Color Country Politics Vodcast – Episode 7: Stop Calling Me Chief

Hosts Jennie Hendricks, Terri Hartley, and Cindy Bulloch sit down with Iron County Sheriff-elect Ken Carpenter to discuss his vision for the sheriff’s office, the opiod crisis’ effects on Iron County, and collaboration with other agencies. Music by Amoebacrew licensed under Creative Commons: https://soundcloud.com/free-cc-music/background-indie-rock Original image for the logo by The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company licensed under Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsec/40582095822/in/photostream/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColorCountryPol Facebook: https://fb.me/ColorCountryPolitics Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/114359881156838400510 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwFph4yuEORlHk5VCR-vEQ Website: https://www.colorcountrypolitics.com

The UPC Show – Episode 258 – A Slim-Jim Based Economy

Welcome to the Utah Political Capitol podcast with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Updated vote numbers on Prop 4 and the Love/McAdams race, how one lawmaker is backing down from his threat to overturn Prop 3, and the impending lawsuit against the LDS Church regarding Prop 2. In the second half: Senator Mike Lee has a theory behind who is causing the toxic political environment we live in (hint – it liberals), Governor Herbert is again proposing tax cuts and reform, and a legislative…

What free press?

“The Fake News propaganda media has done more to destroy the free press in America than any possible adversary. The American public really hates the media, and they hate them because they are not getting the facts”. – Author and Journalist Mark Levin on XM Radio I am proud to say I cast my vote for Mitt Romney for Senate. I feel he is an experienced leader. But he missed badly in a recent essay posted on his campaign website. In this essay, he defends the press against President Trump’s…

The UPC Podcast – Episode 257 – Out to Pasture

Welcome to the Utah Political Capitol Podcast with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: All things elections while going into the weeds on the Love/McAdams race and Prop 2. In the second half: Utah County Clerk woes, gains in San Juan County for Native Americans, and shakeups in the majority/minority leadership up at the legislature. Other talking points include: Shift Man! Train Sounds Can’t math good 3 Days of Loopholes! All the fertilizer Tacky but clever You have bigger problems… We love you Weber County A fair…

5 books that remind us where Veterans Day came from

Never forget. With the 100th anniversary of what was then called The Great War (no one thought we could possibly do it again, but we sure showed them…), it’s a good time to review what led us there, as well as how terrible the war was. Here are a few books to get you started. Share other books on World War One in the comments. 1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Written from the perspective of a German soldier in the last year of the…

Utah Republicans could get blindsided by more ballot propositions

Photo by Keith Bacongco

The recent midterm elections had significant turnout in Utah. In interview after interview, it became obvious that ballot questions were a strong motivator for voters to get out to the polls. Proposition 2, which would legalize medical use of marijuana, was often cited as a top draw. Combined with left-leaning issues such as Medicaid expansion and an independent redistricting commission, all appearances are that this was a large factor in Democratic turnout. That helped Democrats in several legislative districts as well as Ben McAdams in CD4. Given the large turnout…

The Legislature Played Voters Like Fiddles on Question 1

Congratulations, Utah: at 8 PM on Election Night, we successfully killed any chance of meaningful increases to public education funding for at least the next decade. Yes, when the citizens of Utah were asked “are you willing to pay $4 more a month to help fund schools?” we said by a 2 to 1 margin in a loud and resounding voice “NO!” By voting no, we have now given the legislature the political cover they have been craving for years in order to avoid biting the bullet and actually committing the…

Last night’s CD4 loss means all Utah GOP leadership should resign

By all rights, Utah’s 4th Congressional District should have been an easy victory for any Republican candidate. The partisan lean ranges from R+13 to R+20 depending on who you talk to. Since its creation, however, Republicans have had a hard time showing numbers anywhere near that. Jim Matheson won by a few hundred votes based on his existing popularity in CD2, having switched to run in CD4 after redistricting. Mia Love won against Doug Owens, a rather weak and feckless Democrat who felt more like their typical sacrificial lamb, by…

UPH Election Day Live-Blog

It’s Election Day on this fine November 6, 2018. We’ll be updating this live blog throughout the day. [7:35pm] – Fox News called the House for the Democrats. I anticipate we’ll see a reverse of the Gingrich House of the 90s. Investigation after investigation after investigation. – Beau Sorensen [7:20pm] – I think the Senate results are showing that the Kavanaugh hearings backfired on Democrats and that from an electoral standpoint Republicans were right to push him through. It told Republicans they needed to get out and keep the Senate in GOP…

Pot initiative proponents and opponents deserve each other

For the past 30-something years, especially the last 18 years here in Utah, I have made freedom my business. But I guess I have not done a very good job as its advocate because even really intelligent people either do not understand it or still choose to prioritize self-interest. Throughout these ten years of commentaries, I have described freedom in minute detail – from its essence to its processes – and, regardless of the angle, I am convinced most people (even guardians elected to serve and protect it) do not…