The GOP Can Win; the GQP Will Lose

Is there a liberal version of CPAC that happens every year? I can’t think of it if there is. CPAC gets wall-to-wall coverage each time it’s held. Why is this? It used to be a place where the media could take a peek at mainstream conservative thought, a weekend Comic-Con where cosplayers wear tri-cornered hats instead of Batman masks. CPAC has eroded the past few years into an event welcomed now only by those in the populist-nationalist wing of the party, where Marjorie Taylor Greene is revered while Ben Sasse…

Right-wing activists seek to censure Mitt Romney

I get the distinct impression that I am not the only one wondering about our distinguished Senator Mitt Romney. When social media accounts broke with voters inappropriately harassing him at airports, one gets the feeling all is not well in the Romney camp. Many voters are left wondering if he understands or reflects some of their serious concerns. Now the Utah Platform Political Action Committee has voted to censure Romney. Why, we must ask, would anyone think this necessary? The Committee is not the mainstream Utah Republican Party, but an…

The Post Trump Problematic Paradigm

I greatly enjoyed Curt Bentley’s recent article Creating a Post-Trumpian Era. I agree with the majority of his assessment and his plea for each of us to stop looking at each other based on divisions, political or otherwise. But I think Mr. Bentley left out one important point. Let me illustrate with a metaphoric story. I have been an avid motorcycle rider since the tender age of sixteen. In the late eighties, I attended a popular road race at a historic venue back east. During one race, two bikes became…

As Republican-led States Lift Mandates, Utah Legislature Doubles Down on Restrictions and Fines.

Late on the 44th day of a 45-day session, the House of Representatives finally had a chance to hear the much-anticipated Senate Bill 195. After a long day, Speaker Brad Wilson called on Assistant Majority Leader, Representative Val Peterson, to present SB195. Peterson said that “within the health department, as you know, they have broad powers, and they can put restrictive orders in place.” He said that SB195 would provide a means for state and local health departments to receive “buy-in from their elected officials on these orders.” But Representative…

Hard Left Turn

We have had a full month (and a bit) to watch and assess the new Biden Administration. The initial results do not look promising. The momentary initial rhetoric of Biden’s promise to be “a President for all Americans” is fading in the rearview mirror as Biden rolls out dozens of executive orders aimed at negating any conservative progress under the Trump administration. Even the usually supportive New York Times has wondered if Biden understands the proper role of such orders. Combined with Mitch McConnell’s backpedaling statement that we “need to…

The 2022 US Senate Seats Up for Grabs

Here are the Senate seats that will be subject to the 2022 US midterm elections, separated way too early into four categories. ==LIKELY TO FLIP== PAT TOOMEY (R-PA), 59 – Open seat; 2-term Toomey is retiring. Pennsylvania is a purple state that’s managed to have at least one Republican senator since 1947, save for those eighteen months where Arlen Specter flipped from R to D in an effort to keep his seat. Bob Casey Jr (D) is the other senator, but the favorability of the GOP has dropped there over…

Creating a Post-Trumpian Era

There are a number of great lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride. But there is one I love above all others, and that I think is particularly applicable to a number of situations, including to America’s current political climate. Inigo Montoya, speaking after finally avenging his father’s death, says, “You know, it’s strange.  I have been in the revenge business so long that, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Let Him Go… Can you remember back to…

The Candidates to Replace Senator Dan Hemmert in Senate District 14

With State Senator Dan Hemmert stepping down to take a position with the incoming Cox administration, there is a special election in which county delegates will select somebody to fill the vacancy. Here are six candidates who are all vying to win votes. Staci Carroll Staci Carroll currently serves on the city council of American Fork and works for the BYU Marriott School of Business over diversity and inclusion. She talked about how American Fork drastically cut budgets at the beginning of the year due to covid. As the year…

Reyes got it Right; How about our Courts?

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes recently signed on to the complaint filed by the Texas Attorney General suing four other states over inappropriate and unconstitutional procedures in conducting their elections. The harm to the state of Texas, the suit alleges, is that failure to follow constitutional procedures in the defendant states could have an effect on the Electoral College that negates the electoral votes cast in Texas (and other states). These allegations have merit and deserve their full evidentiary day in court. Yet, the Supreme Court refused to hear the…

Unlocking Utah Politics, Episode 3: Jeff Burningham Part 2

In the second half of my conversation with Jeff Burningham, we discuss the impact of COVID19 on his campaign. With the outbreak of COVID19, Jeff halted the gathering of signatures for the safety of his volunteers. However, he did not have enough signatures to enter the race for governor. Jeff also offers advice for those interested in becoming involved with politics.