New Utah GOP Chairman Rob Anderson already devising ways to end party’s SB54 fight

SALT LAKE CITY — Just a few days after his surprise win in the race for Utah Republican Party chairman, Rob Anderson was already devising a strategy for ending the legal fight over a controversial state law that’s driven the party into debt.

Anderson, an airline pilot, told the Deseret News he’d been advised he legally has the power to halt the GOP’s lawsuit against the state over the law known as SB54 that allows candidates to bypass the party’s caucus and convention system.

“Unilaterally, I could end the lawsuit in my position, by myself,” Anderson said, but would risk being removed by the GOP’s governing State Central Committee. “There’s a lot of political capital to think about that. But no, I’m not inclined to do that.”

Seated in the state Republican Party headquarters’ small conference room during a recent two-day break in his flight schedule, the former Davis County GOP chairman said he’s looking for a solution that’s “not me, but we.”

Anderson said he wants to bring together a small group of party leaders to meet with Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, as well as lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature, to see if there’s a deal to be made.

While those negotiations are underway, Anderson said the party will “stay the course” with the 2014 lawsuit, now pending before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge in Utah upheld much of SB54.

By the next time the central committee holds its first meeting with him as chairman in September, Anderson said he’ll be ready “to paint a picture of exactly where we stand and what our options are for the future, and then the vote is up to them.”

Whether he can be successful in stopping the lawsuit remains to be seen. Anderson signed the Count My Vote initiative seeking more of …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

UBC law grads to continue fight for justice led by their famed Métis ancestors

More than a century after Métis leaders rebelled against the Canadian government, a pair of their ancestors, both new UBC law graduates, are continuing their battle for indigenous peoples’ rights and freedoms.

On Saturday, Carly Teillet, 33, and Mark Stevens, 34, crossed the stage during the annual First Nations Longhouse graduation ceremony at the University of B.C.

The students met in September 2014 on their first day of class at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and by chance discovered an ancestral connection that both said has guided their approach to justice.

During an icebreaking exercise, Stevens mentioned to Teillet that he was a descendant of Gabriel Dumont, who in 1885 commanded the Métis forces during the North-West Rebellion to protect their rights, land and people.

Teillet, surprised, told Stevens she was the great, great grandniece of Louis Riel, who led the rebellion and with Dumont set up a provisional government.

“It was a very grounding moment,” said Stevens, a descendant of the Métis Nation of Alberta. “It was a really nice thing to have that early in law school – to feel like you’re in the right place and on the right path.”

“Knowing where we came from and what generations of our families have fought for – and other Métis and indigenous people have fought for – makes you feel like you’re not alone,” added Teillet, a descendant of the Red River Métis.

Vancouver, BC: May 27, 2017 — UBC law graduates Carly Teillet and Mark Stevens hug at the UBC First Nations Longhouse Saturday, May 27, 2017 for the Spring graduation celebration. Both Teillet and Stevens are descendants of Metis leaders Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.

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UBC law graduates — and arguing buddies — Carly Teillet …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Trey for Tre: Leclaire’s hat trick helps Ohio State make NCAA field lacrosse final


Tre Leclaire and Johnny Pearson are going to the NCAA men’s field lacrosse final on Monday. And they nearly ended up with some fellow B.C. natives as opposition.

Leclaire, a freshman attackman from Surrey, and Pearson, a senior midfielder from Langley, helped No. 3 seed Ohio State to an 11-10 win over unseeded Towson on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., in semifinal action.

They’ll meet top-seeded Maryland at Gillette on Monday (10 a.m.) for the title, thanks to Maryland’s 9-8 triumph over No. 5 Denver on Saturday. Denver features Burnaby native Matt Brown as associate coach, as well as senior midfielder Tyler Pace of Coquitlam and junior attackman Jeremy Bosher of Kamloops.

Maryland beat Ohio State 10-9 in the Big 10 finale on May 6.

Denver, with Coquitlam attackman Wesley Berg leading the way, won the NCAA title in 2015.

Saturday marked Ohio State’s first-ever appearance in the national semifinals.

Leclaire scored three goals and set up another and Pearson added a single marker versus Towson as Ohio State rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit.

Leclaire also now has 47 goals this spring, which is tied for fourth all-time in a single season for Ohio State.

Tre Leclaire has an absolute cannon! All tied up at 9 a piece with 10:20 to go.

— The Lacrosse Cave (@LaxCave) May 27, 2017

@danaburn2423 Tre LeClaire from the Wes Berg school of shooting

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” – Yogi Berra

— uklaxfan (@uklaxfan) May 27, 2017

Denver, meanwhile appeared to tie the game late against Maryland when Connor Donahue found the mark, but it was ruled that his arm landed in the crease and the goal was nullified.

Watch the incredible finish to the end of the #NCAALax semifinal between @TerpsMLAX and @DU_MLAX!

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Source:: Vancouver Sun