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.

September 3, 2019: Democratic presidential contenders as a group have raised more money from Utah donors than President Trump (The Salt Lake Tribune) “Utah is historically a red state but it has proven that it is willing to consider alternatives,” says Jason Perry, the head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. “And that is not just for their votes but it's clearly also the case with their money.”

September 2, 2019: Expect Utah’s 2020 Gubernatorial Campaigns To Ramp Up Soon (KUER) “While some gubernatorial hopefuls have been more open about their plans than others, expect many of them to jump into the race soon, said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. ‘It’s just a big calculation the candidates are going through. I expect between now and the end of September, we’re going to see most of those candidates stake a claim,’ he said.”

August 29, 2019: Utah launches gun saefty campaign for students grades 5-12 (KSL) “Though the video stated 42% of Utah households own guns, Will Fowlke at the Attorney General’s Training Center said the number is actually 46% (based on a 2017 Hinckley Institute of Politics-Salt Lake Tribune poll) and the video will be corrected “at the first opportunity.”

August 8, 2019: Utah election fraud problem is overstepping moms of Latter-day Saint missionaries more than foreign meddlers (The Salt Lake Tribune) “Morgan Lyon Cotti, associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said she's heard local officials talk about parents filling out ballots for their absent children and other benign voter mistakes and misunderstandings.”

June 7, 2019: EPA may take Salt Lake off its dirty-air list, thanks partly to the weather (The Salt Lake Tribune) “Not all Utahns, however, according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll conducted in January. It indicated about a third of those surveyed had changed their commuting habits to improve air quality.”

May 30, 2019: Herbert unveils massive Utah renewable energy project, draws praise from Trump official, protests from climate activists (The Salt Lake Tribune) “‘Let me commend the people of Utah, because your commitment to that vital aim is incredibly important, from the governor’s office to the state’s research institutions to the private sector,’ Perry said. ‘I am delighted that Utah remains all-in on an all-of-the-above energy strategy.’ Perry made his remarks while joining a panel with Herbert, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and Dominion Energy CEO and President Thomas Farrell, moderated by the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Jason Perry.”

May 9, 2019: Analysis: As the Salt Lake Tribune changes to a non-profit, will it affect their reporting? (Utah policy)“The Tribune currently has a public opinion polling relationship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which is now housed in a new building where the old Orson Spencer Hall used to be on the U. campus.” “Jason Perry, head of the Hinckley Institute and vice president for communications for the U., tells UtahPolicy.com that he doesn’t know if the Tribune will want to, or be able to, continue the partnership after the paper becomes a non-profit.”

May 3, 2019: Republican delegates set to vote on new party chair (ABC4) “The gathering has gained a reputation over the years, and Jason Perry with the Hinckley Institute of Politics says to expect more of the same. "Tomorrow will be long, and it will be mostly painful and there will be a lot of contention, but in the end, I predict there's some resolution. We will have a new chair, and that chair is going to help set the tone for the party," said Perry.”

April 18, 2019: Utah political expert weighs in on the Mueller Report (ABC4) "Russia definitely tried to interfere in our elections and they want to again in the future," said Morgan Lyon Cotti, Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. "This will always be referenced when we talk about that issue in the future so this will likely not die down for a very long time."

April 17, 2019: Warren, in Utah, pledges changes in national-monument policy (Washington Post) “Utah voters, though, are divided on the move that shrunk Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument nearly in half, said Jason Perry with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “There are passionate feelings on both sides,” he said. Warren’s salvo could also signal a wider slice of the field taking up the issue in the run-up to 2020, he said.

April 12, 2019: Despite Disputes With Trump, Other Republicans, Sen. Romney’s First 100 Days ‘Encouraging’ (KUER) “‘I think those that want him to be sort of the foil to President Trump, they’ve had some reason to be satisfied,’ said Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. However, Perry noted, Romney’s promise about when to break with the president gives him broad leeway. ‘He is walking the line that he said he would when he went into the position,’ he said. ‘Utahns are divided on President Trump, and that is why the only real position Mitt Romney can take is, ‘I call it when I need to call it.’”

April 10, 2019: Students Speak About Their Passions in this Year’s HIP Talks (The Daily Utah Chronicle) “Kyle Tucker, who organized the event, said about the purpose of HIP Talks, ‘Obviously the prize money that is provided by the Wayne Owens Family is a great incentive for the students, but it’s really just about giving them an opportunity to foster their public speaking skills and to practice in a forum where they’re supported.’”

April 8, 2019: Source: Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. not ruling out another run for Utah governor (Deseret News) “Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said if Huntsman "decides to come back to Utah and run for governor, it will have an immediate and significant impact on this race and who decides to run." Perry, who has been a chief of staff to Herbert, said Huntsman would be a front-runner in the race after leaving Utah "as a very popular governor. His experience has only increased since then."

March 27, 2019: 2019 Legislative Wrap Up (KCPW) “After 45 days, the 2019 Utah legislative session ended just 2 weeks ago, and our state elected officials took on a lot of issues including abortion, conversion therapy, hate crimes and more. At the beginning of last week, state lawmakers convened at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to review this past session, and to talk about some of the highlights.”

March 27, 2019: Economy and sociology experts discuss Utah’s gender wage gap with state senator (Deseret News) “Utah women are cornered into fewer jobs than women nationally, which contributes to the state's wide gender wage gap, according to a panel gathered to discuss pay disparity in the Beehive State.”

March 23, 2019: University of Utah Hosts Forum on Humanitarian Crisis in Yeme (The Daily Utah Chronicle): According to the Hinckley Institute, Prasow has “investigated and analyzed U.S. national security policies and practices and led advocacy efforts urging executive and legislative branch officials in Washington to implement national security policies that respect internationally-recognized rights. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Prasow was a defense attorney with the Office of Military Commissions and was an associate at Paul, Weise, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where she served as habeas counsel for Saudi detainees at Guantanamo.”

March 19, 2019: Utah lawmakers could call themselves into special session over tax reform, but won't have to (KSL) "This is a significant change in the way the Legislature operates," said Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "We will see, one of these days, just what kind of power that is." Perry said although the governor is "highly likely" to call the special session on tax reform, the reality is that if for some reason he didn't want to, lawmakers could do it themselves. "I think the Legislature is not going to take that lightly," Perry, who served as chief of staff to Herbert, said. "But I think it gives them a lot more leverage in their negotiations."

March 19, 2019: How Mayor Biskupski's exit changes the race to lead Utah's capital city (ABC 4) “The Hinckley Institute and the Salt Lake Tribune teamed up for a poll on the race early last month. It had the mayor at 14%, trailing former state Senator Jim Dabakis at 26%. Followed by state Senator Luz Escamilla 6%, former city councilman Stan Penfold 6%, David Ibarra 3%, and David Garbett 2%. Perry says at this point, Dabakis is still in a commanding position."He has sort of a larger-than-life personality. People know him already and when it comes to the big issues impacting the city, he's pretty well informed. There are other great candidates that are trying to get their name out there as well, but right now, he's one that comes with money and name ID ready to go," Perry said.”

March 9, 2019: Romney, Lee no fans of Trump’s emergency order but will they vote to overturn it? (Salt Lake Tribune) ““Utah senators are working through a potential lose-lose situation when it comes to the president’s national emergency declaration,” said Jason Perry, the director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Utahns are divided in their support of President Trump just as they are on the border wall. Our senators risk angering half their constituency no matter how they vote and then they risk a Twitter backlash from the president if they vote against him.”

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.”