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Rob Bishop endorses Mia Love, swings hard at Matheson

October 11, 2012

20121011-124719.jpgToday, Congressman Rob Bishop officially endorsed Mia Love for Congress. That’s not a big surprise. What was unusual, though, is how hard he swung at Matheson, someone who has been a colleague for a decade. Today, he pulled no punches.

Here are excerpts from his speech:

I am here because our country is headed in the wrong direction. To avoid financial ruin and restore the greatness of the country we need men and women who are committed, who are experienced and who can lead from the front.

As he announced his endorsement of Mayor Love, he stated it was because she is an “accomplished public servant who has cut spending, balanced budgets, and made the tough fiscal choices that serve the interest of her community.”

He then went after Matheson:

I know Jim Matheson and he is a nice guy, a good man and comes from a good family. Mia Love is a nice person who comes from a good, hard working family, too. However, nice and good simply aren’t enough anymore. The reality is that when I voted against Obama’s failed stimulus package, Jim Matheson canceled me out. When I voted to repeal all of ObamaCare, Jim canceled me out. When I voted to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Jim canceled me out. In 2011, Jim canceled me out almost 200 times. That is not the way we put Utah first.

In fact, some would say it’s hard to predict where Jim Matheson is going to stand on many of the issues. We can’t afford that kind of uncertainty at this moment. On spending, bailouts, taxes, or even ObamaCare, Utah needs a united front.

Bishop praised Mayor Love’s elected experience and called her a been-there-done-that candidate who has almost a decade working where the rubber meets the road in local government. A place, he said, “where you have to balance budgets every year, where you can’t hide behind token votes, and where you have to look your constituents in the eye every day and tell them what you are doing and why.”

There’s no denying that Mayor Mia Love believes we have to elliminate wasteful spending, balance the budget, and keep taxes low. How do we know? Because that is her record as an accomplished public servant, serving her community, persuading others to join her in doing the right thing, and showing the kind of leadership in Saratoga Springs that we desperately need in Washington.

Congressman Bishop reminded everyone who might have forgotten that Mia Love is endorsed by Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan – and that they have her on the presidential stump as well.

Mia Love is not bashful about who she is supporting for president, and there’s no question that Governor Romney would cast a vote for Mia Love if he could. Paul Ryan has also said that while Jim is a nice enough guy, we need real reformers and leaders in Washington – and that is why he has endorsed Mia as well…Matheson has previously publicly stated he is supporting President Obama, but now won’t respond to the question.

There is no question that Governor Romney has already called on Mia to raise her voice and Utah’s voice in helping him win in key battleground states like Ohio and Nevada. In a critical election he trusts Mia’s ability to truly lead people to the principles and policies that made our country great.

Mia is going to be a FABULOUS addition to the Utah delegation.


Daily Fix, Dec 30

December 30, 2010

The #snowpocalypse finally came to Utah. Slide-offs, crashes, road closures, jack-knifed semis – this one had it all. Be safe out there. Fox 13

*Curious about the seating chart for the Utah Senate? Ric Cantrell breaks it down, with some amusing commentary. Senate Site

*Governor Herbert will be sworn in on Monday, January 3rd at noon at the Utah Capitol. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend, but seating is first-come, first-served. Governor’s site

*Jay Evenson of the Deseret News makes his political predictions for 2011. One of them? That this is the year that “the economic crisis will grab hold of state governments with a vengeance… This is the year that pension shortfalls hit home and the gaps between revenue and expenditures begin to defy quick-fix solutions. Washington won’t be there to bail them out this time.” Deseret News

*Congressman Rob Bishop becomes Chair of the committee that oversees public lands, national parks and forests. Bishop has been an outspoken advocate for responsible land use and an outspoken critic of the current administration’s public land-use policies. SL Trib

*Senator Ben McAdams is tired of kids dying in hot cars – as we all are – and is introducing legislation that will give law enforcement officers and prosecutors wider latitude in charging the adult(s) responsible. SL Trib

*Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is under investigation for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Not much chance of this staying under the radar. She might be wishing for some magical powers right about now. The Hill

*Speaking of the Senate, when everyone is sworn in on Jan 5th, only 28 Senators will have served more than one full term. That’s pretty amazing, since the Senate has the reputation of being the place you go to die. It appears there is far more turn-over than we give them credit for. The Hill

*And if none of that interests you, just be grateful you are not sharing the road with the the woman who took the driver’s test 960 times before finally getting a license…..

Bishop introduces Repeal Amendment

November 30, 2010

Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed.

Today, Congressman Rob Bishop, Co-Chair of the 10th Amendment Task Force proposed the above amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Repeal Amendment.

This amendment would provide states with the authority to “repeal any federal law, regulation, tax, or unfunded mandate if two-thirds of the States are in agreement.” The Repeal Amendment would provide a targeted way to reverse particular congressional acts and administrative regulations the public opposes.

Outgoing Utah House Speaker, Dave Clark, was with Congressman Bishop this morning.  “On every policy issue Washington, D.C. has faced they have had a choice between more freedom or more government. Time after time, on issue after issue, they have chosen the path of more government over more freedom,” he said.  “That is not the approach that made America prosper. The Repeal Amendment may be the only way to push back the federal government’s encroachment on sovereign states rights.”

Congressman Bishop pointed out that the U.S. Constitution, as drafted by the Founders, designed a system that created a balance of power between state and national government, but whose balance has been eroded.

“I’m proud to sponsor the Repeal Amendment in Congress because it is a simple, transparent tool that can help restore balance and reduce the concentration of power in Washington,” Bishop added. “While the Repeal Amendment will not immediately turn the tide of a power-hungry, overreaching national government, it is an arrow in the quiver of states and a solid first step that can be taken to begin restoring the balance of power our Founding Fathers intended when they drafted the Constitution.”

Philpot swings at Matheson’s land use policies

August 31, 2010

Utah’s delegation is almost universally united in standing up to Ken Salazar, his cronies and their control of 2/3 of the land in Utah. The lone hold-out is, of course, Democrat Jim Matheson.  Matheson – aka Phantom Jim – didn’t have the, um, …. courage…. to stand up to Salazar when 77 leases were yanked in Uintah county. (He did ask Salazar in a letter to pretty please restore them. Nothing happened, of course.) Matheson stayed in the background when Rep Rob Bishop and others spoke out on the administration’s backdoor plan to claim millions of acres. Matheson DID, however, announce a plan earlier this year to set aside 26,000 additional acres of wilderness in the Wasatch Mountains, prompting Alta mayor Tom Ballard to remark “It’s been kind of jammed down our throats.”

Yesterday, Matheson’s Republican opponent, Morgan Philpot took him to task as he unveiled his short, medium and long-term goals for land use.. He claimed that with 67% of the state owned by the federal government, we are no longer a sovereign state, but a “geographic area administrator” for the feds. He announced that he is endorsed by all three Washington county commissioners and said that his campaign is on track to wrap up the endorsements of 75% of the county commissioners in the second district.  He pointed to Matheson’s absenteeism and said the district – and especially the rural counties – needed someone who would go to bat for them.  The current Congressman simply will not.

Congressman Rob Bishop appeared with Philpot at his press conference. He said unequivocally that Philpot’s ideas “hit the core” of what needs to be done. “They are the kind of proactive, positive ideas that need to go back there to Congress,” he said. “He will fit in brilliantly with the entire delegation, as well as within Congress.”

In the short term, Philpot proposes that the Utah delegation work to restore the recently canceled energy leases, to increase access, specifically to school trust lands, and to open them for development.

In the medium term, he says that we must establish “once and for all” the validity of county RS2477 road rights of way and to pursue permanent, full funding of PILT – Payments in Lieu of Taxes.

In the long-term, Philpot said we must pursue a “legal and legislative strategy designed to achieve parity (as required by the Constitution) between public lands states and the rest of the Union.”

Matheson told KSL he has nothing to be ashamed of and that he has worked well with county commissioners in the past. His spokeswoman said it was not surprising Philpot got the endorsement of the Washington county commissioners –  they were Republican, after all. Wonder if she’ll be surprised if Philpot also gets the majority of the votes in this R+15 district?

Rob Bishop, protector of the West

August 11, 2010

Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, today announced that he recently obtained the preceding 14 pages previously missing from an internal Department of Interior (DOI) memo leaked last February.

As a reminder, that document detailed planning within the Department of the Interior to use the Antiquities Act to potentially designate up to 13 million acres as new national monuments.

The newly obtained 14 pages further detail plans within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to completely overhaul the way federal lands are managed in the U.S., including the creation of new ecosystem areas that require the acquisition of new federal lands. According to Bishop, the plans would “vastly expand the power, reach and control of federal land managers.”

“These 14 pages are further evidence of this Administration’s efforts, under the guidance of Secretary Salazar, to control western lands by unilaterally locking them up without input from local residents and stakeholders nor the approval of Congress. Their plotting behind closed doors is disingenuous at best and flies in the face of this Administration’s so-called ‘transparency’,” said Congressman Bishop. “Thousands of westerners whose livelihoods depend upon access to our public lands stand to be affected by these decisions and yet this document blatantly goes out of its way to exclude their input or participation. If there was any question about whether or not this Administration has declared a war on the West, these new documents are evidence enough.”

The BLM is only one of the divisions of the DOI that have compiled similar memos. On February 26, 2010, Congressman Bishop, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) and other Western Caucus Members sent a letter to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar requesting all relative information pertaining to the DOI’s plans to designate new national monuments throughout the West. It has been more than five months since the request was made and the DOI continues to refuse to fully comply with the official document request.”

“The reality is that this is NOT the complete set of documents pertaining to the Administration’s plans to overhaul the way public lands are managed in this country. We know that other documents like this are out there. We’ve requested them, but the folks at Interior continue to stonewall,” Bishop added. “My biggest concern is that if they’re willing to let documents this damning out from their safekeeping, they are surely protecting others that are far worse and even more revealing.”

“I remain committed to forcing Secretary Salazar and all others involved in this matter into the light of full transparency, which as these documents prove, is not a place they seem to be comfortable,” Bishop concluded. “But this potential land and power grab needs to exposed, it needs to be laid out before the public, and it needs to be stopped.”

Rob Bishop speaks out on land grab

March 10, 2010

This morning on Fox News, Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) discussed the details of a leaked internal document from the Department of Interior (DOI) talking about grabbing millions of acres in 11 different Western states. Go Congressman Bishop!

Rob Bishop and States Rights

February 20, 2010

During the CPAC conference, Rep Rob Bishop spoke on a panel focused on 10th amendment rights and federalism.  As he defines it, “federalism” means the federal gov’ernment does have a role which must be balanced by robust states’ rights.

When Bishop came to Congress, his freshman class was assigned the task of looking at government waste, fraud and abuse. He was not excited. “”I didn’t want a more efficient government running my life.” he quipped. “I wanted LESS government in my life.”

He pointed out that people frequently praise one program or another. Some are good ideas but his question is – what role? Whose role? Is that really the role of the federal government or is that something better served by the states?

Representative Bishop has long been talking about limited federal government and strong states.  He was “Patrick Henry Caucus” long before the Patrick Henry Caucus was cool.   We need more like him in Congress – Representatives and Senators willing to give power back to the states.

More land grabbing?

February 18, 2010

Today, an internal document leaked from the Department of Interior (DOI) indicates the Administration is in the process of considering whether to designate as many as 17 National Monuments located throughout the West. This document has Western Caucus Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and many other Western Caucus members concerned that these sections of Western land and natural energy resources may be the next target of the Obama Administration’s radical agenda.

The DOI document mentions designations and land acquisitions in 11 different western states: Utah, Montana, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and Wyoming. Approximately 13 million acres of land (possibly more) are at risk for potential designation

“While the President may be frustrated with his inability to pass his agenda through a Democrat-controlled Congress, he should not try to score political victories through secretly-plotted unilateral executive declarations that may please some special interest groups but will harm the livelihoods of countless American families and communities across the country,” said House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04)

Congressman Doug Lamborn from Colorado said “This Administration just doesn’t get it. Americans want jobs, not more federal bureaucracy and red tape. But that is exactly what they’ll get if the Administration locks up even more of our energy-rich land in the West.”

Congressman Jason Chaffetz says: “I am deeply concerned with the Obama Administration’s intent to forgo local, state, and congressional participation. It is the role of Congress to work with all relevant parties to alleviate concerns and develop compromises. I urge the Administration to reconsider their current path.”

According to the Salt Lake Tribune,

The Interior Department says the document on which the Utah Republican is basing his allegation is simply a draft memo outlining lands that may, in the future, deserve protection.

Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff says Secretary Ken Salazar asked the department’s bureaus to identify areas that might be worth further study as possible management areas or spots for Congress to step in and designate as protected.

Yeah. I’m pretty sure that’s what Clinton did just before he swiped Grand Staircase-Escalante out of Utah’s hands….

Herbert and Bishop address GOP SCC

November 27, 2009

Governor Herbert addressed the Republican state central committee on November 21. Personable and approachable, he came early and stayed for the entire meeting. When it came time for him to talk to the audience, he started by saying that the had just returned from the Republican governors confab and that they are united in their desire to avoid the creation of the nanny state that the federal government is trying to push on us. He said it is the responsibility of the states to lead out on issues like healthcare, energy and more.

He address the ethics initiative and praised Utah’s legislature. He said that they are consistently ranked high – the best managed state, one of the least corrupt and constantly praised at national gatherings he attends. He quoted Bob Bernick’s article from Oct 9, where Bernick started:

I’ve spent my adult working years reporting and commenting on Utah politics.

And it’s probably fair to say most of the words flowing from my keypad have been critical — critical as in taking a hard look at what Utah’s politicians and public institutions are doing with your tax dollars and their power.

Bernick then goes on to talk what is right with Utah politics – representative government, citizen involvement, fiscal conservatism, best managed state (a credit to the GOP majority in the legislature, he says), election costs and funding, open, honest government, lack of scandal and corruption, accountability and stability. Governor Herbert emphasized that the results we see coming out of the Utah legislature is because, by and large, they are doing things right.

Governor Herbert underlined again that his #1 focus is on growing the economy – “the driver is the private sector“, he said, “not the government.” He said they are especially concerned with protecting the jobs we have and expanding those jobs. He also said in today’s tough economy, he has no plan to raise taxes and will not champion a tax increase.

Lt. Governor Greg Bell spoke briefly and said that he is delighted to be a Republican – he simply could not be a Democrat. He said Republicans cut taxes, limit government and try to get out of the way – Democrats try to fix problems through government – more regulations, more taxes, more programs – more, more, more.

Representative Rob Bishop stood and spoke briefly. He said he wanted to address 4 things very quickly, then ticked off the following:
*he is in favor of the resolution opposing the UEG initiative
*re: campaign finance “reform” – the FEC makes it impossible for anyone to run without a lot of money. Current campaign finance laws promote incumbent retention, which IS NOT A GOOD THING. It keeps a lot of good people from even considering a run.
*he said he was “happy to be here“. “Nothing has come out of DC this year of which I am proud”, he said. He also remarked that the differences between Republicans and Democrats is very clear this year.
*in a forceful, emotional comment, Congressman Bishop said the principle that will save our country is federalism – states rights and preventing the cradle-to-grave restrictions forced on us by the federal government. The Constitution protects us from our own instincts and from the consolidation of power – that’s why we have a system of checks and balances.

Vice-chair Morgan Philpot spoke briefly on the use of social media. During the governor’s presentation, he tweeted “Herbert spkg to GOP SCC; his phone rings (silent but static in mic), he pulls out of pocket, throws to Demma across the rm and catch is good”. That post was retweeted by 4 people who reached 4,000 followers with that message. He pointed out that within literally seconds, at least 4000 people had a glimpse of the governor that was personable and made him seem “real”. He emphasized that the use of social media will play a big role in the 2010 and 2012 elections and encouraged everyone there to jump on board. The morning training meeting, in fact, had been about the use of social media. Awesome.

Cap and trade on Utah’s Capitol Hill

August 25, 2009

Representative Rob Bishop came in front of the Natural Resources  committee and right off the bat said “If you are expecting me to say something positive about this bill, go to sleep right now, cause it ain’t gonna happen.”

As written, the Waxman-Markey bill would affect his Congressional district this way:
*Loss of jobs:  4,000 to 6,000 jobs lost
*Increase in costs – minimum estimate: $460 per year, per average household
*for every green job created, there are 2 to 3 jobs lost.

There WILL BE a shift as  government picks winners and losers and the hardest hit will be the poor in the mountain states, southern states and plain states.

He also said that “alternative” sources of energy is a misnomer – they should be called “supplemental”.  There is no one source of energy that can run this country, including fossil fuel.  We should be developing ALL sources of energy and there are certainly better ways to achieve energy independence than this bill.

Goal 1: We should develop all forms of energy – oil shale, wind, solar, fossil fuels

Goal 2: The royalities on fossil fuels should be used to pave the bridge to alternative energy

Goal 3: We should reward conservation, rather than punish consumption

Goal 4: We should reward entrepreneurship – give big awards for work done – that’s how we got a man on the moon. It will work for energy as well.

Robin Riggs spoke for the SL Chamber of Commerce, and presented the US Chamber of Commerce’s view:  this type of legislation is inevitable. However, it does not include nuclear as as option and it is not global, making it something that will not have nearly the effect they hope for.

Specific monetary impact: we will be trading MILLIONS of credits. It will look like its own stock exchange

In order to generate enough energy to power the world by 2050 while reducing CO2 emissions to 50% of 2005 levels, we would need to

*deploy about 1.4 BILLION new 40 mpg cars worldwide
*deploy more than 1 million 5 MW wind turbines (currently have 28,000)
*grow bio-fuels over an area roughly the combined size of AK, CA and MT
*Construct roughly 700 new 1 GW nuclear power plants (and this bill does not include nuclear as a viable option)
*build 1420 “zero-emission” 500 MW power plants and either
1) install 5200 sequestration sites or,
2) store the CO2 in newly planted forests in an area equal to more than half the US

Professor Arnold Reitze, U of U law professor said the cap and trade bill is the Kyoto protocols repackaged.
Professor Reitz said the federal government will basically be selling licenses to pollute, since requirements to reduce emissions would not kick in until 2024, long after almost everyone currently on Capitol Hill is long gone.

Expensive, ineffective, unrealistic and unsustainable might be appropriate works to describe this bill. We’ll see what the Senate does when the August recess is over.

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