Would Six Californias Make the State More Governable?

Fresh back from a week in San Diego, my “Letter from Salt Lake” column from today is really a “Letter from San Diego” column that looks at the@SixCalifornias proposal by Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper….http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608978/Would-Six-Californias-make-the-state-more-governable.html

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Drew Clark: Would Six Californias make the state more governable?
It may simply be an accident of history that the continental U.S. has two super-sized states in California and Texas….

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A Century’s Reflections on How to Mark Generational Change

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A special tribute to my Grandfather, who turned 100 on August 10, 2014!http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608385/A-centurys-reflections-on-how-to-mark-generational-change.html

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Drew Clark: A century’s reflections on how to mark generational change
Anniversaries force us to take a moment to consider what is truly extraordinary even while being utterly routine. “I’…

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Keep the Sun Shining on Advanced Energy Solutions

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I’ve already gotten a fair bit of email about this “Letter from Salt Lake” column, from Sunday’s Deseret News, at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607924/Keep-the-sun-shining-on-advanced-energy-solutions.html
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Keep the sun shining on advanced energy solutions
Being able to turn on the lights when it gets dark is one of the electricity-enabled conveniences we take for granted…

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Lawrence and Windsor Won’t Trump Utah Marriage Laws

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My Letter from Salt Lake column, on how “Lawrence and Windsor won’t trump Utah marriage laws,” in the Deseret News on July 27.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607524/Lawrence-and-Windsor-wont-trump-Utah-marriage…

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Lawrence and Windsor won’t trump Utah marriage laws
Many cling to the widespread presumption that nationally imposed gay marriage is somehow inevitable. It would be far …

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On the Week of Pioneer Day, a Closer Look at Faith, Family and Freedom

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On the week of Pioneer Day, Utah’s state holiday celebrating the Mormon pioneers entrance into the Salt Lake Vally on July 24, 1847, my “Letter from Salt Lake” column captures faith, family and freedom – and what it means in Utah:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607247/Faith-family-and-freedom-join-to-explain-Utah-exceptionalism.html
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Faith, family and freedom join to explain Utah exceptionalism
“American exceptionalism” is a school of thought among historians that this nation is qualitatively different from al…

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When the Leaders of the Meiji Restoration Met the Mormons…

This column, “Letter from Salt Lake” in today’s Deseret News, was a fun one to write: it’s about a little-known episode in early Mormon history involving an 1872 by leaders of the Meiji Restoration to Salt Lake City…. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606805/Samurai-visiting-Salt-Lake-in-1872-launched-interactions-between-Japanese-and-Mormons.html
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Samurai visiting Salt Lake in 1872 launched interactions between Japanese and Mormons
There is a little-known episode from early Utah history that has an important message for today. Following the Iwakur…

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When it Comes to Same-Sex Marriage, There Already Is a Circuit Split

My latest “Letter from Salt Lake” column shows why there is really no choice but that the Supreme Court take Utah’s case challenging the redefinition of marriage proposed by federal judges, athttp://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606407/How-the-rule-of-law-resolves-differences-among-courts-on-marriage.html
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My view: How the rule of law resolves differences among courts on marriage
With the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on same-sex marriage, there is a now circuit split on this const…

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Utah is the 8th Most Urban State in the Union. What Does That Say About Its Character?

My latest “Letter from Salt Lake” column in the Deseret News, this one about Utah and how much of an urban/suburban state it is, at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606009/Utah-is-an-urban-oasis-that-helps-build-value-for-middle-class.html?pg=all

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New Column on Deseret News: Room for Compromise Through Federalism on Marriage Debate?

See my new column, “Letter from Salt Lake City,” that launched yesterday in the Deseret News. In this piece, I look at the disputes over same-sex marriage, and whether there is any room for compromise on the issue.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605458/On-marriage-dispute-the-choice-for-federalism-has-gone-from-compromise-to-opposition-viewpoint.html
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On marriage dispute, the choice for federalism has gone from compromise to opposition viewpoint
When the Supreme Court rules on whether federalism permits states to define their own marriage laws, I predict it wil…

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