Honest Press Releases | Utah GOP Statement on Judge Nuffer’s SB 54 Ruling

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 Contact: Utah Politico Hub URL: www.utahpoliticohub.com Utah GOP Statement on Judge Nuffer’s SB 54 Ruling SALT LAKE CITY – In his ruling today, US District Court Judge David Nuffer gave a very narrow ruling in our favor, holding that SB 54 violated a very small Utah Republican Party constitutional right where we had to hold an open primary. Most of the rest of the ruling went against us, as Judge Nuffer said…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos: Part Deux

Earlier this month, I graded the logos of most of the current candidates for President. At the time, Bobby Jindal and John Kasich hadn’t announced yet, so I didn’t have any opinion on their logos. Now that they have entered the race, here are my grades for their campaign logos: B- He’s got a solid wordmark. I like the different weighted fonts here, and the uniform case is classy. Additionally, he uses a sans-serif font, which is appropriate for anybody running for anything these days. I also like the light…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos

The world of presidential candidate logos has shifted since 2004. Barack Obama changed everything with his remarkable O logo and that is now the benchmark that everything else is judged against. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at all the logos for announced presidential candidates this year and give them a letter grade, from A to F. A Hillary’s logo has had all kinds of press already, but suffice it to say I like it. It’s the most iconic of any of the logos, and in that…

13 times Justice Scalia ripped the majority opinion to shreds in King v. Burwell

Agree or disagree with him, Justice Antonin Scalia will go down in history as one of the most outspoken and direct justices in U.S. Supreme Court history. In his scathing dissent from today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he is particularly pointed in his criticisms of legislating from the bench. Here are 13 of his best points, made in a way that only Jusice Scalia could word them.   1.  In reference to the court’s ruling that despite wording in the law to the contrary, subsidies are available to…

FortyFive Podcast Episode 4: Senator Mike Lee’s Gas Tax Proposal and Guest Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee

In episode 4 of the FortyFive politics podcast we talked about new legislation by Senator Mike Lee which would greatly reduce the federal gasoline tax. We also were joined by Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee who spoke to us about the history and future of Bus Rapid Transit in Utah County and some of the problems with it. We also briefly talked about term limits in Utah, Rick Santorum’s event with one attendee, Democrats growing impatience with Justin Miller, Attorney General Sean Reyes’ campaign donations, and Jerry Seinfeld’s comments that young people are…

5 Totally Legit Ways to Protest Gay Marriage

While gay marriage has been legal in Utah for a year and a half now, there haven’t been any incredible protests as a result of Judge Shelby’s decision. Sure, there’ve been some garden variety protests, but nothing like what is currently transpiring in Australia, where a couple will actually get divorced if gay marriage is legalized. Inspired by this intrepid Australian couple, we in Utah need to protest a little more creatively. Here are some painfully obvious ways to protest the LGBT lifestyle: 1.  Gay people can own homes. Therefore, to…

The FortyFive Podcast, Episode 3: Ken Ivory, guest Norm Thurston and Healthy Utah

In episode 3 of the FortyFive politics podcast we talked about the frivolous fraud allegations leveled against Representative Ken Ivory and Senator Todd Weiler’s pro-Medicaid expansion op-ed. We also spoke with Representative Norm Thurston (R-Provo) about Healthy Utah, the House compromise bill, and more. 00:00-01:18 – Intro 01:19-10:32 – Fraud allegation against Rep. Ken Ivory 10:33-22:05 – Senator Todd Weiler Healthy Utah Op-Ed 22:06-1:05:43 – Special guest Representative Norm Thurston 1:05:44-End – FortyFive Roundup From the FortyFive Roundup: Swallow waives preliminary hearing; lawyer says no plea deal in works (Salt Lake Tribune) Final…

How is UTA Doing By the Numbers?

One thing that I’ve been asked since my article on Wednesday on Bus Rapid Transit is how UTA is doing. There are news articles saying that their numbers are improving, but there is a higher taxpayer subsidy now than there used to be. At the bottom of the Legislative Audit there are some numbers that are instructive in illustrating how UTA is handling their stewardship: Measure 1: Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) RPM is a standard metric that is used across mass transit, from public airlines to private transit authorities. By…

UTA’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal is an expensive, unnecessary boondoggle

Here we are at the start of summer, and the hottest topic in Utah County is whether or not we should run a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from the Orem FrontRunner station, down University Parkway, around BYU, and down University Avenue to the Provo FrontRunner station. The more that I look at the topic, the more I doubt the benefits. Here are three reasons that we should stop and think about BRT before committing taxpayer dollars (from Utah or from the federal government) to this project. UTA has wildly…

It’s Time for Utah to Rethink Gas Taxes, Not Raise Them

As the legislative session is set to begin, one of the biggest rumblings coming out of the legislature have been around increasing gasoline taxes and/or indexing future gas taxes to gas prices. While there is definitely a case to be made for increasing the funding for our roads, it is time to look at better options for funding them instead of just raising taxes. With the current proposal on the table, the gas tax would go up by around 10 cents a gallon initially and then be further adjusted on a yearly basis…