Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What should we expect for 2011 Legislative session in Utah?

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  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    A guest worker program would be amnesty, rewarding law breaking, insult Utah's workers, bring hundreds of thousands of people here illegally looking for state amnesty and give each one of their children born here birthright citizenship.

    Enforcement of law is the only option, using self deportation laws. A guest worker program would destroy this state.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Here we see a partisan democrat, Frank Pignanelli and a partisan republican LaVar Webb coming together in support of amnesty for illegal aliens. Webb and his republican cheap labor friends want the flow of cheap labor to continue. Pignanelli on the other hand stands with the democrats and their ethnic groups who wish to bring their brothers and sisters into the country, and allow millions of illegal aliens to live happily ever after

    Both of course along with the Deseret News find themselves in opposition to a large majority of the people of Utah who oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. Both democrats and republicans in the legislature that are in support amnesty are finding an up hill battle against the people of Utah on this issue

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Once again we see loaded language. What is "harsh" about the Arizona bill? What exactly is "compassionate" about encouraging ever more people to risk life and limb illegally entering this nation and then living in the shadows?

    As for redistricting, unless the urbanites are willing and anxious (and can convince federal judges to agree) to have a rural district with far fewer residents in it than there are the 3 urban districts, it is impossible to create a solely rural district in Utah. We have more than 75% of our population that lives in urban areas.

    So the only question is how to split that urban population. The current districts in Utah have an urban and a rural component in all of our districts. That methodology can be continued. The other option is to have 2 or 3 solely urban districts and 1 or 2 districts that are a rural/urban mix.

    And other than some desire to gerrymander a Democrat safe district, I don't think one can credibly assert that residents of bountiful have anything more in common with Daggett County than do residents of SLC or WVC.

  • Jim Janney Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    Utah has two members of Congress whose job is to represent Utah: their names are Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. Members of the House of Representatives have always represented their districts. Plans to slice Salt Lake City, or southern Utah, into four pieces are not made for the benefit of the residents of those places.

  • my slc Newport Beach, CA
    Jan. 16, 2011 1:38 p.m.


    Just one other thing they will either ignore or attack:

    Utah State Senator Ben McAdams has drafted the bill in question, which would protect gays against housing and employment discrimination.

    Not to mention any actions against the 30 plus communties that have enacted such a bill.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Here is what I predict:

    -a couple of message bills that don't do anything but apparently send a message.

    - some kind of attack, open or hidden, on public education and its teachers.

    - something about building more roads.

    -someone revealing they did something wrong and would like to repent.

    -a few really good bills.

    Am I missing anything?