As almost everyone knows by now, lawmakers passed a bill last legislative session requiring Utah educators teach students the U.S. is a compound constitutional republic.
But how common was that term before Utah passed the law? Adam Brown, an assistant professor of political science at BYU, in a blog, Utah Data Points, performs the analysis.
From his blog: "First, let's look at whether the term 'compound Constitutional Republic' existed before HB 220. This is a factual question that is easy to test. The answer: No. The legislature pretty much made this one up."