Utah getting more liberal? Huh?
by phil on Thursday May 14, 2009 1:51 AM
I'm kind of fixated on Utah. It's like a canary-in-the-coal-mine state. What happens in Utah is a preview of the social future of America. But this is really interesting.
What's the matter with Utah? The most Republican state in the nation is drifting to the left. In the last few months, Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican and a practicing Mormon, has come out in favor of civil unions for gays and repeated his support for government action on global warming. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled state legislature has liberalized Utah's notoriously arcane alcohol laws. The punishment for this apostasy has been record-high approval ratings--for both governor and legislature.
Squidhelmet said on May 14, 2009 6:58 AM:
It sorta makes sense that Utah wants to start the wheels rolling toward 'non-traditional marriage' - that could only be good for their Mormon constituents. And freeing up alcohol is practically buying the youth vote :)