Meh, she went all in and lost. I'm glad she tried to take a stand for
eduction, it was just the wrong stand. EVERY teacher that I talked to thought
the idea of a tablet for EVERY kid was a huge mistake that would end up being a
nightmare for the schools just from a management point of view. Hopefully the
next person that really wants to change education in the state will actually
talk to a few teachers before putting their political career out there.Good intentions, bad idea.
Could someone please explain what qualifies Ms. Lockhart to be governor?It seems like she is best at keeping score in the legislature--figuring
out which bills have the votes to pass and which don't. And, for the
Speaker that is an important skill. But, this year, or last year, or
any year, which of her bills has the legislature approved? What is her legacy
as the Speaker? What has she accomplished after so many terms in the
legislature?And, does she have executive branch experience?
She showed her true colors as a leader. In other words, she is not a leader. She
called out the sitting Governor, a member of her own party. She proposed a an
idea in education that she should have run by others in her party first. Because
she didn't they decided to hang her out dry. And here's the kicker:
they did the right thing.
Becky Lockhart's "real fighting" is, at best, jousting with
windmills.Not in a "tragic hero who just can't deal with
the disappointing reality of life" way like the reimagining of Don Quixote
in the 1965 musical, either. Just straight up quixotic, like Cervantes'
The actions displayed by Lockhart in the just completed legislative session
certainly qualify her as a politician- divisive comments, preening attention
seeking behavior, grandstanding, pandering to special interests and coveted
voting blocs, ambitious jockeying for the next political prize. What I did not
see were actions qualifying her as a leader- consensus building, constructive
compromising, eloquent advocacy of thoughtful solutions to our society's
needs and problems. Her actions loudly proclaimed that Lockhart's top
priority is Lockhart, rather than the real welfare of Utahns. I believe Utah
can and must do better in looking for our next governor. I would be unable to
support Lockhart in any statewide race.
I sincerely hope she runs. It will mean that without doubt she will
not change her mind and run again for the House. We need better leadership
there to get things done. I would never vote for her for governor but I do want
to see her out of the legislature. Perhaps she can try and out 'Tea
Party' Mike Lee.
I, too, felt she showed her true colors. First, with her education technology
drive, how many parents and educators felt this was the wisest use of that
amount of tax money this year? Who did she work with on developing this idea?
Then, her political instead of a leadership speech to begin the legislative
session was blatent and inappropriate. Does this woman ever smile or enjoy
working with others? With so few women in the legislature, she comes off as a
poor example to others considering service up there.
I admired her as a House Speaker but since she decided to run for governor she
is using tactics that are not reasonable and costly to our state in trying to
appeal to certain groups. A governor must be aware of not only the needs
of the people of our state but also the costs those needs entail.
I've never been a particular fan of Governor Herbert, but we hardly need a
'tea party' leader in an already polarized leadership. Refusing to
take federal money for Medicaid, which is our tax money in the first place,
amounted to spite and obstructionism.
Becky Lockhart has consistently found herself on the wrong side of important
issues, including education, ethics reform, and government transparency (GRAMA).
Gov. Herbert has shown a remarkable willingness to honor the will of the people,
even if that means going against the legislature. Becky Lockhart seems not to
care what the people think; her main concern seems to be furthering the
out-of-touch agenda of the Republican elite.
Women should never be in positions of power!They're way too emotional
and because of it they cannot make rational decisions.One out of 100 women
is likely to fit into a position of power and be able to execute sound
decisions; but for the most part most will always inject too much emotion into
Ms. Lockhart is as qualified and competent to be Governor as any of the recent
incumbents or candidates for the office. It looks like to me that she knows
'when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em unlike the Guv who,
without even looking at the bill declared "game over". She also has
played the role of party loyalist for a long while now, but in a one party
system of government what other choice do you have if you have plans for higher
office other than challenging a member of your own party. We Utahns could always
go to a system where party hacks set the electoral slate and voters get one
choice on the ballot-yes. I think the recent comments about her abilities
have more to do with the fact that she is a "she" rather than any other
legitimate concerns. From my point of view, she should 'Run, Becky,
No, I hope she doesn't make it. Can't we get someone decent to
challenge Herb? We need Herb out and replaced without a good candidate.
Short answer: No.Long answer: No, I don't think she does.
As someone who has shared time between Utah and California it never fails to
disappoint me when I see Utah pursuing failed California policies. Los Angeles
is in the middle of a failed tablet experiment.1. Like most government
expenditures they over paid for the tablets2. Was only days before kids
where selling them on the street corners for cash and within a couple months
they could not account for over 25% of them3. The family who could not
afford tablets for their kids already, had not internet service in the home, so
the City was looking for additional funds to provide free internet for the kids
at home.Thank goodness for the other politicians who had good sense.
I really hope not. That's all we need more of the status quo. Career
politicians who have forgotten what it means to pay attention to what citizens
of Utah wants. Lets show them we want real government that will listen to us and
make some real changes.
She won't be governor for one simple reason: she's a woman. Women
typically don't do well in Utah politics. There are hardly any female
legislators either. It is a man's world here. Look at Olene Walker. She
turned out to be the best governor we've had in a long time, but she
wasn't elected and they trounced her out of office at the state convention
at the first opportunity (another reason to despise the caucus system).
This state is doing pretty well considering the national economy and
Democratically run states. Herbert hard to beat.
In answer to the question: I hope not. Raw ambition and leadership seldom make
good bedfellows...or girlfellows.
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Thanks to Speaker Lockhart some 80,000 Utahns, at least, will go without health
coverage. Now that's what I call an "action" figure!
I don't know how so many bigoted comments made it in the Deseret News but
to say the things that have been said about Becky Lockhart is shameful. The
difference between her and Gary Herbert is that Lockhart has a vision to make
Utah better, particularly in education. Gary Herbert is far too willing to
accommodate with the Obama regime in this medicaid expansion allowing Washington
D.C. to dictate state policy. I believe we should stay away from the failed
policies of the Obama white house as much as possible and stand against Obama on
a number of fronts. Gary Herbert has only shown himself to be a politician
rather than governing with a set of values that determine his policies.
Ditto, Ditto, Ditto with the exception of the comment as to why she would be a
People with a lot of political ambition seem to want power. Politics has evolved
from being of service to ones city state or nation,into a personal career
building and power grubbing endeavor. This evolution is very distasteful and
frankly disgusting to watch in this day and age. It is the mentality of people
who like to control other people and their money. Wish most of them could come
to the conclusion to mind their own business.
I hope not. She talked about austerity out one side of her mouth (medicaid),
then proposed spending 200 to 300 million on ipads without much study or thought
or even asking what the education community wanted. I personally would not put
ipads above helping over 100000 Utahn's get health insurance for their
families just to spite Obama. With the caucus stystem on life support in 2016,
pandering to the far right won't be as beneficial as she thinks!
Lockhart's school technology initiative should disqualify her as a serious
gubernatorial candidate.Public education in Utah needs a lot of
things before it needs an electronic tablet for every student.
Kings Court, I don't know the extent to which Governor Walker and Becky
Lockhart may face similar gender-related political obstacles, but I certainly
hope that being a woman is not the only thing keeping Lockhart from the
governor's office.Governor Walker was a voice of reason, facing
a legislature that was going off the deep end. I was at the convention where
delegates rejected the will of the people and refused to let the people vote on
her in a primary; I was deeply disappointed. Extremists thought that with
Huntsman they'd get somebody who'd rubber-stamp their policies.
Thankfully they were wrong.Becky Lockhart is quixotic; her beef with
the governor and her ill-conceived education plan show that the "real
fighting" she does is tilting with windmills.
I see no future for Speaker Lockhart in further state politics based on what I
saw during this past session. I attended a state civics conference last summer
where Lockhart and Menlove were guest speakers and came away very unimpressed.
They were unprofessional in their attitude while addressing teachers. They
showed a lack of respect for the teaching profession which was followed up this
session by an education technology bill which showed a lack of understanding for
real education needs. She obviously did not speak with many educators about
their thoughts. She also made needless remarks about a very successful governor
who has been a welcome surprise to the education community. She did not fill her
roll as Speaker when she starts the session off beginning her "campaign"
for the governor's seat. Time for her to go.
Lockhart's idea of sending my federal tax payments to other states to fund
THEIR medicare patients while asking me to pay increased Utah tax payments to
fund OUR patients makes no sense. What kind of tax policy is that?