Utahns statewide entered the #UtahSenDems 2014 Lunch Contest via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We picked nine lucky residents to enjoy a free lunch on Feb. 28 with the fabulous five Utah Senate Democrats.
- Paul Hofman, West Valley City
- Renate Hoffman Riggs, Midway
- Ben Pales, West Haven
- Ed Blake, Salt Lake City
- Nikki Cunard, Salt Lake City
- Pamela Portocarrero, Salt Lake City
- Ben Eddington, Cottonwood Heights
- Kirsten Park, Salt Lake City
- Jandy Stelter, Midvale (She couldn’t attend.)
The luncheon started with a quick Utah Senate tour by Senator Jim Dabakis. The group then returned to eat lunch around a table with the senators in the Minority Caucus Room.
Two hot topics were: Getting more democrats elected into office and increasing the number of people voting. They also discussed the Count My Vote initiative and Medicaid expansion.
The winners, all democrats, were glad they got the chance to have an intimate, lively discussion with the senators. They later said via email:
- “While I usually pay more attention to the national politics, I decided that I should be more involved in what’s going on in my state… I always knew there weren’t many democrats represented in the state legislature, but I wasn’t aware of how drastic it is.” – Ben Eddington
- “I will always take advantage of the opportunity to spend some “alone time” with the Utah Democrat Senators, they are a great bunch of people who work very hard for us!” – Paul Hofman
- “It was so nice to visit one-on-one with my senators without the time constraints of formal meetings.” – Kirsten Park
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. We appreciate your continuous support. – The #UtahSenDems
The Utah State Senate paused briefly today to honor Terry Schow, who recently retired as Director of the Utah Division of Veterans Affairs. Director Schow served with distinction on behalf of Utah’s veterans. The Utah Legislature presented Mr. Schow with an Official Citation recognizing his 35 years of service to the State of Utah, to all branches of the United States military, and especially to the veterans of this State.
Today Utah Policy’s Bob Bernick paid tribute to Senator Patricia Jones, who will be retiring from legislative service at the end of 2014. Bob Bernick is a long-time Deseret News government reporter and political editor. He writes fondly of working for decades with Senator Jones as a pollster and lawmaker and her husband Dan Jones as a pollster and University of Utah political science professor. Together they built the highly respected polling firm of Dan Jones & Associates.
Mr. Bernick compliments Senator Jones on her outstanding professional career and public service. Read Bob Bernick’s Notebook: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.
Congratulations, Senator Jones.
At the invitation of Senator Karen Mayne, several legislators, Granite School District officials, and a UEA representative visited Granger and Kearns High Schools today. The objective of today’s visit was to observe the learning environment in these schools, identify areas for improvement, and work on solutions.
Those in attendance today were Senator Mayne, Senator Gene Davis, Senator Howard Stephenson, Senator Aaron Osmond, Representative Greg Hughes, Granite School District Superintendent Martin Bates, Granite School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Fraser, and UEA representative Kory Holdaway.
Channel 13 and Channel 2 reported details. Legislators, school officials, and students were interviewed.
Senator Karen Mayne received the 2013 Award of Excellence In Workplace Safety and Health, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to improving the safety and health of Utah workers. The award was presented to her by the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Utah School of Medicine.
Congratulations Senator Mayne!
State Senator Patricia Jones has been chosen by the Utah State Democratic Party as this year’s recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award. Senator Jones will be recognized at a luncheon October 8, 2013.
Senator Jones exemplifies the high standards and compassionate philosophy of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. As a legislator, Senator Jones is committed to quality public education, adequate and available healthcare, and a strong Utah business community. She is a role model for all women in our state.
Congratulations, Senator Jones!
“It’s Utah’s first Workplace Safety Week, and it kicked off Monday at one of the largest active construction sites in Salt Lake City. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Utah Senator Karen Mayne, D-District 5, were at the University of Utah’s Ambulatory Care Project to promote safer workplaces.”
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Senator Karen Mayne recently received the President’s Award from the Workers Compensation Fund. Senator Mayne was honored with the prestigious award because of her dedication and efforts to keep workers safe on the job in Utah. The award is occasionally given by WCF to individuals statewide.
Congratulations, Senator Mayne!
by Senator Karen Mayne
Senate Minority Whip
During the recently completed General Legislative Session of the Utah Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed SCR 9, Concurrent Resolution Designating a Week to Recognize Workplace Safety. Today, Governor Herbert hosted a ceremonial bill signing of SCR9 and also SCR2, Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Workers Compensation Fund for Workplace Safety.
The week of June 23-29, 2013, will be Workplace Safety Week in the State of Utah.
Working together to make a safe environment for all is our goal. The cost of an accident, whether financial, emotional, and/or physical, is an injury to all citizens of Utah. Workplace Safety Week is an added push to enhance safety in the workplace. Our slogan and goal is to have No Workplace Accidents June 23-29. A week with NO accidents–a dream come true!
Safety campaigns, media events, and outreach programs are being planned for Workplace Safety Week to inform the public and raise awareness of workplace safety. We all need to embrace the Culture of Safety in the State of Utah.
INVEST IN TOMORROW. PRACTICE SAFETY TODAY!
Yesterday, Senator Karen Mayne announced the release of Your One-Stop Resource Guide After a Layoff. Senator Mayne developed the Guide in cooperation with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the Utah Labor Commission, United Way of Salt Lake, Organized Labor, and Rio Tinto. The Guide provides valuable information about resources available to individuals who have been laid off such as managing finances, securing new employment, family counseling, etc. Read about it here. The guide is available at all Workforce Service job centers in the state and also online at http://1.usa.gov/1954WIw.