Candidates for Salt Lake County GOP leadership (2019)

Salt Lake County chair is running unopposed but there are three good candidates for vice-chair. Their convention will be held April 13, 2019, starting with a Meet and Greet at 8:00 am at Cottonwood High School. More information can be found at https://www.slcogop.com/convention.html Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. FOR VICE-CHAIR Scott Rosenbush Scott is a relative newcomer to Utah, only living here for four years but brings a wealth of experience being an elected Republican in New Jersey for 19 years, including 5 years a mayor. He…

Candidates for Davis County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for Davis County. The Davis County Republican Party has competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, to be held April 13 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm MDT at Northridge High School. More information can be found at http://davisgop.org/event/2019-organizing-convention-updated/. Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. For Chair: Daniela Harding https://www.danielaharding.com/ Daniela loves the being in the Republican Party. She currently serves as a planning commissioner for Layton and as…

Candidates for Cache County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for the Cache County Republican Party. There are competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, held this April 12 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Cache County Fairgrounds and Event Center. More information can be found at https://cachegop.com/event/2019-cache-county-organizing-convention/ Here’s just a little information on the folks running for party leadership. For Chair:   Chris Booth Chris currently serves as the party chair up in Cache County. He said that…

Book Review | Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam

Let’s talk about immigration for a moment. It’s strange. In a country that was entirely founded, built, and peopled by immigrants and their descendants, few policy debates are more divisive than those dealing with immigration. Politicized to the extreme, the issue polarizes us. Few seem willing, or able, to compromise. Racism and resentment and limited resources combine to provide politicians with ample fodder to raise tensions and exploit fears. Reihan Salam thinks there is a way, however, a compromise that can solve our immigration conundrums, and his book “Melting Pot…

Big nothing burger

“Here is the reality. The Kremlin-owned and operated the media in the sense that the media did exactly what Vladimir Putin wanted. What Putin wanted was to interfere in the election and then have the media run with whatever narrative they felt was most conducive to their point of view and tear the country apart, and they did it with ease!” – Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire After nearly two years, over twenty-five million dollars, nineteen attorneys and hundreds of witnesses, thousands of subpoenas and endless media harangues, the Mueller…

6 things to consider when selecting candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee

As Utah Republicans start their 2019 county conventions, it is important to make wise decisions about who will represent you on State Central Committee, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party.  This is especially important given the problems of the last couple of years. Now that the US Supreme Court has declined to hear the SB54 lawsuit, what direction will the party take? Here are six key points to consider as county delegates evaluate candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee (or SCC): Transparency The SCC rarely has roll…

Book Review | Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt

Rarely have I enjoyed a piece of political commentary as much as I did Stephen Greenblatt’s Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics. In William Shakespeare’s day, it wasn’t safe to disagree with power. Unlike today’s America, with the protections of the First Amendment, his world was governed by the near-absolute power of the monarch, the aging Queen Elizabeth. And speaking ill of the queen led to swift and often deadly punishment. Instead, the Bard through his plays would examine the ways and means of tyranny, delving into the past and into foreign…

A right or privilege?

“An armed citizenry is governed, and unarmed citizenry is ruled.” The National Rifle Association As expected, following the New Zealand shootings, their Prime Minister announced a ban on all semi-automatic weapons as a response. Couched in the rhetoric of “safety” this ban uses the usual ineffective approach to such issues. In the United States, we have the protections of the Second Amendment. The fundamental question that needs to be answered is whether gun ownership as a method of self-defense is a right or a privilege. There are several disturbing trends…

Even politicians need sleep

At a public meeting, a state legislator appeared almost drunk. His speech was slightly slurred and you could tell he was just giving automatic responses. He hadn’t been drinking but was exhausted from a lack of sleep. Utah has a part-time legislature with a 45-day legislative session. During that time, the legislature is extremely busy with committee meetings, general sessions, and reading through bills. Curious as to how big of an issue this was, I asked a group of legislators at another public meeting if they were getting enough sleep…

The real scandal

The real scandal is, or at least ought to be, that grade inflation and credentialing are alive and well in our world. A thinking observer should say “OK, so Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin could buy their kids into Stanford or Harvard, but how could unqualified kids survive there?” Sadly, admission IS the game when it comes to top schools. The rest is, in two words from Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, “grade inflation.” For decades the top schools give students grades they don’t earn so as to guarantee their…