Merrill Cook
United States Congressman from Utah
Merrill Cook
Merrill Cook is a Republican Party politician and businessman who served in the United States House of Representatives from Utah.
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Fred Lundgren: It's Time to View UFOs With Our Eyes Open
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Move along folks, there's nothing to see here." That's always the official government response to any inquiry about UFO sightings and our place in the universe. Such was the national media's treatment of a recent five-day Citizens Hearing on UFO Disclosure that brought former members of Congress to the National Press Club to hear testimony from dozens of researchers, former military officers and former federal agency employees. The following former members of Congress were in attendance: • Former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) • Former Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI) • Former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) • Former Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (D-OR) • Former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) • Former Congressman Merrill Cook (R-UT) Evidently, I must have been on "Ten Forward" when the UFO hearings occurred, because I totally missed the event. Last week, I finally learned about the hearings by reading the Weird News vertical of The Huffington Pos ...
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ET Believers To Undergo Congressional-Style Grilling
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Is the federal government honest about what it knows about UFOs? Are officials suppressing the truth about extraterrestrial visitations? The federal hearings UFO researchers have been demanding have not yet materialized. But some of the testimony that would be posed at those proceedings will be posed this week to former members of Congress. At the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., a Citizen Hearing On Disclosure (CHD) will unfold between April 29 to May 3. For 30 hours, 40 international researchers and military/agency witnesses will testify in front of these committee members: Click Here For Live Updates (Beginning At 9 a.m. Monday) Senator Mike Gravel (Dem/Lib, AK) Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (Dem, MI) Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (Dem, CA) Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (Dem, OR) Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (Rep, MD) Congressman Merrill Cook (Rep, UT) Watch some of the CHD witnesses here. "I don’t think ET is the best word for it. I th ...
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ET Believers To Get Congressional-Style Grilling
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Are we alone in the universe? Could UFO sightings actually be extraterrestrial spacecraft? We ask these questions every day, especially on HuffPost Weird News, but now, four former lawmakers are about to open up the discussion to a congressional-style grilling. The former federal legislators will convene in Washington, D.C. later this month and hold a serious meeting on the subject, called the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. They'll hear some 30 hours of testimony from researchers, military personnel and witnesses, all claiming to have proof of alien life. Don't worry, taxpayers, this isn't an official meeting at the public's expense. But it's meant to focus public opinion. The man organizing this event -- Stephen Bassett of the Paradigm Research Group -- is essentially a lobbyist for extraterrestrial issues. The retired representatives will be paid, but they won't be speaking to the press. That said, having a pseudo-official congressional-style hearing about ...
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We should not amend the Constitution - StandardNet
Google News - over 5 years
Former congressman Merrill Cook testified that most congressmen and senators sell their votes to corporate special interests for their campaign contributions. They also provide funds from the public treasury to buy votes back home
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Anti-illegal immigration petition drives begins in SL County - Deseret News
Google News - over 5 years
The petition from initiative veteran and former Utah Congressman Merrill Cook would penalize county employers who hire undocumented workers by first suspending and then revoking their business licenses. The petition is also intended to stop a
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Residents urge West Valley City to ignore call for immigration ordinance - Salt Lake Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Merrill Cook is leading the drive to get that measure on county ballots. Bell, an ironworker, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday that his group's proposal is designed to close any loopholes in cases where a county ordinance wouldn't cover a
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Glass-Steagall : même les Républicains veulent du Roosevelt ! - Solidarité et Progrès
Google News - over 5 years
20 juillet 2011 (Nouvelle Solidarité) – Le 17 juillet, Merrill Cook, ancien député Républicain de l'Utah, a publié une lettre ouverte en soutien au projet de loi HR 1489 poussé par le Comité d'action politique de LaRouche afin de rétablir de toute
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Van contra empleadores de indocumentados - Hoy Nueva York
Google News - over 5 years
La meta, dijo el excongresista republicano Merrill Cook y director de la coalición, es dejar sin efecto la ley HB116 aprobada este año y que permitirá la contratación de ciertos trabajadores indocumentados que ya residen en este estado
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Un grupo antiinmigrante de Utah pide más sanciones por contratar indocumentados - EFE
Google News - over 5 years
La meta, dijo el excongresista republicano Merrill Cook y director de la coalición, es dejar sin efecto la ley HB116 aprobada este año y que permitirá la contratación de ciertos trabajadores indocumentados que ya residen en este estado
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Merrill Cook launches drive against illegal immigration - Salt Lake Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
With the stroke of a pen, the stamp of a notary and the cheers of about 30 people looking on, Merrill Cook began a yearlong campaign to get on the ballot a petition that would require employers to use E-Verify while tacking on tough
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Romney Set to Face Challenge From Right - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Merrill Cook when he ran for the US Senate last year. Tea-party activists blasted his Olympics work. He lost in the GOP primary, as did sitting Republican Sen. Robert Bennett, who was also involved in the lobbying. Sen. Bennett said he didn't expect
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Sutherland Institute aims to resurrect failed illegal immigration reform bill - KSL-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Both the Salt Lake County and Utah County Republican parties passed resolutions supporting a repeal. The state GOP will consider doing the same when it holds its annual convention this month. And this week Merrill Cook launched a county-by-county
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Cook promises county-by-county initiative petition drive on immigration - Deseret News
Google News - over 5 years
SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah congressman and frequent candidate Merrill Cook said Wednesday he's starting yet another initiative petition drive, this time a county-by-county effort to stop Utah's recently passed guest
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National Briefing | Rockies: Utah: A Flop After a Flip
NYTimes - over 15 years
A week after he said he would run as an independent for the Second District seat he lost in the 2000 Republican primary, Merrill Cook said he was rejoining the Republican Party to challenge Representative Jim Matheson, a Democrat. A motivation for Mr. Cook may be a redistricting plan that would redraw the district to include much of rural, largely
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National Briefing | Rockies: Utah: Rebuffed Republican To Run Again
NYTimes - over 15 years
Having received a cold shoulder from the Republican Party, Merrill Cook, left, said he intended to retake the seat in Congress he lost last year by running as an independent next year. Mr. Cook, a two-term representative, said he chose to leave the party after Representative Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia, chairman of the National Republican
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National Briefing | Rockies: Utah: Ex-Lawmaker Planning Return
NYTimes - over 15 years
A year after he became the only House Republican incumbent to lose a primary, Merrill Cook is considering another run in 2002. Questions over his temper and treatment of his staff led Second District Republicans to choose another candidate to oppose Jim Matheson, the Democrat who won the general election. Mr. Cook, who served two terms, said a
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THE 2000 ELECTIONS: STATE BY STATE; WEST
NYTimes - over 16 years
UTAH BUSH The Republican leadership had tried to portray the race for the open seat in Utah's Second Congressional District as a battle for the House of Representatives itself, but that apparently did little to sway local voters. They gave the seat instead to a Democrat, albeit one who barely mentioned the word Democrat during the campaign, instead
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Merrill Cook
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 63
    He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010 against incumbent Bob Bennett, but did not make it past the first round of balloting at the state convention.
    More Details Hide Details Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1996, write-ins received 24 votes. In 1998, Arly H. Pedersen received 813 votes and Robert C. Lesh received 524 votes.
  • 2008
    Age 61
    His personal expenditures for campaigns for office and ballot initiatives have been over $4 million Cook lost the Republican nomination to Bill Dew at the Utah State GOP Convention on May 10, 2008 where Bill Dew received 69% of the vote.
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    He ran for his old seat in the 2nd district in the 2008 election.
    More Details Hide Details Cook's political activities have largely been enabled by self-financing.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    In 2006 he tried to challenge 3rd District Congressman Chris Cannon but was eliminated on the first ballot.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    Cook ran for mayor of Salt Lake County in 2004 as an independent, but garnered only 8 percent of the vote in a race won by Democrat Peter Corroon.
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  • 1998
    Age 51
    In 1998, Cook was accused of instances of erratic behavior.
    More Details Hide Details He was briefly banned from state Republican headquarters after an obscenity-laced tirade, his reaction to being told his name had been eliminated from a GOP get-out-the-vote effort to which Cook's campaign had contributed $25,000. He, nevertheless, won by 10 percentage points. He demoted his chief of staff Janet Jenson a few days after the election; in an email, Jenson told her colleagues, "Merrill has taken up permanent residence in whacko land. If he asks you to fax his underwear to the speaker's office, please just do it." In 2000, the Democrats nominated environmental consultant Jim Matheson, the son of former popular Democratic governor Scott Matheson. Polls showing Cook far behind Matheson made many Republicans nervous about their chances of holding the seat, especially considering that the 2nd has historically been much friendlier to Democrats than the rest of Utah. Despite local Republicans' misgivings about Cook, the national party strongly backed him. However, in an ominous sign, Cook was forced into a primary against computer tycoon Derek Smith, who was making his first run for elected office. In the primary, Smith defeated Cook by a 15-point margin, taking 57 percent to Cook's 42 percent. Matheson easily defeated Smith at the general election in November.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 49
    However, in 1996, after incumbent Republican Enid Greene announced she wouldn't run for reelection due to a scandal, Cook rejoined the Republican Party.
    More Details Hide Details He managed to come in second at the state convention behind the choice of the party establishment, Salt Lake City accountant R. Todd Neilson, getting just enough votes to deny Neilson the nomination outright. Cook won the primary a few months later by 4 percentage points. He faced future Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson in the general election. Calling Anderson "too socially liberal for Utah," Cook won with 56 percent of the vote despite losing the district's share of Salt Lake City.
  • 1994
    Age 47
    In 1994, he ran for Congress in Utah's 2nd district, taking third place with 18% behind Republican victor Enid Greene and Democratic incumbent Karen Shepherd.
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  • 1992
    Age 45
    Cook made a second run for Governor in 1992, coming in second with 34% to Republican nominee Mike Leavitt's 42% and Democrat Stewart Hanson's 23%.
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  • 1988
    Age 41
    Cook made his first bid for Governor of Utah in 1988, finishing third with 21% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details His candidacy siphoned off enough votes from the Republican and Democratic candidates, incumbent governor Norm Bangerter and former Salt Lake City mayor Ted Wilson, that Bangerter won by just a 40% plurality over Wilson's 38% of the vote.
    Prior to his election to Congress, Cook ran for office a number of times both as a Republican and on the Utah Independent ticket, a party he founded himself in 1988.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 37
    Cook ran for Utah Board of Education in 1984, Mayor of Salt Lake City in a 1985 special election, and Salt Lake County Commission in 1986, all to no avail.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 26
    He was hired as a budget analyst by Arthur D. Little, Inc. and in 1973 founded Cook Slurry Company, a mining explosives manufacturer, of which he served as president and chief executive.
    More Details Hide Details Cook married Camille Sanders with whom he had five children. They are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 17
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cook was the son of scientist Melvin A. Cook who pioneered the development of slurry explosives. He graduated from East High School in 1964 and the University of Utah in 1969 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1971.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on May 6, 1946.
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