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What is the ‘Utah way’? Depends on who you are.

If you are involved at all in Utah politics, you most likely have heard about the “Utah way” of doing things. But what exactly is the “Utah way?”

The New York Times referred to the firing squad as “a Utah way of death.” The arrival of Frontrunner ahead of schedule and under budget was described as being “kind of the Utah way.” Gov. Gary Herbert declared that “turning a blind eye and doing nothing” to help “our neighbors, our friends, and our family members” was not the Utah way, shortly before the House of Representatives rejected his Healthy Utah proposal. The phrase was used by political commentator Paul Mero to describe the Utah Compact and by Keith McMullin, CEO of Deseret Management, when referring to Utah’s business-friendly policies. Most recently, the Utah way has been trotted out when discussing the ballot initiatives during last year’s November election. read more

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Sen. Mike Lee urges Utah governor to drop state defense of ‘unconstitutional’ law

While most of the comments on Lee’s post were sympathetic to his opposition of SB54, some questioned the purpose of a U.S. senator communicating with the state’s governor through social media.

Paul Mero, president of Next Generation Freedom Fund and former president of the conservative Sutherland Institute, wrote that the question of SB54′s constitutionality should be settled by the courts. But Lee’s post, Mero said, was “stirring up the crazies” who have made support or opposition to SB54 a litmus test. read more

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If this is a joke, it’s not funny

Robert Gehrke column on Trump nomination of Utahn Ron Mortensen to a federal post.

“I know he has experience working with refugees outside of the country. I don’t know about his experience with refugees inside the country,” said Paul Mero, who hired Mortensen when Mero was president of the conservative Sutherland Institute. “In fact, the only thing I really do know is that he’s very anti-immigration and anti-refugee.”

Salt Lake Tribune

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Sutherland Institute looks to broaden reach as conservative think tank

It hasn’t been business as usual at the Sutherland Institute in hopes of upending politics as usual in Utah.

Those words appeared in the Deseret News 12 years ago as Sutherland’s then-President Paul Mero overhauled the conservative, free-market think tank to make it more relevant. Mero accomplished that task in his 14 years at the helm.

But the outspoken political advocate and Sutherland parted ways nearly two years ago, leaving the 21-year-old organization without a visible leader. Though it lobbies state legislators as usual, it seemed headed for obscurity without a strong community voice. read more

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Paul Mero steps down as head of Sutherland Institute

Paul Mero, who had served as the Sutherland Institute’s chief executive officer for 14 years, is out after being asked to step down by the conservative think tank’s board.

“It is what it is. There were just disagreements between me and the board and the board chairman about the organization and about how we execute our plans in the future,” Mero said.

Those disagreements surfaced earlier this year and were “insurmountable,” he said, declining to be more specific.

Deseret News

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President of Sutherland Institute stepping down after 14 years

“Paul has served faithfully and effectively as he has led Sutherland Institute from its infancy to becoming the most influential conservative voice in Utah,” Swim said. “While the board feels this change is necessary as we move into the future, we are grateful for his dedicated service. We will continue to be guided by our seven governing principles that allow faith, family and freedom to flourish in Utah.”

Fox 13 Salt Lake City

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Board ousts Paul Mero as Sutherland Institute president

The board of the Sutherland Institute, the state’s most prominent conservative think tank, has asked its longtime president, Paul Mero, to resign after long-simmering disputes apparently reached a head.

Mero, who ran the institute since 2000, said the disagreements were over “organizational matters” and executing the plans the group had made.

Salt Lake Tribune

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Sutherland Institute calls for Attorney General’s resignation

According to a transcript of a radio commentary given by Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero, the call for Swallow’s resignation stems from a series of allegations of ethical impropriety.

Mero said Swallow should have his day in court to face the allegations against him, but he said a person of integrity would go one step further and put the office above themselves by stepping down from the position.

Mero said that it may prove that Swallow’s alleged actions were all legal, but he said that doesn’t mean they were necessarily ethical or moral.

Fox 13 Salt Lake City

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Punishment is misguided, and Utah lacks authority

The following speech was delivered as part of a debate Friday night, Jan. 21, 2011, sponsored by the Sutherland Institute, a Salt Lake City-based conservative think tank. The debate addressed the question of whether Utah should enforce immigration laws. Paul Mero is president of Sutherland.

Provo Herald

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Utah Democrat And Conservative Think Tank Drafting Rational Immigration Bill

This past summer, Utah State Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R) introduced an enforcement-only immigration bill that closely mirrored the controversial law that was passed in Arizona earlier this year.

However, it appears his bill won’t be the only immigration legislation on the docket. Utah state Sen. Luz Robles (D) has teamed up with the Sutherland Institute — a local conservative think tank — to write a bill that would require undocumented immigrants in Utah to learn English, enroll in civics classes, undergo criminal-background checks, and eventually carry a state-issued work permit. Employers would be penalized for hiring undocumented immigrants without the permits. read more

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