Candidates To Replace John Valentine Distinguish Themselves at Debate

Last night’s Senate District 14 debate between candidates vying to replace John Valentine was one of the most mild I have ever seen. All four candidates are great men who have served our community and would do well as the Senator from Senate District 14. Most of the debate focused on similarities. Yes they are all very conservative, but it also highlighted some of their differences. Representation and Range of Legislation The biggest difference I spotted was how each person would represent. The person, in my opinion, with the most set agenda…

College Performance Funding

With the legislative session fast approaching, I wanted to update where I currently stand regarding the Senate side of higher education appropriations. More accurately, I should say that I will report where I have been moved to by the many, many discussions I have enjoyed regarding reform, graduation pathways, and performance funding. Thanks to all who have worked to guide me and this process. I have learned a great deal. And—please note—I continue to learn a great deal. This process has been extremely iterative, and it will continue to be…

6th Circuit Marriage Decision is Powerfully Protective of Liberty

By William C. Duncan Last week’s decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has thrown a wrench in the “inevitability” of a national mandate of gender-neutral marriage. The conventional wisdom after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the marriage cases in Utah and a handful of other states was that the issue was over. The confident prediction was of the eventual triumph of the (misplaced) idea that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from recognizing in their laws that marriage is the union of a complementary…

Book Review: Mia Love — The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, by Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr

With Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, a biography of Mia Love by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham,  with Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr, readers are fortunate to find a glimpse into the history and biography of Utah’s newest Representative to Congress, the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The book (which you can find at mialovebook.com or at the Amazon link below) is not authorized by Mia Love or her campaign. Americans should be so lucky as to have…

A charter school saved my autistic son from a life of mediocrity

It’s not all that uncommon to see somewhat unhinged attacked on charter schools as a waste of tax dollars, privatizing public education, or a stealth way to enact vouchers. Those kinds of accusations never held weight with me before. Now that I have a child in a charter school, it’s much more personal. Quite frankly, the public school system as it currently stands would have pushed him into a life a mediocrity. I have two autistic children, one of whom started kindergarten this year. He was in the early intervention program…