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My view: Chaffetz named ‘politician of year’

By Kirk Jowers

For the Deseret News

On the eve of the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ 50th anniversary, we remain dedicated to championing the vision of our founder Robert H. Hinckley: “Every student a politician.”

Unfortunately, in today’s hyper-polarized political climate, convincing our best and brightest young minds to enter public service is increasingly difficult. Indeed, a recent Pew study found that millennials are more skeptical of political institutions than any of the generations preceding them.

Accordingly, we as an institute wanted to highlight politicians making a profound difference in society with our inaugural “Politician of the Year.”

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Exposes Obama Hypocrisy On Changing Immigration Law

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, exposed the Obama administration’s hypocrisy when it came to the understanding behind the president’s executive amnesty.

“My question to you Mr. Secretary is: what do you say to someone who believes the president took action to change the law?” the Utah Republican asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson during a committee hearing today.

“We did not change the law, we acted within the law,” Johnson asserted.

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Chaffetz, incoming committee chair, seeks to fire ‘bad apples’ in federal workforce

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a quick smile and a relaxed, affable manner.

But behind those genial ways is a Glock 23 pistol-toting congressman.

Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, will be chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when the next Congress convenes in January. From that perch he will have broad authority to investigate the government and significant influence over the federal workforce.

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Chaffetz Talks Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

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Jason Chaffetz promises less personal Oversight

Jason Chaffetz is now the House GOP’s chief inquisitor.

And compared with his predecessor — the colorful and controversial Darrell Issa — he is promising not to let things get too personal as the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Not with the House GOP leadership, other GOP committee chairmen or even his Democratic colleagues — he and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings of Maryland, are friendly.


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Chaffetz to head key oversight panel in the U.S. House

Republicans on Tuesday selected Rep. Jason Chaffetz to head the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a powerful position that will allow the Utah Republican to probe and poke the Obama administration for the coming two years.  Click here to read the full story.

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