Category: Politics

Retired CIA and NSA director to speak at UVU

With North Korea, ISIS and Russia on the frontpage, former director of the CIA, NSA and retired four-star general, Gen. Michael Hayden, will join UVU to discuss national security issues Oct. 11. “It seems very timely to have him here now,” Frederick White, associate vice president of engaged learning and organizer for the event, said. As head of the CIA and NSA, Hayden has seen the world, both good and bad, according to White. “I couldn’t be more excited to have General Hayden coming to UVU,” said Ryan Griffith, a political science and national security student. “He has a...

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Meet Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz

It’s easy to forget that on November 8, Utahns will be casting their vote for more than just our next president. The race for Utah’s next governor is well underway, with incumbent Republican governor Gary Herbert defending his position against Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz. Weinholtz was a third-generation factory worker, who worked full time while attending night classes. He graduated with degrees in both business administration and management. In 1998 he became president of CHG Healthcare Services, and served as CEO until 2015. According to his campaign website, Weinholtz was motivated to get involved in politics after witnessing the rampant polarization and partisanship in Utah’s government. He sees the current one-party system that governs Utah as problematic, as it stifles meaningful debate on important issues that face all Utahns, not just members of the Republican party. Weinholtz believes that Utah’s Medicaid expansion was not only fiscally irresponsible, but also leaves 90,000 Utahns in the coverage gap—where they make too much to be covered by Medicaid but too little to afford healthcare. He also wants to improve coverage for mental health issues, which should be a high priority in Utah given the high rates of suicide and substance abuse. He also wants to create wellness programs for workers that encourage them to exercise and eat healthier. Weinholtz has placed a large emphasis on Utah’s struggling public education system. He is...

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