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Can House speaker be a 'real fighter' in governor's race?

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  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    March 15, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    Meh, she went all in and lost. I'm glad she tried to take a stand for eduction, it was just the wrong stand. EVERY teacher that I talked to thought the idea of a tablet for EVERY kid was a huge mistake that would end up being a nightmare for the schools just from a management point of view. Hopefully the next person that really wants to change education in the state will actually talk to a few teachers before putting their political career out there.

    Good intentions, bad idea.

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2014 6:52 p.m.

    Could someone please explain what qualifies Ms. Lockhart to be governor?

    It seems like she is best at keeping score in the legislature--figuring out which bills have the votes to pass and which don't. And, for the Speaker that is an important skill.

    But, this year, or last year, or any year, which of her bills has the legislature approved? What is her legacy as the Speaker? What has she accomplished after so many terms in the legislature?

    And, does she have executive branch experience?

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    March 15, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    She showed her true colors as a leader. In other words, she is not a leader. She called out the sitting Governor, a member of her own party. She proposed a an idea in education that she should have run by others in her party first. Because she didn't they decided to hang her out dry. And here's the kicker: they did the right thing.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    March 15, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    Becky Lockhart's "real fighting" is, at best, jousting with windmills.

    Not in a "tragic hero who just can't deal with the disappointing reality of life" way like the reimagining of Don Quixote in the 1965 musical, either. Just straight up quixotic, like Cervantes' farce.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 16, 2014 2:20 a.m.

    The actions displayed by Lockhart in the just completed legislative session certainly qualify her as a politician- divisive comments, preening attention seeking behavior, grandstanding, pandering to special interests and coveted voting blocs, ambitious jockeying for the next political prize. What I did not see were actions qualifying her as a leader- consensus building, constructive compromising, eloquent advocacy of thoughtful solutions to our society's needs and problems. Her actions loudly proclaimed that Lockhart's top priority is Lockhart, rather than the real welfare of Utahns. I believe Utah can and must do better in looking for our next governor. I would be unable to support Lockhart in any statewide race.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    March 16, 2014 4:12 a.m.

    I sincerely hope she runs.

    It will mean that without doubt she will not change her mind and run again for the House. We need better leadership there to get things done. I would never vote for her for governor but I do want to see her out of the legislature. Perhaps she can try and out 'Tea Party' Mike Lee.

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2014 5:09 a.m.

    I, too, felt she showed her true colors. First, with her education technology drive, how many parents and educators felt this was the wisest use of that amount of tax money this year? Who did she work with on developing this idea? Then, her political instead of a leadership speech to begin the legislative session was blatent and inappropriate. Does this woman ever smile or enjoy working with others? With so few women in the legislature, she comes off as a poor example to others considering service up there.

  • Carol P. Warnick Ephraim, Utah
    March 16, 2014 6:11 a.m.

    I admired her as a House Speaker but since she decided to run for governor she is using tactics that are not reasonable and costly to our state in trying to appeal to certain groups.
    A governor must be aware of not only the needs of the people of our state but also the costs those needs entail.

  • Vince Ballard South Ogden, UT
    March 16, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    I've never been a particular fan of Governor Herbert, but we hardly need a 'tea party' leader in an already polarized leadership. Refusing to take federal money for Medicaid, which is our tax money in the first place, amounted to spite and obstructionism.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    March 16, 2014 6:54 a.m.

    Becky Lockhart has consistently found herself on the wrong side of important issues, including education, ethics reform, and government transparency (GRAMA). Gov. Herbert has shown a remarkable willingness to honor the will of the people, even if that means going against the legislature. Becky Lockhart seems not to care what the people think; her main concern seems to be furthering the out-of-touch agenda of the Republican elite.

  • Joemamma W Jordan, UT
    March 16, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    Women should never be in positions of power!
    They're way too emotional and because of it they cannot make rational decisions.
    One out of 100 women is likely to fit into a position of power and be able to execute sound decisions; but for the most part most will always inject too much emotion into everything.

  • mcraven Dugway, UT
    March 16, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    Ms. Lockhart is as qualified and competent to be Governor as any of the recent incumbents or candidates for the office. It looks like to me that she knows 'when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em unlike the Guv who, without even looking at the bill declared "game over". She also has played the role of party loyalist for a long while now, but in a one party system of government what other choice do you have if you have plans for higher office other than challenging a member of your own party. We Utahns could always go to a system where party hacks set the electoral slate and voters get one choice on the ballot-yes.
    I think the recent comments about her abilities have more to do with the fact that she is a "she" rather than any other legitimate concerns. From my point of view, she should 'Run, Becky, Run'.

  • skibird Spanish Fork, UT
    March 16, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    No, I hope she doesn't make it. Can't we get someone decent to challenge Herb? We need Herb out and replaced without a good candidate.

  • Newspaper Reader Highland, UT
    March 16, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    Short answer: No.
    Long answer: No, I don't think she does.

  • ZorroPC Park City, UT
    March 16, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    As someone who has shared time between Utah and California it never fails to disappoint me when I see Utah pursuing failed California policies. Los Angeles is in the middle of a failed tablet experiment.
    1. Like most government expenditures they over paid for the tablets
    2. Was only days before kids where selling them on the street corners for cash and within a couple months they could not account for over 25% of them
    3. The family who could not afford tablets for their kids already, had not internet service in the home, so the City was looking for additional funds to provide free internet for the kids at home.
    Thank goodness for the other politicians who had good sense.

  • PHQ Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    I really hope not. That's all we need more of the status quo. Career politicians who have forgotten what it means to pay attention to what citizens of Utah wants. Lets show them we want real government that will listen to us and make some real changes.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    She won't be governor for one simple reason: she's a woman. Women typically don't do well in Utah politics. There are hardly any female legislators either. It is a man's world here. Look at Olene Walker. She turned out to be the best governor we've had in a long time, but she wasn't elected and they trounced her out of office at the state convention at the first opportunity (another reason to despise the caucus system).

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    This state is doing pretty well considering the national economy and Democratically run states. Herbert hard to beat.

  • Brian Utley Freedom, IN
    March 16, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    In answer to the question: I hope not. Raw ambition and leadership seldom make good bedfellows...or girlfellows.

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    March 16, 2014 11:03 a.m.

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  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    Thanks to Speaker Lockhart some 80,000 Utahns, at least, will go without health coverage. Now that's what I call an "action" figure!

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    March 16, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    I don't know how so many bigoted comments made it in the Deseret News but to say the things that have been said about Becky Lockhart is shameful. The difference between her and Gary Herbert is that Lockhart has a vision to make Utah better, particularly in education. Gary Herbert is far too willing to accommodate with the Obama regime in this medicaid expansion allowing Washington D.C. to dictate state policy. I believe we should stay away from the failed policies of the Obama white house as much as possible and stand against Obama on a number of fronts. Gary Herbert has only shown himself to be a politician rather than governing with a set of values that determine his policies.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    March 16, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    Ditto, Ditto, Ditto with the exception of the comment as to why she would be a good Governor.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    March 16, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    People with a lot of political ambition seem to want power. Politics has evolved from being of service to ones city state or nation,into a personal career building and power grubbing endeavor. This evolution is very distasteful and frankly disgusting to watch in this day and age. It is the mentality of people who like to control other people and their money. Wish most of them could come to the conclusion to mind their own business.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 16, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    I hope not. She talked about austerity out one side of her mouth (medicaid), then proposed spending 200 to 300 million on ipads without much study or thought or even asking what the education community wanted. I personally would not put ipads above helping over 100000 Utahn's get health insurance for their families just to spite Obama. With the caucus stystem on life support in 2016, pandering to the far right won't be as beneficial as she thinks!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    March 16, 2014 2:41 p.m.

    Lockhart's school technology initiative should disqualify her as a serious gubernatorial candidate.

    Public education in Utah needs a lot of things before it needs an electronic tablet for every student.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    March 16, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    Kings Court, I don't know the extent to which Governor Walker and Becky Lockhart may face similar gender-related political obstacles, but I certainly hope that being a woman is not the only thing keeping Lockhart from the governor's office.

    Governor Walker was a voice of reason, facing a legislature that was going off the deep end. I was at the convention where delegates rejected the will of the people and refused to let the people vote on her in a primary; I was deeply disappointed. Extremists thought that with Huntsman they'd get somebody who'd rubber-stamp their policies. Thankfully they were wrong.

    Becky Lockhart is quixotic; her beef with the governor and her ill-conceived education plan show that the "real fighting" she does is tilting with windmills.

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    March 16, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    I see no future for Speaker Lockhart in further state politics based on what I saw during this past session. I attended a state civics conference last summer where Lockhart and Menlove were guest speakers and came away very unimpressed. They were unprofessional in their attitude while addressing teachers. They showed a lack of respect for the teaching profession which was followed up this session by an education technology bill which showed a lack of understanding for real education needs. She obviously did not speak with many educators about their thoughts. She also made needless remarks about a very successful governor who has been a welcome surprise to the education community. She did not fill her roll as Speaker when she starts the session off beginning her "campaign" for the governor's seat. Time for her to go.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    March 16, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    Lockhart's idea of sending my federal tax payments to other states to fund THEIR medicare patients while asking me to pay increased Utah tax payments to fund OUR patients makes no sense. What kind of tax policy is that?