Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Aug. 20, 2015

In the biggest, least newsy news of the day, the prison will be relocating to Salt Lake City. The Legislature did what they did and to their credit did it after years and years of vetting. The governor still has to sign it, but I assume since he abdicated the decision-making part of things back to the Legislature years ago that it shouldn’t be a problem. Do you even want story links? Fine, here’s the Trib. • Oh hey, did you know that there were a few other bills on the…

The Smart Questions Club: Medical marijuana legalization in Utah [streaming]

Marijuana is currently illegal in the state of Utah, but a movement is afoot to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Join us tonight as we talk to Utah State Senator Mark Madsen and Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack about why they think Utah should change its policy on medical marijuana.

Rick Perry: The tortoise and Donald Trump’s hair

Following the first primary debate Rick Perry has yet to signify any substantial bump in the polls. Though he has continued to press forward on the campaign trail his funding has significantly dried up. Staying afloat required relying on the aid of Super PACs to rescue the struggling campaign. To make matters worse, Perry has resorted to the aid of a largely volunteer staff to get out his message. Some argue that the financial difficulty Perry is experiencing is the handwriting on the wall that he will likely be the first…

Planned Parenthood can clean up its image with this one simple step

Governor Gary Herbert did the right thing in telling Utah agencies not to pass through federal grant money to Planned Parenthood. Sure, Pro Choice activists will mock, in strongly worded Facebook posts, that Herbert’s action was mostly ineffectual since most of Planned Parenthood’s money comes directly though the federal government. Further, what money does pass through state agencies is primarily for sex ed and STD prevention. In fact, perhaps the best defense that Planned Parenthood has put up is that they provide women with other services in addition to abortion (does abortion even qualify as…