What You May Have Missed
By Tom Metcalf
Published: Tuesday, March 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
I have worked as a health, safety and child advocate/lobbyist in the Utah Legislature for 29 years. During that time, I have watched as statesmanship, compromise and cooperation between the two parties has diminished — greatly. The Republican Party has consolidated its strength and more and more listens to its ideology and to special interest groups: business, the Eagle Forum and the tea party. There is little transparency. Its party caucuses during the legislative session are closed to the public, while Democratic caucuses are open.
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