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Utah GOP Primary Voting Recommendations

June 20, 2024

Every year our community sways or changes the outcome in a number of close elections. We encourage everyone to vote their conscience in the ballot box.

Former Washakie Renewable Energy Executives Sentenced to Prison

April 7, 2023

Former executives of Washakie Renewable Energy were sentenced to prison this week. Jacob Kingston along with his wife Sally, mother Rachel and brother Isaiah, all pleaded guilty in 2019 to crimes related to the company’s scheme to defraud the federal government of bio-fuel credits.

U.S. Dept of Labor Assesses Penalties for Child Labor Violations Amid Increased Enforcement

March 31, 2023

According to the U.S. Department of Labor website this week, Specialty Consulting Services LLC was assessed nearly $17K in penalties for allowing 14 and 15 year old employees to work as many as 46 hours per workweek.

“Mormon rescue” Organization May be Violating their Tax-Exempt Status, Victims’ Rights

March 20, 2023

Holding Out Help, a Baptist “Mormon rescue” ministry in Sandy, Utah, may be in violation of their tax-exempt status as well as several statutes meant to protect victims’ rights. Tonia Tewell began the organization in 2009 to provide “[s]upport for those that come from a polygamist community…”

SCSB Executive Director Jennifer Lambert Colludes with Evangelist Mormon Rescue

February 27, 2023

New information reveals a disturbing back story of collusion and coordination between Jennifer Lambert and a private, third-party religious organization whose stated goal is to target young people from plural families to “reverse that curse” and ‘call them to Christ’.

Evangelical “Mormon Rescue” Organizations Actively Work to De-Stabilize Families

February 24, 2023

In Utah, there are many Baptist ministry organizations specifically geared toward “saving Mormons” and converting them to the Baptist version of Christ. They target the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as well as other Mormon traditions, including plural family traditions.

Removing the sales tax from groceries could benefit low-income families in Utah

February 8, 2023

A proposal to remove the sales and use tax from groceries was re-introduced in this year’s legislative session. HB172 would remove the sales tax on food items which currently sits at 3%.

Utah Supreme Court Narrowly Favors Parents Rights for Father in Divorce Case

January 16, 2023

On December 22, the Utah Supreme Court narrowly favored a father’s rights to teach or encourage his religious beliefs to his minor children. Both the mother and the father were members of the DCCS while married, although the mother does not share her husband’s belief in plural marriage.

SCSB Demands Continue to Illegally Single Out Charter School

December 7, 2022

The State Charter School Board (SCSB) continues to place demands on Vanguard Academy charter school in West Valley City, which has been on “probation” status since August 22. Some of these demands appear to be contrary to Utah law.

Plural Communities Likely Changed the Outcome of Some Local Elections

November 29, 2022

Most of Utah’s political races in the 2022 election were won by a super majority, as has been the case historically for many decades. However, when the margins are close, plural community voters have likely swayed the outcome of some contests.

2022 Mid-Term Election; Candidate Research

October 20, 2022

The 2022 mid-term elections are technically November 8th, but many people have already received their ballots in the mail. We've been doing research, speaking with candidates on the phone, via email and in person. Here are our recommendations:

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