What market failures can teach us about the Utah Republican Party

There comes a time in the life of every business where the market they serve shifts under their feet. While a few businesses anticipate these changes and adapt quickly, more of them find themselves unable to cope, thrashing wildly about in an attempt to find solid footing. Reduced to a shadow of their former success, they often limp along until bankruptcy claims the withering husk. In many ways, the Utah Republican Party is at this point, and the fight over its future will determine its eventual fate. What’s happening in…

The no-win scenario for the caucus

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In the Star Trek universe, there’s a famous training exercise required of all starship captains called the Kobayashi Maru. It’s designed to be a no-win scenario to test the character of leadership, but never to be won. Captain James T. Kirk famously cheated to create a way to win, stating flatly that he didn’t believe in no-win scenarios. Right now, opponents of the signature path to the ballot find themselves in a no-win scenario. Unlike Captain Kirk, they can’t cheat their way to victory. The landscape for changing the status…

Color Country Politics Vodcast – Episode 8: A Drug By Any Other Name

Cedar City Police Sergeant David Evans sits down with hosts Jennie Hendricks and Jesse Harris to talk about how the opioid crisis affects Iron County and what each of us can do to fight it. Music by Amoebacrew licensed under Creative Commons: https://soundcloud.com/free-cc-music/background-indie-rock Original image for the logo by The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company licensed under Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsec/40582095822/in/photostream/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColorCountryPol Facebook: https://fb.me/ColorCountryPolitics Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/114359881156838400510 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwFph4yuEORlHk5VCR-vEQ Website: https://www.colorcountrypolitics.com

Color Country Politics Vodcast – Episode 7: Stop Calling Me Chief

Hosts Jennie Hendricks, Terri Hartley, and Cindy Bulloch sit down with Iron County Sheriff-elect Ken Carpenter to discuss his vision for the sheriff’s office, the opiod crisis’ effects on Iron County, and collaboration with other agencies. Music by Amoebacrew licensed under Creative Commons: https://soundcloud.com/free-cc-music/background-indie-rock Original image for the logo by The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company licensed under Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsec/40582095822/in/photostream/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColorCountryPol Facebook: https://fb.me/ColorCountryPolitics Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/114359881156838400510 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwFph4yuEORlHk5VCR-vEQ Website: https://www.colorcountrypolitics.com

Utah Republicans could get blindsided by more ballot propositions

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The recent midterm elections had significant turnout in Utah. In interview after interview, it became obvious that ballot questions were a strong motivator for voters to get out to the polls. Proposition 2, which would legalize medical use of marijuana, was often cited as a top draw. Combined with left-leaning issues such as Medicaid expansion and an independent redistricting commission, all appearances are that this was a large factor in Democratic turnout. That helped Democrats in several legislative districts as well as Ben McAdams in CD4. Given the large turnout…

Last night’s CD4 loss means all Utah GOP leadership should resign

By all rights, Utah’s 4th Congressional District should have been an easy victory for any Republican candidate. The partisan lean ranges from R+13 to R+20 depending on who you talk to. Since its creation, however, Republicans have had a hard time showing numbers anywhere near that. Jim Matheson won by a few hundred votes based on his existing popularity in CD2, having switched to run in CD4 after redistricting. Mia Love won against Doug Owens, a rather weak and feckless Democrat who felt more like their typical sacrificial lamb, by…

If you want to honor Brent Taylor, end this generation’s Vietnam

News broke over the weekend that North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, an Army National Guard reservist, had been killed in an attack while deployed in Afghanistan. The community lost a well-liked political leader, his family of seven lost a husband and father, and the nation lost yet another military man to a war without end. Indeed, we’ve now been involved in Afghanistan for over 17 years, a slogging and directionless military action whose intended purpose no longer seems clear at all. It has clearly become this generation’s Vietnam, a war…

[video] Color Country Politics Podcast – Episode 2: In a Big County

Jesse Harris, Jennie Hendricks, and Iron County Assessor Cindy Bulloch co-host Iron County Commissioner Mike Bleak to talk about what a county commission does, their successful collaboration with state and federal agencies on Kanarra Falls, and the glamour of driving a parade float (no, really). Music by Amoebacrew licensed under Creative Commons: https://soundcloud.com/free-cc-music/… Original image for the logo by The Greater Southerwest Exploration Company licensed under Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsec/40… Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColorCountryPol Facebook: https://fb.me/ColorCountryPolitics Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/114359881… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwF… Website: https://www.colorcountrypolitics.com

Medicaid Expansion: A bum deal for Utah

Utah has spent many years trying to find a middle road on Medicaid expansion. Most of the concerns have rightly been about trying to make sure that costs are contained before moving forward with any plan. Activists in Washington DC who wanted full as-is expansion cut a check for $342K (oh the irony of the group being named Utah Decides) to make sure the question would be on the ballot. Setting aside the obvious odiousness of a giant pile of DC money attempting to decide which way the state goes, the…