And then there were 10: recapping the September Democratic Debate

Last night we saw the third Democratic presidential debate and, as the field narrows, it is time to take a look at how the ten candidates faired. Let’s break it down in reverse order of popularity (just to be different) according to the opinion of one not-so-humble Democrat. Former Housing Secretary Julian Casto Castro probably raised the most eyebrows when he openly attacked the current front runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, asking if he had “forgotten what [he] said two minutes ago” in relation to Biden’s health care plan…

Curtis Haring: A few thoughts on Jim Dabakis and the SLC Mayor’s race

I am disappointed to hear Jim Dabakis call the polls garbage and blaming outside money for his loss after conceding the race for Salt Lake City Mayor. His press conference after the concession can be found here. First, let’s talk about those polls. The most recent Tribune poll (despite its many faults) had Dabakis at 21% – It appears he will be at 20.3%. The same polls also showed that both Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall were surging in the final weeks. The big difference between Election Day and a…

The UPC Show – Episode 262 – The Saratoga Springs Swatters

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Ben McAdams did what he said he would do and voted against Pelosi, Mia Love was almost impressive in how much she checked out, Mitt Romney makes waves before being sworn in and Mike Lee didn’t like it, the Republican delegation from Utah doesn’t like some of the realities of the shutdown, and the governor is being pressured by Senator Lee to drop his fight on SB 54. In the second half: Utah now has…

The UPC Show – Episode 261 – Possible Issues with Solar Powered Trains

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Looking for a new job, Cannabis Program Manager might be for you. Wal-Mart is the latest company to try and move Utah away from 3.2 beer, and Senator Orrin Hatch goes out on a sour note. In the second half: Utah County is dipping into its rainy day fund, it looks more and more likely that Lieutenant Governor Cox is going to run for governor, the inland port would happen so much quicker if…

Hatch Sums Up Our Broken Politics in One Comment

Regardless of how you feel about the man’s politics, it is safe to say that outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch is a statesman…so long as you are making those statements around 1995. Since that time, Senator Hatch has seen fit to throw this goodwill in the garbage by engaging activities such as deriding his political opponents with comments which can only be described as an insult you would hear during a 1930’s talkie moving picture show and wave of people’s ludicrous opinions about getting upset at alleged sexual assaults. But, with less than…

The UPC Show – Episode 260 – Homebrewed Gum

Welcome to the UPC podcast with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Utah has another medical marijuana law (but the state is getting sued over it), one Democrat is taking heat for his vote on the said new law, Mia Love says that Democratic racism is why she lost even though she outspent McAdams by $2.2 million. In the second half: Governor Herbert wants to increase the budget for improving air quality by 100 times but he may or may not also be raising the food…

The UPC Show – Episode 259 – All The News That’s Fit to Shout From the Town Square

Welcome to the Utah Political Capitol Podcast with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Mia Love’s swan song, the possible end to straight ticket voting, two people have declared their intentions to replace, and a new opponent emerges against Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski. In the second half: In a show of true leadership, Mike Lee chooses not to protect the Muller investigation, the legislature talks about medical marijuana, Governor Herbert wants to increase the food tax, Utah County doesn’t appear to have it’s act…

The UPC Show – Episode 258 – A Slim-Jim Based Economy

Welcome to the Utah Political Capitol podcast with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Updated vote numbers on Prop 4 and the Love/McAdams race, how one lawmaker is backing down from his threat to overturn Prop 3, and the impending lawsuit against the LDS Church regarding Prop 2. In the second half: Senator Mike Lee has a theory behind who is causing the toxic political environment we live in (hint – it liberals), Governor Herbert is again proposing tax cuts and reform, and a legislative…

The UPC Podcast – Episode 257 – Out to Pasture

Welcome to the Utah Political Capitol Podcast with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: All things elections while going into the weeds on the Love/McAdams race and Prop 2. In the second half: Utah County Clerk woes, gains in San Juan County for Native Americans, and shakeups in the majority/minority leadership up at the legislature. Other talking points include: Shift Man! Train Sounds Can’t math good 3 Days of Loopholes! All the fertilizer Tacky but clever You have bigger problems… We love you Weber County A fair…

The Legislature Played Voters Like Fiddles on Question 1

Congratulations, Utah: at 8 PM on Election Night, we successfully killed any chance of meaningful increases to public education funding for at least the next decade. Yes, when the citizens of Utah were asked “are you willing to pay $4 more a month to help fund schools?” we said by a 2 to 1 margin in a loud and resounding voice “NO!” By voting no, we have now given the legislature the political cover they have been craving for years in order to avoid biting the bullet and actually committing the…