Proceed cautiously, Salt Lake Tribune, but please proceed

Others here have already done a magnificent job of reviewing Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, and the questions its publication raised over conflicts of interest and journalistic ethics.  Before digging into those questions, let me say I purchased the book the minute it was announced and read it over the following weekend.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested not just in this campaign and the candidates, but Utah politics and campaigns in general.  It tells an engaging personal and political story of…

Reflections on City Weekly’s Coverage of Mendenhall and LaMalfa’s Alleged Affair

Yesterday, Salt Lake City Weekly published an article asserting that two SLC Council Members, Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa, are engaged in an affair. This ignited an immediate firestorm on social media and in comments sections of the article, with many people making strong criticisms of City Weekly’s article for being anonymously sourced and for making big news out of something that is a private affair. I don’t know LaMalfa, but I do know Mendenhall, and I like her. I’ve found her to be a friendly, earnest person and a dedicated…

One Thing All Campaigns Must Have To Win

In the past, most of the focus on what makes a good politician has come down to two things: how personable they are and if they can connect with voters. When those things are combined with a governing philosophy that is compatible with the people in their district, you have a guaranteed win. Of course, this assumes that there aren’t any October surprises that trip the politician up. It is still important to connect and be personal. However, as evidenced by political campaigns since 2008, it is even more important to…