Utah Bloghive

A collection of political commentary from throughout the Beehive State.

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Most of you are disengaged at work, or you wouldn’t be reading this

DNews: Perspectives
If you’re at work right now, you’re probably part of the roughly 70 percent...

Local Option Sales Tax: April Distribution Falls Nearly 1%

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235 The LEFT Show – May The 4th

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Oh what a crowded room! Aaron Burton, Forrest Shaw, JC Carter, Taylor Hunsaker,...

What is my Sales Tax Rate?

Utah Taxpayers Association
The Utah State Tax Commission has a tool for looking up the sales tax rate that...

Where In Utah Are the Most Child Tax Credits Claimed?

Utah Taxpayers Association
The Tax Foundation has released an interesting study showing where the most...

Tax Commission’s revenue report describes lightly weakening, but overall strong, revenue picture

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Save the Date! Teed Off on Taxes Golf Tournament 2015

Utah Taxpayers Association
The Utah Taxpayers Association’s annual “Teed Off on Taxes“ Golf...

234 The LEFT Show – Best of Yesterweek

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  I don’t want to get too deeply into stuff, but, we had to take an...

April 24th is National Tax Freedom Day

Utah Taxpayers Association
Every year, the Tax Foundation calculates “Tax Freedom Day,” the day when...

National Tax Freedom Day 2015

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Public Education Funding in Utah

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Tax Day 2015

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The Flow of Tax Dollars in Utah

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Medicaid Expansion in the US

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Healthy Utah

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Transportation Funding Sources in Utah

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Certified Fuel Tax Rate Proposal

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233 The LEFT Show – The Subtle Hammer

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Crowded house in the studio this week – the return of Taylor Hunsaker...

Overall good news from ULCT Economic Stoplights

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232 The LEFT Show – Dental Dam

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Forrest, Bob, Melissa, and J.M. gather to get all the important parts of news...

231 The LEFT Show – Outback

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Something in the air today as JM Bell, JC Carter, and Bob Easton welcome Brenda...

March Sales Tax Distribution up 1.7%

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230 The LEFT Show – Godless RebelUTion!

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Back in December, when we were doing the first round of PodcastPhil...

229 The LEFT Show – High School Reunion

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Oh, what a treat for JM and Forrest! Sarah Cahan and Shawn Broadhead –...

228 The LEFT Show – Into The Room

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Guess what? Forrest is back this week, with Melissa and Bob … spiffy! So,...

Save The Forrest! – March 20, 2015 – Mega Benefit Concert

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Don’t want to read? Easy! Click these sentences! Our beloved Forrest...

227 The LEFT Show – Awkward Family Photos

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Oh, what a wonderful mix of awkward and uncomfortable we have this week. JM...

LPC: March 9, 2015

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#226 The LEFT Show – GOPwow again, some more

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An intimate setting hosts this week’s The LEFT Show with JM Bell,...

LPC: March 2, 2015

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Local Option Sales Tax Distribution up 13%

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III

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I am having a shitty day, and, frankly, I am surprised at the intensity of my...

#225 The LEFT Show – 10/Four

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Clean sweep in the studio this week, Aaron Burton, Kristal Star, and Lisa...

LPC: February 23, 2015

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HB 362: ULCT Analysis & Position

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#224 The LEFT Show – Hentai Defense

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This week we have JM Bell, Melissa Merlot, Bob Easton, and the wet, heavy cough...

#15 Tell Me A Story – Aaron Burton

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Hey, you know what sounds like fun? I’ll interview a shrink, I’ll...

223 The LEFT Show – Deux Par Deux

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Big happy surprises this week as FORREST SHAW returns to the show after a long...

LPC February 9, 2015

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#14 Tell Me A Story – Forrest Shaw

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I re-launch the show with a nice, heavy punch in the nuts, ’cause YAY!...

222 The LEFT Show – Flu and Regrets

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Bit up a mixing up this week, as we sent Bob home sick, and then, later, sent...

Ernestine Johnson

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This young woman speaks a truth that I can only recognize, but can never know...

I Believe: The Lie and Delusion of the LDS “Big Step”

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The LDS Church’s “Big Step” yesterday was nothing more than a...

221 The LEFT Show – I Just Don’t Get It

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I’m having a rough time keeping my energy up, but I was rescued this week...

2015 Salt Lake Comic Con FanX Panel Schedule!

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This is where you can find your favorite DefenMedia folks at the Comic Con...

220 The LEFT Show – It Might Be Manstration

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This episode has JM Bell, JC Carter, Ultimate Bob, and Melissa Merlot. We cover...

219 The LEFT Show – Blues Valentines, Je Suis Charlie

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There is no way that the news this week was going to be the normal giddy romp...

Utah lawmaker plans a bill that would mirror my advice

DNews: Perspectives
Rep. Jon Cox, R-Ephraim, agrees that placing variable tolls on all freeway...

218 The LEFT Show – Raspberry Yogurt Blues

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It’s time for The LEFT Show! This week, JM Bell welcomes Dan Ellis, from...

217 The LEFT Show – Special The Sidetrack 2015

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This The Sidetrack from Jason Williams starts with “Happy 2015!”...

216a The LEFT Show – XXXMas ReduXXX

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My apologies, but, I got sick sick and we didn’t record this week, so...

RE-GIFT SPECIAL EVENT – The Salt City Radio Players

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I know some of ya’ll missed this over Thanksgiving, so, we’re going...

216 The LEFT Show – The White, American Chicken

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We hadn’t planned on recording today, but, I get bored and lonely, and...

215 The LEFT Show – Podcast Phil Day Of Action

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Podcast Phil Day of Action #1 – We spent the day at The Nerd Store and...

Podcast Phil Day of Action Schedule

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 December 13, 2014 -In addition to more traditional internet messaging and...

Podcast Phil Days of Action! This Saturday and Sunday!

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PHASE THREE: December 13, 2014 -In addition to more traditional internet...

Geekhead Radio 37- Dragon Age: X-wing

JM Bell's The LEFT Show
On this episode of Geekhead Radio, we discuss X-wing from Fantasy Flight Games...

We’re No. 1! Utah tops list of nation’s most humble social media posters

DNews: Perspectives
Here’s something Utahns can brag about:  They are the most humble people in...

214 The LEFT Show – SHOCKING!

JM Bell's The LEFT Show
Sometimes my day gets so very, very full of minutiae and tasks, that by the...

213 The LEFT Show – Mr. In-Between

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BBC America was nothing but classic Sean Connery James Bond movies last...

SPECIAL EVENT! New Show! Welcome Geekhead Radio

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Welcome to the first official episode of Geekhead Radio on DefenMedia! Join...

SPECIAL EVENT – The Salt City Radio Players

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Enjoy this Thanksgiving treat of Lane Richins and Jeffrey Owen, Weller Book...

212 The LEFT Show – Hucksta-don’t (fixed)

JM Bell's The LEFT Show
This is a good one folks. With Melissa in Vegas, JC in Arches, and Forrest on...

The Sidetrack 211 – Have some income inequality

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@JMBell @theleftshow episode 211 sidetrack follow up....

211 The LEFT Show – Stupid, Sexy, Shirted, Science

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Melissa Merlot, JC Carter, and Robert Easton join J.M. Bell in the studio for...

Podcast Phil …

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Another Tallahassee football scandal shows nothing will change until the NCAA gets tough

DNews: Perspectives
The New York Times has published an investigative piece about how a hit-and-run...

State lotteries leave a trail of broken promises

DNews: Perspectives
State lotteries are a ruse. If that’s a surprise to you, it’s because you...

210 The LEFT Show – There Is No Shame

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The Deb Henry joined JM Bell, Melissa Merlot, and Ultimate Bob in the studio...

209 The LEFT Show – Pickles and Venison

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So … apparently, last week, we “over shared” a little bit. I...