2019 Media Coverage

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

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


March 4, 2019: 'We have reached a tipping point’: Utah Senate approves hate crimes bill in its first floor vote in years (Salt Lake Tribune) “A recent Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll conducted in mid-January found there is strong public support among Utahns for efforts to increase hate crimes penalties. While support was particularly secure among Democrats, at 89 percent, about 53 percent of Republicans also said they agreed with the proposal. Some 63 percent of unaffiliated voters, who make up the state’s second-largest voting bloc, supported hate crimes legislation.”

February 18, 2019: Starting From the Bottom: Improving Women’s Equality in Utah (The Daily Utah Chronicle) “Barnes recently shared her experiences as a woman in student government and discussed the importance of women in student leadership during an ElectHER event hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU. ElectHER is a program that works to train young women to run for public office.”

February 12, 2019: A Crowded Field (Salt Lake City Weekly) “A recent poll conducted by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics placed Garbett near the bottom of the candidate list. It showed Dabakis leading with support from 26 percent of respondents, 12 percentage points ahead of Biskupski. It also found Penfold and Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, receiving support from 6 percent of respondents. Ibarra earned 3 percent and Garbett, 2 percent.”

February 9, 2019: Let’s talk about sex… education. Utah voters say they’d like teachers to explain more about condoms and birth control in class, according to new poll (Salt Lake Tribune) “We often talk about how Utah is a conservative state, but we’re also a pragmatic state,” said Morgan Lyon Cotti, associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “Utahns seem to agree that sex education beyond just abstinence-only is a good thing for students to know.”

February 7, 2019: Local News Hour (KPCW) Hinckley Institute of Politics Assistant Director Morgan Lyon Cotti recaps this week at the Utah Legislature.

February 5, 2019: Did the Utah Legislature do the right thing by overriding the medical marijuana initiative? Poll shows voters are divided. (Salt Lake Tribune) “Fifty-one percent of those surveyed in the The Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll said they supported the changes made by lawmakers during a December special session, held a couple of days after Proposition 2 took effect.”

February 4, 2019: Poll shows Utahns support “red flag” bill (KSL) “The survey from the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Salt Lake Tribune shows 87 percent of Democrats either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the bill that would let an officer take a gun if someone in that home is deemed to be a threat to themselves, or to others.  Plus, 57 percent of Republicans showed support for it.”

January 31, 2019: Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up (MSNBC) “On a related note, Trump won Utah in 2016, despite finishing with less than 50% of the vote in the state. Looking ahead, a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found 54% of Utahans opposed to the president’s re-election.”

January 28, 2019: Hinckley Institute of Politics talks 2019 legislative session (ABC 4) “Jason Perry, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, says Proposition 3, or Medicaid expansion, is going to require a lot of attention. While lawmakers want to respect the voice of the people, who voted to expand Medicaid in November 2018, Perry says funding has become a concern. For more on what Perry had to say about the 2019 session, including the impressive amount of freshman lawmakers, watch his full Good Morning Utah segment.”

January 25, 2019: Hinckley Institute of Politics reacts to deal to end the government shutdown (ABC 4) “Dr. Morgan Lyon Cotti from the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah said there was major delays at airports throughout the country and that hurt the country. “Congressional democrats and the president were really feeling the heat," said Dr. Cotti.”

January 22, 2019: The Hinckley Institute of Politics: Where All Majors Can Get Connected (The Daily Utah Chronicle) “The Hinckley Institute of Politics provides opportunities for students to engage with prestigious organizations in numerous ways. . .Contrary to what its name implies, the Hinckley Institute of Politics has internships available for all majors and disciplines and isn’t limited to political science. They also offer internships during every semester.”

January 22, 2019: Boomerang bills: Proposals that are popular with the public but nonstarters on Utah’s Capitol Hill just keep coming back (Salt Lake Tribune) “Last year, polling by The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics found 75 percent of Utahns in favor of banning hand-held cellphone use while driving.”

January 17, 2019: Utah voters blame Trump the most for shutdown, but congressional Democrats a close second (Deseret News) “Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Trump is viewed as provoking the fight."What's happening here, at least in the minds of Utahns, is that the impasse is in the hands of President Trump. It was his line in the sand. It was his campaign promise," Perry said.”

January 9, 2019: Shutdown approaches record territory with no end in sight (ABC4) “Jason Perry, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says there is one clear takeaway. "There's not a single thing in the speech from the president or from the responses from the Democratic Party that gave any idea that this thing is going to end soon. In fact, I think it showed the difference between them being even bigger than many thought," said Perry.”

 January 7, 2019: Mia Love goes to work for CNN, says she’ll bring an ‘unleashed’ Republican perspective (Salt Lake Tribune) “Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says Love’s TV role will give her a new venue to espouse her views and keep her in the spotlight. “In her concession speech, Representative Love said she had no plans to leave politics,” Perry said. “She will now be the second former Utah congressperson to assume the platform of political commentator. She clearly intends to stay engaged and motivated to share her brand of politics.”