Talk:List of Governors of Utah

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Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Controversy[edit]

Utah is one of the few remaining states to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. In most jurisdictions, a driver's license can be used to vote, or to buy a gun. Therefore, any article on the governor of a state issuing licenses to illegals should have a discussion of this very salient issue.

Er, even an article on the list of governors? --Golbez (talk) 05:14, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Religious background of governors[edit]

Apparently all of the territorial governors, with the exception of Brigham Young, were non-Mormons and indeed outsiders. What about governors after statehood? Identifying how many were or were not LDS is probably worthwhile and of interest to readers. Does anyone have ready access to a source with that info? --Bigtimepeace | talk | contribs 04:56, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Being an outsider was not uncommon with territorial governors as the office was used as a gift to Presidential supporters. For example, Idaho's territorial governors were almost all from the east and had to be against the Mormons in Idaho. A really good book to read is: Limbaugh, Ronald H. (1982). Rocky Mountain Carpetbaggers: Idaho's Territorial Governors, 1863–1890. Moscow, Idaho: University Press of Idaho. ISBN 0-89301-082-0. .
I strongly think religious backgrounds should not be added. Religion and politics shouldn't mix especially in the perceived Mormon/Non-Mormon politics of Utah. Utah politicians should be judged on merit and not if they are Mormon or non-Mormon. You can click on individual Utah governor articles and it will mention their religion. Bgwhite (talk) 08:08, 2 February 2011 (UTC)
Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting mentioning the religion of each governor individually. I assume, post-statehood, that many if not most (maybe even all?) of the governors were LDS. That's extremely relevant info for a list of governors, and there are probably few other states that have such a homogeneous (in religious terms) set of leaders. There's no judgment there, and it's not a case of religion and politics mixing inappropriately, it's just a product of Utah's unique history.
I would propose one sentence (or half a sentence) in the intro that explains this. Assuming most of the post-statehood governors were LDS, it's also a good contrast with the territorial governors and indeed precisely the kind of detail that an encyclopedia should provide. Bgwhite, do you have access to numbers in terms of religious background of governors? It would need to come from a reliable source obviously. --Bigtimepeace | talk | contribs 14:32, 2 February 2011 (UTC)
The only non-Mormon governors after statehood have been Bamberger, Dern, and Lee. Ntsimp (talk) 03:47, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
Agreed, a sentence sounds good. For territorial governors, this is a good link from the Univ. of Utah. I'm not aware of a single link for governors. Bgwhite (talk) 06:27, 3 February 2011 (UTC)