> Update for 3/10/2015: Meet the Two
Bullies Who Are Stealing Your Rights
Meet the Two Bullies Who Are Stealing Your Rights
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3/10/15): In the final hours before the 2015 session ends at
Midnight this Thursday (March 12), hundreds of bills most statutators
have never read, let alone understand, will be passed in
drone-like fashion. Among these bills will be numerous
attacks against your natural rights.
How can this happen? Why do your statutators tolerate such an
abusive arrangement? And what can be done to stop it?
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1. They Hold Enormous Power
2. They Abuse & Manipulate People
3. Their Agenda is Gun Control
4. They Intimidate Those Who Resist
5. Appropriate Action: Tell These Bullies to
They Hold Enormous Power
How could we possibly go
wrong giving one man such power?
As UT Gun Rights explained in its
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report and
elsewhere, two playground bullies abuse and dominate Utah's house
and senate and work together to destroy your rights:
house speaker Greg Hughes and
senate president Wayne Niederhauser. Contrary to what you
learned in civics class, your house and senate statutators
merely serve their gun control agenda.
How can two people possibly exercise such control? As one
example, the house speaker and senate president alone appoint
and remove EVERY member of EVERY committee. Hughes and
Niederhauser are empowered to do this without any review or
Sources: "The general duties of the
Speaker are to:... appoint the members of committees…" (House
Rules 1-3-102. Duties of the speaker) and "The general
duties of the president are to:… appoint the members of
Duties of the president)
Consider the vast implications of this incredible power. No
bill may be voted on in the house or senate without going
through a committee. Hughes and Niederhauser each control a
"rules committee" that can prevent a bill from going to a
committee to be heard.
And if a bill survives a committee
hearing, it is again "prioritized" by the same rules committee
for any floor action. As a result, bills live or die almost
entirely upon the calculated orders of these two bullies.
Previous House Bully Becky Lockhart candidly admitted her
power to the press:
"I empower [house] committee chairs..." [bold
banning enforcement of federal gun laws 'stuck in limbo',"
by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News, February 22, 2013.
Lockhart's successor, Greg Hughes, now empowers the chairs of
each house committee because he appoints and fires them at his
will alone, as does Niederhauser for every senate committee.
And these hand-picked
control each committee agenda.
Their powers are so extreme, no specific provision exists in
the house or senate rules to fire these bullies before their
two-year terms are over. Akin to an elected despotism, these
bullies lord over each body, trade political favors, and sell your
rights; all while pretending that decisions are made by the
will of the majority.
These two bullies also have enormous influence on how these
sources donate vast sums of money in Utah political races.
Niederhauser is the first officer listed for the "Utah
Republican Senate Campaign Committee". Hughes is the
first officer listed for the "Utah
Republican House Campaign Committee" and has established
Leadership PAC". Both have significant influence
with other PACs and also with the Utah Republican Party, of
which they are voting members of its exclusive "Executive
Both bullies are enabled by a spider web-like network of
corruption. Corporations and elitists who desire to advance
their agendas "pay to play" in Utah's capitol. See some of
2014 year-end campaign disclosure report (and
2010 to 2013 year-end reports), and in
2014 year-end campaign disclosure report (and
2010 to 2013 year-end reports).
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They Abuse & Manipulate People
"Have we got a deal
for the public!"
As a demonstration of their power, House Bully Greg Hughes'
hand-picked rules committee recently held a secretive meeting
and actively prevented the press from attending. Hughes'
obedient rules committee chairman Mike Noel demonstrated the
prevailing attitude of contempt for the rule of law and public
Utah Political Capitol, an alternative news source,
reported the following:
"…Reporters were puzzled as to where the Rules Committee would
be meeting to conduct the mandatory business prior to getting
the procedural amendments approved. When the location was
press representatives from
several media outlets were not allowed access to the area
where Rep. Mike Noel (Republican – Kanab) was conducting the
meeting… a clear violation of 'open meeting' requirements in
the state law.
"Lisa Roche of the Deseret News told Noel, 'Mr.
Chairman, may I just make a protest here; we were kept out in
the hallway and not allowed in here… I don't know why that was
but it was really frustrating. We were kept out in the hallway
by the communications director and not allowed in. When
there's a meeting in the part of the [Capitol] that we don't
have access to, we need someone to make sure that we can get
here.' Her concerns were met with incredulous, non-verbal
responses but no apologies or explanations until Rep Noel
said, 'Well that's unfortunate, did you have some questions
about the bill?' …he agreed to address her concerns
but not until after he had adjourned the meeting."
House Rules Committee Receives Media Protest After Closed
Meeting," Michael Orton, Utah Political Capitol, March 9, 2015.
Even Utah's corporate gun control media appear annoyed at
their first-hand taste of the abuse gun owners have
experienced for many years. It is obvious how flagrantly
these bullies defy statute and any semblance of fair play.
In 2013, Senate Bully Wayne Niederhauser's stooge, John
Valentine* pushed through a fraudulent "procedural reform" to
expand Niederhauser's domination of the entire statutory
process, by de facto eliminating one of the only
mechanisms for senate statutators to act independently. See
UT Gun Rights' 2013 threat assessment, "SR
1: Crushing Resistance in Monarch Niederhauser's Senate".
Valentine recently retired from
the state senate, and was
unanimously confirmed by Niederhauser's senate to head of the
Utah Tax Commission.
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Their Agenda is Gun Control
These bullies have an
Niederhauser also participated in the
deception regarding HB 76 in 2013, wherein officials kept
their anti-gun agenda from becoming full public knowledge.
After promising gun owner activists he would stand firm,
voted against holding a veto override session for HB 76.
For more information, see the article, "HB
76: Political Theater for Suckers" in UT Gun Rights'
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report.
This session, a nearly identical bill,
SB 256: Carry
"Unloaded" Firearms Concealed, languished in
Niederhauser's senate until yesterday, March 9. The
session ends Thursday, March 12, and it must still work its
way through the house.
Compare the snail pace of SB 256 with the
gun control bills in UT Gun Rights'
2015 Bill Tracking
Page: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, including:
* SB 214: Veterans
SB 37: Gun
Control by Bureaucrats
Convention to Finish Destroying the U.S. Constitution
SB 122: Deny Gun Owners Access to Surplus State Firearms &
Niederhauser received an abysmal -200% rating on the
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report. Hughes
received a -33% rating. Both bullies are no friends to
Utah gun owners.
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They Intimidate Those Who Resist
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Those who attempt to fight these two bullies are often
intimidated into compliance. Consider the following incident
that took place on January 27, 2015, described by statist Paul
Rolly of the Salt Lake Tribune:
"When the floor vote took place on HB74, 74 House members
voted for the bill and one member registered a 'no' vote.
Those votes are displayed on an electronic board at the front
of the chamber.
"The one 'no' vote came from Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, a
freshman who took Lockhart's place in District 64.
"Glances from around the room quickly darted in Thurston's
direction. Some colleagues mentioned to him that a 'no' vote
on that issue was ill-advised. Thurston, who already made news
by proposing a bill to allow gun toters to carry firearms on
TRAX and buses, didn't budge.
"A funny thing then happened.
"Hughes, who as speaker controls the board,
did not close the vote. He instead kept it open and
glared down at Thurston.
"Two minutes went by. Three minutes. Four minutes.
Hughes did not look away.
"Finally, Thurston blinked.
"He changed his vote to 'yes,' and Romero's
bill went to the Senate with, eventually, a unanimous nod from
the House." [bold added]
New Utah House speaker wins staredown as freshman blinks on
rape bill," by Paul Rolly, Salt Lake Tribune,
February 12, 2015.
This statutator was publicly bullied to change his
vote by the one man who could make or break his
future political career. Statutators like Thurston are
bullied to believe that "resistance is futile."
This indoctrination was also evident in a recent procedural
tiff between Democrats and Republicans surrounding Gary "BB
Gun" Herbert's health care initiative.
Democrats wanted to bypass Hughes' unfriendly committees,
bring the bill directly to the floor, and debate it openly.
During the emotional back-and-forth that ensued, statutator Jake Anderegg was quoted as follows:
"'We have a process up here that we follow,
and that process vets and weeds out both good and bad
legislation,' said Rep. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi. 'If this body
really chooses to ignore our processes and
bring this back, why did we hold it in committee to begin
with?' He said it wastes time with a week left in the
session." [bold added]
force Healthy Utah vote in House, igniting fight with GOP",
by Lee Davidson, Salt Lake Tribune, March 6, 2015.
Notice that Anderegg,
a relative newcomer (elected in 2012), already refers to house procedures as "a
process" and "our processes". He does not refer to it as
"the process" based upon rules that are fair and equitable.
Anderegg has been brainwashed to confuse Hughes' Soviet-style
hand-picked committee sham with a just and legitimate law.
The drama evident in this procedural tiff also demonstrated
that minority Democrats are only interested in confronting
"the way things are done around here" when it goes against
their core agenda. Consider what Democrat house minority
leader Brian King had to say after the debate was over:
"King said, 'I don't know if
there will be retribution' to Democrats, 'but I would hope
not.' He added he has had a good working relationship with GOP
leaders. 'I hope it continues, but if it doesn't
— that’s the price you
pay in politics on something as important as this.'"
He "hopes" there won't be "retribution"? He has
a "good working
relationship" with his supposed opposition who regularly
quelch debate and dictate terms with an iron fist?
Why wasn't King and his Democrats ready to "pay the price" and
fight against this
fraudulent process a long time ago? Are we to believe
that Gary "BB
Gun" Herbert's health
care initiative was the first time something came along that
was important enough to oppose the blatant bullying?
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Appropriate Action: Tell these
Bullies to Grow Up
"I could learn a
thing or two from Utah's leaders!"
If Greg Hughes and Wayne Niederhauser tried this sort of
nonsense on a school playground, parents would be up in arms
to have them expelled, would immediately alter the rules that empowered them to
be bullies, and would adorn the grounds with "Hazing Will Not Be
Tolerated" signs. Why should it be any different in
Clearly, the political buck stops with
House Bully Greg Hughes and
Senate Bully Wayne Niederhauser for failing to advance
positive gun owner bills, and for every gun control bill
enacted. Until statutators and citizens are motivated to
oppose their power, your rights will continue to be
Because your house and senate statutators merely serve
their will and agenda, and are too cowardly to stand up to
these bullies in any meaningful way, contacting them is often
just a courtesy call. UT Gun Rights asserts that if you want something to happen,
you should focus your political communications on the two men who hold the real power.
For House Bully Greg Hughes' contact information (and the rest
of the house statutators),
click here. For Senate Bully Wayne Niederhauser's contact
information (and the rest of the senate statutators),
Ultimately, for the bullying to end, people like you must take
concerted political action. For ideas on how to reclaim your
rights, see UT Gun Rights article,
What You Can Do.
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