Why I will be watching Donald Trump’s inauguration

Every February, I take a vacation to celebrate my birthday.  This tradition started a few years ago and has led to some great experiences, from attending my first NHL hockey game to seeing the Space Needle and cheering on my Utah Jazz on the road. This year’s trip was thought up the week after I returned from my trip last year.  I was going to the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. When I told my boss of my intentions (since January is busier in my industry than…

Delegate Diary: DNC travel problems almost figured out

Utah’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention are staying in King of Prussia, about 35 miles from downtown Philadelphia. The DNC has provided busses to transport delegates to and from the hotel, assuming people know where to catch the shuttle home. In addition, the midday caucus meetings are at the Philadelphia Convention Center about 7 miles from Wells Fargo Center. The lines for busses between PCC and WFC have been over an hour in the sun. With heat indexes over 100 degrees this week, it has been a point of…

Delegate Diary: An Open Letter to Demexit, from a Bernie Delegate

Dear Berner leaving the Democratic Party because Bernie lost: Bye, Felicia. But, seriously, you can’t call yourselves Berners anymore, because he is Berning for her, and he asked us to join him. THIS is what democracy looks like: you win some and you lose some, and sometimes you have to swallow a bitter pill for the long-term gain. As Ted Kennedy said: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I get it: There are issues with Mrs Clinton. I could run down a few issues I disagree…

Delegate Diary: Sanders not feeling the Bern

Monday afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders held a midday rally for his delegates. The theme of the rally could best be described as that the Bernie revolution is not about winning a Presidential election, it’s about building towards progressive victories in all races. Unfortunately, that message is being overlooked by one moment in particular. When Senator Sanders told those of us in attendance that the most important thing for his delegates to do in November is to vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. That was met by thunderous boos and yelling…

Delegate Diary: The Liberty Bell is a Perfect Symbol for an Imperfect Process

Note: I am currently serving as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  I will be posting a daily diary with some of my thoughts and experiences at the convention.  To see more of my coverage, like my page on Facebook. One of my first stops here in Philadelphia was the Liberty Bell.  I had often wondered why a cracked bell is used as a symbol of America. The bell was originally made in England for use in the Pennsylvania State House (Now known as Independence Hall).  When it…

Don’t underestimate the power of a small group of people

In 1993, Salt Lake County released plans to realign Holladay Boulevard where it intersected with 4500 South.  The county’s plans including tearing down several large pine trees that were likely planted by the first settlers of the Holladay area.  Students at nearby Olympus Jr High circulated a petition to save the trees.  However, the powers that be didn’t really care what a bunch of young people thought about the trees. Did the students give up?  No, they did not.  They spent the next several Saturdays going door to door through…

Miller and McAdams Damaging to Democrats

I feel like a hypocrite. If a story had broken last week about a Republican political operative who had been accused of stealing somewhere between $24,000 and $34,0000 from a campaign he was managing, I would have been all over that.  Especially if said operative was also a state representative. And an admission on tape of said impropriety would be the icing on the cake. Throw in a counter-charge from said operative-turned-legislator of possible impropriety involving rental of office space by the person he allegedly stole the money from, and…

Was Justin Miller Kicked Out of the Democratic Party?

Tonight, I was looking at the Utah Democratic Party’s web site, and something troubled me: Representative Justin Miller, Freshman Democrat representing district 40 (Millcreek) is missing from the list of elected officials. Which could only mean three things: 1) Representative Miller was abducted by aliens and therefore is no longer representing the good people of Millcreek (my parents will miss having you as their Representative). 2) Representative Miller was kicked out of the Utah Democratic Party for unknown reasons.  Maybe he failed a James Evans-esque litmus test. 3) The Utah…

BREAKING: LDS Church To Create Wards For Liberals

According to sources speaking on condition of anonymity, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will announce at this weekend’s General Conference the creation of separate wards for members who consider themselves more liberal that the mainstream Church. Presumably, this change will take effect immediately.  The wards will be structured much like current Young Single and Mid-Single Adult wards now in existence. Records for individual church members will be transferred into the new wards at the members’ request. In creating separate wards, the number of fights in Sunday School are…

What if Utah Politics Were Like High School

A recent discussion about Utah politics got me thinking: What if we boiled down Utah’s politicians to the same kids we all knew in high school? And, since I’m the one writing this, our “Utah Politico High” looks a bit like Olympus High School in the mid-1990’s. The Band Geeks. They think they are the cool kids. They know their craft well, but few outside this group appreciate their skills.  The majority of the school doesn’t even know they exist.  This group is represented by the writers of Utah Politico…