kirk Jowers Leaving Hinckley Institute of Politics" (Utahpolicy.com) "Kirk Jowers is leaving the Hinckley Institute of Politics after a decade at the helm of that organization."

April 15, 2015: "Hinckley speech contest wows crowd" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "But Wednesday night, 31 contestants in the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ HIP Talks event conquered that fear for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize."

April 14, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio’s Morning Show to discuss Hillary Clinton’s entry in to the 2016 presidential race.

April 13, 2015: "Join Us: One-Day Pledge Drive!" (KCPW) "This pledge drive, as an extra incentive, the Hinckley Institute’s Wayne Owens Fund has generously donated a $10,000 challenge grant."

April 13, 2015: "Utah firing squad law doesn't deter tourists" (Associated Press) "Morgan Lyon Cotti, [Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager and] University of Utah public policy professor: 'Perhaps the public hasn't even realized that this is a part of the past and it didn't seem like that big of a sea change since it's still been in the news and still been in recent history.'"

April 13, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared on KSL News live discussing the upcoming US general election.

April 12, 2015: "Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Can Republicans ever win the presidency?" (Deseret News) "Karl Rove is an almost favorite son of our state (Olympus High School graduate and political intern at the U. of U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics)."

April 12, 2015: "Mike Lee could be a lock for re-election to Senate" (The Salt Lake Tribune) "The four men best positioned to beat Lee were Chaffetz, Romney, former Gov. Mike Leavitt and Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

April 10, 2015: "Josh Romney Could Be Powerful Foe for Utah Sen. Mike Lee" (Newsmax) "Kirk Jowers, who has ruled out his own campaign as a possible Lee successor and who heads the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, told The Deseret News that he does not believe Romney will run, even with his name recognition."

April 9, 2015: "Professor discusses myth of choice as a factor in Utah’s gender wage gap" (KSTU) "Berik addressed the issue at an event hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday."

April 9, 2015: "Utah ranks among the worst states in the country for women in part due to gender gap" (KTVX) "Dr. Berik held a lecture today at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah to discuss 'Equal Pay: Debunking the Myths Behind the Gender Wage Gap.'"

April 9, 2015: "Gender pay gap wider in Utah than US' (KUTV) "Thursday the Hinckley Institute held a forum to discuss the pay disparity and what can be done to change it."

April 8, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in-studio on KSL Radio’s The Doug Wright Show to discuss the 2016 Utah U.S. Senate race and the 2016 presidential race.

April 8, 2015: "Josh Romney, Sen. Mike Lee could be a close race, survey finds" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said in all his interactions with Romney he doesn't believe Romney will challenge Sen. Lee in 2016, despite having a viable shot if he chose to run."

April 8, 2015: "Poll: Josh Romney would be a tough opponent for Sen. Mike Lee" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he doesn't think the Romney son will run even though his name recognition would make him a strong candidate."

April 8, 2015: "Sen. Mike Lee still looking strong in Utah" (Breitbart) "Sources said he has spoken with Josh Romney, the son of former Gov. Mitt Romney, and [Hinckley Institute director] Kirk Jowers, as well as Beattie."

April 7, 2015: "University of Utah students get an explanation for their higher tuition" (Salt Lake Tribune) "About 50 undergraduates and master's students filled the room typically reserved for Hinckley Institute of Politics events."

April 4, 2015: "4 People Who Say Ted Cruz Will Never Be President" (Care2) "'I give him almost zero chance of winning the nomination,' said Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, told a Utah news station, adding that Cruz is a 'dangerous candidate' for the Republican Party."

April 1, 2015: "Obama expected to stay overnight in Utah for HAFB visit" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he has no doubt Obama will get a better reception from the state's GOP leaders than Bush did from former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson."

April 1, 2015: "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: Was the War in Afghanistan Worth It?" (KCPW) "Recently the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a debate: 'Was the War in Afghanistan Worth it?'"

March 30, 2015: "Hinckley Institute hopes to break record" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Last year, the Hinckley Institute of Politics held a record 116 forums and it hopes to exceed that number this year."

March 28, 2015: "Training session aims to boost female representation in Utah politics" (KSTU) "Several representatives and city council women gathered at the Hinckley Institute to speak about their experience and answer questions, and the room was filled with women of all ages who had a wide variety of education, occupations and aspirations."

March 28, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti was interviewed on KTVX regarding the Real Woman Run spring training.

March 27, 2015: "Training Aims to Reverse Declining Numbers of Utah Women in Politics" (KUER) "Morgan Lyon Cotti is the State Program Manager at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, where the training takes place."

March 26, 2015: "Tea party movement still strong, Harvard professor tells U. students" (Deseret News) "Speaking at the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Skocpol said the tea party has pulled the Republican Party to the extreme right, particularly on health care, immigration and global warming, preventing political compromise."

March 25, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was the guest on “What’s Up Utah” on KTMW 20.

March 24, 2015: "Hinckley Institute speech contest: two minutes to win it" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "The Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are sponsoring HIP Talks, a university-wide speech contest in which students can talk about anything they want, as long as they keep it within the two-minute time frame."

March 23, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on the Doug Wright Show on KSL Radio to discuss Senator Cruz's presidential candidacy announcement and Jonathan Johnson's chances against Governor Gary Herbert.

March 23, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio as the Political Insider on KSL Evening News at 6 with Deanie Wimmer and Dave McCann to discuss the U.S. presidential race.

March 23, 2015: "Sen. Mike Lee not ready to endorse Ted Cruz for president" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, head of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics and seen as a possible Republican challenger to Lee, said not endorsing Cruz is the right decision if Lee wants to win re-election."

March 23, 2015: "Local expert says Ted Cruz won't win Republican nomination, but can be disruptive" (KTVX) "'I give him almost zero chance of winning the nomination,' said Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

March 23, 2015: "Sen. Mike Lee not ready to endorse Ted Cruz for president" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, head of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics and seen as a possible Republican challenger to Lee, said not endorsing Cruz is the right decision if Lee wants to win re-election."

March 23, 2015: "Real Women Run Offers Spring Training for Women Ready to Run for Public Office" (Utahpolicy.com) "This free training takes place at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the University of Utah campus."

March 22, 2015: "Why Is Utah's Top GOP Strategist Trying to Take Down the Governor?" (National Journal) "'[Herbert] is about as untouchable as it comes,' said Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

March 19, 2015: "Former Utah senator 'optimistic' about pancreatic cancer outlook" (KSL) "Former Utah Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett said he and his doctors are “optimistic” about his pancreatic cancer, though his tumor is currently inoperable."

March 16, 2015: "News roundup: Poll: Utahns favor Bush, Clinton in 2016 but 'don't know' beats them both" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk L. Jowers, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says extending the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program is critical to the state of Utah."

March 14, 2015: "Op-ed: Home-visiting program is getting Utah families off to a good start" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk L. Jowers is the University of Utah's Director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsDr. Morgan Lyon Cotti, State Program Manager of the Hinckley Institute, contributed to this column."

March 13, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti was interviewed on KSL regarding the end of the Utah legislative session.

March 13, 2015: "2015 Legislative Wrap-up" (KUER) "Friday, we’re live at the Hinckley Institute of Politics for a look back at the 2015 Utah legislative session."

March 13, 2015: "Sen. Jim Dabakis, House Speaker Greg Hughes discuss 2015 legislative session" (KSTU) Sen. Dabakis and Rep. Hughes were interviewed at the Hinckley Institute following the conclusion of the Legislative Wrap-Up forum.

March 11, 2015: "Sen. Lee adds Huntsman Jr., bank CEO Scott Anderson to reelection committee" (KSTU) "Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Utah, said a race between Huntsman Jr. and Lee would have been one to watch."

March 9, 2015: "Hinckley Institute honors the people — not the party" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "However, the Hinckley Institute of Politics has made it its goal to remain non-partisan."

March 9, 2015: "Capecchi speaks to Hinckley Institute audience about genetics" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "On Monday, March 9, the Hinckley Institute of Politics honored Dr. Mario Capecchi in their Outstanding Professor Lecture Series."

March 5, 2015: "Utah legislature to consider medical marijuana" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Morgan Lyon Cotti, [Local Program Manager of] the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the conservative climate of Utah is a powerful force working against SB259."

March 5, 2015: "ALEC leader meets with Utah leaders, U. students" (Salt Lake Tribune) "She and Hinckley Institute director Kirk Jowers discussed a few pieces of innovative legislation Utah lawmakers are working on this year, including the 'Right to Try' bill that would allow terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs; a milestone compromise on antidiscrimination between the LGBT community and LDS Church leaders; and a plan to reform the criminal-justice system with reduced sentences and better treatment for drug offenders."

March 4, 2015: "Where Her Truth Is" (Mormon Women Project) "Morgan Lyon Cotti grew up with a mom who worked in politics. These early experience shaped in own future as she stepped into advanced education and made choices about work, marriage, and motherhood, managing the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

March 2, 2015: "ASUU candidates talk constitution, platforms" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "The candidates for ASUU president and vice president debated about their platforms and the U’s student constitution in the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday."

March 1, 2015: "Letter: Don’t let them protect ‘extreme’ Lee" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Through their antiquated caucus system they were able to oust the moderate, [Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar and former] Sen. Bob Bennett."

March 1, 2015: "Bob Bennett: Climate change question should change from 'Is it real?' to 'How bad is it?'" (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."

March 1, 2015: "Club for Growth plots role as 2016 kingmaker" (Politico) "The Club already plans to spend money to help Mike Lee win the GOP convention in Utah, where he toppled incumbent Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett five years ago and could now face a challenge from a more moderate Republican, as well as Pat Toomey, the former president of the Club who is seeking a second term in Pennsylvania."

February 27, 2015: "Mexican ambassador to speak at the U" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Kendahl Melvin, [a HinckleyInstitute staff member, said it took a partnership with the entire state of Utah to pull off the event."

February 26, 2015: "Herbert considering executive action on Healthy Utah" (KSL) "Morgan Lyon Cotti, who studies the state Legislature as a member of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Hughes' steps to block the bill through his position as speaker has led to a dramatic standoff between Hughes and the governor."

February 26, 2015: "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: Terrorism and the Media" (KCPW) "And Kirk Jowers (moderator), is Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

February 26, 2015: "Gov. Herbert increases pressure on House to hear Healthy Utah" (Deseret News) "Morgan Lyon Cotti, who studies the state Legislature as a member of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Hughes' steps to block the bill through his position as speaker has led to a dramatic standoff between Hughes and the governor."

February 26, 2015: "Former senator announces cancer diagnosis; officials respond" (St. George News) "Former Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett announced Wednesday that he is battling pancreatic cancer."

February 25, 2015: "Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett diagnosed with pancreatic cancer" (Reuters) "[Former Sen. and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar BobBennett, 81, said in a statement quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune that doctors were hopeful that a "combination of chemotherapy and radiation can shrink the tumor to a point where it will become operable."

February 25, 2015: "Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett diagnosed with cancer" (The Hill) "Bob Bennett, a Utah Republican who served three terms in the Senate [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar], will begin treatment for pancreatic cancer this week, he said in a statement Wednesday."

February 25, 2015: "Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett has pancreatic cancer" (Deseret News) "[RobertBennett is also a resident scholar at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

February 25, 2015: "Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett getting treatment for pancreatic cancer" (KSTU) "Former Utah Senator [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett announced Wednesday he has pancreatic cancer and will be seeking treatment to reduce the size of a tumor so that it may be operated on."

February 25, 2015: "Former Utah Sen. Bennett diagnosed with pancreatic cancer" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Former Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett of Utah confirmed Wednesday that he has pancreatic cancer and will start treatment Friday."

February 25, 2015: "Former Utah Senator diagnosed with cancer" (KTVX) "Former United States senator from Utah [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett has been diagnosed with cancer."

February 25, 2015: "Former Sen. Bob Bennett diagnosed with pancreatic cancer" (KSL) "[RobertBennett is also a resident scholar at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

February 25, 2015: "Former Sen. Bob Bennett Announces He Has Pancreatic Cancer" (Utahpolicy.com) "Former Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett said via his Facebook page Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer."

February 25, 2015: "Ex-US Sen. Bob Bennett announces cancer diagnosis" (Associated Press) "Former U.S. Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett of Utah has announced that he’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will start treatment this week."

February 24, 2015: "Steve Scalise raises big money with special PAC" (The Advocate) "Their number grew from 87 in 2000 to 405 in 2012, with total receipts increasing from $52.5 million to $1.07 billion in that period, according to Samuelson and lawyer [and Hinckley Institute director] Kirk Jowers, both with the Caplin & Drysdale firm in Washington."

February 24, 2015: "Oscar speech sparks talks about gender pay gap in Utah" (KTVX) "'The first thing people think of with Provo is that it's one of the most conservative places in the state and there may be a huge cultural difference on that wage gap,' said Hinckley Institute of Politics State Program Director Morgan Lyon Cotti."

February 23, 2015: "Hinckley forum explores U.S. and Latin American relations" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Valenzuela spoke at the U as part of the 17th Annual Siciliano Forum sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

February 23, 2015: "McCarthey Family Foundation Announces $2,500.00 Essay Competition for Students at Colleges and Universities in Utah" (Utahpolicy.com) "...Kirk L. Jowers (Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations, University of Utah)..."

February 23, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Are Republican congressional leaders capable of governing?" (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."

February 23, 2015: "Latinos in Utah" (KUER) "As part of the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Siciliano Forum on US-Latin American Relations, we’re asking what those changes mean for the Latino community and for Utah."

February 23, 2015: "News roundup: Utah's Mike Lee is the most 'extreme' senator" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Rep. Chris Stewart meets with constituents in his Salt Lake City office, talks with the University of Utah College of Engineering and speaks to students at the Hinckley Institute Forum."

February 17, 2015: "The Future of U.S. and Latin American Relations at Center of 2015 Rocco C. And Marion S. Siciliano Forum" (Newswise) "In recognition of this complex and changing landscape, the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah will present the 17th Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, Considerations on the Status of the American Society."

February 17, 2015: "Huntsman confirms he will not try to oust Mike Lee" (KUTV) "'This probably would be the blockbuster senate race of the country,' said [Hinckley Institute Director] Kirk Jowers who says a race would bring national attention to Utah."

February 17, 2015: "Effort to Delay Onset of Count My Vote Election Reforms Stalls" (City Weekly) "But Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, who helped lead the Count My Vote process, told the committee that the date brokered in the compromise was not accidental."

February 17, 2015: "Committee kills bill to delay Utah’s Count My Vote candidate-selection compromise" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk Jowers, [Director of the Hinckley Institute and] a co-founder of Count My Vote, said his group always insisted that the compromise take effect in 2016, the year of presidential, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in Utah."

February 17, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show to discuss the potential match up between Senator Mike Lee and Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. in the 2016 U.S. Senate primary race.

February 17, 2015: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared on KRCL 90.9 FM to speak about the state legislative session as well as challenges to Count My Vote/SB54.

February 17, 2015: "Bill to Delay Count My Vote Compromise Fails in House Committee" (Utahpolicy.com) "Kirk Jowers, [Director of the Hinckley Institute and] one of the founders of Count My Vote, said delaying the compromise until 2018 was brought up during negotiations over the compromise last year."

February 17, 2015: "Utah GOP claims 'Count My Vote' compromise law could keep them off the 2016 ballot" (KSTU) "Kirk Jowers, a co-founder of Count My Vote [and Director of the Hinckley Institute], told FOX 13 he did not believe the Utah GOP’s threat of not being able to make the ballot in 2016 because they are unable to comply."

February 16, 2015: "Huntsman apparently hasn't ruled out run against Sen. Mike Lee" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that 'it's no secret that many business groups and other individuals have had the sharp knives out for Mike Lee.'"

February 16, 2015: "Huntsman could run against Lee in 2016 Senate race, Republicans say" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that 'it's no secret that many business groups and other individuals have had the sharp knives out for Mike Lee.'"

February 16, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio’s Scott and Maria Show to discuss the potential match up between Senator Mike Lee and Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. in the 2016 U.S. Senate primary race.

February 16, 2015: "Political experts talk about potential race between Sen. Mike Lee and former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman Jr." (KSTU) "Kirk Jowers is the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. 'I think it would be the single most intriguing and most covered race in the country,' Jowers said."

February 16, 2015: "Robert Bennett: The vote on war should never turn into 'policy by bumper sticker'" (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." 

February 13, 2015: “'Count My Vote' warns lawmakers about undoing deal” (KSTU) "[Hinckley Institute Director and] Count My Vote co-founder Kirk Jowers told FOX 13 on Friday that he believes the bills seeking to undo the compromise will not pass."

February 13, 2015: "Count My Vote supporters call legislation undoing agreement 'troubling and alarming'" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, a founder of Count My Vote and the head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said volunteers and contributors to the initiative effort are concerned about what they see happening this session."

February 11, 2015: "U of U alum to speak about his reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan" (KTVX) "It starts at noon on Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

February 9, 2015: "University of Utah Alum David Schwendiman to Speak on Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan" (Newswise) "Schwendiman is also speaking at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Feb. 11 at noon."

February 8, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Islamic State group's big blunder with Jordan" (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."

February 4, 2015: "Freedom rider speaks at Hinckley on importance of social activism." (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a civil rights activist, Freedom Rider and lunch counter sit-ins participant, spoke at [a Hinckley Institute] forum on Tuesday."

February 8, 2015: "Kirk Jowers: the Hinckley Institute's main man" (Deseret News) Every semester [director Kirk Jowers] watches them walk by the Hinckley Institute of Politics offices on the University of Utah campus, checking out the displays, not sure what to make of everything, wondering if they would like it, if there might be something that could prove useful to their lives.

February 4, 2015: "Salt Lake Acting Company to Host Free Panel Discussion, 2/15" (Broadway World) "Tim Chambless is an Associate Professor/Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Academic Outreach Coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah"

February 4, 2015: "In party lacking diversity, all GOP needs is Love" (E&E News) "Even though it was a wave election for the GOP, in the end, Love barely won 'in a district that was gerrymandered for a Republican candidate to expect to win 62 percent of the vote,' Tim Chambless, a Hinckley Institute of Politics professor at the University of Utah, said in an interview last month."

February 2, 2015: "Hinckley Institute chooses Chaffetz as Politician of the Year" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute, introduced Chaffetz as 'the happy warrior,' who enjoys his work in Congress."

February 2, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Cut Hollywood some slack when it comes to 'political' bio-pics" (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.

February 1, 2015: "Chaffetz Discusses Romney, Congressional Oversight" (Utahpolicy.com) "Rep. Jason Chaffetz discusses his disappointment that Mitt Romney is not running for President in 2016, his plans as chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Utah's growing clout in Congress [following his remarks at the Hinckley Institute Politician of the Year forum]."

January 31, 2015: "The Case for Mitt Romney" (National Journal) "Mitt's 2012 statements on foreign affairs would be a clear asset in a race against Hillary Clinton, says Romney family friend[, director of the Hinckley Institute,] and former leadership PAC chairman Kirk Jowers."

January 30, 2015: "Utah officials disappointed that Romney is sitting out 2016" (Times Free Press) "Kirk Jowers, a close friend of Romney's and director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Friday morning that Romney had a brief flirtation with a third run because he thought he had the best chance of winning the White House, a belief based on favorable polling."

January 30, 2015: "Romney shocks supporters and opponents by decision not to run" (KUTV) "Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was Chair of the Romney Leadership PAC."

January 30, 2015: "Romney decision not to run again disappoints some Utah supporters" (Deseret News) "'I wanted Mitt to know I would do whatever he wanted and give whatever he needed,' said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and the chairman of Romney's leadership political action committees."

January 30, 2015: "Mitt Romney tells supporters he will not run for president in 2016" (KSTU) Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Fox 13's Max Roth regarding Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president.

January 30, 2015: "Utah officials 'disappointed' with Romney's decision not to run" (KSL) "'I wanted Mitt to know I would do whatever he wanted and give whatever he needed,' said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and the chairman of Romney's leadership political action committees."

January 30, 2015Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio by Deanie Wimmer on KSL News at 6:30 regarding Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president.

January 30, 2015: "Utah officials disappointed that Romney is sitting out 2016" (Daily Herald) "Kirk Jowers, a close friend of Romney's and director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said on KSL Newsradio's 'The Doug Wright Show' Friday morning that Romney had a brief flirtation with a third run because he thought he had the best chance of winning the White House."

January 30, 2015: "Utah Republicans say they are disappointed Romney won't run again" (KTVX) "Long time friend and former Chairman of Romney's Leadership PAC [and Hinckley Institute Director] Kirk Jowers adds, 'I'm a little sad to be honest.'"

January 30, 2015: "Romney says 'no' to 2016 presidential race" (KNRS) "Romney's leadership PAC chairman [and Hinckley Institute director] Kirk Jowers says it was a difficult decision for the former Salt Lake Olympics president." 

January 30, 2015Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared KNRS Talk Radio’s Rod Arquette Show to discuss Mitt Romney’s announcement that he would not be running for President in 2016.

January 30, 2015: "News roundup: Mitt Romney to offer ‘an update’ on 2016 this morning" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins with Doug Wright on The Movie Show and speaks at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute to accept the "Politician of the Year" award."

January 30, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared KNRS Morning Talk Radio to discuss Mitt Romney’s announcement that he would not be running for President in 2016.

January 30, 2015: "Well he's announced it..." (KNRS) "Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley [Institute] of Politics at the U of U will be on the program today at 4:20 and GOP National Committee member Bruce Hough will be on the program today at 5:05 to discuss the ramifications of Romney's decision to not run."

January 30, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show to discuss Mitt Romney’s announcement that he would not be running for President in 2016.

January 30, 2015: Rep. Jason Chaffetz appeared live on location with KSL Radio’s the Movie Show to discuss his being honored as the Hinckley Institute’s “Politician of the Year.”

January 30, 2015: "Rep. Jason Chaffetz vows pursuit of facts on Benghazi" (SF Gate) "The Republican from Utah who recently won a fourth term in Congress spoke at the University of Utah during an event where he was honored as the state's politician of the year by the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 30, 2015: "Rep. Jason Chaffetz vows pursuit of facts on Benghazi" (KSL) "The Republican from Utah who recently won a fourth term in Congress spoke at the University of Utah during an event where he was honored as the state's politician of the year by the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 30, 2015: "Rep. Jason Chaffetz vows pursuit of facts on Benghazi" (Deseret News) "The Republican from Utah who recently won a fourth term in Congress spoke at the University of Utah during an event where he was honored as the state's politician of the year by the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 30, 2015: "Rep. Jason Chaffetz vows pursuit of facts on Benghazi" (Daily Journal) "The Republican from Utah who recently won a fourth term in Congress spoke at the University of Utah during an event where he was honored as the state's politician of the year by the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 29, 2015: "Let Mitt the Mormon be Mitt the Mormon" (Newsworks) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a family friend, says that if and when Mitt runs again, "(it) will be very liberating for him to talk about his faith."

January 28, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on KSL Newsradio to discuss his work as Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy and its campaign finance recommendation and the bill attempting to enact campaign finance limits being tabled.

January 28, 2015: "Mitt Romney's presidential bid is inspired by his faith, says friend" (Christian Today) "The Times spoke to Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute,] Romney's PAC leadership chairman and a fellow Mormon.

January 27, 2015: "Blueprint for a better future" (Deseret News) "Kirk L. Jowers is director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. ... Ellesse S. BalliHinckley Institute communications coordinator, contributed to this article."

January 27, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on KSL Newsradio to discuss the New York Times article about the role faith may play in Mitt Romney's potential 2016 presidential campaign.

January 27, 2015: "Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics – January 27" (Saint Petersblog) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a Mormon family friend who lives in Utah and chaired Mr. Romney’s leadership PAC, said that Mr. Romney’s contemplation of a third bid is motivated by an 'almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country.'"

January 27, 2015: "Here's One Big Way Mitt Romney's 2016 Campaign Would Be Different" (Business Insider) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a family friend who chaired Romney's leadership PAC, argued Romney's previous White House bids opened up the opportunity for the candidate to offer a more complex picture of himself."

January 27, 2015: "News roundup: Koch brothers plan to spend $889 million in 2016" (Salt Lake Tribune) "SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has a panel discussion at the Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy: Forecasting the Future event [cosponsored by the Hinckley Institute] at The Leonardo."

January 27, 2015: "Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy: Blueprint for a Better Future" (City Weekly) "During the Sundance Film Festival, when thousands gather in the mountains of Utah through the power of film, thought leaders from business, government, and community will explore the intersection of clean air, clean water, and clean energy [at an event cosponsored by the Hinckley Institute]."

January 27, 2015: "Romney's Third Presidential Run Would Be Motivated By Mormon Faith, Friends Say" (Christian Times) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a Mormon who chaired Romney's leadership PAC, recently told the New York Times that Romney's consideration of a third run is motivated by his 'almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country.'"

January 27, 2015: "Summit on air pollution, climate change during Sundance week" (KSTU) "'In January it’s so obvious that we need to make changes but when we get to March and it’s not as immediate it’s not as obvious so we start getting to the governments so hopefully we can reinforce the need to make those changes,' said Kirk Jowers, director of Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 26, 2015: "NYT: Romney's Mormon Faith Reason He Might Run Again" (Newsmax) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a Mormon family friend who lives in Utah and formerly chaired Romney’s leadership PAC, said that Romney’s consideration of a third campaign is inspired by an 'almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country.'"

January 26, 2015: "Will Romney put more emphasis on his Mormonism in a 2016 campaign?" (Vox) "The public already knows about his faith, so it's likely that he won't be as reticent to discuss it, as Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a Mormon family friend, explained to the New York Times."

January 26, 2015: "Inside the Antonio Weiss fight — Left wins big in Greece — Big snow on the way?" (Politico) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a Mormon family friend who lives in Utah and chaired Mr. Romney’s leadership PAC, said that Mr. Romney’s contemplation of a third bid is motivated by an ‘almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country.’"

January 26, 2015: "Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith Driving Him to Consider 3rd Try at Presidency; Will Decide in '2 Weeks'" (Christian Post) "Romney, 67, rarely spoke about his Mormon faith on the 2008 and 2012 campaign trail under advice from his advisers, but according to Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a fellow Mormon who chaired Romney's political action committee, religious beliefs drive his strong sense of nationalism and his desire to serve."

January 26, 2015: "Mitt Romney to decide on 2016 run in two weeks and allies say his faith is driving him to declare – but GOP rivals say he should stay out because he’ll lose" (Daily Mail) "His contemplation of a third presidential campaign comes from an 'almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country,' Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a fellow Mormon and the former chair or Romney's political action committee told the New York Times."

January 26, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Obama's State of the Union address had plenty of style, little stage-setting" (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.

January 25, 2015: "National News at a Glance" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] a Mormon family friend who lives in Utah and chaired Mr. Romney’s leadership PAC, said that Mr. Romney’s contemplation of a third bid is motivated by an ‘almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country.’"

January 25, 2015: "U student shares her story at the White House" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Last spring, Spanvill participated as a Hinckley Institute intern at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington DC."

January 25, 2015: "Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say" (New York Times) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and] a Mormon family friend who lives in Utah and chaired Mr. Romney’s leadership PAC, said that Mr. Romney’s contemplation of a third bid is motivated by an 'almost devout belief that he needs to do something for this country.'"

January 23, 2015: "Details of Bush and Romney conversation starting to emerge" (KUTV) "Romney insider Kirk Jowers[, director] of the Hinckley Institute of Politics[,] is the chairman and lead council of the Romney Leadership PAC."

January 23, 2015: "Sundance: Leilani Munter is racing for the green — the eco-version, that is" (Salt Lake Tribune) "She is also the keynote speaker at Tuesday's Better Future event at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City [cosponsored by the Hinckley Institute], a gathering of political and environmental leaders who will discuss clean air, clean water and clean energy solutions."

January 23, 2015: "Forum focuses on prison reform in Utah" (@theU) "A panel of state leaders in criminal justice reform convened earlier this month at the Hinckley Institute for a timely discussion on nationwide efforts in prison relocation, enhancing public safety, controlling corrections costs, and holding offenders accountable."

January 22, 2015: "Four GOP heavyweights in Utah Thursday; Bush has meeting with Romney" (KSTU) "So, what does all of this talking in 2015 mean for 2016? It’s quite a bit, according to Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 21, 2015: "New bill would change consent definitions in sexual assault cases" (KTVX) "A panel, including ABC 4 Utah's Kim Fischer, state lawmakers and a prosecutor put domestic violence and sexual assault issues front and center at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 20, 2015: "News roundup: Poll: Republicans want to see Romney, Bush run" (Salt Lake Tribune) "The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics has invited the Tribune’s Matt Canham and Robert Gehrke to take part in a forum on the book "Mia Love, The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star."

January 20, 2015: "News roundup: Poll: Republicans want to see Romney, Bush run" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Real Women Run[, cofounded by the Hinckley Institute,] held a nonpartisan conference on Saturday to encourage women to participate in elected political office and help them learn to balance public service and family life.

January 19, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Obama's Paris snub jilted a key ally" (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." 

January 18, 2015: "Princeton professor to deliver keynote for U.'s Martin Luther King Week" (KSL) "...campus and community panel discussion: “Restricted Rights: Militarization of Contemporary Policing,” Jan. 20, noon-1 p.m., Hinckley Institute of Politics, Orson Spencer Hall, Room 253, 260 Central Campus Drive..."

January 18, 2015: "'Real Women Run' encourages involvement" (KUTV) "The event was sponsored [and cofounded] by the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah and the YWCA."

January 18, 2015: "Women's group teaches to balance public office, family life" (KSL) "The next [Real Women Run] training will be March 28, at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics[, which cofounded Real Women Run], focusing on forging a successful campaign."

January 17, 2015: "Members of ‘Real Women Run’ share memories of Becky Lockhart" (KSTU) "A training session [at Real Women Run, cofounded by the Hinckley Institute] designed to help women get involved in politics was held Saturday, and many of those who attended spoke fondly of Becky Lockhart—who passed away Saturday due to a neurodegenerative disease."

January 17, 2015: "More women in public office means finding balance in family life" (Deseret News) "The next [Real Women Run] training will be March 28, at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics[, which cofounded Real Women Run], focusing on forging a successful campaign."

January 17, 2015: "Experts say prison reform best way for Utah to control costs" (KSL) "That's the best way to control prison populations and taxpayer costs, Jerry Madden, a former Texas state representative, said during a panel discussion on prison reform and public safety at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 17, 2015: "Experts suggest prison reform instead of new Utah facility" (Correctionsone.com) "Two experts in Texas prison reform were part of a panel [at the Hinckley Institute] discussing how to control costs in the criminal justice system in Utah as the state seeks a new site for its state prison."

January 15, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and Right on Crime public policy director Marc Levin appeared live in studio on The Doug Wright Show on KSL Newsradio. They discussed Utah prison reform and relocation.

January 15, 2015: "What leaders are saying about prison reform in Utah" (Daily Herald) "Two Texans, Marc Levin, policy director of Right on Crime; and Madden were representing the reformed Texan prison system Thursday morning at a Hinckley Institute forum."

January 15, 2015: "Texas experts say prison reform best way to control costs" (Deseret News) "That's the best way to control prison populations and taxpayer costs, Jerry Madden, a former Texas state representative, said during a panel discussion on prison reform and public safety at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 15, 2015: "State lawmaker says current system is setting offenders up to fail upon release" (KTVX) "Prison reform and public safety was a timely panel discussion Thursday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 15, 2015: "Hinckley forum explores topic of prison reform" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Paraphrasing his own Salt Lake Tribune op-ed on prison reform, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute, opened the panel."

January 15, 2015: "Utah Right On Crime: A conversation with Texas Right On Crime architects" (Sutherland Institute) "Sutherland’s Derek Monson had the chance to sit down with [Hinckley Institute forum panelists] Jerry Madden, the 20-year Texas state legislator who spearheaded criminal justice reform in his state, and Mark Levin, policy director for Right on Crime, for a discussion about criminal justice reform efforts in Utah."

January 15, 2015: "News roundup: Sarah Palin on Mitt Romney third bid: ‘We need new blood’" (Salt Lake Tribune) "SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the Wasatch Front Regional Council and the Hinckley Institute Policy Session at the State Capitol."

January 14, 2015: "Women in politics: the ‘Real Women Run’ campaign" (KSTU) "She invites Utah women to attend a full day of education and training about running for political office on Saturday, January 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. [at the Hinckley Institute.]"

January 14, 2015: "Princeton professor headlines U.'s Martin Luther King Week" (Deseret News) "...campus and community panel discussion: “Restricted Rights: Militarization of Contemporary Policing,” Jan. 20, noon-1 p.m., Hinckley Institute of Politics, Orson Spencer Hall, Room 253, 260 Central Campus Drive..."

January 13, 2015: "Real Women Run Announces Winter Training" (Utahpulse.com) "The panel on family impact includes Jenny Wilson, [Hinckley Institute Local Program Director] Morgan Lyon Cotti, and Heather Pehrson."

January 12, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio on The Doug Wright Show on KSL Newsradio. They discussed Mitt Romney potentially running for president and Count My Vote developments.

January 12, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Republicans are on party probation" (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."

January 12, 2015: "The Increase of Islamist Attacks is Alarming" (International Policy Digest) Ambassador John PriceHinckley Institute Resident Scholar, penned this article.

January 10, 2015: "Weber County lawmaker takes on Count My Vote" (Standard-Examiner) "Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] co-founder of the Count My Vote initiative, thinks Jenkins is headed the wrong way with his legislation."

January 9, 2015: "Romney tells donors he's considering 2016 run, reports say" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, told KSL Friday, 'I think he’s trying to make it not too big of a deal to announce that he’s thinking about it to the public.'"

January 9, 2015: "Romney tells donors he may run again" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney friend and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said, 'Governor Romney has been clear since at least the start of this year that it’s imperative a Republican win in 2016 after eight years of President Obama.'"

January 9, 2015: "Romney tells donors he's considering another presidential run" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, told KSL Friday, 'I think he’s trying to make it not too big of a deal to announce that he’s thinking about it to the public.'"

January 9, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio during KSL Evening News by anchors Deanie Wimmer and Dave McCann regarding Mitt Romney’s announcement that he is considering running for president.

January 9, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL Newsradio’s Afternoon News Scott and Maria regarding Mitt Romney’s announcement that he is considering running for president.

January 9, 2015: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Fox 13 News regarding Mitt Romney’s announcement that he is considering running for president.

January 7, 2015: "More power, more expectations for Utah's congressional delegation" (KSL) "'Three of our six members of our congressional delegation are chairs of very powerful congressional committees,' said Tim Chambless, associate professor of political science at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 6, 2015: "Utah congressional delegation reaches new heights on historic day" (KTVX) "'It arguably is the most, certainly is the most powerful delegation person to person in the nation right now,' said Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

January 6, 2015: "Sen. Mike Lee joins Republican leadership team he has often defied" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Lee came to office in 2010 after beating one of McConnell’s best friends, former Sen. [and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett, R-Utah, who also once served in the appointed position of counsel."

January 5, 2015: "Robert Bennett: Using last 15 years to predict next 15" (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."

January 5, 2015: "Sunday press conference, online jabs highlight GOP infighting over ‘Count My Vote’" (KSTU) "'You can always pay an expert to say what you want them to say,' said Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute and] one of the group’s co-founders, who questioned the veracity of the numbers put forward by the Utah GOP."

January 5, 2015: "Utah ready to punch above its weight in Congress" (Deseret News) "'I think this is, pound for pound, the most powerful delegation in the country by quite a ways,' said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an elections law attorney with a Washington, D.C. law firm."

January 5, 2015: "Mia Love echoes campaign message on national stage days before making history" (KTVX) "'It will be great for the state of Utah, because she will have a bully pulpit far greater than any other freshman member of congress, because of the historic nature of her win,' said Director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers."

January 4, 2015: "Senator proposes bill to close Utah primaries" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk Jowers, a founder of Count My Vote who is director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, agrees."

2014 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 30, 2014: "First Black Republican Congresswoman Wants To Be Known For More" (NPR) "Tim Chambless is a professor with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. He says the state's fourth district was drawn to have a 62 percent Republican advantage."

December 29, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Finally, good possibilities with Cuba" (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 29, 2014: "Romney eyeing 2016 presidential race, longtime friend says" (KSL) "Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said many of Romney's past backers are waiting to see what he'll do."

December 29, 2014: "Romney eyes 2016 run for president, close friend says" (KSTU) "Romney’s long-time advisor, former chairman and general counsel of Romney’s leaderships PACs Kirk Jowers, [director of the Hinckley Institute,] said the Republican is considering it."

December 29, 2014: "Mitt Romney eyeing presidential run in 2016, longtime friend says" (Deseret News) "Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said many of Romney's past backers are waiting to see what he'll do."

December 27, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers spoke to the Steve Reinhart Show on K-Talk Radio (AM 630) regarding recent litigation surrounding Count My Vote/Senate Bill 54.

December 27, 2014: "Utah came first for Rep. Jim Matheson, but what comes next?" (Deseret News) "[Rep. Jim Matheson] anticipates being affiliated with the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics in some way but not as a full-time job."

December 27, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers spoke to Red Meat Radio on KKAT AM 860 regarding Jon Hunstman Sr.'s comments about Senator Mike Lee, as well as recent litigation surrounding Count My Vote/Senate Bill 54.

December 23, 2014: "Harsh criticism from Huntsman draws response from Sen. Lee" (KUTV) "A political expert, Morgan Lyon Cotti from the University of Utah['s Hinckley Institute of Politics] says Huntsman's comments could complicate Lee's reelection bid."

December 23, 2014: "Hatch 'sorry to see' Lee called an 'embarrassment' to Utah" (Deseret News) "Although Hatch was careful not to criticize Lee, who won office in 2010 after GOP delegates voted out longtime Sen. [and current Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar] Bob Bennett, he did suggest Lee needs to broaden his support beyond the tea party wing of the party."

December 23, 2014: "Jon Huntsman Sr. calls Senator Mike Lee an embarrassment in recent interview" (KUTV) "Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics notes Lee has seen his approval rating go up in recent polls, but says he does face some perception problems."

December 22, 2014: "Tea partier braces for primary challenger from the establishment" (Politico) "Sources said he has spoken with Josh Romney, the son of former Gov. Mitt Romney, and University of Utah political scientist [and Hinckley Institute director] Kirk Jowers, as well as Beattie."

December 22, 2014: "Sacrifices In Journalism And Whistleblowing: A Tribute to Truth-Tellers" (MintPress News) "Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency senior executive who leaked information to the media, addressees the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Salt Lake City."

December 22, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Lesson for Cruz — Politics are a team sport" (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, 2014: "News roundup: Jon Huntsman makes list of Stephen Colbert’s best political takedowns" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Rep. Jason Chaffetz is the Hinckley Institute’s politician of the year."

December 17, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio on The Doug Wright Show. They discussed his op-ed in Wednesday’s Deseret News where the Hinckley Institute named Rep. Jason Chaffetz as the 2014 Politician of the Year and Count My Vote developments.

December 17, 2014: "My view: Chaffetz named ‘politician of year’" (Deseret News) "On the eve of the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ 50th anniversary, we remain dedicated to championing the vision of our founder Robert H. Hinckley: "'Every student a politician.' ... Kirk L. Jowers is director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Ellesse S. Balli, the Communications and Academic Coordinator for the Hinckley Institute, contributed to this article."

December 15, 2014: "Robert Bennett: More political participation needed" (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 11, 2014: "Trib Talk: Count My Vote and the GOP lawsuit" (Salt Lake Tribune) "On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Utah GOP chair James Evans and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the lawsuit, internal divisions within the GOP over the issue and what it means for Utah voters."

December 11, 2014: "News roundup: GOP donors plan to anoint candidate ahead of the primaries" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Utah Republican Party chair James Evans and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers discuss the lawsuit over the Count My Vote compromise bill and what it means for Utah voters."

December 10, 2014: "News roundup: Note to GOP: Voters pick candidates, not donors" (Salt Lake Tribune) "SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a disaster recovery workshop on resilient future, meets with Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers and video links to an International Climate Conference."

December 10, 2014: "Fraternity at U of U recognized for efforts to stop sexual assaults on campus" (KSTU) "In January, they’re planning a forum in conjunction with the Hinckley Institute of Politics to address campus and state policies on sexual assault."

December 9, 2014: "News roundup: GOP donors plan to anoint candidate ahead of the primaries" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Utah Republican Party chair James Evans and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers discuss the lawsuit over the Count My Vote compromise bill and what it means for Utah voters."

December 9, 2014: "Trib Talk: Count My Vote and the GOP lawsuit" (Salt Lake Tribune) "On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Utah GOP chair James Evans and Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the lawsuit, internal divisions within the GOP over the issue and what it means for Utah voters."

December 8, 2014: "Love raised $5M in 2014, double her 2012 haul" (Associated Press) "Tim Chambless, a professor of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that's not surprising considering the year-round nature of political campaigns." 

December 8, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Dependent on high oil prices, Russia is now in trouble" (KSL) "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 6, 2014: "Op-ed: Count My Vote compromise was bought by Utah elites " (Salt Lake Tribune) "Recently, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, published an op-ed expressing concern about the Utah Republican Party’s intent to challenged SB54."

December 6, 2014: "Top Mormon leaders mostly Republican; two switch to unaffiliated" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Despite the decidedly Republican leanings of LDS apostles, [Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar and] former Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, doesn’t believe Mormons take their political cues from their leaders. '[The apostles] are so scrupulously neutral in any public statements,' said Bennett, who is LDS. 'They probably do not have any particular impact on how people vote.'"

December 5, 2014: "My view: There's a path forward for West Africa" (Deseret News) "Dr. Ty Dickerson is associate professor of pediatrics and dean of global health education at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Willem Collier is a global health intern at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

December 3, 2014: "As independent voters increase, emergence of a viable third party looms" (KSL) "Perhaps, a third party could become a legitimate contender given the right political and social circumstances which can facilitate and popularize a single-issue campaign, noted Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

December 2, 2014: "Count My Vote Lawsuit Pits Republicans Against Each Other" (Utah Political Capitol) "'However, a number of partisans, including some legislators, were strongly opposed to entirely losing the caucus/convention process,' Hinckley Institute of Politics Director and co-founder of Count My Vote, Kirk Jowers, said in an opinion piece two weeks ago in The Salt Lake Tribune."

December 2, 2014: "Challenging the Caucus Compromise" (KUER) Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, spoke to RadioWest regarding the Utah Republican Party's legal challenge of SB54.

December 1, 2014: "Becker in the Driver's Seat for 2015" (utahpolicy.com) "Wilson ran for mayor under the new form of government in 1979 and won. He won a third term as mayor in 1983, but resigned the post in 1985 to become head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

December 1, 2014: "Becker seeking third term; Garrott to challenge him as Rocky, Biskupski consider running, too" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Becker held a news conference Monday to announce his intention to become Salt Lake City’s first mayor elected to a third term since Ted Wilson in 1983. (Wilson left office midway through his final term to take a position at the University of Utah['s Hinckley Institute of Politics].)

December 1, 2014: "SLC mayor to seek 3rd term in office" (KSL) "In recent history, only Ted Wilson sought a third term as mayor. While he was re-elected, Wilson did not complete his final term, leaving office in 1985 to become director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

December 1, 2014: "Ralph Becker to seek third term as Salt Lake mayor" (Salt Lake Tribune) "In recent history, only Ted Wilson sought a third term as Salt Lake mayor. While he was re-elected, Wilson did not complete his final term, leaving office in 1985 to become director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

December 1, 2014: "Becker to seek third term as SLC mayor" (KSTU) "Political scientist Tim Chambless with the Hinckley Institute points out the similarities between the two candidates."

December 1, 2014: "Robert Bennett: What the departure of Defense Secretary Hagel really tells us" (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 30, 2014: "Becker to Announce He Will Run for a Third Term, Garrott Also Running for SLC Mayor" (utahpolicy.com) "Ted Wilson won three elections for Mayor of Salt Lake City, but he resigned during his third term to head up the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 29, 2014: "Utah GOP suing state over ‘Count My Vote’ legislation" (St. George News) "According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Kirk Jowers, one of the leaders of the Count My Vote initiative [and director of the Hinckley Institute], said he believes the state will forcefully defend the law."

November 27, 2014: "Utah had 3rd-lowest voter turnout among states" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said a possible way to increase attention for non-presidential elections might be to hold races for governor in those years."

November 26, 2014: "Utah Republican Party suing over caucus and primary compromise" (KTVX) "'It's unfortunate it will cost the state money to defend something that I think is unnecessary,' said Kirk Jowers[, director of the Hinckley Institute]."

November 26, 2014: "Utah GOP to File Lawsuit Challenging SB54" (KUER) "Kirk Jowers is a co-founder of Count My Vote [and director of the Hinckley Institute]. He says if the state GOP were going to file a good faith lawsuit, they should have done it months ago."

November 25, 2014: "Escaping Persecution: The Modern Refugee Story" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Ngendakuriyo and two others sat as panelists for the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Pizza and Politics forum called 'Understanding the Local Refugee Community.'"

November 25, 2014: "GOP plans to sue over Count My Vote compromise" (Deseret News) "A Count My Vote founder, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he also turned down Evans' offer to join the lawsuit."

November 25, 2014: "Editorial: The party strikes back against SB54" (Salt Lake Tribune) "That undemocratic argument didn’t deter the Count My Vote organizers, who included such political heavyweights as former Gov. Mike Leavitt and Kirk Jowers, head of Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

November 24, 2014: "GOP to sue over deal that lets candidates skip Utah’s caucus system" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk Jowers, [Director of the Hinckley Institute and] one of the leaders of the Count My Vote movement, said he has met with representatives from both state offices and they have assured him they would defend the law 'with vigor.'"

November 24, 2014 (KSL): Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio on The Doug Wright Show. They discussed his op-ed in Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune, "Insiders working to kill ‘Count My Vote’ reforms."

November 24, 2014: "Utah GOP Set to File Suit Against 'Count My Vote' Compromise" (utahpolicy.com) "In Monday’s Salt Lake Tribune, CMV leader [and Hinckley Institute Director] Kirk Jowers wrote in an op-ed about “back-room” attempts to change SB54 or just repeal it in the 2015 Legislature."

November 24, 2014: "Count My Vote Co-Founder Worried Legislature Will Gut Election Reforms" (KUER) "But Count My Vote co-founder [and Hinckley Institute Director] Kirk Jowers says he believes there are people in the legislature that plan on changing the intent of that compromise."

November 24, 2014: "Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday" (utahpolicy.com) "[Hinckley Institute Director] Kirk Jowers warns against efforts to gut the compromise reached by lawmakers and Count My Vote organizers."

November 24, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Controversial Keystone, immigration events are more about symbolism than substance" (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 22, 2014: "I'm not done, Zogmaister tells Real Women Run crowd" (Standard-Examiner) "The Real Women Run initiative is a collaborative effort fueled by YWCA Utah, the University of Utah’s Hinckley [Institute] of Politics, [...] and springBoard Utah."

November 22, 2014: "Op-ed: Insiders working to kill 'Count My Vote' reforms" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk L. Jowers is director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and a co-founder of Count My Vote."

November 20, 2014: "Local experts say executive order on immigration will come at a political cost" (KTVX) "Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics says it's problematic for the president in a couple of ways."

November 18, 2014: "The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons" (KCPW) "Gottemoeller spoke and answered questions on Oct. 22, 2014 at the University of Utah['s Hinckley Institute]."

November 17, 2014: "Robert Bennett: It looks to be a good last term for Sen. Orrin Hatch" (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 17, 2014: "Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party" (utahpolicy.com) "[Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar and f]ormer Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda."

November 17, 2014: "Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party" (utahpolicy.com) "Former Sen. [and Hinckley Institute part-time teacher, researcher, and lecturer] Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda."

November 14, 2014: "Impending executive order on immigration incites political tension" (KSL) "'The president cannot enact meaningful change in immigration reform because of the complexity of the issue and because of how the constitution delegates so much of what's at stake here,' said Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 13, 2014: "Human trafficking a 'legitimate concern' in Utah" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Pizza was lacking at Thursday’s pizza & politics forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Human trafficking was the topic of Thursday’s forum, which featured a panel of speakers comprised of three specialists who deal with human trafficking in Utah."

November 13, 2014 (KSL): Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio on The Doug Wright Show. They discussed his participation in Governor Herbert’s trade mission to Brazil as well as 2014 election results.

November 13, 2014: Education, engagement, and Ebola" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Flint has been living in Botswana, a country in southern Africa, since May 2014, first through a Hinckley Institute of Politics summer internship, and later by landing a job with Stepping Stones, a non-governmental organization that works with youths."

November 13, 2014: "Sources confirm that two SLC Council members involved in affair" (City Weekly) "Tim Chambless, a professor of political science at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says that so long as relations between the two council members don’t occur on city time or on city property, it should be treated as a private matter."

November 11, 2014: "My view: Cure the withdrawals from Utah-BYU rivalry" (Deseret News) "Courtney Hills McBeth is the associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and director of Global Internships, Office for Global Engagement at the University of Utah."

November 11, 2014: "Education for Somalia's Children is Key to the Future" "John Price served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and the 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."

November 10, 2014: "'Pizza and Politics' talks ISIS, complexity of conflict in the Middle East" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Students were dished on the complexities of religion in conflicted areas Thursday at the Hinckley Institute’s 'Pizza and Politics' lecture."

November 9, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Are Republicans now up to 'governing'?" (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 9, 2014: "Real Women Run Announces Three Events in 2014-15" (utahpolicy.com) "A follow-up Spring Training for women who have declared their candidacies for elected office will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

November 7, 2014: "40 percent: Utah's voter turnout sets historic low" (Associated Press) "Republicans in Utah tend to assume somebody else will vote to represent their views, and Democrats and third-party goers often think it's not worth voting since they are outnumbered anyway, said Tim Chambless, a professor of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 7, 2014: "Utah women underrepresented in state politics" (KTVX) "Hinckley Institute of Politics State Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti finds this all disappointing."

November 6, 2014 (KSL): Hinckley Institute forum participants Amos Guiora and James Patton appeared live on The Doug Wright Show to preview their topics at the Hinckley forum "Religion and its Role in Conflict Dynamics."

November 6, 2014: "Mia Love takes different tone on historic win" (KUTV) "'It looks like she'll be one of their stars,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

November 5, 2014: "Africa's Future in the Global Economy" "John Price served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and the 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."

November 5, 2014: "Poltical analyst discusses Mia Love's historic run for Congress" (KSTU) "'The modern day Republican party wants to show the voting public nationwide that it’s a party that values diversity,' said Tim Chambless, a professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

November 5, 2014: "Nine-member Salt Lake County Council will have more women: 2" (Salt Lake Tribune) Having a female presence does impact the way boards function, said Morgan Lyon Cotti (of the Hinckley Institute of Politics).

November 5, 2014: "GOP hopes Mia Love's win a watershed moment for the party" (Los Angeles Times) "Because Utah’s black population is so small, race wasn’t much of a factor in this year’s campaign, said Morgan Lyon Cotti, the state program manager of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah."

November 5, 2014: "Africa's Future in the Global Economy" (International Policy Digest) "On October 20-21, 2014 the Council of American Ambassadors and the Hinckley Institute of Politics co-sponsored a conference on Africa’s Future in the Global Economy at the University of Utah."

November 5, 2014 "Trib Talk: Election 2014 analysis" (Salt Lake Tribune) "On Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., political scientists Damon Cann, Morgan Lyon Cotti [of the Hinckley Institute] and Chris Karpowitz join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to recap the who’s, hows and whys of Election 2014."

November 4, 2014: "Robles gives birth, campaigns to the end" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Democrats, most of whom are running for office in the next election held a round table at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah on Monday."

November 4, 2014: "Brazil trade mission promises business expansion and tourism surge" (Utahpolicy.com) "The participating companies on the Brazil Trade Mission include the following: [...] Hinckley Institute ..."

November 4, 2014: "National impact of the 2014 midterm election" (KTVX) "Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics provides some perspective."

November 3, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Energy issues go from shortages to surpluses" (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.”

October 31, 2014: "Traditional vs media campaigning in race between Love, Owens" (KSTU) "'It’s very unusual in a campaign that’s so close that a candidate is not out there shaking hands, reaching out to every group possible,' said Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

October 31, 2014: "Pyle: Utah didn't get the suppress the vote memo" (Salt Lake Tribune) "But Kirk Jowers is boss of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, so he’s not really allowed to be a cynic."

October 29, 2014: "Mixed feelings about Pakistani ambassador" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "A discussion of issues regarding the Middle East and the U.S. took place at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Wednesday."

October 29, 2014: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared on KCPW to aid with the station's annual fundraiser.

October 28, 2014Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared live on KUER to discuss Utah's standing as the "worst state for women," according to one source.

October 28, 2014: "New study puts Utah near the bottom of politically engaged states" (KTVX) "Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics says historically low voter turnout just doesn't add up."

October 27, 2014: "Expert talks about BYU poll showing Owens in lead for 4th District seat" (KSTU) "Morgan Lyon Cotti, local program director for the Hinckley Institute of Politics, was in studio to talk about those numbers and how accurate the poll could be."

October 27, 2014: "BYU poll puts Owens in slight lead over Love in 4th District race" (KSTU) "'I think a lot of people were surprised by this,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti who is the Program Director for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. [Lyon] Cotti said both candidates have challenges to overcome."

October 27, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Playing the Senate prediction game" (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.”

October 26, 2014: "Increased voter participation in utah at center of annual NAACP event" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, called for increased voter participation in Utah, a challenge that is ongoing.""

October 25, 2014: "Annual NAACP event calls for increased voter participation in Utah" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, called for increased voter participation in Utah, a challenge that is ongoing."

October 22, 2014: "Mia Love responds to criticisms expressed with whoppers, rubber chickens" (KSTU) "Tim Chambless is a professor at Hinckley Institute of Politics, and he spoke about Love’s statements."

October 21, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL's Doug Wright Show regarding the conference "Africa's Future in the Global Economy," co-sponsored by the Council of American Ambassadors and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. They discussed topics ranging from the Ebola crisis to the future of Africa’s economy.

October 20, 2014: "Virus expert sees 'silver lining' in Ebola outbreak" (Deseret News) "Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Africa 'is about the most dynamic continent on Earth because of the opportunities and the challenges.'"

October 20, 2014: "Virus expert sees 'silver lining' in Ebola outbreak" (KSL) "Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Africa 'is about the most dynamic continent on Earth because of the opportunities and the challenges.'"

October 19, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's book depicts lost Obama" (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.”

October 17, 2014: "Under Secretary Gottemoeller Travels to Utah and Massachusetts" (U.S. Department of State) "On October 22, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will discuss nuclear policy with students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and students at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah."

October 17, 2014: "Under Secretary Gottemoeller Travels to Utah and Massachusetts" (EIN News) "On October 22, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will discuss nuclear policy with students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and students at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah."

October 16, 2014: "Poltical expert examines fundraising in Utah's congressional races" (KSTU) "'Money is the mother’s milk for politics, but it’s no guarantee,' said Professor Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

October 16, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on KSL Newsradio's Utah's Afternoon News to discuss this election cycle's campaign ads.

October 16, 2014: "Utah's Fourth District Race Takes a Softer Tone" (KCPW) Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared on KCPW to discuss the 2014 congressional election in Utah's Fourth District.

October 15, 2014: "University of Utah to explore future of Africa" (Deseret News) "To explore the continent, economic development and the future of Africa, the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Council of American Ambassadors will host the summit Monday-Tuesday in the Spencer Fox Business Building at the U."

October 13, 2014: "Robert Bennett: How computer programs change politics" (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.”

October 13, 2014: "Polls report conflicting numbers in 4th Congressional District race" (KTVX) "'They can be accurate and one of the things that explains why these polls are so different is because we have slightly different questions and we have slightly different demographics of people that were asked,' said Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. "

October 8, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on KSL's Doug Wright Show regarding the release of "Meet the Mormons," Senator Orrin Hatch's speech at the Reagan Ranch, and potential litigation over 2014's Senate Bill 54.

October 6, 2014: "Could terrorists weaponize Ebola?" (Fox News) Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar and former Ambassador John Price appeared on Fox News to discuss Ebola with K. T. McFarland.

October 6, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Middle East problems are back in the news — front and center" (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.”

October 2, 2014: "It's Time for Muslim Nations to Take the Lead" "John Price served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and the 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."

October 2, 2014: "New candidate joins 3rd Congressional District race against Chaffetz" (KSL) "'It's completely beyond his power to win this race. Whether he had $2 million and was very media friendly, it would be almost impossible to beat Jason Chaffetz,' said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

September 30, 2014: "Mitt Romney to make his home in Utah" (Salt Lake Tribune) "'Mitt will always be Utah’s favorite son, and we’d love to have as much of him as we can get,' said Kirk Jowers, a Romney friend and director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics."

September 29, 2014 (KSL)Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti spoke to the Doug Wright Show regarding the 2016 general election.

September 29, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Make climate change conversations more than just hot air" (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.”

September 29, 2014: "Romney, Huntsman may both be taking nontraditional routes to another White House run" (Deseret News) "'Both of Utah's favorite sons, Romney and Huntsman, appear to be approaching another presidential run in nontraditional terms,' said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics."

September 26, 2014: "Op-ed: Reid’s obstruction hurts Senate’s productive history" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Kirk L. Jowers is the University of Utah’s director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and chief adviser to the Office for Global Engagement."

September 26, 2014: "McCarthey Family Foundation announces $2,500 essay competition" (Salt Lake Tribune) "The essay contest jurors include ... Kirk L. Jowers, director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations at the University of Utah..."

September 26, 2014: "Letter: Stop forced organ harvesting in China" (Salt Lake Tribune) "Thank you to the U. of U. Hinckley Institute for hosting the forum Sept. 19, 'Forced Organ Harvesting in China and its Effect on the U.S.'"

September 26, 2014: "$2,500 essay competition explores impact of new media" (Deseret News) "The essay contest jurors include ... Kirk L. Jowers, director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations at the University of Utah..."

September 25, 2014: "Join the discussion: How libertarian is Utah?" (Deseret News) "He was excluded for not polling above 5 percent, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers, said at the time."

September 25, 2014: "U.S. at War: Strategy Should Involve Working with the Assad Government" (International Policy Digest) "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."

September 24, 2014: "Big Data and the End of Privacy" (KUER) "Adam Tanner will be in Salt Lake City on Thursday, October 2, for a discussion from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the University of Utah campus."

September 22, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Political debates can have impact" (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.”

September 22, 2014: "National poll indicates ACA could cost some democratic candidates the election" (KTVX) "Director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers, says while the ACA may influence voters, there are other, more pressing issues on their minds."

September 18, 2014: "Prime minister in prime time" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "[Hinckley Institute Staff Assistant] Leo Masic, a junior in urban planning and political science, was impressed by both the quality and content of Gillard's address."

September 16, 2014: "Local expert says dysfunction will lead to a changing of the guard in the U.S. Senate" (KTVX) "Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the dysfunction in Washington D.C. is at an all time low."

September 15, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Obama should not move forward without congressional approval" (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.”

September 10, 2014: "Making waves: three Utah women running for U.S. congress" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Morgan Lyon Cotti, local program manager for the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said more women were involved in Utah politics in the 1990s than now."

September 9, 2014: "News roundup: Tea party strategist to head Mike Lee's re-election bid" (Salt Lake Tribune) "To the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics interns and students in Rick Pike's Comm 1610 class where Cornflakes is required reading."

September 8, 2014: "Robert Bennett: Will Republicans hold House, regain Senate this fall?" (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.”

September 5, 2014: "Taking Stock Podcast" (Bloomberg Radio) Former Ambassador and Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar John Price spoke about the proliferation of terrorist groups in the United States.

September 3, 2014: "Getting to know the ASUU boards" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "[Hinckley InstituteLeo Masic, a director on FYC, said the board is comprised of 35 freshmen and first-year transfer students who develop and plan campus-wide events specifically aimed at freshmen students."

September 3, 2014: "Utah football notes — OL Parker Erickson nominated as Rhodes Scholar" (Salt Lake Tribune) "There’s a long, arduous vetting process ahead, but [former Hinckley intern and] political science major Parker Erickson hopes to be one of the next Rhodes Scholars, one of 32 students nationwide and 83 in the world selected to pursue their postgraduate education at Oxford."

August 31, 2014: "Obama has his own 'killer rabbit' moment" (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.”

August 27, 2014: "Salt Lake politics are 'at the forefront' this year" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "Morgan [Lyon] Cotti, [local] program director for the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said this is going to be an interesting year for Salt Lake City politics because of the election year."

August 27, 2014: "Student jonesin' for jobs" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "There were also 10 organizations from U’s campus, such as the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Kingsbury Hall and the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

August 27, 2014: "OSH renovation in the not-so-near future" (Daily Utah Chronicle) "The Hinckley Institute of Politics is housed on the second floor and offers students internships, regardless of major or area of study."

August 25, 2014: "Utah Debate Commission names moderators" (Salt Lake Tribune) Hinckley Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti is on the board of the Utah Debate Commission.

August 25, 2014: "Robert Bennett: WGU helping 'STEM' education slippage" (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.”

August 22, 2014: "Political expert discusses Lockhart's superintendent ambitions" (KSTU) "“She was positioning herself to run for Governor,” said Tim Chambless, a Professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics."

August 18, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Contrary to Krugman, debt outlook looks dim” (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.”

August 13, 2014: "Timbuktu 'Festival of the Desert' may be Catalyst for Peace (Ambassadors Perspectives) 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."

August 12, 2014: New poll shows Love 12 points ahead of Owens in 4th District” (Deseret News) “This poll gives Owens a little bit of hope,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “It does confirm his internal polling is accurate.”

August 12, 2014: New poll shows Love 12 points ahead of Owens in 4th District, poll says” (KSL) “This poll gives Owens a little bit of hope,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “It does confirm his internal polling is accurate.”

August 12, 2014: “Salt Lake County council candidate unveils unique campaign slogan” (KSTU) Hinckley Institute Associate Director Courtney McBeth, Outreach Coordinator Molly Wheeler, and Student Staffer Kendahl Melvin were interviewed for this story.

August 11, 2014: "Robert Bennett: The Green Lantern Theory of Presidency" (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.”

August 11, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Fox 13 News regarding the Mia Love vs. Doug Owens congressional race.

August 8, 2014: Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar Ambassador John Price was interviewed by Bloomberg Radio.

August 5, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on “The Rod Arquette Show” on KNRS.

August 4, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was live on The Doug Wright Show (KSL) regarding the implications of the six primary elections being held around the country.

August 4, 2014: Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Maryland Democrat build political bridge in Utah (Deseret News) The comments came during an hourlong [Hinckley Institute] town hall meeting in Salt Lake City on “The Doug Wright Show” on KSL NewsRadio, part of the effort to share ideas and the concerns in Utah.

August 4, 2014: Robert Bennett: It could be the best of times (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.”

August 2, 2014: Chaffetz brings East Coast congressman to Utah to hear about public lands, other West issues (Deseret News) “Also Monday, both congressmen will … field questions during a special hourlong town hall edition of “The Doug Wright Show” on KSL NewsRadio [and co-sponsored by the Hinckley Institute] that begins at noon.”

August 1, 2014: "Mitt Romney and a Possible Third Campaign for President in 2016?" Hinckley Institute Academic Outreach Coordinator Tim Chambless spoke to Andrew Adams of KSL Newsradio.

July 31, 2014: “No national launch for Draft Mitt effort” (Deseret News) “In it’s current form as a wildly enthusiastic group for Mitt that is not soliciting money, I think there is no harm in it as an avenue for people to show their excitement and appreciation for Gov. Romney,” said Jowers.

July 30, 2014: “Ambassador Price: What did the Arab Spring Accomplish?” (International Policy Digest)” 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.”

July 30, 2014: "U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Sue President Obama in Federal Court" (KSL) Hinckley Institute Academic Outreach Coordinator Tim Chambless spoke to Scott Seeger and Maria Shilaos of KSL Newsradio.

July 28, 2014: “Senator Bennett: Hamas and its financial priorities” (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.”

July 28, 2014: “Poll shows 4th District race between Love, Owens could be close” (Fox13) “While both camps will disagree on the findings, the poll could help shape how the last leg of this race plays out, according to Dr. Morgan Lyon Cotti of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 21, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Shurtleff and Swallow are ‘innocent until proven guilty’ in the A.G. scandal” (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.”

July 17, 2014: “Education Is Best Way to Defeat Radical Islam” “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.”

July 16, 2014: “The legal battles begin for Swallow, Shurtleff” (KSL) “Kirk Jowers, head of the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the case could lead to another look at how the federal investigation into Shurtleff and Swallow was handled.”

July 16, 2014: “Utah political watchers say effects of bribery charges against ex-attorneys general unclear” (Associated Press) “Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, noted that it was a Republican-controlled Utah lieutenant governor’s office that investigated Swallow and later concluded he likely broke state election laws.”

July 15, 2014: “What do the charges and arrests say about Utah?” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it might be time to revive a group like the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.”

July 15, 2014: “Swallow, Shurtleff charges ‘validation’ for legislators, Dunnigan says” (KSL) “The need for campaign limits was also echoed by Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 15, 2014: “Utah pols ponder effects of AG arrests” (Standard-Examiner) “Kirk Jowers, who directs the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, also oversaw former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.”

July 15, 2014: “Reaction to former Utah AGs Swallow/Shurtleff arrests” (KSTU) Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was live in studio with Fox 13′s Max Roth to discuss the arrest of attorneys general Swallow and Shurtleff and next steps the state of Utah should take.

July 14, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on KUER regarding Governor Herbert’s recent appointment as Vice Chairman of the National Governors’ Association.

July 14, 2014: “Op-ed: A better way than filling jails with nonviolent offenders” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk L. Jowers is director of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale.”

July 14, 2014: “Robert Bennett: A look at the best US presidents of the past” (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.”

July 11, 2014: “My view: The most famous person born in Utah” (Deseret News) “Kirk L. Jowers is director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale.”

July 9, 2014: “Young Social Entrepreneur Rebuilding Education” (Forbes) Former Hinckley Institute intern Chase Winder was the topic of aForbes article regarding his work with his nonprofit Digital Learning Alliance.

July 8, 2014: “Rep. Chaffetz keeps Romney for President talk alive” (Deseret News) “Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, called Chaffetz’s statement ‘wishful thinking.’ He said Chaffetz has no insider knowledge of Romney’s intentions.”

July 8, 2014: “Supporters are launching a campaign to draft Romney for 2016″ (KTVX) “Kirk Jowers [of the Hinckley Institute of Politics] has worked closely with the Romney campaign over the years as the Chairman of his leadership PAC’s.”

July 8, 2014: “Chaffetz predicts Romney will run in 2016″ (KSL) “Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, called Chaffetz’s statement ‘wishful thinking.’ He said Chaffetz has no insider knowledge of Romney’s intentions.”

July 7, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Health care decisions should be left up to individuals” (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.”

July 3, 2014: “A caliphate has been declared in the Middle East” “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.”

July 1, 2014: “U Alumni Gather for European Reunion in Oslo, Norway” (Alumni Connection) “Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations, then talked to the alumni about the disenchantment of the American electorate and how the U is making a difference.”

June 30, 2014: "Robert Bennett: 'You never really know what's going to happen in politics'" (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."

June 29, 2014: “Letter: Faith in mothers” (Deseret News) This letter was authored by Morgan Lyon Cotti, the Hinckley Institute’s Local Program Manager.

June 27, 2014: “August kickoff expected for ‘Draft Mitt’ effort” (Deseret News) Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers isn’t one of them. Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he takes Romney at his word that he won’t be a candidate in 2016.

June 26, 2014: “News roundup: Hillary Clinton: I’m no Mitt Romney” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Herbert later interviews with Morgan Lyon Cotti and Dan Jones for “Political History of Utah” and speaks on a KSL program.”

June 25, 2014: “News roundup: Dallas or Denver for GOP ’16 convention” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, attends a commission on civic and character education and gives a keynote address at the Goldman Sachs/SLCC small business graduation.”

June 24, 2014: “The Faith of my Mothers” (Feminist Mormon Housewives) This article was penned by Morgan Lyon Cotti, the Hinckley Institute’s Local Program Manager.

June 23, 2014: “Several local races up for grabs in Utah primary” (Associated Press) “Tim Chambless, a professor of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the lack of many competitive races is a bit surprising, but there were no major issues galvanizing voters against incumbents, and in many races, one candidate entered party conventions with a solid lead.”

June 22, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Let’s hope the ‘missing emails’ scandal will impact bureaucratic inertia” (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.”

June 16, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Many miles left to go before the race in 2016″ (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.”

June 11, 2014: Utahns react to defeat of U.S. House majority leader (Deseret News) “Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, who lost his re-election bid in 2010 at a tea party-dominated state GOP convention, said the outcome of Cantor’s primary election may not be so surprising after all.”

June 9, 2014: “Robert Bennett: And they call this a recreational drug?” (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.”

June 9, 2014: “News roundup: Judge: Most traditional marriage was polygamy” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Michael Lyons, a professor of political science at Utah State University, counters Kirk Jowers['s] op-ed suggesting that a political alliance between the young and the wise is unlikely.”

June 7, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers spoke at the University of Utah’s European Reunion in Oslo, Norway, delivering a talk entitled “The Less You Know: Disenchantment of the American Electorate and How the U is Making a Difference.”

June 7, 2014: “Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Makes Us Less Safe” (International Policy Digest) This article was written by John Price, who 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.

June 6, 2014: “Rolly: Count My Vote fight continues behind the scenes” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The poll had Lee coming in second to last among the 26 names listed. The poll included such names as Josh Romney, Kirk Jowers, Jon Huntsman Jr., Dan Liljenquist and Thomas Wright.”

June 6, 2014: “Op-ed: What we need is less democracy” (Salt Lake Tribune) “In last week’s Tribune, Kirk Jowers offered a thoughtful and hopeful perspective on the future of the U.S. political system. Jowers expressed faith that senior leaders such as Sen. Orrin Hatch, together with the optimistic young people he and I are both privileged to mentor on our respective campuses, can remedy the dysfunction that now plagues our system.”

June 6, 2014: “Global War on Terror has become more dangerous” “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’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

June 2, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Labor’s GDP share and economic efficiency” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 30, 2014: “Op-ed: The veterans and the rookies can show us the political way” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk L. Jowers is the University of Utah’s director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and chief advisor to the Office for Global Engagement.”

May 30, 2014: “Report: Women missing from Utah politics” (Governing) “Last year, Utah had openings for 343 elected positions across state and local government, according to a tally by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

May 30, 2014: “Regime Change Will Not Diminish Al-Qaeda Attacks” “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’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 27, 2014: “Gov. Herbert looks to Washington for new chief of staff” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an advisor to Herbert, said the resignations that started with former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell last fall all made sense on a personal basis.”

May 26, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Tea party influence sparks media attention” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 25, 2014: “Bloomberg Radio: Former Ambassador Price Says West Should Address Africa” (International Policy Digest) “John Price, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of the Comoros, says Nigeria’s Boko Haram shows radical Islam is growing in Africa.”

May 23, 2o14: “Former Ambassador Price Says West Should Address Africa” (Bloomberg) “John Price, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of the Comoros, says Nigeria’s Boko Haram shows radical Islam is growing in Africa.”

May 20, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was live on The Doug Wright Show (KSL) regarding the implications of the six primary elections being held around the country.

May 19, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Fair money — Wealth must be created before redistributed” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 18, 2014: Ambassador John Price was live on the nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show to discuss the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.

May 16, 2014: “Why We Must Investigate Benghazi” (Algemeiner) “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’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 16, 2014: “Pyle: Truth about public land gets lost in translation” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Shea, along with University of Utah Professor Dan McCool, argued against the idea at the City Library debate sponsored by The Tribune, KCPW and the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 14, 2014: “University of Utah student wins $30,000 Truman Scholarship” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Set to graduate next year with a double major in political science and international studies, Tu plans to pursue a joint law degree and master’s of business administration and subsequently a career in international development. Tu has been an intern at the U.S. State Department and also served three Hinckley Institute internships.”

May 12, 2014: “Audience will determine who wins Utah public lands debate” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The event, cosponsored by KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and the U. of U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is free and open to the public at the library, 210 E. 400 South.”

May 12, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Jobs and climate — painting a complete picture” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 12, 2014: “Special Panel on Benghazi Needed for Answers” (The Investigative Project on Terrorism) “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.”

May 11, 2014: “More Utah political insides see Huntsman running in 2016 than Romney” (KSL) “Tim Chambless, academic outreach coordinator for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the results weren’t a surprise.”

May 8, 2014: “Utah public land management topic of Salt Lake Tribune-sponsored debate” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Land management is a perfect topic for a new public debate format The Salt Lake Tribune is sponsoring along with KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

May 8, 2014: Hinckley Institute Local Program Manager Morgan Lyon Cotti appeared on KUER’s RadioWest to discuss the politics of air quality.

May 6, 2014: “Former US Ambassador: Nigeria’s Boko Haram shows radical Islam is growing in Africa” (FOX News) “Former U.S. Ambassador John Pricetold Fox News’ Lauren Green the U.S. is putting ‘blinders on’ and ignoring the threat posed by the Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram.”

May 5, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Thoughts on the need for a bit more thought” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 2, 2014: “Utah GOP chairman: Draft Mitt in 2016″ (Deseret News) “‘Of course I wish he were the president now and would be willing to run in 2016,’ said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 30, 2014: “About 200 U Students Attend 2014′s Senior Sendoff” (Alumni Connection) “The highlight of the evening was featured speaker Kirk JowersBA’92, executive director of the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Jowers, a former Student Alumni Board member, shared experiences from his highly successful career.”

April 28, 2014: “The 9/11 Memorial Museum Film Tells the Truth” “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.”

April 28, 2014: “Robert Bennett: The two-parent family is good economics” (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.”

April 27, 2014: “Bishop will face McAleer again in general election” (Associated Press) “Saturday’s results mean Utah’s June 24 primary election will not have any contested races for U.S. Congress, a rarity in the state over the last four decades, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 26, 2014: “GOP Delegates Give Rousing Reception to Sen. Mike Lee” (Utah Policy) “Mitt Romney’s son, Josh, and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers, are among a half dozen other well-connected Republicans who may be looking at a GOP U.S. Senate run in two years.”

April 26, 2014: “Love vs Owens for Utah’s open congressional seat” (Associated Press) “Saturday’s results mean Utah’s June 24 primary election will not have any contested races for U.S. Congress, a rarity in the state over the last four decades, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 24, 2014: “Governor Herbert says what happens in Nevada stays in Nevada when addressing infamous cattle battle” (KTVX ABC 4) “‘We have the governor and Rob Bishop who are trying to work with the federal government to have compromises with some of the things they view as more unworkable with federal lands,’ said Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 23, 2014: “Western lands takeover: Former BLM chief, state lawmaker clash” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Morgan Lyon Cotti, with the Hinckley Institute, linked the latest flash point in the always-tense relationship between Western states and the federal government to a rise in tea-party conservatives, saying that elected officials are largely responding to the Republican delegates who helped them win office.”

April 23, 2014: “Trib Talk: Western lands disputes — locals vs. feds” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Rep. Ken Ivory, former BLM Director Pat Shea, reporter Thomas Burr and Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics join Jennifer Napier-Pearce on Wednesday to talk about the unrest and if and how the philosophical gap between New West and Old West can be resolved.”

April 22, 2014: “‘Jumbo joints’: How big will the newest political animals get?” (The Center for Public Integrity) “Kirk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, told the Center for Public Integrity that the use of joint fundraising committees will “absolutely proliferate” after McCutcheon.”

April 21, 2014: “Forum debates proposed changes to U fight song” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “There was not as much fight at the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ panel on the U fight song as anticipated. The forum, held Friday afternoon, was called “A Utah Man Am I?” and discussed the proposed changes to the song.”

April 21, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Immigration reform should demonstrate ‘love of neighbor’” (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.”

April 19, 2014: “Reyes says he’s turning down questionable campaign contributions” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials [at the Hinckley Institute of Politics] that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality.”

April 18, 2014: “Reyes avoiding some campaign donations” (KUTV CBS 2) “Reyes made the comments during a Friday discussion at the [Hinckley Institute of Politics at the] University of Utah about restoring public trust in the state’s top law enforcement office.”

April 18, 2014: “Candidates for Utah Attorney General talk transparency” (KSTU Fox 13) ”[Attorney General Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont] were at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Friday, discussing ways to improve transparency in the public position.”

April 18, 2014: “University of Utah students debate updating the school’s fight song” (KTVX ABC 4) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a panel discussion Friday afternoon with a packed house heard strong opinions on both sides.”

April 17, 2014: “British ambassador discusses relations with U.S.” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “There was no round table, but that did not stop a knight from coming to the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Wednesday. Sir Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the United States, spoke Tuesday afternoon about the relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. and advocated for free trade between nations.”

April 17, 2014: “Gunboat Diplomacy in China Sea Can Lead to a Red Line” 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’sHinckley Institute of Politics.

April 17, 2014: “Bryan Schott’s Political BS: Remember My Name” (Utah Policy) “Too bad for the Kirk Jowers or Josh Romney’s who have designs on the Governor’s Mansion. They’re gonna have to go through Cox to get there, and that’s not going to be easy.”

April 16, 2014: “Tianna Tu wins nat’l scholarship” (Daily Utah Chronicle) Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he is “thrilled” Tu was recognized for her devotion to public service and genuine desire to make the world a better place.”

April 13, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Making our own spending decisions: The Affordable Care Act’s folly” (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.”

April 10, 2014: “Ex-NSA exec speaking in Utah says spy programs violate Constitution” (Associated Press) ”It is basically the government’s dark net,” said Drake, speaking to about 75 people at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

April 9, 2014: “ John Price,  former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of the Comoros, says the Unites States should embrace Russia as a “power”. Price talks with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox and Carol Massar on Bloomberg Radio’s “Taking Stock” on April 8th.”

April 7, 2014: “Robert Bennett: More, rather than less, political speech is a good thing” (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.”

April 2, 2014: “U.S. Supreme Court releases opinion in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission” (Lexology.com) “The U.S. Supreme Court released its long-anticipated opinion in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission this morning.”

April 2, 2014: “Utah lawmaker pushing for campaign contribution limits encouraged by Supreme Court ruling” (ABC 4) Kirk Jowers, Director of TheHinckley Institute of Politics says one concern is the power this could give to some donors.”

April 2. 2014: “Campaign limits lifted for donors in federal races” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a lawyer specializing in Federal Elections Commission issues, said the ruling will likely have little effect in Utah.”

April 2, 2014: “Fulbright Program gives global opportunities” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Plan early and start as soon as possible – this was the advice the panel gave audience members during the Hinckley Institute of Politics Fulbright forum on Tuesday.”

April 2, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was live on The Doug Wright Show (KSL) regarding the Supreme Courts ruling on campaign finance.

April 2, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on ABC 4 regarding the Supreme Courts ruling on campaign finance.

March 31, 2014: “Days of remembrance start off with discussion and lecture from Guiora” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “U law professor Amos Guiora spoke Thursday afternoon in a lecture titled “Does the Bystander Foster Extremism?” in the Hinckley Institute of Politics caucus room as the week’s opening event.”

March 31, 2014: "Robert Bennett: A little perspective on an upcoming energy surplus" (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."

March 27, 2014: “Utah election law reins in tea party” (Los Angeles Times) ”It was a subtext for some people,” said Kirk Jowers, a University of Utah political scientist and cofounder of Count My Vote, the group that pushed for the new election rules.

March 26, 2014:”Business leaders in Utah enjoy higher favorability than politicians” (Deseret News) “Following are the combined results, with mean scores, beginning with those with highest favorability to those with lowest favorability. Because results differed slightly on the different surveys, each person’s best rating is listed here. A lower mean score means higher favorability: Jon Huntsman Sr., 1.49; Gail Miller, 1.67; Mike Leavitt, 1.85; Spencer Eccles Jr., 1.85; Ben McAdams, 1.90; Gary Herbert, 1.98; Josh Romney, 1.99; Greg Miller, 2.00; Norma Matheson, 2.05; Kirk Jowers, 2.05.”

March 24, 2014: “Love has running start in 4th District race” (The Washington Times) “Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, noted that in 2012, Love was going up against a seasoned political veteran and only lost by fewer than 800 votes.”

March 24, 2014: “Utahns warned: Unneeded medical tests do more harm than good” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Choosing Wisely panel discussion on Friday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics (Orson Spencer Hall, 260 S. South Campus Dr., room 253.)”

March 24, 2014: “Robert Bennett: An outlook on Russia — Is Putin Hitler?” (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.”

March 23, 2014: “Gender gap likely to grow on Utah’s Capitol Hill” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Lindsay Zizumbo is co-founder of Real Women Run [and National Program Manager at the Hinckley Institute of Politics], an organization that provides networking and training help for women interested in running for office.”

March 22, 2014: “The path to D.C. internships is well traveled for Utah students” (Deseret News) “This is Valdez’s third internship but her first in D.C. She has coordinated all of them through the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, which also provides housing for between 30 and 45 U. students interning in D.C. The hands-on experience gained through internships gives the students an advantage, she says.”

March 22, 2014: “The path to D.C. internships is well traveled for Utah students” (Deseret News) “It’s surprising how well the Hinckley (Institute) does making sure students have a diverse selection and an opportunity to pursue whatever they need to,” Valdez said.

March 21, 2014: “More Utah women needed in politics, advocates say” (KSL) “Women aren’t making that leap,” said Lindsay Zizumbo, a founder of the group [and National Program Manager of the Hinckley Institute of Politics], adding that they typically feel less qualified than their male counterparts. “They’re comparing themselves to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or Gov. Gary Herbert instead of the candidate they’re running against.”

March 18, 2014: “Rolly: Here’s a switch for Utah — a political forum lacking in Republicans” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics held its legislative wrap-up session Monday featuring Capitol Hill leaders from both political parties, according to the invitation.”

March 18, 2014: “News roundup: Feds: We snatched up emails under Bush’s orders” (Salt Lake Tribune) “At the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, two Democratic legislators gave their take on the legislative session that ended last week. [DNews]“

March 17, 2014: “Caucus meetings this week give public a chance to get involved” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, agrees the GOP needs to reshape its message, noting Romney lost in 2012 primarily on social issues that attract women, minority and young voters.

March 17, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Reduce the shrillness level of political rhetoric” (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.”

March 17, 2014: “Lawmakers say they made strides but need to look to the future” (Deseret News) “Two minority leaders served as panel members Monday for a legislative wrap-up forum at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Two members of GOP leadership were expected as well, but did not attend.”

March 16, 2014: “Caucus meetings this week give public a chance to get involved” (Salt Lake Tribune) “(Delegates) are by far the most powerful voters in America,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 15, 2014: “Real Women Run course teaches women to be confident candidates” (Salt Lake Tribune) “But on Saturday, some of those fears were quashed for Newton and more than 40 other women who attended the daylong Real Women Run training at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. The training is necessary to get more women into political office, said Lindsay Zizumbo, a founding member of the 3-year-old Real Women Run.”

March 11, 2014: “Real Women Run offering training for candidates” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Real Women Run is offering training designed for candidates at all levels of government and their campaign staffs, as well as caucus candidates and future delegates. The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, 260 S. Central Campus Drive at the University of Utah. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.”

March 10, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Compromise will morph into Count my Vote win” (Salt Lake Tribune) “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 6, 2014: Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed live on KSL News Radio regarding the legislative compromise with Count My Vote.

March 4, 2014: "Love has running start in 4th District race" (Associated Press) "Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, noted that in 2012, Love was going up against a seasoned political veteran and only lost by fewer than 800 votes."

March 4, 2014: “Compromise reached between ‘Count My Vote’, caucus supporters” (Davis Clipper) “This really is a Republican vs. a Republican fight,” he said. “Now if (former governor) Mike Leavitt or Kurt Jowers (director of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute) have a run for governor, they collect 30,000 signatures and get on the ballot.”

March 4, 2014: “Debate leaves questions unanswered” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The lecture room in the Hinckley Institute of Politics was filled with supporters of both parties, but when speaking, the candidates addressed the student body as a whole.”

March 3, 2014: “Politics as a focus of study” (The Spanish Times): “El Instituto de política de Hinckley es un Instituto bipartidista ubicado en el campus de la Universidad de Utah en Salt Lake City, Utah.”

March 3, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Keystone: What difference does it make?” (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.”

March 2, 2014: "Start-Federal Land Trade Proposal Bills before the 2014 Utah State Legislature" (KTVX) Hinckley Institute Academic Outreach Coordinator Tim Chambless spoke to Chad Booth and Robert B. Keiter of The County Seat on KTVX Channel 4.

March 2, 2014: “LDS Church Pulls Missionaries Out Of Ukraine As Russian Troops Move In” (KUTV) “So, to lose Ukraine over to the west would be the final blow to Russia and especially Putin,” says Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

March 1, 2014: “Op-ed: Broad group comes together to promote political debates in Utah” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The Utah Debate Commission is a consortium of Utah’s universities [Hinckley Institute of Politics], television stations, major daily newspapers, business representatives and civic leaders from both major parties.

February 28, 2014: “Expected announcement regarding Count My Vote postponed” (Fox 13) “Kirk Jowers, a founding member of Count My Vote and the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, has confirmed to FOX 13 News that members of the County My Vote Initiative have reached a deal with Utah lawmakers.”

February 27, 2014: “Budgets & Bikes” (City Weekly) “Later, a forum at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics will talk about the budgeting consumers will have to make to move toward a de-carbonized economy.”

February 27, 2014: “Lawmakers, Count My Vote talking deal that would end initiative petition” (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, a Count My Vote founder and board member, wouldn’t discuss details but said “supporters of Count My Vote have negotiated with the Legislature and party leaders for the past several years, and I’m more hopeful now than I’ve ever been.”

February 26, 2014: “Staff looks back on successes of the year” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted the annual State of ASUU address Tuesday afternoon.”

February 26, 2014: “Reforming Utah’s Caucus System” (RadioWest) “Kirk Jowers is co-founder of the Count My Vote initiative and the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

February 25, 2014: “News roundup: Holder to state AG’s: You don’t have to defend gay marriage bans” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Summit Sotheby’s International Reality president (and former Utah GOP chairman) Thomas Wright, National Commander of the American Legion Dan Dellinger, and later with aides Derek Miller, Wes Smith and Marty Carpenter. He also meets with legislative interns from the Hinckley Institute of Politics, UVU and SLCC leaders and holds a Boards and Commissions review.”

February 24, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Count My Vote: ‘Let the process play out’” (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.”

February 24, 2014: "LDS Leaders Urge Participation in Party Caucuses" (KUER) "University of Utah political science professor [and Hinckley Institute Academic Outreach Coordinator] Tim Chambless says encouragement from church leaders two years ago resulted in many more voters participating in party caucuses and he expects to see something similar this year."

February 22, 2014: “Group questioning Count My Votes petitions” (Daily Herald) “We are following all the state safeguards, and are using the best practices on our campaign,” said Lindsay Zizumbo, executive director for Count My Vote. “With an issue that has the support of 70 percent of the people we don’t need to play games — so we’ll do everything that is required to do this correctly.”

February 21, 2014: “Complaint claims Count My Vote collected signatures in violation of the law” (Fox 13) “Lindsey Zizumbo, executive director of Count My Vote, released the following statement in response: “We question the validity of the complaints, but nonetheless we are taking it seriously. We are following all the state safeguards, and are using best practices on our campaign.  With an issue that has the support of 70% of the people we don’t need to play games — so will do everything that is required to do this correctly.”

February 19, 2014: “Hinckley Forum: Change in Haiti more complicated than it looks” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Wilentz, a contributing editor of The Nation magazine, spoke on the politics and culture of post-earthquake Haiti on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Hinckley Institute of Politics as part of the World Affairs Lecture Series.”

February 17, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Utah unlikely to ‘take back’ federal lands” (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.”

February 14, 2014; Lawmaker aims to put Utah’s primary ahead of Iowa, New Hampshire” (Fox 13) “Online voting is the greatest strength and weakness of this bill,” said Kirk Jowers, who is the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “It’s what makes it interesting. It’s what allows it to move around, in case New Hampshire and Iowa keep their tricks going. But it’s also the most complicated.”

February 13, 2014: “Romney 3.0: Will He Run Again?” (KUTV) “According to Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of politics, several stars have aligned to make Romney seem in retrospect … the right guy for the job.”

February 11, 2014: “Caucus vs. Count My Vote Battle Heats Up on the Hill” (Utah Policy) “CMV supporters, which include board members Mike Leavitt, former Utah GOP governor; University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics boss Kirk Jowers; and UtahPolicy publisher LaVarr Webb, decided to have candidates gather signatures of their party members to show grass-roots party support – much like getting support from party delegates under the current system.”

February 10, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Living in a representative democracy” (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.”

February 4, 2014: “Interns learn leadership skills at capitol” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “For nearly five decades, the Hinckley Institute of Politics has been sending students to intern for Utah’s State Capitol.”

February 4, 2014: “Al Qaeda’s Continued Challenge”(International Policy Digest) “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.

February 3, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Caucuses overshadow the elections, Count My Vote aims to empower voters” (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.”

January 29, 2014: "President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address" (KSL) Hinckley Institute Academic Outreach Coordinator Tim Chambless spoke to Paul Nelson of KSL Newsradio.

January 29, 2014: “University of Utah grad to speak on conservation” (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.”

January 29, 2014: “Cultural Diversity Seen Through the Eyes of African Artists” (International Policy Digest) “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.

January 28, 2014: “Tea party gets Mike Lee to answer Obama. Why he might surprise.” (Christian Science Monitor) “The tea partyers have become far less sympathetic to the American people over the last several years because of things like the shutdown,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

January 27, 2014: “Paul Rolly: Parody website pretends to be pro-Count My Vote” (Salt Lake Tribune) “For Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers: “Enjoys commenting on the political news of the day and gazing into the eyes of his larger-than-life portrait hanging in the institute.”

January 26, 2014: “Leaders convene at Pac-12 summit” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Breakout sessions with vice president of Academic Affairs Ruth Watkins and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Kirk Jowers were among the notable events held on Friday’s events of the summit.”

January 26, 2014; “Robert Bennett: Obamacare is like a 1955 Pontiac” (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.”

January 24, 2014: “Why Republicans Fear Conventions” (National Journal) “If the delegates don’t reflect the common view of the population, then you’ll get skewed views in the elected officials they nominate,” said Rich McKeown, the “Count My Vote” effort’s executive chairman. McKeown, who was former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt’s longtime chief of staff, noted that Utah’s convention delegates skew older and far more male than the population, as well as away from new state residents, leaving large swathes of the growing population out of the main nominating process.”

January 23, 2014: “Politicos debate free speech rights” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “If money could talk, the Hinckley Institute of Politics knows what it would say.”

January 23, 2014: “MORMON CHURCH DEFENDS UTAH LIQUOR LAWS” (Associate Press) “The church didn’t say why they chose this year to roll out the campaign, but Morgan Lyon Cotti of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics said it’s reasonable to presume the church felt the efforts to ease laws had reached a tipping point.

January 23, 2014: “Campaign Transparency vs. the 1st Amendment in Utah (Video)” (Utah Policy) “At a Wednesday Hinckley Institute discussion on campaign finance reform, Bill Maurer, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice’s Washington chapter, said that added disclosure may be a feel-good measure, but it actually would harm the political process.”

January 23, 2014: “Mormon church issues sweeping defense of Utah liquor laws ahead of legislative session” (Star Tribune) “The church didn’t say why they chose this year to roll out the campaign, but Morgan Lyon Cotti of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics said it’s reasonable to presume the church felt the efforts to ease laws had reached a tipping point.”

January 22, 2014: “Beirut to Benghazi: We Didn’t Learn a Lesson” (Ambassador John Price.com) “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.

January 22, 2014: “Does Utah law trample free speech in campaigns? (Salt Lake Tribune) “A Utah law intended to make it harder for political candidates to collect and spend large amounts of money from undisclosed sources is unconstitutional and harmful to democracy, an attorney with a conservative think tank argued Wednesday [hosted by Hinckley Institute of Politics].”

January 22, 2014: “Campaign Transparency vs. the 1st Amendment in Utah (Video)” (Utah Policy) “At a Wednesday Hinckley Institute discussion on campaign finance reform, Bill Maurer, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice’s Washington chapter, said that added disclosure may be a feel-good measure, but it actually would harm the political process.”

January 22, 2014: “Gov. talks legislative priorities” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Gov. Gary Herbert speaks at a Hinckley Institute of Politics forum.”

January 21, 2014: “The Rundown: Why is Utah’s Voter Turnout So Low?” (KCPW) “We’ll speak with Dr. Morgan Lyon Cotti, Associate Instructor at the University of Utah’s Center For Public Policy & Administration and the Local Program Manager at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, to find out why.”

January 21, 2014: “News roundup: Behind the scenes with a candid Obama” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Americans have been misled about the attacks in Benghazi, Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells a Hinckley Institute crowd. [DNews]“

January 21, 2014: “GOP misguided in Huntsman straw poll omission” (All Voices.com) “It’s an embarrassment for the Republican Party if they did conscientiously leave him off,” said Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute, established at the University of Utah to teach respect for practical politics and citizen involvement.”

January 19, 2014: “Utah Senator Calling For Campaign Finance Reform” (KUTV) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, teaches a class on money, politics and the U.S. presidency. He, too, believes public officials become too indebted to huge donors, and he believes the timing of those bills, this time around, is good.”

January 20, 2014: “Chaffetz talks Benghazi at Hinckley” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) came to the Hinckley Institute of Politicson Friday to give his take on what really happened to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.”

January 20, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Finding answers to Benghazi” (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.”

January 17, 2014: “‘Too many lies’ about Benghazi attacks, Chaffetz says” (KSL) “This was apparent Friday at the Pizza and Politics forum put on by theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

January 17, 2014: “Chaffetz calls for truth about, accountability for Benghazi attacks” (Deseret News) “This was apparent Friday at the Pizza and Politics forum put on by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

January 16, 2014: “Real Women Run, Walker Institute encourage women in politics” (Signpost.com) “It was with this in mind that she reached out to Real Women Run, a statewide, nonpartisan organization in collaboration with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 16, 2014: “Count My Vote initiative expected to go forward even if lawmakers approve reforms” (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it’s too soon to say whether lawmakers would agree to shift to a direct primary or at least require changes to the current system.”

January 16, 2014: “GOP Straw Poll Released Online, Huntsman No Where To Be Found” (KUTV) Kirk Jowers Director of the Hinckley Institute hopes he considers it, saying, “I think he is an important voice for the Republican Party, adding diversity.” That diversity may however be too much for the GOP to handle.”

January 14, 2014: “Applications closed, primary set to start” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Two sets of debates will be held during the campaigning portion of the election season. Presidential and vice presidential debates will be held Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. in the Union and March 4 at 12 p.m. in the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

January 13, 2014: “Robert Bennett: Avert the Social Security crisis” (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.”

January 13, 2014: “Editorial: Sen. Lee makes a bipartisan turn” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Frustration is not a platform, and anger is not an agenda,” Lee rightly said Friday at a forum at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 13, 2014:  Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio regarding Count My Vote.

January 13, 2014: “Education groups endorse Count My Vote” (Deseret News) “Education groups Monday endorsed the Count My Vote initiative to change the state’s unique system for choosing political party nominees, saying GOP delegates aren’t making schools enough of a priority.”

January 13, 2014: “Education groups want change to Utah’s political system” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Count My Vote executive director Taylor Morgan said the group has gathered about 40,000 of the more than 100,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot. But complicating matters for Count My Vote is that they must gather the signatures across at least 26 of the state’s 29 Senate districts.

January 13, 2014:  Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KDXU in St. George regarding Count My Vote.

January 12, 2014: “ASUU welcomes new director of the board” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “She also said that the Government Relations board will be holding a civic engagement series. The series will include several workshops and bring in some guest speakers. Hawkins said that ASUU will work with the Hinckley Institute and the quorums that they already hold throughout the semester to accomplish this.”

January 12, 2014: “Hinckley internship sends students to Brazil” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, U students have the opportunity to intern in Brazil.”

January 12, 2014: “Lee aims to cut higher ed costs” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The senator spoke at the Hinckley Institute after announcing a bill in Washington on Jan. 9 that would open up the accreditation system for higher education.”

January 11. 2014: “A look at campaign aide who helped elect Swallow, Hatch, Lee” (Salt Lake Tribune) “ Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and an expert on campaign-finance laws, said that Powers “really did become the go-to guy for a lot of our major figures.”

January 10, 2014: Sen. Lee calls for fewer protests, more bipartisan work” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute, said that since the federal shutdown, Lee has “had a very consistent message of trying to move Republicans and more specifically tea partiers away from protest and anger and toward a more productive approach to government and having a real agenda.”

January 10, 2103: “John Swallow paid $235k in legal fees from campaign” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and an expert in campaign finance law, said most states give politicians the latitude to use campaign funds for legal expenses so they aren’t targeted by political attacks without being able to defend themselves.”

January 9, 2014: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live on KSL Radio’s Grant & Amanda morning program to discuss the recent developments of Amendment 3.

January 9, 2014: “Utah ranks 49th for women in politics” (KSL) “It means that the women are engaged and interested. So it’s just helping them bridge that gap and knock down some of those barriers that exist (for running for office),” said Lindsay Zizumbo, National Program Manager at the Hinckley Institute and founding member of Real Women Run — a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase the number of women in politics in Utah.”

January 8, 2014: “S. Jordan council votes to support caucus system” (Salt Lake Tribune) “A discussion on whether to retain the state’s current caucus system or switch to direct primaries will begin at noon Monday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

January 8, 2014: “News roundup: It’s official: Hell has frozen over” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Welcome: To the more than 115 U. students from the Hinckley Institute who are starting internships with government, non-profit, and private organizations in Utah, D.C., and nearly 20 foreign countries. Here’s to a great experience and some hard work!”

January 8, 2014: “Dick Harmon: 5 unsung Utahns played a critical role in the death of the BCS” (Deseret News) “On a quiet Sunday morning a few months ago in Orem, I turned and saw Matt Sanderson in the back of the church building.  He was there for the blessing of a newborn baby in the Sanderson clan. Nobody outside of his family knew who he was. He looked just like another Mormon guy in a suit and tie sitting in the back.”

January 7, 2014: “University of Utah to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day” (Deseret News) “Community Resistance to Institutionalized Racial Profiling,” 12:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Orson Spencer Hall.”

January 7, 2014: “ASUU: Ortiz springs into action with big plans” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Another plan ASUU has for the new semester is an event-packed Martin Luther King, Jr. week. As a part of the festivities, a spoken word poet will come to campus. On the Tuesday after MLK Day, Ortiz said Trayvon Martin’s mother will be at the U. ASUU will also be working with the Hinckley Institute during that time to put on a panel about racial profiling.”

January 7, 2014: “Retired Salt Lake Tribune editor to keynote Real Women Run training event” (Salt Lake Tribune) “In addition to Allen and other women politicians, the coalition that formed Real Women Run in 2011 includes the YWCA Utah, The Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Vision 2020, AAUW, League of Women Voters of Utah and Springboard Utah.”

January 7, 2014: “ASUU: Ortiz springs into action with big plans” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “On the Tuesday after MLK Day, Ortiz said Trayvon Martin’s mother will be at the U. ASUU will also be working with the Hinckley Institute during that time to put on a panel about racial profiling.”

January 6, 2014: “Robert Bennett: What to expect in 2014″ (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.”

January 4, 2014: “Even with Mia Love, Sean Reyes races, Count My Vote may be only surprise on November ballot” (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, agreed it would be difficult for competitive candidates to jump in the congressional race.”

2013 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 23, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Ryan-Murray deal signals hope for a broken Congress” (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 20, 2013: “Letter: Let’s promote clean energy sources” (Salt Lake Tribune) “That’s under the income taxing system, but as former Rep. Bob Inglis said at the Hinckley Institute: It’s possible if we “unleash the power of free enterprise for clean air and energy.”

December 19, 2013: “With Matheson out, Utah Dems scramble for 2014″ (Daily Herald) “Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Matheson would very much be a viable candidate for U.S. Senate or Utah governor in the future.”

December 18, 2013: “Matheson’s exit prompts questions regarding 2014 election” (Fox 13) “Republican and Hinckley Institute director Kirk Jowers and democrat and former party chair Donald Dunn are on the same page when it come to the top person on the democrat list.”

December 18, 2013: “Search warrant reveals possible charges against former Utah attorney general” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, sees it as a two-man race between Reyes and Tarbet, the acting attorney general.”

December 18, 2013: “Mia Love Is Clear Front-Runner for Matheson Seat” (Roll Call) “I think Mia Love is too formidable right now,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “She has the name ID, the money and now she has Dave Hansen who is about the most respected campaign manager. So if you’re taking a look at your ability to win, it’s hard to see anybody who doesn’t start out behind in all major campaign considerations.”

December 18, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on Fox 13 regarding Congressman Matheson’s retirement and next possible steps.

December 17, 2013: “Jowers: Lee Will Transform the Tea Party” (Utah Policy) Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers says Mike Lee has a chance to change the direction of the Tea Party and transform the Republican party as well. “

December 18, 2013: “Search warrant reveals possible charges against former Utah attorney general” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, sees it as a two-man race between Reyes and Tarbet, the acting attorney general.”

December 17, 2013: Rep. Jim Matheson says he won’t run for re-election in 2014″ (KSL) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Matheson’s departure all but assures the seat will fall into Republican hands.”

December 17, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio regarding Rep. Jim Matheson’s announcement that he was not running for reelection.

December 2013: “The University is unifying and expanding its endeavors to bring international experiences to all students.” (Continuum) “She signed up for a global internship through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and it led her to India.”

December 2013: “Through the Years” (Continuum) “Since 2007, the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics has coordinated an internship program with Maitri every semester. Singh Wadhwa often works directly with the U interns, who help with a range of projects including the organization’s annual report, newsletter, website, grant proposal development and writing, background research for projects, and even development and execution of new projects. Kirk Jowers BA’92, current director of the Hinckley Institute, also serves on Maitri’s international advisory board.”

December 17, 2013: “Rep. Jim Matheson says he won’t run for re-election in 2014″ (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Matheson’s departure all but assures the seat will fall into Republican hands. He said it would be nearly impossible for another Democrat to recreate Matheson’s campaign magic with one possible exception — McAdams.”

December 17, 2013: “Utah Democrat Rep. Matheson won’t seek 8th term” (Washington Post) Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics said he wouldn’t be surprised if Matheson launched a bid for Lee’s seat or the governor’s office in 2016.”

December 17, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL News Radio regarding Rep. Jim Matheson’s announcement that he was not running for reelection.

December 16, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Are the rich getting richer off the poor?”  (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 16, 2013: “Mike Lee will change the tea party” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers is the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale.”

December 13, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed on Fox 13 regarding jailed associate of former attorney general.

December 13, 2013: “Lawson charges trigger big question: Who’s next”  (Salt Lake Tribune) “It should send shock waves up the spine of Shurtleff and Swallow,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “There’s a danger whenever you get someone with not much to lose and a lot to gain by giving up a bigger fish. It would seem this is the opening act.”

December 8, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Create wealth before distributing it” (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 6, 2013: “A Giant is Gone but Mandela’s Legacy Lives On” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

December 3, 2013: “Somalia: Education is the Best Way to Defeat Al-Shabaab” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

December 2, 2013: “Candidates seeking to replace Swallow include pair with ties to his accusors” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Republicans may want to avoid choosing anyone connected to Swallow.”

December 2, 2013: “AG candidates include 2 with ties to Swallow’s accusers” (KSL) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Republicans may want to avoid choosing anyone connected to Swallow.”

December 2, 2013: “Utah A.G. John Swallow: ‘No way to convince people I’m innocent’” (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, who heads the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said it’s unreasonable for Swallow to want a blanket finding of innocence from the public.”

December 2, 2013: “Robert Bennett: ‘Nuclear option’ ends unwritten rules” (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 2, 2013: “‘No way to convince people I’m innocent,’ says John Swallow” (KSL) “Kirk Jowers, who heads the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said it’s unreasonable for Swallow to want a blanket finding of innocence from the public.”

November 27, 2013: “Rising star or sinking? Lee ignites both sides” (Standard-Examiner) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Lee’s appeal could mean greater fundraising ability.”

November 25, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Caucus delegates do not always honor commitments to public” (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, 2013: “Utah A.G. John Swallow leapt before he was pushed” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Similarly, Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said a state commission he cochaired that looked at ways to strengthen democracy talked about the need for donation limits — which he says the Swallow scandals show are needed.”

November 22, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio on KSL TV’s morning program to discuss the implication of Attorney General John Swallow’s resignation.

November 22, 2013: “Swallow’s resignation leaves office in limbo” (Standard-Examiner) “Swallow’s resignation is the first time a Utah attorney general has stepped down midterm, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. The state has seen two governors resign, but both left for other political posts and not in scandal, he said.”

November 22, 2013: “Utah attorney general announces resignation” (Bloomberg Business Week) “Swallow’s resignation is the first time a Utah attorney general has stepped down midterm, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. The state has seen two governors resign, but both left for other political posts and not in scandal, he said.”

November 22, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared live in studio on KSL Radio’s Grant & Amanda morning program to discuss the implication of Attorney General Jon Swallow’s resignation.

November 21, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers appeared on Fox 13 TV news to discuss the implication of Attorney General John Swallow’s resignation.

November 21, 2013: “Utah attorney general announces resignation, denies breaking any laws” (StarTribune) “Swallow’s resignation is the first time a Utah attorney general has stepped down midterm, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. The state has seen two governors resign, but both left for other political posts and not in scandal, he said.”

November 20, 2013: “Sam Daley Harris, Author and Social Entrepreneur” (KCPW) “The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: Nov. 20, 2013) – Sam Daley Harris founded the organization ‘RESULTS’, an international citizens’ lobby effort that significantly influenced policy actions that helped to reduce global hunger and poverty in the 1980’s and 1990’s  by promoting micro-lending, working with UNICEF, and increased child vaccinations.”

November 20, 2013: “Partitioning North Africa and the Middle East Might be the Only Option” (International Policy Digest) John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

November 20, 2013: “Mike Lee steps out of Ted Cruz’s shadow” (Politico) “‘It is true that we’ve had a number of donors, volunteers, etc., who believe that a direct primary will allow more mainstream Republicans and Democrats to get elected,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 18, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Quality health care will bring down costs” (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 13, 2013: “Malcolm Gladwell, Author” (KCPW) “The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: Nov. 13, 2013) – Malcolm Gladwell is author of several national and international best selling books, including The Tipping Point, published in 2000, Blink, in 2005, and the book Outliers, 2008.”

November 14, 2013: “Rolly: Dems, too, try to stifle direct primaries” (Salt Lake Tribune) “County My Vote is led by such prominent Republicans as former Gov. Mike Leavitt, Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers and Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller. But Democrats also have been heavy contributors to its political issues committee, Alliance for Good Government.”

November 11. 2013: “Robert Bennett: Both parties claim victories in changing landscapes” (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 10, 2013: “Author Malcolm Gladwell discusses his newest book” (Fox 13) ”Author Malcolm Gladwell spoke at the University of Utah this week, and he took some time to sit down with FOX 13 News as well.”

November 9, 2013: “Sen. Mike Lee in Iowa debut: Time to stop being ‘party of no’” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a Republican, welcomed Lee’s talk of uniting the fractured party.”

November 8, 2013: “UT AG collects $100K from donors, lends self $50K” (The Spectrum) Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the amount surprises him since he was just elected and is more than three years away from re-election campaign.”

November 8, 2013: “Swallow raking in campaign cash again, but it may help pay lawyers” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The amount Swallow has raised surprisedKirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 8, 2013: “Sen. Lee set as keynote speaker at tea party event” (KSL) “”He would potentially risk endearing himself to that group nationally, but not endearing himself to people in Utah,” said Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 8, 2013: Hinckley Institute Resident Scholar John Price was interviewed on Bloomberg Radio.

November 6, 2013: “Bob Bennett, Former Utah Senator” (KCPW) The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: Nov. 6, 2013) –Bob Bennett served 3-terms as a Republican U.S. Senator from Utah for 18 years.  In 2010 he lost his bid for reelection to Tea Party-Republican Candidate Mike Lee.”

November 6, 2013: “Mitt Romney backs primaries over caucuses, conventions” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics and a founder of Count My Vote, said he’s not taking Romney’s comments as an endorsement, but added that the group welcomes them to the discussion.”

November 6, 2013: “Attorney General John Swallow didn’t delete emails to hide anything, lawyer says” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the “whole story could be ‘it just looks bad.’”

November 6, 2013: “Malcolm Gladwell: David no underdog compared to Goliath” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Malcolm Gladwell spoke to a capacity crowd at Abravanel Hall Tuesday night, kicking off the inaugural Sam Rich Lecture Series hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

November 6, 2013: “David And Goliath And Why Being A Loser Can Make You A Winner” (KUTV) “He’s talking about his latest book “David and Goliath” though he’s best known for his first book “Tipping Point.” He sat down early Tuesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics for a lecture series and ended the night with a speech at Abravanel Hall.”

November 6, 2013: “Malcolm Gladwell” (KUTV) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics is thrilled to present Malcolm Gladwell as the inaugural Sam Rich Lecture. Gladwell is a celebrated author, and New Yorker staff writer. Dubbed by Time magazine as “one of the 100 most influential people,” Gladwell has written four phenomenally-successful bestsellers that have changed the way we think about our world and, in the case of his first book, The Tipping Point, our very vernacular.”

November 6, 2013: “A Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell” (KUER) “Wednesday, a conversation with celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell was in Utah as a guest of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which gave us the chance to sit down with him.”

November 5, 2013: “Powell Pushing Dual-Track Path to Primary Ballot” (Utah Policy) “Kirk Jowers is director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. But he’s kept his position as a lawyer/lobbyist for a D.C. firm, and often travels to Washington on business for that firm.

November 5, 2013: “Malcolm Gladwell tells of the power of forgiveness” (Deseret News) “Malcom Gladwell was in Salt Lake Tuesday night, speaking at the inaugural Sam Rich Lecture Series, hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

November 5, 2013: “Plans for tonight: Malcolm Gladwell, sold out” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell will deliver a lecture at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. The lecture starts at 8, and is sold out.”

November 5, 2013: “Gladwell discusses power of underdogs” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Gladwell came as the guest of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which brought him to Utah as the inaugural speaker for the Sam Rich Speaking Series at Abravanel Hall Tuesday evening.”

November 4, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Obamacare: the glitches will be fixed, the lies will not” (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 1, 2013: “Jon Huntsman Sr. says book’s Romney tax claim is ‘supermarket tabloid trash’” (Deseret News) “It’s the same rumor that surfaced in 2011 and 2012, and Jon Huntsman Sr. categorically denied it in 2012,” Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics said on KSL Newsradio Friday morning.”

November 1, 2013: “Book claims Huntsman Sr as source for controversial Romney tax rumors” (KSL) “Mitt Romney repeatedly denied the no taxes claim and a spokesman for Mitt Romney told KSL Friday, “Whoever the source was, the information was totally false.” Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, spoke about it live on KSL Newsradio Friday morning.”

November 1, 2013: “The Democratic Lies Keep Coming” (Beaufort Observer) “It’s the same rumor that surfaced in 2011 and 2012, and Jon Huntsman Sr. categorically denied it in 2012,” Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics said on KSL Newsradio Friday morning.”

November 2013: “Forum discusses future of Utah Energy” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics held a forum Tuesday on the future of Utah’s energy, co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Studies Program.”

October 30, 2013: “News roundup: Columnist says Lee deserves a second chance” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Utah Water Summit and talks to Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

October 30, 2013: “Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney” (KCPW) “The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: Oct. 30, 2013) – Sim Gill was elected as Salt Lake County’s District Attorney in 2010.”

October 28, 2013: “Bennett shares opinions on future” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Hinckley Caucus Room was overflowing with rows of students on Monday.They came to see former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) speak. Although the crowd was full of political science majors and political enthusiasts, many of the lecture’s attendees had ulterior motives — the seminar also offered extra credit and lunch.”

October 28, 2013: “Robert Bennett: A single worldview warps our perception” (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.”

October 21, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Washington dsn’t need a third party” (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.”

October 17, 2013: Senate panel recommends Cox for Lieutenant Governor” (The Pyramid) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politicsand an adviser to the governor, said he expects the confirmation to go smoothly. “He hasn’t had a lot of time on Capitol Hill to step on many ts, so I would assume that Senate confirmation would be a breeze,” Jowers said.”

October 17, 2013: “Utah delegates stand by their shutdown votes” (KSL) “The Hinckley Institute’s Kirk Jowers says Republicans are taking a big image hit as a result.”

October 17, 2013: Count My Vote initiative met with opposition at Provo hearing” (KSL) “At a Count My Vote public hearing Wednesday, backers hoping to change Utah’s current caucus and convention system to a direct primary election were met mainly with criticism and questions from audience members.”

October 16, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL regarding the government shutdown.

October 15, 2013: “Senate panel to consider Cox for Utah lieutenant gov.” (The Spectrum) “The confirmation is expected to go smoothly, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor.”

October 15, 2013: “Senate panel recommends Cox for lieutenant gov.” (Timesunion.com) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor, said he expects the confirmation to go smoothly.”

October 15, 2013: “Video of Dem goading Rep. Chaffetz on House floor gs viral” (KSL) ”The benefit, for Republicans, is that it gives them more control in this debate and their ability to dictate the terms,” said Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.”

October 14, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Republicans shoot themselves in the foot” (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.”

October 13, 2013: “Tea Party Hypocrisy” (Huffington Post) “So it is no wonder Lee is losing support. Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, told Time magazine, “Utahans expect effectiveness and efficiency and results out of their government, not ideological tantrums.” But Washington has devolved into nothing but ideological tantrums and trust in government is at an all-time low.”

October 11, 2013: “An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell” (FYI) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics is proud to announce the inaugural Sam Rich Lecture Series with celebrated author, and New Yorker staff writer, Malcolm Gladwell.”

October 10, 2013: “Mike Lee’s Favorability Drops In Utah, Voters Want Shutdown Compromise: Poll” (KSL) “Utahns are conservative but pragmatic,” Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, told Deseret News. “Utahns expect effectiveness and efficiency and results out of their government, not ideological tantrums.”

October 10, 2013: “Lt. gov. pick sheds no light on Herbert’s possible re-election plans” (KSL) “I don’t think the pick necessarily telegraphs Gov. Herbert’s intentions one way or the other,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor.”

October 10, 2013: “Rolly: Carl Wimmer gs from Mormon to evangelical” (Salt Lake Tribune) “He trashed leaders of the Nevada Republican Party during a news conference at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics after he learned they had no intention of making him their political director after he had been led to believe he had the job.”

October 9, 2013: “Students intern at ‘Colbert Report’” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “U students studying in the Hinckley Institute of Politics have the opportunity to intern for “The Colbert Report,” the popular political-themed show hosted by Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.”

October 9, 2013: “Gov. Herbert’s re-election plans still unclear after lieutenant governor pick” (Deseret News) “I don’t think the pick necessarily telegraphs Gov. Herbert’s intentions one way or the other,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor.”

October 7, 2013: “Pride Week hosts events for LGBT community” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Tuesday there will be a discussion at the Hinckley Institute of Politics about “two-spirit” individuals. Some American Indian communities believe that a body can be inhabited by two souls of different genders.”

October 7, 2013: “Early Hints of Shutdown Backlash in . . . Utah?” (TIME) ““Utahns are conservative but pragmatic,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Utahns expect effectiveness and efficiency and results out of their government, not ideological tantrums.”

October 7, 2013: “Potential lieutenant governor appointments, and their odds” (Deseret News) “Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is a close confidant of Herbert but as a player with the “Count My Vote” initiative, may be temporarily sidelined (35:1).”

October 7, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Raising the debt limit is necessary” (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.”

October 4, 2013: “Utahns against gov’t shutdown, poll says” (KSL) “Utahns are conservative but pragmatic,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Utahns expect effectiveness and efficiency and results out of their government, not ideological tantrums.”

October 4, 2013: “New poll finds Utahns don’t believe Obamacare fight worth shutting down government” (Deseret News) “Utahns are conservative but pragmatic,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Utahns expect effectiveness and efficiency and results out of their government, not ideological tantrums.”

October 3, 2013: “Al-Shabaab’s Continued Security Threat in the Horn of Africa” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

October 3, 2013: “3 reasons the Tea Party has so much influence” (KSL) “But now, so many things have been added on to it, and kind of the rigidity of getting that, has made it almost impossible to get deals done,” says Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “It’s burn the village unless you do it our way.”

October 2, 2013: “‘Count My Vote’ Makes Their Case on How to Boost Voter Participation” (Utah Policy) “And along that line, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics and board member of Count My Vote, said that between he, former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt and CMV’s main organizer, Rich McKeown, they had spoken to more than 30 legislators who, while publicly declining to support the initiative, privately told them it was critical that it pass.”

September 30, 2013: “Campus Dems, Reps talk national debt” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Can Kicks Back hosted a gathering at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday trying to bring the College Republicans of the University of Utah and the College Democrats of the University of Utah together to gather ideas on how to reduce the national debt.”

September 30, 2013: “Robert Bennett: I’ve seen this movie before” (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.”

September 27, 2013: “Fordham Debate to Ask Whether Remaining the World’s Sole Superpower is in Nation’s Best Interest” (Law Today) “Moderator Kirk L. Jowers is the Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations. He also is an Associate Professor and the 2007 recipient of the University of Utah’s Par Excellence Award.”

September 27, 2013: “Debt ceiling debate highlights dysfunction, distrust in Washington” (KSL) “Of course, we aren’t solving problems that need to be solved, like immigration, we’re leaving that undone. But number two, the cynicism of our citizens has reached epic proportions,” said Kirk Jowers, executive director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

September 27, 2013: “Utah awaits possible federal shutdown” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said what’s seen as dysfunction in Congress is taking a toll.”

September 25, 2013: “ASUU and Hinckley sponsor council to educate on evolving health care system” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “ASUU’S Student Advocacy Board joined up with the Hinckley Institute of Politics to sponsor a forum to help students understand and navigate the post-Affordable Care Act world of health insurance.”

September 23, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Considerations on ‘Count My Vote’” (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.”

September 22, 2013: “Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Potential lieutenant governor appointments, and their odds” (Deseret News) “Hinckley InstituteDirector Kirk Jowers is a close confidant of Herbert but as a player with the “Count My Vote” initiative, may be temporarily sidelined (35:1).”

September 22, 2013: “Matheson bucks Dems, votes vs. health care law” (Daily Herald) “I think fighting Obamacare in its extreme form is a losing cause for Republicans because they’ve lost so many times on it, including in the Supreme Court,” Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, told the Deseret News.”

September 20, 2013: “Utah congressmen vote to defund Obamacare” (Deseret News) “I think fighting Obamacare in its extreme form is a losing cause for Republicans because they’ve lost so many times on it, including in the Supreme Court,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

September 20, 2013:  Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL regarding Obamacare.

September 18, 2013: “Hinckley Institute honors Jowers” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics unveiled a portrait of their director, Kirk Jowers, in the Hinckley Caucus Room Wednesday.”

September 18, 2013: Count My Vote launches initiative to change Utah’s primary elections (Deseret News) “Former Gov. Mike Leavitt and other supporters of the Count My Vote initiative filed the paperwork to begin collecting the nearly 102,000 signatures needed from voters around the state to put the issue on the November 2014 ballot.”

September 18, 2013Count My Vote starts drive to replace Utah’s election system (KSL) “An initiative petition drive that would replace the state’s unique caucus and convention system for selecting political party nominees was launched Wednesday at the state Capitol.”

September 18, 2013:  Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on Doug Wright regarding Count My Vote.

September 18, 2013: Count My Vote launches effort for direct Utah primaries (Salt Lake Tribune) “Organizers of the Count My Vote movement filed paperwork with the lieutenant governor’s office Wednesday, officially launching their bid to replace Utah’s system of nominating candidates with a direct primary system.”

September 17, 2013: “Obama to Assad: Weapons Cache must be Verifiable” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

September 16, 2013: “Robert Bennett: The U.S. has suffered humiliation before” (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.

September 13, 2013:  Mike Leavitt, Norma Matheson join Gail Miller as co-chairs of Count My Vote initiative (Deseret News) “Former Gov. Mike Leavitt and former Utah first lady Norma Matheson were named co-chairs Friday of the ‘Count My Vote’ initiative petition drive.”

September 13, 2013: Matheson and Leavitt to serve as Count My Vote co-chairs (Salt Lake Tribune) “Organizers of the Count My Vote named two more prominent Utahns Friday as co-chairs of its election reform initiative — former First Lad

September 11, 2013: “Buhler delivers grad rate cure-all” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Buhler spoke at a Hinckley Forum yesterday about the state goal to increase the number of resident graduates in the state to 66 percent by 2020.”

September 9, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Important questions surrounding a potential U.S. attack on Syria” (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.”

September 9, 2013: “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

September 8, 2013: “Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Who might run in the next few election cycles?” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, a media favorite and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics is always fun to watch as he maneuvers for the right opportunity. He has staked out a strong position against the caucus/convention system. If there are no changes he is doomed, but if the state gs to a direct primary he could be a contender.”

September 6, 2013Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics – Episode #158 (Utah Policy) ”Utah unveils their new school grading system, Luz Robles decides to run for Congress and the “Count My Vote” group raises more than $500,000 to get on the ballot.”

September 6, 2013: “Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics – Episode #158″ (Utah Policy) “Utah unveils their new school grading system, Luz Robles decides to run for Congress and the “Count My Vote” group raises more than $500,000 to get on the ballot.”

September 5, 2013: “State Sen. Luz Robles challenging GOP Congressman Chris Stewart” (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said Stewart “has done a good job at being a solid member of Congress without giving people any reason to vote against him.”

September 4, 2013: Count My Vote Averages $21K Per Donation (Utah Political Capitol) ”False bios of actual Count My Vote supporters such as former Utah Governor, Michael Leavitt, University of Utah Political Science Director, Kirk Jowers.”

September 3, 2013: “Utah election reform group awash in donations” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The Count My Vote drive” spearheaded by former governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, his longtime chief of staff Rich McKeown and Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics” is looking to expand voter participation in elections by overhauling Utah’s unique method of choosing political candidates”

September 3, 2013: “Count My Vote initiative raises more than $500,000″ (Deseret News) “Count My Vote, the group behind an initiative petition drive to change Utah’s unique system for selecting political party nominees, reported contributions Tuesday of more than $500,000.”

September 2, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Congress is needed in Syria decision” (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.”

September 1, 2013: “Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Some newspaper headlines you’ll never see published” (Deseret News) “Hinckley Institute director confesses to not having an opinion ” Jowers totally speechless when asked by TV reporter, ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’”

August 29, 2013: “Ballot effort to reform Utah elections is a ˜Go’” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The group was formed by former governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt; McKeown, who served as Leavitt’s chief of staff; and Kirk Jowers, who is director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

August 30, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL with Doug Wright regarding Count My Vote naming Gail Miller as a co-chair.

August 30, 2013: “Mali’s Recovery is Dependent on International Aid” (International Policy Digest) John Price  is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

August 26, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Getting a government of compromise” (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.”

August 19, 2013: “Mali’s Road Ahead” (International Policy Digest) ”John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.  He is the author of  ”When the White House Calls and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

August 19, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Congress should reclaim its powers” (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.”

August 15, 2013: “GOP poll finds Republicans would fare worst in government shutdown” (Salt Lake Tribune) “‘The poll shows what you would intuitively think. Tea partyers and conservatives out there may cheer and more financially support taking drastic action on this but the moderate Republicans and independents and, of course, Democrats will hold Republicans responsible for the shutdown,’ says Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics.”

August 15, 2013: “Al Qaeda Still has some Life” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

August 13, 2013: “PRICE: U.S. Embassies ” the first line of defense” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls”, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

August 12, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Why the U.S. still needs newspapers” (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.”

August 8, 2013: “Dan Simons, candidate for MT. Pleasant mayor” (The Pyramid) “A professor at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politicssaid, “Elected officials end up working 80 hours between their public and private jobs.” Simons said he is the only candidate who has the time and experience to serve as mayor.”

August 6, 2013: “Post-Benghazi, U.S. Embassies are Still Vulnerable” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

August 5, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Democracy fell along with Detroit” (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.”

Augsut 2, 2013: “Results for Mali’s First Round Elections” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

July 30, 2013: “Mali’s ˜Old Guard’ Set to Win” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

July 29, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Do not dismiss ‘style’ in politics” (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.”

July 26, 2013: “Group backing ballot change to Utah caucus system raises $70,000″ (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Count My Vote group is organized by former Gov. Mike Leavitt, McKeown, who was Leavitt’s chief of staff, and Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

July 25, 2013: “Lockhart replaces Swallow committee head to avoid conflict” (Deseret News) ”Some of the firms outside the state have Utah ties, including Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., which lists University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics executive director Kirk Jowers among its lawyers. Several have considerable experience in the political arena.”

July 25, 2013: “How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – Thursday Edition (Deseret News) ”Tonight the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosts a televised town hall meeting on how Obamacare will affect Utah [Tribune].”

July 25, 2013: “News roundup: HW Bush shaves his head to support child” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”A healthcare town hall meeting at the Hinckley Institute of Politics featuring a panel of state policy leaders, experts and healthcare advocates, aims to answer residents’ questions about the Affordable Care Act. [Trib]“

July 25, 2013: “Town hall held for Utahns curious about Affordable Care Act” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Supported by KUTV Ch. 2 and The Salt Lake Tribune, the free town hall was hosted by KUTV’s Rod Decker at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. It also aired live on KUTV.”

July 24, 2013: “Count My Vote initiative leader: ‘There’s nothing that will stop us’” (Deseret News) “The effort by Count My Vote, which includes former Gov. Mike Leavitt; political consultant LaVarr Webb, who writes a column for the Deseret News; and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics headKirk Jowers, began in 2009.”

July 24, 2013: “Town hall meeting seeks to answer Affordable Care Act questions” (Salt Lake Tribune) “But health insurance remains out of reach, and Kristen Hodges now wants to know how implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January will help her family. She’ll bring her questions ” Will they qualify for Medicaid? What about a tax credit for private insurance? ” to a Thursday night health care town hall meeting at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the University of Utah campus. The forum is free and open to the public.”

July 24, 2013: “PRICE: Mali’s presidential election” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

July 23, 2013: “Mormon Malian presidential candidate becomes modern pioneer” (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.”

July 22, 2013: “Group backing ballot change to caucus system begins raising money” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The Count My Vote group is led by former governor and Cabinet secretary Mike Leavitt; McKeown; University of Utah political scientist Kirk Jowers; and others. It has expressed concern that the current system of letting a relatively small group of delegates pick nominees at a state convention results in candidates representing the fringes of both parties, leaving mainstream Utahns under-represented and driving down election turnout.”

July 22, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL with Doug Wright regarding the efforts to move the 2014 Utah primary election to July, August, or September and his moderating the Utah State Bar discussion with United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.”

July 22, 2013: “Robert Bennett: $700 billion deficit is not good news” (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.”

July 18, 2013: “Attorney General John Swallow investigative committee faces daunting job” (Deseret News) “This committee has a monumentally difficult job ahead of it. It has to balance public expectations with considerations of justice. It has to balance the public interest and the Legislature’s responsibility,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 18, 2013: “Matheson says No Labels a way to get work done in Congress” (Deseret News) “In Matheson’s case, though, steering away from his party “absolutely” helps him with Utah voters, said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 16, 2013: “Utah House’s Swallow panel to walk fine line on openness” (Salt Lake Tribune) “It’s incredibly unusual and very difficult,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “It brings up the perfect conundrum, because you have an investigation done expressly for the public trust, but it sits in contrast with all of these private investigations which are in the name of justice ¦ and sometimes they aren’t completely compatible.”

July 15, 2013: “Robert Bennett: ACA delay sign of poor management” (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.”

July 15, 2013: “Love raises $475K for Matheson rematch in 2014″ (Miami Herald) “The Matheson-Love rematch will be one of the most competitive of all 435 House races next year, and in Utah, it will be the race to watch, said Tim Chambless, a professor at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

July 13, 2013: “Limiting money in Utah politics” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Please contact your legislator and attend the meeting to support our proposal to put into law the campaign contribution limits from the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy.

July 12, 2013: “Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Media Matters” (Utah Policy.com) “Finally, in one of the last appearances I made at the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics forums, for some reason several students started badgering me on how biased the Deseret News was in its political reporting.”

July 11, 2013: “Mitt Romney raising money for N.H. GOP, but is he returning to political life?” (Deseret News) “Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, noted Romney’s participation with the GOP is at the grass-roots level, rather than at a high-profile event.”

July 10, 2013: “PRICE: Obama’s miscues in Egypt” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

July 10, 2013: “John Price, former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands and resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Republicans International Radio.

July 10, 2013: “Candidates for mayor, city council can be scarce in small Utah towns” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The drawbacks of local politics could be discouraging would-be candidates, according to Tim Chambless, a professor at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

July 8, 2013: “The easy part of immigration reform is over” (The Republic) “”It is the definition of a difficult vote,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘The House members are thinking, ‘It is probably in my own self-interest if I vote no, but probably against my party’s and my country’s self-interest if I vote no.”

July 8, 2013: “Robert Bennett: NSA key to protecting U.S. interests” (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.”

July 7, 2013: “Immigration reform: The easy part is over ” Now it’s the House’s turn” (Salt Lake Tribune) “˜It is the definition of a difficult vote,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the Uni­versity of Utah. ˜The House members are thinking, ˜It is probably in my own self-interest if I vote no, but probably against my party’s and my country’s self-interest if I vote no.” Jowers said he has ˜evolved’ to believe that ˜an imperfect solution is better than what we have now, and the Senate bill is an imperfect solution.’”

July 2, 2013: “Utah House set to create panel to investigate Attorney General John Swallow” (Deseret News) “The pros begin with the public really wanting something to get done here,” said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics. “I think the House has felt a fair amount of pressure to get started on some sort of investigation.”

July 2, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by on KSL Radio regarding new campaign finance laws that are popping up in states around the nation in response to the threat of Super PACs.

July 1, 2013: “PRICE: Obama missing chance to promote trade in Africa” (Washington Times) John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

July 1, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Having faith in America’s future” (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.”

June 30, 2013: “Rolly: Former Sen. Bennett says tea party spells doom for GOP” (Salt Lake Tribune) Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

June 30, 2013: “PRICE: Mali elections need to be free, fair and transparent” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

June 28, 2013: “Bennett speaks his mind about Mike Lee” (Salt Lake Tribune) Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

June 24, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Resolving Utah’s wilderness conflict” (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.”

June 23, 2013: “PRICE: Africans question purpose of Obama’s visit” (Washington Times) John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

June 19, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio on Fox 13′s Good Day Utah regarding U.S. and Utah politics and an update on the Attorney General Swallow developments.

June 17, 2013: “Majority of Utah voters want Swallow impeached, poll shows” (KSL) “Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said lawmakers must decide if they want to start their own investigation or wait until the current local and federal investigations wrap up.”

June 17, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Sticking to facts is effective criticism” (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.”

June 16, 2013: “PRICE: Readying outpost in Djibouti for ˜rapid response’” (Washington Times)John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

June 12, 2013: “Price: French president says Mali rebels will not mar July elections” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

June, 13, 2013: “Mia Love to take another crack at unseating Jim Matheson” (Politico) “Republicans are always trying to put Matheson into a partisan box, said Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney friend and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. The problem is that people know Matheson, they like his dad, they like his record, and Matheson ds amazing gymnastics to ensure he can’t easily be put into a box.

June 10, 2013: “PRICE: Nigeria needs help with Islamists, not Kerry lecture” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

June 10, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Abandoning capitalism a bad choice” (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.”

June 10, 2013: “Real Women Run Offers Training Wvent for Female Candidates and Female Campaign Staff” (Utahpulse.com) “The Hinckley Institute’smission 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.”

June 9, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by on KSL Radio regarding whether Attorney General John Swallow should resign.

June 8, 2013: “Rolly: Lack of women in politics has real consequences” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The third annual “Realwomenrun” training seminar for female political candidates next Saturday at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics highlights some telling statistics.”

June 8, 2013: Hinckley Institute State and National Program Manager Lindsay Zizumbo was interviewed by on Red Meat Radio regarding the upcoming Real Women Run Training on June 15.

June 6, 2013: “Republican group pushes initiative on caususes” (Standard.net) “The measure would push the Beehive State to a primary ballot with signatures instead of the caucus system, where convention nominations are initiated. The group is headed by Rich McKeown and includes Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley School of Politics from the  University of Utah. Jowers is a resident of North Salt Lake.

June 6, 2013: “News roundup: Can you hear me now? NSA snatches U.S. phone records” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, joined the voices calling for Swallow’s resignation. [Fox13]“

June 5, 2013: “Romney’s son won’t rule out Utah run for office” (KSL) “Romney toyed with running against Matheson in 2008 and later for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, but has yet to make a bid for elected office.

June 5, 2013: “Josh Romney not ruling out run for office in Utah”  (Deseret News) “Romney toyed with running against Matheson in 2008 and later for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, but has yet to make a bid for elected office.”

June 5, 2013: “Political expert says Swallow ˜probably should step down’” (Fox 13) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, visited Good Day Utah to talk about allegations against Utah Attorney John Swallow, as well as Mitt Romney’s Utah political retreat.”

June 5, 2013: “Romney’s son won’t rule out Utah run for office” (KSL) ”Romney toyed with running against Matheson in 2008 and later for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, but has yet to make a bid for elected office.”

June 5, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL with Doug Wright discussing the Romney Retreat in Deer Valley and the next steps for caucus convention reform.

June 5, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live in studio on Fox 13′s Good Day Utah regarding the Romney Retreat in Deer Valley and the Attorney General Swallow developments.

June 4, 2013: Hinckley Institute Kirk Jowers was interviewed by reporter Leslie Thatcher on KPCW 91.9 FM, Park City, UT re: Mitt Romney’s visit to Park City this week.

June 3, 2013: “Romney in Park City for retreat” (Fox 13) “Kirk Jowers, director of Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he thinks those present will mainly focus on economic issues and the federal deficit. He said the discussions may have life beyond the event.”

June 3, 2013: “Potential White House hopefuls to join Romney in Utah this week” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, a longtime Mitt Romney friend and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Americans may not have chosen Romney for the White House but polls showed he won over voters on economic matters.”

June 3, 2013; “Robert Bennett: Utah could learn from California” (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.”

June 1. 2013: “GOP contenders for 2016 vying for attention at Romney retreat” (Deseret News) “For the Republicans considering a run for the White House, the gathering is an opportunity to stand out, said longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

June 1, 2013: “Military Strikes on Iran Would Trigger Humanitarian Catastrophe” (“Iran News and Middle East Reports) “The article entitled Iran strike won’t lead to civilian disaster (Yaakov Lappin, June 1, 2013) was riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations of our study, The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble: The Human Cost of Military Strikes against Iran’s Nuclear Facilities. Had Lappin contacted our organization (which he did not), we would have been glad to correct the many distortions allegedly attributed to Dr. Ephraim Asculai’s paper which served as the basis for Lappin’s article (his article ds not provide a link to the paper).”

June 2013: “The Turkey Alumni Club is U’s seventh international group.” (Alumni Connection) “Turkish alumni of the U number about 60, and some 20 students from Turkey were enrolled this fall. Following a March alumni reception in Ankara, Turkey, attended by Hinckley Institute of Politics DirectorKirk Jowers, a group of alumni has been working with the U’s Hinckley Institute to establish international internships to send University students to Turkey to work in business or government.”

May 31, 2013: “Romney re-emerges into political arena; first appearance set for Utah” (KSL) “Romney confidante and head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Kirk Jowers says the topics will likely include the economy and federal deficit.”

May 30, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by reporter Andrew Adams on KSL Radio regarding the Romney Readiness Project 2012: Retrospective and Lessons Learned.

May 28, 2013: “PRICE: U.S. unwisely ignores sub-Saharan Africa” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

May 27, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Incompetence is not a good defense or a reassuring strategy” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 24, 2013: “‘Count My Vote’ group aims to change GOP caucus system” (KSL) “‘Every other state has reformed in some way to make it more responsive to technology that has developed since 1890, and more amenable to people participating,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

May 22, 2013: “John Swallow corporate donors fail to report contributions” (Fox 13) “The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Kirk Jowers, also says the combination of a prosecutor running for statewide office with no donation limits creates too much opportunity for abuse.”

May 20, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL with Doug Wright discussing the Republican convention and next steps for reform.

 May 20, 2013: “Robert Bennett: With public trust waning, Swallow needs administrative leave” (Deseret News) Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 19, 2013: “Sunday Edition: West Valley police, John Swallow, and Utah’s caucus” (KSL) “We took a closer look at the implications of the Attorney General’s situation with Kirk Jowers, of the Hinckley institute of politics, and Dennis Romboy of the Deseret News, who have been investigating each of the allegations.”

May 17, 2013: “Utah Group Pushing For Changes To Caucus System” (KUTV) “Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers notes that We’re the only state that has a deciding election which is at one place at one time, which of course is problematic.

May 16, 2013: “Syria’s civil war is deja vu of regime change in Libya” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

May 15, 2013: “Mitt Romney to live in Utah ” at least some of the time” (Deseret News) ”Another longtime Romney friend and supporter, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, also ruled out a political future in Utah for the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.”

May 13, 2013: “Lost respect for Heritage Foundation” (Deseret News) “Robert Bennett, former U.S. Senator from Utah, is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

May 13, 2013: “State lawmakers likely to discuss Attorney General John Swallow’s troubles” (Deseret News) “For a long time it was an easy answer of, ‘We’re going to wait and see what the feds do on this investigation,’” said Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

May 13, 2013: John Price - resident scholar at the University of Utah’Hinckley Institute of Politics. was interviewed on AM 970: The Answerregarding Benghazi hearings and the situation in Syria.

May 13, 2013: “Lawmakers to add Swallow investigation to interim meeting talks” (KSL) “Kirk Jowers, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said true or not, the allegations are crippling to the state’s top cop.”

May 13, 2013: “State Department ˜must protect’ diplomats ” and didn’t” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

May 11, 2013: “Challenge to caucus system to dominate state GOP convention” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, has been talking for years about the link between the caucus and convention system and the state’s low voter turnout.”

May 9, 2013: “Romney Hosting Economic Summit In Park City” (KUTV) “University of Utah’s Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says Christie was the biggest shocker for him on the featured guest list at the upcoming Romney Summit, saying, Christie was the most hated person of all beyond President Obama or any of the other outside groups¦ he turned the election by embracing Obama so close to the election.

May 8. 2013: “Rep. Jason Chaffetz front and center in Benghazi hearings” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Chaffetz clearly has a role to play in an inquiry into the Benghazi events as a member of the oversight committee.”

May 2, 2013: “Ancient art in Somaliland in diplomatic limbo” (Ambassadorjohnprice.com) John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 30, 2013: “Peg McEntee: Casting my vote against Utah’s caucus system” (Salt Lake Tribune) “This month, a group called Count My Vote, which includes the likes of former Gov. Mike Leavitt and University of Utah political science professor Kirk Jowers, tried to persuade the Republican State Central Committee to make a few concessions.”

April 29, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Cool off the global warming debate” (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.”

April 28, 2013: “Romney set for Utah retreat” (The Durango Herald) “Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, told The Deseret News that Romney’s event shows he’s willing to play a role in the future of the Republican Party, but the bipartisan guest list dsn’t mean he’s trying to make the party more moderate.”

April 26, 2013: “Democrats to speak at Romney retreat in Deer Valley” (Deseret News) “Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Romney’s choice of speakers dsn’t mean he’s trying to steer the GOP in a more moderate direction.”

April 26, 2013: “Matheson letter confronts Congress over Obamacare” (KSL) “This is the type of expression that will anger leadership of both parties, but it will be received quite well in Utah, especially in the 4th District where he won with barely 1,000 votes,” said Tim Chambless, associate professor at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

April 23, 2013: “PRICE: U.S. terrorist threat growing with new breed of jihadists” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 22, 2013: “Will Changes Come to Utah’s Nominating Process?” (Utah Policy.com) “What is not fine is having political bullies like LaVar Webb, Dave Hansen, Mike Leavitt, and Kirk Jowers blackmailing the fine volunteers that give of their time to try to make the best decisions they can for the Party.”

April 22, 2013: “Utah’s Mia Love sounding like a House candidate in 2014″  (GOPUSA.com) “But Mr. Matheson, who began his seventh term in Congress in January, has shown himself to be an incredibly tough out, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

 April 21, 2013: “PRICE: Mali elections may be in trouble, if French troops leave” (Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 18. 2013; “Herbert supports change to caucus convention system” (Daily Herald) “Mike Leavitt and Kirk Jowers have been pushing for changes to the system as they argue it leaves voters who aren’t delegates out of the process of selecting the party’s nominee.”

April 18, 2013: “Iran’s bombs not as dangerous as its nuclear plants” (Deseret News) “He also made a name for himself recently by publishing a report that used science and best evidence to put a human toll on the costs of a U.S. military strike on Iran. Titled, The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble, the report was featured in this column as well as by Time Magazine, the New York Times and several prominent foreign publications.”

April 18, 2013: “Perspectives: Tricking voters into giving up their voice” (StGeorgeUtah.com) “Notable figures like former governor Mike Leavitt and University of Utah’s Kirk Jowers are stumping for sweeping changes. They’d like to see the threshold raised from 60 to 70 percent support at convention for a candidate to claim the party’s nomination. They also wish to see those who aren’t delegates having a greater say in choosing candidates.”

April 18, 2013: “Somalia’s Future Depends on Educating its Youth” (International Policy Digest) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls,” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 17, 2013: “Rising GOP star ponders another run in Utah” (Washington Times) “But Mr. Matheson, who began his seventh term in Congress in January, has shown himself to be an incredibly tough out, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.”

April 17, 2013: “Outgoing GOP chairman eyes high-profile political future” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Wright has made his mark in party politics through efforts aimed at encouraging more Republicans to get involved. ”I hope he runs for office,” said Jowers, who has also been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate. “At his core, he is a conservative who believes in participation and involvement, and that alone makes him an interesting candidate.”

April 17, 2013: “Dumb Masses” (City Weekly) “Well, it is the end of the world as we know it, if you are to believe Fair Elections Utah. The group wants to stop left-leaning, socialist types like former Gov. Mike Leavitt, Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and the state GOP.”

April 17, 2013: “Somaliland: Education is Essential to Promoting Peace- Analysis” (Somalilandsun.com) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls,” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 16, 2013: “Hinckley: Liquor stores bring profit despite strict policies” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Some might say Monday morning is too early to talk about liquor laws, licenses and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, but the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Bonneville Research disagree as they hosted the event “Working in Partnership with Utah State Government.”

April 15, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by Doug Wright regarding the Utah’s caucus convention system.

April 15, 2013: “Robert Bennett: The GOP missed a good opportunity with President Obama’s proposed budget” (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.”

April 14, 2013: “Utah GOP making progress in quest for open caucus meetings” (Deseret News) “Members of the group backing the initiative include former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt; former Environmental Protection Agency adviser and Leavitt Partners President Rich McKeown; Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers; and UtahPolicy.com publisher and Deseret News columnist LaVarr Webb.”

April 13, 2013: “Utah GOP rejects changes, making ballot drive likely” (Salt Lake Tribune) “In a letter to party leaders Friday, Count My Vote leaders ” including former Gov. Mike Leavitt, his longtime chief of staff Rich McKeown, University of Utah political science professor Kirk Jowers, and others ” said they would abandon plans for a ballot initiative if the party met certain conditions.”

April 12, 2013: “Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Change Can be Difficult, Especially in Primary Elections” (UtahPolicy.com) “It’s unclear now if a group formed by former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers will accept GOP candidate nominating changes which don’t address the Bennett and Walker-type situations.”

April 12, 2013: “Don’t Blame The Utah Caucus” (CherilynEager.com) “Lobbyist-publisher LaVarr Webb (fronting the celebrity figure former Governor Mike Leavitt “ now lobbyist “ whose conservative image Webb molded),  collaborating with D.C. lobbyis/ Hinckley Institute of Politics Director, Kirk Jowers, and their media ally, KSL Radio Talk Show host Doug Wright.

April 11, 2013: “Sen. Lee says effort to stop debate on gun control bill not a failure” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said Lee is just keeping the promises he made when he unseated GOP Sen. Bob Bennett in 2010, to push for more openness in Washington and defend the U.S. Constitution.”

April 11, 2013: “Sanctions on Somalia will Stifle Growth, Affect Stability (Somalilandsun.com) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls,” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 7, 2013: “Somalia: The Price Family Foundation Sponsors Education” (Safeeducation.org) ”John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls,” and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

April 4, 2013: “PRICE: Mali’s elections are paramount for peace and stability” (The Washinton Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of When the White House Calls, and regularly writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

March 30, 2013: “Rolly: The system that spawned a Mike Lee” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Former Gov. Mike Leavitt, Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers and State Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright want to change Utah’s caucus-convention system for picking party nominees for public office. There is a compelling reason for doing so. It’s called Mike Lee.”

March 21, 2013: “Gun education would deflect misconceptions” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Clark Aposhian, chairman of Utah Shooting Sports Council, addressed this issue at a gun policy discussion at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on March 4.”

April 11, 2013: “Sen. Lee says effort to stop debate on gun control bill not a failure” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’sHinckley Institute of Politics, said Lee is just keeping the promises he made when he unseated GOP Sen. Bob Bennett in 2010, to push for more openness in Washington and defend the U.S. Constitution.”

April 8, 2013: “Hinckley Forum: Chaffetz blames rising debt on Obama budgets” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, updated students on the latest news in Washington at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday.”

March 26, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed by reporter Andy Farnsworth on KSL Radio about political cronyism & campaign funds.

March 25, 2013: “Romney bringing 2016 presidential hopefuls, donors to Deer Valley” (Deseret News) “Another longtime Romney supporter, Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said there’s an incentive for politicians to participate in the retreat.”

March 24, 2013: “GOP ponders changing nominating process” (Salt Lake Tribune) “But leaders such as former Gov. Mike Leavitt and Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, say the system allows a small minority to choose winners, depressing voter turnout. Right-wing GOP delegates in recent years dumped Sen. Bob Bennett and Gov. Olene Walker despite high voter approval, and liberal Democrats forced moderate Rep. Jim Matheson into a primary.”

March 20, 2013: “Pollster Dan Jones Retires from the University of Utah” (KUER) “The end of Jones teaching career was marked by a crowd of politicians, academics, and students at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Dan Jones has had the largest impact of probably anyone in Utah on civic participation, said the institute’s Director Kirk Jowers.”

March 20, 2013: “After half a century shaping minds, Dan Jones calling it quits” (Salt Lake Tribune) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, presents a birthday cupcake to pollster Dan Jones in recognition of his 75th birthday in 2009.”

March 19, 2013: “Dan Jones to be honored at retirement breakfast” (Salt Lake Tribune) “The event, sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, the University of Utah Political Science Department and Rocky Mountain Power, will be held at the Hinckley Caucus Room on the University of Utah campus Wednesday at 9 a.m.”

March 19, 2013: “CHOICE urges students to go abroad, work against poverty” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Bennion Center and Hinckley Institute of Politics are interested in sponsoring students to go on these expeditions, and they will probably be starting to provide funds in the fall, Jan Shut said.”

March 18, 2013: . Lindsay ZizumboHinckley Institute State and National Program Manager was interviewed live on the KSL Radio regarding Arizona’s election law.

March 18, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Take ineffective laws off the books” (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.”

March 13, 2013: “Group aims to change caucus and convention regulations” (KSL) “Webb is joined by other big names of Utah political landscape, like former governor Mike Leavitt, Kirk Jowers with the Hinckley Institute of Politics and former Utah Republican Party Chair Dave Hansen. Their main goal, according to Webb, is to get more people involved in the political process and to create an alternative route for people to get their names on a primary ballot.”

March 8, 2013: “WOMEN: LEARN HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE” (Utah Business) “The Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah is one of the organizations involved in the Real Women Run coalition. At The Hinckley Institute, one of our key focuses is participation, and when we see statistics showing that a key demographic”in fact, the majority demographic”is not well represented, that is concerning for us, said Lindsay Zizumbo, program manager at the institute.”

March 7, 2013: “U students nominated for Truman Scholarship” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Two of the U’s best and brightest students have been chosen by the Hinckley Institute of Politics as finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, an elite and highly competitive national scholarship that selects only one junior per state for a $30,000 award for graduate school.”

March 6, 2013: “Educating Girls — and Changing the World” (Huffington Post) “As part of that campaign to build awareness, create impact, and call communities to action, a sneak preview segment of Girl Rising screened last night at The Siciliano Forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, as part of a broader forum on the future of higher education.”

March 3, 2013: “My view: What’s in a name? Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act” (Deseret News) “As a senior studying health communication at the University of Utah [intern through the Hinckley Institute of Politics], I’ve had numerous discussions about American health care priorities with colleagues, friends and family. In many of these interactions, I’ve noticed that how we talk about health care is just as important as the policies themselves.”

March 3, 2013: “Sunday Edition: Utah’s budget, arts programs and concealed carry” (KSL) “Richard Piatt discussed the political and potential economic impact with Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Natalie Gochnour, chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.”

March 2, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Raising minimum wage won’t help poor” (Deseret News) “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.”

March 1, 2013: “Adobe co-founder to headline U.’s Siciliano Forum” (Deseret News) “Adobe co-founder and University of Utah alumnus John Warnock will be the keynote speaker at the U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics 16th annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano forum.”

March 1, 2013: “Spending cuts loom; impact includes Hill Air Force Base, legal system” (KSL) “Both sides are saying ‘This is dumb, this horrible, should never have happened,’ ” said Kirk JowersHinckley Institute of Politics representative. “But they’re playing the blame game and we’re, as always, stuck paying the bill.”

February 28, 2013: “Political Cornflakes” (Salt Lake Tribune) “ The U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers previews next month’s Siciliano Forum, which will focus on the future of higher education. [KSL]“

February 28, 2013: “Hinckley Forum: Health care threats outweigh budget cuts” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “With another budget cliff looming this week, the rising costs of health care pose more of a danger to the United States than the upcoming mandatory federal budget cuts, said Robert Huefner, professor of political science, at the Hinckley Institute of Politics yesterday.”

February 27, 2013: “John Warnock to headline Siciliano Forum” (FYI News) “The Siciliano Forum is sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, with co-sponsors the Honors College and the College of Engineering. Other sponsors include RadioWest, the Department of Education, and the Electronic Arts and Engineering Program. All events are free and open to the public.”

February 27, 2013: “Opinion: The future of higher ed and the emergence of MOOCs” (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.”

February 27, 2013: “Two University of Utah Students Selected as 2013 Truman Scholarship Finalists” (Utah Pulse) “Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, who received the Truman Scholarship while attending the University of Utah in 1990, said: Rachel and Brian are extraordinary individuals in every way.  They are talented students who lead, serve, and achieve for all of the right reasons.  They have served Hinckley Institute internships in diverse places, including the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research in Kigali, Rwanda, respectively.  Both Rachel and Brian are brilliant, hardworking, and absolutely deserving of this potentially life-changing recognition.

February 27, 2013: “Video: Utah Senate Honors Dan Jones” (Utah Policy) “The Utah Senate takes time out of their schedule to honor Dan Jones who is retiring from teaching after 53 years.”

February 22, 2013: “‘Real Women Run’ a new effort to get women on the ballot” (Lincoln Journal Star) “Real Women Run — Find Your Voice, originated in Utah as a collaborative nonpartisan effort of YWCA Salt Lake City, the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah and various other organizations interested in encouraging women to participate in public leadership, specifically by running for political office.”

February 21, 2013: “Huntsman Backs Gay Marriage In Opinion Column” (KUTV.com) “Director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers, told 2 News, “I think Governor Huntsman has decided ˜I will say what I believe and let the chips fall where they may.’”  He went on to say that the piece was bold, “He feels passionately about his country and his party. He feels like he is a Reagan Republican and would like to bring his party back to what he sees as the Republican Party that could win presidential elections and be competitive again.”

February 21, 2013: “Huntsman Backs Gay Marriage In Opinion Column” (KUTV) “Director of the Hinckley Institute of PoliticsKirk Jowers, told 2 News, “I think Governor Huntsman has decided ˜I will say what I believe and let the chips fall where they may.’”  He went on to say that the piece was bold, “He feels passionately about his country and his party. He feels like he is a Reagan Republican and would like to bring his party back to what he sees as the Republican Party that could win presidential elections and be competitive again.”

February 21, 2013: “U.S. assistance can head off extremists in Mali” (The Washington Times) “John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He 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.”

February 20, 2013: “Northern Mali a breeding ground for terrorists long before the current crisis” (The Washington Times) John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He 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.”

February 20, 2013: “Utah AG transferred LLCs before signing conflict of interest forms” (Fox 13) “Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says Swallow may not be hiding anything, but he is in a situation where public perception matters, and Swallow has put himself in too many awkward situations.”

February 18, 2013: “Robert Bennett: Future economic projections are wrong” (Deseret News) “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.”

February 17. 2013: “Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Legislative session is a boiling cauldron of conjecture” (Deseret News) “Others mentioned areHinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers (who led an ethics commission) and Swallow’s Republican primary opponent Sean Reyes.”

February 13, 2013: “Gov’t can’t foil free speech on campus” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “A couple of years ago the Hinckley Institute of Politics sponsored David Horowitz, a venomous anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim hate propagandist, to speak.”

February 11, 2013: “Robert Bennett: What is the future of the tea party?” (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.”

February 9, 2013: “Donations, actions raise more questions about Swallow’s judgment” (Deseret News) “Kirk Jowers, who heads the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said some political contributions can be problematic for the attorney general.”

February 8, 2013: “Great conversation and event with the @uofuDC chapter. Always good catching up with fellow Utahns twitter.yfrog.com/gz335lu…
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February 6, 2013: “PRICE: As Malians fight Islamists, is it best for the West to stay away?” (The Washington Times) “The U.S.-backed NATO incursion into Libya in March 2011 was the catalyst that destabilized Mali and emboldened Islamists throughout the North African region of the Sahel. ["John Price served as U.S. ambassador to Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Comoro Islands from Feb. 8, 2002, to June 17, 2005. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.]“

February 4, 2013: “Students vow to chase the American Dream despite new reality” (Deseret News) “Nelson Warr spends his days as a student at the University of Utah maintaining his 4.0 GPA, prepping for Model European Union competitions, serving on the Student Government Relations Board, and spearheading youth voter initiatives and media outreach in his job as a student staffer at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

February 1, 2013: “Tanner Center informs students of global issues” (Daily Utah Chronicle) “Internship opportunities are available through organizations such as the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Mexico Border Studies Program, United Nations Human Rights Council based in Geneva and at nongovernmental organizations in India.”

February 1, 2013: “Proposal to remove straight party voting defeated” (Standard-Examiner) “In an interview last year, Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, told the Standard-Examiner he dislikes the straight party option.”

 January 31, 2013: “Bin Laden’s death hasn’t stanched metastasizing of al Qaeda” (The Washington Times) “John Price served as U.S. ambassador to Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Comoro Islands from Feb. 8, 2002, to June 17, 2005. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’sHinckley 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.”

January 28, 2013: “President Obama’s inaugural agenda is unrealistic (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.”

January 26, 2013: “D.C. Notebook: Huntsman named visiting fellow at Harvard” (Salt Lake Tribune) “Jones most recently has been the pollster and consultant to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and he was a leader at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He decided to step away from teaching, and the institute is planning a breakfast in his honor in the weeks to come.”

January 24, 2013: “Poll: Utahns Say ‘No’ to Higher Taxes and Tighter Gun Laws” (Utah Policy) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and a supporter of the alternative primary route, said looking at the new poll numbers confirms what he’s believed for some time: There is discontent among regular voters with the current caucus/convention system.”

January 23, 2013: “Group: Utah nees more women in office” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Real Women Run is a nonpartisan partnership that includes the YWCA Salt Lake City, The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Vision 2020, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters in Utah, and current and past elected female officials.”

January 23, 2013: “Initiative encourages ‘real’ Utah women to run for office, seeks service on boards” (Deseret News) ”‘The initiative, created by the YWCA Salt Lake City and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, also includes political leadership training on March 16 on the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College.”

January 23, 2013: “Arab Spring exacerbated Islamist threat to Mali” (The Washington Times) ”‘John Price served as U.S. ambassador to Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Comoro Islands from Feb. 8, 2002, to June 17, 2005. He currently serves as a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 21, 2013: “What Moderates have done for the U.S.” (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.”

January 17, 2013: “Donation to homeless when filing taxes discussed at U. panel” (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Through my case worker, I now have a part-time job and it’s wonderful,” Davis said during a panel discussion on homelessness at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday.

January 17, 2013: “Are you concerned about Al-Qaeda spreading in Africa?” (Fox News) Hinckley Institute of Politics‘ Resident Scholar former Ambassador John Price weighs in on Algerian security forces.

January 16, 2013: “Perry urges students to lobby for higher ed” (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”U Vice President for Government Relations Jason Perry spoke at a Hinckley Forum on Tuesday about lobbying to the Utah Legislature.”

January 12, 2013: “Democrats call for probe into alleged backdoor deal involving John Swallow” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News)“‘The only thing I would say at this point is that it all seems too fresh to make judgments in any direction,’ said Kirk Jowers, a Republican who heads the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

January 11, 2013: “Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Why Utah Needs Another Path for Candidates to Get on the Ballot” by Bob Bernick (Utah Policy.com) “A number of people are involved “ like Leavitt, University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics director Kirk Jowers; Webb; former Leavitt chief of staff (both in the Utah government and various federal bureaus) Rich McKeown; Utah Chamber of Commerce bigwig Natalie Gochnour, et al.”

January 9, 2013: “Richard Davis: Lawmakers ignore ways to strengthen democracy” by Richard Davis (Deseret News) ”Four years ago, then-Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. established the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy. He did so to respond to widespread concerns about a decline in political participation by Utahns. The commission, with Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics as acting chair, spent nearly a year analyzing Utah’s political system to determine what reforms were needed in areas such as campaign finance, lobbying, and elections.”

January 8, 2012: “Group looking to alter caucus convention system” by Billy Hesterman (Daily Herald) ”This isn’t the first attempt to change the system. In 2011 former Utah governor Mike Leavitt and Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute, spearheaded an effort to create a petition path to the ballot. They later backed off from the attempt, saying they needed more time to put together a successful campaign to get the idea on the ballot for voters to decide.”

January 8, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on the Doug Wright show regarding reforming the caucus-convention system.

January 7, 2013: “Utah Gov. Herbert takes oath of office for third time” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said the luxury of not having to worry about another election for four years lets Herbert focus on his priorities ” education, energy and the economy.

January 7, 2013: “Group pushing new way to choose political candidates in Utah” by Dennis Romboy (Deseret News) ”A group of well-connected Republicans, including former Gov. Mike Leavitt and Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers, floated an idea in 2011 to provide a way to get on the primary ballot aside from the convention. They put their plans on hold after deciding there wasn’t time to collect signatures on petitions for the 2012 election.”

January 7, 2013: Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was interviewed live on KSL TV regarding Governor Herbert’s inaugural ceremony.

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.”

2011 MEDIA COVERAGE

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


December 29, 2011: “Americans got poorer as Congress’ wealth doubled ” by John Daley (KSL) ”‘It’s more and more expensive to run for office,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “You need someone who can afford to quit their job or at least take a leave.’”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 28, 2011: “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert fires back at lawmakers who want override” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor, said the override session could help rather than hurt him with voters. ‘It could be a great moment for Herbert to have taken a stand, a principled stand, in spite of the fact he was going to lose to the Legislature,’ Jowers said. ‘For Utah, it is high stakes, because it’s relatively unseen.’”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010 MEDIA COVERAGE

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


December 29, 2010: “Gov. Gary Herbert already raising money for next election” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers,head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and an adviser to the governor, said the shortened term means Herbert has much less time to collect the cash he needs to run. ‘The governor is in a little tougher spot because he has to run in 2010 and 2012,’ Jowers said. ‘Normally, you can give everyone a break for two years. He dsn’t have that luxury.’” Story also published at KSL.

December 26, 2010: “Utah politicians had plenty of wishes for Santa” by Frank Pinganelli and LaVarr Webb (Deseret News) Hinckley Institute DirectorKirk Jowers asked Santa for a change in the caucus/convention system so he can run for something ” anything ” with a decent chance of getting out of convention.

December 21, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed live on the Rod Arquette Show regarding the implications of Utah gaining a Fourth Seat and national reapportionment.

December 21, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on Fox 13 Evening News regarding the implications of Utah gaining a Fourth Seat and national reapportionment.

December 21, 2010: “Speculation abounds for representative of 4th House seat” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said there’s even a possibility all four seats could be open next election. Third District Rep. Jason Chaffetz is already looking at running for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat. Matheson may also join that race. And there’s talk that 1st District Rep. Rob Bishop would run for something else, too. ‘It’s once in a generation you have this many big seats that may be open,’ Jowers said. ‘A lot of people are exploring things right now.’”

December 21, 2010: “How Will GOP-Controlled Legislature Draw Districts this Time?” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, if he expects there will be gerrymandering.”

December 20, 2010: “Bob Bennett’s top 10 career moments” by Amy Choate-Nielsen (Deseret News) ”When his time in the Senate is complete, Bennett will join the University of Utah’s Hinckley Center for Politics as a part-time teacher, researcher and orator. His reputation and connections with powerful political figures are expected to be an asset to the center and bring Utah continued prestige.”

December 19, 2010: “Leaving Washington: After 18 years in office, Bob Bennett looks to the future” by Amy Choate-Nielsen (Deseret News) “When the legislative session ends, he will begin teaching, lecturing and mentoring at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He also plans to be a part-time counselor at a Washington, D.C., law firm, join the Bipartisan Policy Center as a resident scholar, and head the Bennett Consulting Group, a group of Washington consultants who intend to join forces in a planned international organization.”

December 14, 2010: “Budding political student challenges national committee chairman” by Sara Israelson- Hartley (Deseret News) ”Yet, perhaps other politically minded youth might be motivated by the success of people like Schultz, said Kirk Jowers, associate professor of political science and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘One complaint you ¦ hear from students is this concern that they are irrelevant because the special interests have so much money and influence,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, as they find these avenues where they can have an impact, it will take that excuse out of political inactivity.’”

December 12, 2010: “Retirement? Not for Senator Bennett” by Tome Busselberg (Davis County Clipper) ”‘I do not view my departure from the Senate as the end of my career; I simply view it as a change of venue. I still am very interested in the major problems that face this country and want to play some kind of role to help solve them,’ he said of future plans. Bennett will be working with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He will lecture, teach, mentor and work with the university’s intern programs.

December 11, 2010: The Thumb (Salt Lake Tribune) “After his term ends next month, Bennett will take up a post at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics as its first resident scholar. There he will teach classes in politics and government and help manage an internship program that will place students in inside positions in Washington.”

December 10, 2010: “Bennett says farewell to the Senate, but not to politics” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The Utah senator spoke in his famous off-the-cuff fashion, peppering his speech with anecdotes from his more than 50 years of government experience and his three terms in office. ‘As a political junkie, what could be better?’ he asked. ‘It was a great time. … I enjoyed it immensely.’

December 10, 2010: “Bennett divulges details about his future ” by Matt Canham (Out of Context, Salt Lake Tribune) “And finally he will work as a scholar and adviser for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

December 10,2010: “Bennett says farewell to the Senate, but not to politics” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”He will also work for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics as a resident scholar, teaching classes and promoting its internship program.”

December 10, 2010: “Sen. Bennett’s plans for the future: Teaching, traveling, consulting” by Christina Wilkie (The Hill) ”The senator, who lost his primary bid in a state GOP caucus last May, will be going to the University of Utah, where he’ll join the Hinckley Institute of Politics.’I'll be doing some teaching … some mentoring, I’ll be working with the university’s … political interns in 35 countries … and I will be showing the flag for uUah in those countries as I travel in that direction.’”

December 9. 2010: “Saying Goodbye to the Senate” by Bernie Becker (The Caucus, New York Times) ”Earlier in the day, Mr. Bennett, who was denied the Republican nomination this year in his bid for a fourth term, defended colleagues from both parties against what he called the caricature that senators are self-serving and unethical. At the end of his address, Mr. Bennett was applauded and accepted handshakes and hugs from several senators from both parties.”

December 9, 2010: “Utah’s Bob Bennett bids farewell to long Senate career” by Molly Farmer and Richard Piatt (KSL) ”Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, delivered a farewell address Thursday to his fellow lawmakers on the Senate floor. After 18 years in office and a total of 48 years in D.C., Bennett said he isn’t leaving politics, he just ‘changing venues.’”

December 9, 2010: “Bennett bids Senate colleagues farewell” by Molly Farmer (Deseret News) “The 77-year-old Utah Republican recalled the time he spent as an intern in his teens and as a staffer for his father, the late Sen. Wallace Bennett, before he ever ran for election. He recounted the monumental events where he was in Washington, such as running to a ticker tape in the Senate offices to read updates on the shooting of then-President John F. Kennedy, and being present when Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington and delivered his “I have a dream” speech.”

December 9, 2010: “Who is the reddest of them all?” (The Economist) ”Not all conservatives are alike, of course. Mormons in the landlocked West are surprisingly cosmopolitan, says Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. That is because the church sends so many of its young overseas to proselytise, where they meet other cultures. So Mormon conservatism takes an independent, and softer, line on immigration than, say, the Bible-Belt folk of the South.”

December 9, 2010: “U.’s Hinckley Institute to create unique position for Bennett” by Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Senator Bennett is by all accounts ¦ one of the most respected senators over the past two decades, somebody who has integrity,’ said Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute. ‘I can’t think of anyone better regardless of what state they represented, to educate our students on how D.C. works and how they can make a change for the better in our world.’

December 8, 2010: “Minority leader: Utah party convention system divisive ” by J Pyrah (Daily Herald) ”Allowing a relatively small group of people to choose candidates disconnects the rest of the public from the voting process, says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. It also means politicians only have to focus on the requirements of a small number of delegates instead of the general voting population. ‘Ninety-nine percent-plus of the population is completely ignored by candidates for most of the year,’ he said.”

December 6, 2010: “N.Y. Times praise unlikely to change Utah immigration debate” by Elizabeth Stuart (Deseret News) ”Such a pat on the back from one of the ‘most influential papers in the world’ may help Utah’s image, said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘Utah rightly or wrongly is maligned and misunderstood nationally and internationally,’ said Jowers. ‘The positive impact of this editorial on Utah business, tourism and education cannot be underestimated. It is very important and very positive.’”

December 3, 2010: “Utah GOP Chairman Dave Hansen to step down to help Hatch campaign” by Lisa Riley Roche and Jamshid Ghazi Askar (KSL) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it makes sense for Hansen to return to working for Hatch. ‘It’s no surprise that Dave Hansen, who has been a loyal supporter and consultant for Sen. Hatch for years, with a potentially difficult and contested race coming, would go rejoin his political godfather,’ Jowers said.

December 3, 2010: “Political Gamesmanship’ Over Affirmative Action” by Bob Bernick (Utahpolicy.com) ”‘[CRC Chairman Jon Memmott, a retired judge and former director of Legislative Research and General Counsel] then quoted from a recent speech [sponsored by the Hinckley Institute] given by LDS Church Apostle Dallin Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice and member of the CRC, about how important both the U.S. and state constitutions are “ and how they should be changed only after much thought and study.

December 3, 2010: “Affirmative action plan bad for minorities?” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘I haven’t seen this great body of evidence to show why we’re even going down this road,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘It’s either appalling or dismaying that we don’t have someone here who can help us get to that point.’

December 3, 2010: “GOP state party chairman expected to resign” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) “Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Hansen’s departure shouldn’t come as a surprise.’Everyone expected Dave, at some point, to step down and take on Sen. Hatch’s election [campaign],’ Jowers said. ‘He’s been Senator Hatch’s closest adviser for years, so its no surprise to anyone that, in a potentially very difficult race, he would not desert his longtime client and candidate.’

December 3, 2010: “Herbert’s chief of staff stepping down to take job at U.” by Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake Tribune) ”‘Jason was a phenomenal chief of staff,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, who is an adviser to Herbert and a friend of Perry’s. ‘It is a big loss for the governor. I don’t know anyone who could do the job better. At the same time, the governor has got four years as lieutenant governor and two years of being governor behind him, so it’s the right time for him to start developing new political talent.’”

December 3, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding the future of the Utah Republican Party and Dave Hansen’s anticipated resignation as Utah Republican Party Chair.

December 2, 2010: “Interns – An Excellence Resource For Your Company” (Global Utah Weekly, WTC) ”World Trade Center Utah is working collaboratively with the University of Utah International Center and Hinckley Institute of Politics to identify Utah companies doing business internationally who would benefit from one or more of the many undergraduate and graduate students seeking unpaid internships. In addition, a group of 8 Taiwanese graduate students from the International Trade Institute are arriving in March and ready to serve as full time interns for 7 weeks.

December 2, 2010: “Utah GOP Chairman Dave Hansen to step down to help Hatch campaign” by Lisa Riley Roche and Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said it makes sense for Hansen to return to working for Hatch. ‘It’s no surprise that Dave Hansen, who has been a loyal supporter and consultant for Sen. Hatch for years, with a potentially difficult and contested race coming, would go rejoin his political godfather,’ Jowers said.”

December 2, 2010: “U Democrats: stick together” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Sen. Ross Romero, District 7 Minority Whip, visits with the College Democrats at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in OSH on Wednesday. Romero discussed his votes and positions on issues that would effect his younger constituents.”

December 1, 2010: “Bennett would open doors for students” by Jordin Jochim (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Despite the nearly incalculable loss of experience in our nation’s capital this election, the U is looking to pick up a bit of that experience for itself. Pollster and political science professor Dan Jones characterizes the chance of Bennett joining the U’s faculty as being 80 percent to 90 percent certain, and Bennett has already been in to discuss the possibility of teaching with Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Although nothing is official, one can bet safely on the chances of seeing Bennett in the halls of the U campus in the near future. ‘(Bennett) knows the process, politics and people in today’s news and will be able to make current events come alive and more applicable to (students’) lives,’ Jowers said.”

December 1, 2010: “Utah budget director to be ‘super executive’ in Michigan” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”Kirk Jowers, an adviser to the governor and the head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said even though Herbert already has a budget under his belt, Nixon will be missed. ‘Certainly, the governor’s life would be easier with John staying through the legislative session,’ Jowers said. ‘He could make the governor’s case quite forcefully’ and could tell ‘if games were being played.’”

November 23, 2010: “Voter turnout best since ’94, but still bad” by Lee Davidson (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers served as acting chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Democracy set up by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to try to improve turnout after newspaper stories about how Utah has been last in the nation during recent elections. He has said the state could adopt some improvements.”

November 21, 2010: “Choice by Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds one key to Utah’s already intriguing 2012 elections” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News)“‘Chaffetz is beloved by the delegates, well known in Utah and is developing a strong financial network,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute or Politics at the University of Utah. ‘He could wait until the end of (2011) if he wants to make the decision (whether to run against Hatch), but ideally he’d make it by September or October.’”

November 20, 2010: “George W. Bush dsn’t disappoint adoring crowd at Sandy Costco book signing” by Lisa Riley Roche (Deseret News) ”‘Taylor and Emily Morgan brought along their 7-month-old baby, Chase, to the book signing. ˜That’s what it’s all about,’ Emily said the former president told them, smiling at Chase. ˜Having a baby.’

November 20, 2010: “Party Lines: How will the compact change debate on immigration?” by Rob Miller (Davis County Clipper) ”Will this nudge from the LDS Church change the debate on immigration reform that is currently occurring in Utah? I believe that it will have an effect on some of our state legislators, and I agree with Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, who said, A lot of legislators will find it very persuasive because there are some incredibly impressive people and organizations represented by this compact.

November 18, 2010: “Extending tax cuts will repeat history’s mistakes” by Jon Bullen (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”In a speech given at the Hinckley Institute of Politics last week, Sen. Orrin Hatch told students that “your future is going down the drain.” Hatch stressed that though the blame for the economic ws of the country lies with both parties, Democrats bear the vast majority.”

November 17, 2010: Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics was interviewed on KSL Radio regarding former President George W. Bush’s visit to Utah to promote his new book.

November 17, 2010: “Bennett may head lobbying group ” by Thomas Burr and Matt Canham (Salt Lake Tribune) ”The senator, who lost his re-election bid at convention, also plans to teach at the University of Utah and boost the school’s Hinckley Institute of Politics internship programs abroad.”

November 17, 2010: “Prof discusses terrorism, nuclear age” by Anderas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) “It will be the younger generation’s responsibility to respond in the event of a nuclear attack in the 21st century, said a Harvard scholar at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Tuesday.”

November 17, 2010: “Former CIA Agent Examines Al Qaeda’s Desire for Nukes” by Jeff Robinson (KCPW) ”If Al-Qaeda obtains a nuclear weapon, it wouldn’t hesitate to use it on the United States.  That’s the thrust of an article published yesterday on ForeignPolicy.com by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  He shared his expertise at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City yesterday.  KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked Mowatt-Larssen, who spent more than two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency, about one of Al Qaeda’s top leaders, Ayman al-Zawahiri.”

November 16, 2010: “Hatch to take on new finance role” by Jamshid Ghazi Askar (Deseret News) “‘The Finance Committee is arguably the most important committee back there in the Senate,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘For (Hatch) to have a minority leadership role is big.’”

November 16, 2010: “Forum to discuss ˜second nuclear age’” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”Nuclear weapons will be the topic of discussion at today’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum. Rolf Mowatt-Larsen, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, will speak at the forum titled ‘The Danger of Nuclear Weapons.’”

November 15, 2010: “EXCLUSIVE: Top Utah legislators get catered steak dinner thanks to lobbyists” (ABC 4 News) ”Kirk Jowers is the head of theHinckley Institute of Politics and also served on the governor’s ethics commission. He told us, ’Disclosure, I think, is important. It ds change lobbyist and lawmaker behavior.’ Jowers didn’t seem surprised when we told him about the dinner we uncovered,  ‘Even in the economic downturn, there’s one industry that’s still growing and that’s lobbyists.’”

November 15, 2010: “Bennett could join U faculty” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ” Bennett has visited Hinckley Institute of PoliticsDirector Kirk Jowers and discussed the possibility of becoming an instructor for the U. The extent of what his position would be is not yet determined, Jowers said. Possibilities for Bennett that have been discussed were teaching introductory classes or senior seminars.”

November 12, 2010: “Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the U.’s Hinckley Institute that both parties are at fault for the economic mess but lefty ideas aren’t helping to get us out of it.” (Political Cornflakes) [Chrony]

November 11, 2010: ” ‘Utah Compact’ urges guidelines for immigration discussion” by Carole Mikita and Cleon Wall (KSL) ”‘A lot of legislators will find it very persuasive because there are some incredibly impressive people and organizations represented by this compact,’ said Kirk Jowers, director of theHinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘I’ve found that certain legislators, though, don’t like any idea if it’s not theirs,’ Jowers said. Still, he says the timing of the Utah Compact is perfect: post-election and allowing plenty of time to create other legislative options.”

November 11, 2010: “˜Your future is going down the drain’” by Andreas Rivera (Daily Utah Chronicle) ”The future of the young generation is in danger, said Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday when he visited the Hinckley Institute of Politics to talk with students on the status of Congress and the economy.”

November 9, 2010: “Students need more preparation to deal with real-world issues” by Madison Murphy (Daily Utah Chronicle) Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he believes a big focus of such a course should be democracy, and the biggest contribution we can give to our society is our vote. Democracy only works if we all participate. He said that in our society, students are the least likely to vote, and as a result, younger people’s issues get less attention.”

November 6, 2010: “Why Corroon lost ” even in Salt Lake County” by Jeremiah Stettler (Salt Lake Tribune) ”Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says the problem wasn’t necessarily the ad’s tone. ‘Corroon had to go negative at some point to have any chance of winning,’ Jowers says. ‘When your opponent is running 25 points ahead of you, a purely positive ad will not give you a chance to win, absent the front-runner destroying himself or herself.’

November 5, 2010: “Bennett tapped for Hinckley Institute position” by Bruce Mehew (Mid-Utah Radio) “Bennett says he’s had several job offers and he fully intends to stay involved. Kirk Jowers at the Hinckley Institute confirmed the university’s discussions with Bennett and call him, one of the most respected public officials in the country.

November 5, 2010: “Lockhart elected as speaker of the House ” by Heidi Toth (Daily Herald) ”‘The legislative branch in Utah is by design very powerful, and an empowered speaker can really move the policy and money decisions in the state,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.”

November 4, 2010: “Philpot blames GOP for Utah loss” by Alison Peek (Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner) ”Kirk Jowers, head of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City isn’t sure Philpot could have pulled off the win. Jim Matheson has name recognition after ten years in office as well as family ties as the son of well respected Governor Scott Matheson.”

November 4, 2010: “Sen. Bob Bennett may take job at University of Utah” by Amy Choate-Nielson (Deseret News) ”