Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 29, 2015

So, you know, the majority caucuses are meeting today to talk about approving the Gang of Six’s full Medicaid expansion proposal. The pitch theoretically puts the cost on the institutions who stand to gain from it, mainly doctors, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. Makes sense, right? Wrong. Businesses don’t pay taxes. People pay taxes. No matter what is said, no matter what the bill ends of promising, you and I are going to pay for any sort of expansion. It’s called pass through. But at least it’s not like the reddest…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 28, 2015

So, you may not know this, but last night’s Blood Moon didn’t actually usher in the Apocalypse. It was just another sign of the existing Apocalypse that has been rolling out slowly for months. I mean, Utah Republicans proposing the full expansion of Obamacare? LDS church leaders dropping like flies? Donald Trump? The Thanksgiving Point I-15 Construction? It’s madness! And it’s right in front of us! Wake up, sheeple! So anyway, for more Apocalyptic fun, here’s Fox 13’s gallery. The blood, it runs red! • In other news, Planned Parenthood…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 1, 2015

So I’ve been thinking about this clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue gay marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court ruling. I understand the principle of the thing. I really do. A lot of people take principled stands in this country. It’s a noble thing. But that doesn’t make it right. And it certainly shouldn’t be invoking Godwin’s Law. (Hi, UtahGOP Facebook group!) That’s right, our favorite Kentucky clerk is being compared to a judge who refused to follow orders in Nazi Germany. Honestly, a law allowing gay couples to…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — August 27, 2015

Look, let’s get one thing straight. I SAID LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT: Utah County’s food scene is barely passable. It’s a bastion of endless crappy chains that rhyme with Applebeeeees, Chileeees, and Olive Gardeeeeeeeen. But there are some gems out there. I ain’t telling you where they are because the last thing I need is your sorry carcass making lines at my locations of patronage. Anyway, back to the GET THIS STRAIGHT: JCW’s is a reasonably decent burger place. I don’t have anything against it. But if the Trib thinks…

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…

Midday Commentary on OMFG ELECTIONS AND PRISON! — Aug. 12, 2015

I know the prison relocation decision should be the big news of the day, but since we all knew it was going to SLC since years ago, I’m just going to leave a few links and move on. • Mayor Becker says they’ll fight the decision, which is just a bit weird since he basically traded a tax increase for the relocation to SLC. • But that can’t possibly have any impact on the fact that he got beaten like a red-headed stepchild in the primary election by former Rep. Jackie…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Aug. 5, 2015

Oooooooooh, baby. The LDS Church released a boatload of documents, including photos of what founder Joseph Smith called the seer stone. The more I thought about it, the more this is simply mind-blowing. A picture of a religious artifact claimed to have been powered by God to aid in translation and/or revelation. The only thing that would have shocked me more would have been a picture of the gold plates themselves. First and foremost, a quick take on how our two friendly neighborhood papers covered the event. The Trib went…

Midday Commentary on Last Weekend’s News — Aug. 3, 2015

Art, Art, Art. Mayor Becker spokesman Art “Whiskey Pete” Raymond was tagged by the Tribune as using their until-now anonymous forums to bad-mouth Becker’s campaign opponents. Normally, who freaking cares? But the Trib claims Art used a city computer on city time. Art contends it was during his break time.  Now, I know Art. He and I go back to our journalism days. Art’s a good guy who works hard, found his guy, and is fighting for him. But if he did what the Trib thinks he did, he made…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 30, 2015

I know it’s summer and all, but surely there’s some political news out there somewhere that doesn’t start with #NotTheOnion and ends with Donald Trump. Scraping the bottom of the barrel: • Sen. Hatch is drowning in Benjamins. People are asking what that means. I’m not quite sure why, because anyone who has even dipped their toes in the waters of the Orrin Hatch Swimming Pool of Political Aspirations knows that he’s not coming out until he’s belly up. With $1.5 million already in his account: “You can’t even give…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 28, 2015

Rep. Justin Miller’s Twitter account got temporarily hacked, evidenced by the “Lose 25 pounds in less than 30 days” tweet sent out from the account. Which is funny because Democrats would actually really like to lose, I’m gonna say, 192 pounds as fast as possible. • The Big News appears to be that Boy Scouts are going to go ahead and allow openly gay leaders, which makes LDS Church leaders all squirmy, perhaps from watching one too many SNL’s episodes of Canteen Boy.  “The church has always welcomed all boys…