Welcome back Thunder Birds and other Leavitt Center fans! It’s great to have students back on campus – refreshed and ready for the beginning of the school year. As people begin to fill the halls of the Sharwan Smith Student Center, we hear of your amazing adventures and fun-filled summers. Hearing what you’ve done this summer, we’ve looked back and realized that we too have had our share of adventure and change. Take a look below to see some highlights from our summer vacation!
Overhaul of our Leavitt Center website suu.edu/leavittcenter
Adopt-a-Highway Summer Service Project
Helped Regional Services with Rural Summit – got to spend time with 7’4″ NBA Mark Eaton
To hear about more of our adventures stop by our office or come to Pizza & Politics Wednesday @ Noon in the Entertainment Bureau!
Comment below to share stories from your own summer adventures! See you Wednesday!
We want to publicly thank our fantastic team who did the exit polling yesterday. Based on the polling, we predicted that Rep. Westwood had 73.4% of the vote (margin of error of +/- 4.6%). According to the final numbers this morning from the Iron County Clerk’s office, Rep. Westwood received 71.79% of the vote. We also predicted that Sen. Vickers would receive 76.1% of the vote (margin of error +/- 4.2%). According to the numbers produced by Iron County, Sen. Vickers received 74.49% of the vote. We also correctly recognized that Sen. Vickers final overall numbers would vary as we did exit polling in only half of Washington City and we did not poll in Hurricane, Toquerville, Beaver, and other communities. Next time we hope to expand our polling to these areas. Sen. Vickers finished with 67.1% of the overall votes.
Introduction: The Leavitt Center conducted exit polling on June 24, 2014 at various polling locations throughout Iron and Washington Counties. Polling began as early as 7:00 am and continued until 7:00 pm in all but two locations. Exit polling was conducted in Enoch, half of the polling locations in Washington, and at all polling locations in Cedar City.
Limitations: The Leavitt Center recognizes that the final numbers will be impacted by early voting, absentee ballots, and the fact that exit polling was not conducted in certain cities, such as Beaver, Toquerville, and Hurricane.
House District 72: The sample size for this race consisted of 437 individuals who filled out an exit survey. Of the 437 individuals, 73.4% (+/- 4.6%) stated they voted for Rep. Westwood.
Senate District 28: The sample size for this race was 558 individuals who filled out an exit survey. Of the 558 individuals, 76.1% (+/- 4.2%) stated that they voted for Sen. Vickers.
The Leavitt Center would like to thank all those who participated in the exit poll surveys.
Visit 2014 Primary Election and Polling Places to find out where you can vote. Polls are open from 7 am – 8 pm.
Also, stay tuned to this website and our twitter feed (@leavittcenter) for exit polling results this evening.
Special Convocations today as we take time with Bradley Thompson to discuss capitalism and morality. To change things up, we will be in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Theater (base of the stairs across from the SUU Bookstore) today at Noon. Come support and share your thoughts!
Today in the Sharwan Smith Student Center we have the opportunity to hear from our direct local leaders. Sen. Evan Vickers, Rep. John Westwood, and Rep. Brad Last will be reporting on the recent legislative session. Join us today at 2:00 to learn more about how your representatives spent their time at Utah’s State Capitol.
This week’s Pizza and Politics will provide an update of some of the legislative happenings going on at the state level. The Leavitt Center recently sent six SUU students to intern at the Utah State Legislature. These students spent 45 days working side by side with state senators and representatives on issues from water rights to Medicaid expansion, cockfighting to educational policy, election procedures to the official Utah State Tree, and medical hemp to the so called “Zion Curtain”. While these interns will share their experience, one topic that led to several bipartisan panels, protests and arrests during the legislative session will be the main point of Wednesday’s discussion –special rights for the LGBT community.
In December, Judge Robert Shelby ruled the third amendment to the Utah State Constitution in violation of the constitutional standards set out in the United States Constitution, the latter of course having ultimate authority of the law. Judge Shelby is a newly-appointed federal judge, the lowest ranking judge at the time of his ruling on Utah’s 3rd Amendment. Utah has filed an appeal and will argue their case before the 13th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver this month. Several other states, including Oklahoma, have since been facing similar issues. The pending court case was hush-hush at this year’s legislature, however, it did lend to the leadership’s refusal to allow Senate Bill 100 – introduced by Senator Steve Urquhart (R-St. George) – to even be debated in a standing committee.
Senate Bill 100 sought to make it illegal to discriminate against someone for employment and housing opportunities on the basis of their sexual orientation. It is already illegal under federal law passed in the 1960s to discriminate against someone on the basis of age, race, gender, ethnicity, and religion among other things such as disability and economic status. The big question is, should sexual orientation be included? 21 states and Washington D.C. have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation and 17 states plus Washington D.C. outlaw discrimination based on gender identity. Mississippi just passed a bill titled the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” that allows discrimination by “all public and private corporations”. Similar bills have failed, such as in Arizona when Governor Jan Brewer vetoed S.B. 1062.
Many people feel that the government should not force their hand when it comes to private homes and businesses. They feel that employers and renters should have the ability to select employees, renters, etc. that have similar values as them. The other side argues that denying someone the opportunity to live in a certain place or work at a job they are qualified for because of the sexual identity or sexual orientation is morally wrong and the government should step in. What do you think? Come let us know at Pizza and Politics at noon this coming Wednesday, April 9th!