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August 19, 2008

Help a blogger out – send some Utahns to the DNC

Some great local bloggers have the opportunity to attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and you can help them get there by donating liberally to the cause. This is a rare opportunity, and I’m happy to see these guys going. The paypal link is in the body of the message below, but also here.

Also, the Utah Amicus is holding a kickoff party on Wednesday, so if you’ve got ideas of what they should focus on while at the DNC, show up and let them know – and throw a little moola their way to boot.
What: The Utah Amicus DNC Bloggers Kick Off Party
When: August 20 at 7 p.m. (MDT).
Where: 7119 West 8050 South, West Jordan
Press Release:

Help Send Utah Bloggers to Denver:

Utah Democratic Party Vice-Chair Rob Miller, owner of The Utah Amicus blog, has been granted press credentials for the National Convention (Aug 23rd to 29th) as part of the DNC’s “State Blogger Press Corps.” program, and has invited several Utah bloggers to join him – including one Cache Valley/Weber County blog (The SideTrack) – in providing unique grassroots coverage of the event.

Being bloggers, we are not equipped with the fundraising network that we are often able to create for candidates and the party.  And quite simply, this trip is going to be costly (but worth it!).  Hence, we are doing a bit of fundraising through PayPal to help cover housing, event access, equipment, and transportation costs in order to bring Utah live, daily coverage from the ground as citizen journalists.

Bloggers in attendance will include:

From Cache and Weber Counties
Jason Williams (Hyrum, UT) and Craig Blanch (Ogden, UT) of The SideTrack

From Davis and Salt Lake City:
Jeff Bell of
and Rob Miller, Bob Aagard, Aaron Thompson, and Ben McAdams of The Utah Amicus
(Misty Fowler of the blog Saintless and Utah for Obama is credentialed, but as of this release unable to attend)

by @ 9:45 am. Filed under Local Happenings, Local Issues, National Issues, Upcoming Events

August 14, 2008

UWABC Presents: The Game of Politics

Utah Womena’s Alliance for Building Community Flyer
The Utah Women’s Alliance for Building Community (UWABC)
Presents… The Game of Politics

Do legislative decisions make you feel like you are out in left field?
Do you go to county council meetings with your bases loaded only to strike out at bat?
Have you gone to a political meeting having studied the opposing team’s playbook, but never made it off the bench?

Get in the game!

Join us for our World Series Panel of State Representative David Litvack, County Mayor Peter Corroon, and Midvale City Mayor JoAnn Seghini as they answer questions on the power plays, fouls, errors, and interactions of varying government entities. Jenny Brundin, News Director of KUER, will moderate.

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m. Networking, 6:00-7:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
Place: Mountain America Credit Union, 7181 South Campus View Drive
(Northwest of Jordan Landing), West Jordan, Utah
Cost: Free


Food and drink provided
Sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union

by @ 8:46 am. Filed under Local Happenings, Local Issues, Upcoming Events

July 17, 2008

A Soldier’s Peace

Former soldier (and former Drinking Liberally guest speaker) Marshall Thompson walked across the state of Utah to protest the war in Iraq. There were talks about a documentary being made about his journey, and now this Tuesday at 7pm it finally premieres in Salt Lake (for free at the SL Main Library).  You can visit the SLC Film Center website for more info.

A Soldier’s Peace Website

by @ 10:39 am. Filed under Group News, Local Happenings, Upcoming Events

And The Banned Played On

Heather and I have attended Plan-B’s fundraiser for the last couple years now, and we have always had a good time. This is highly recommended by us:

Plan-B Theatre Company’s annual fundraiser
is nearly sold out – get your tix now while you still can!

Monday, July 21 at 7pm
Jeanne Wagner Theatre | Rose Wagner

Featuring a whole lotta local actors and luminaries
(including the past five mayors of SLC)
presenting selections from banned plays and musicals.

Food by Cali’s Natural Foods | Cash Bar

For more information and tickets call 355-ARTS
or visit

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking!

by @ 10:00 am. Filed under Group News, Local Happenings, Upcoming Events

April 22, 2008

MoveOn Press Conference Thursday: Iraq Occupation = US Recession

I just received this from MoveOn; sounds like an event worth attending.
Anybody who has Thursday noon free could go, and so could anyone who works downtown and can visit for lunch:
“Dear MoveOn Member,
On Thursday, we’re making major news at events in Salt Lake City and around the country. We’re unveiling a new poll showing that local voters want to stop wasting billions in Iraq, and want to help the economy by investing those resources here at home.
In Salt Lake City, we can make an even bigger splash if there’s a crowd at the press conference—ten or twelve folks to show that voters in your community care about this issue.
This event is short—likely less than 45 minutes—and all you have to do is be there. Can you come?
Host: Richard L—fellow MoveOn member
Where: Federal Building Plaza (in Salt Lake City)
When: Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008, at 12:00 PM
Here’s the link to RSVP:
These press conferences are key part of our larger “Iraq/Recession” campaign to highlight the links between the war and the struggling economy—and put heavy pressure on pro-war Republican senators who keep voting to continue this costly war.
MoveOn members have already stepped up to host events nationwide…”

by @ 12:57 pm. Filed under Activism, Local Happenings, National Issues, Upcoming Events

April 10, 2008

Bar In Need Of Support!!!

Bob McCarthy the owner of Stoneground Restaurant here in Salt Lake is in the process of opening a new bar in the Marmalade District (750 North 300 West).  The location of the bar is where the original “Hideout” used to be. The “Hideout” was just a tavern/beer bar. Bob is trying to change the license from a tavern to a private club. This has become a very debated issue and he is getting a lot of opposition from the local community. He is need of people who live in the Capitol Hill District to sign a petition in support ASAP. Please contact me via email at mmmerrill (at) hotmail (dot) com for petition locations.

by @ 9:38 am. Filed under Local Happenings, Local Issues

October 30, 2007

DL Event: Private School Voucher Q&A

The hottest issue this election season is Referendum 1, the private school voucher referendum. This Friday (Nov. 2nd) at the Piper Down (1492 S. State St. in SLC) we will have representatives from both the pro-voucher and anti-voucher camps who will be there to answer all your questions about the bill.

Dr. Patrick Byrne will be answering questions for the pro-voucher side, and Pat Shea will be answering questions for the anti-voucher side.  Dr. Byrne is the Chairman & CEO of  Mr. Shea is an attorney and a former Director of the BLM under President Clinton.

We will allow each side to briefly state their case in support or in opposition to vouchers, and then we will open it up to questions from the group.

If you haven’t yet made up your mind on this issue, or if you just want some clarification on the bill, join us in what is sure to be an insightful night.

Add this event to your Facebook calendar:

by @ 6:11 am. Filed under Group News, Local Happenings, Local Issues, Upcoming Events

September 6, 2007

Salt City Derby Girls bout this Saturday

You know what’s really fun? Salt City Derby Girl bouts. If you’re looking for something to do Saturday night join Heather, Jeremiah and friends at the Wood Shed to be picked up by the party bus.

Salt City Derby Girls

More info at

by @ 6:48 pm. Filed under Local Happenings, Upcoming Events

December 3, 2006

A New Utah DL Chapter!

At the Salt Lake DL meet-up we’ve often had visitors from northern Utah, who’ve either made a special trip just to Drink Liberally, or who happen to be in town and wanted to check us out. Well, now northern Utah liberals don’t have to come all the way to Salt Lake to drink and chat with like-minded people.

The Ogden chapter of Drinking Liberally will have their inaugural meet-up on Monday, January 8th. They’re going to be meeting at the City Club, across from Roosters at 264 Historic 25th Street. You can check out their website at

If you were at last Friday’s meet-up, you might have met the two liberals who will be hosting this chapter, Bill and Pamela. They’re going to be great hosts; they’re knowledgeable on local issues and enthusiastic to start this new chapter. You can sign up for their mailing list at, and while you’re there revel in the additional blue dot in Utah on the map. We’ve gotta catch up to Idaho at least, who currently has four chapters. Next up, Drinking Liberally Provo!

by @ 10:30 am. Filed under Group News, Local Happenings

September 15, 2006

No More Homeless Pets Super Pet Adoption

No More Homeless Pets is putting on their semi-annual Super Pet Adoption. 750 animals need good homes.

When: Sept. 15th 2pm – 7pm; 16th 10am – 7pm; 17th 11am – 4pm
Where: PetSmart 389 W. 1830 S., Salt Lake City
More Info:

by @ 2:00 pm. Filed under Local Happenings, Upcoming Events

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