Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 17, 2015

Salt Lake City mayoral candidates took off the gloves last night, mostly pounding on Mayor Becker, but occasionally landing blows against the mayor’s strongest opponent former representative Jackie Biskupski. (Trib) From the proposed $150 million bond the mayor wants, to the $119 million theater the mayor is building, to the sexual harassment scandal in the police department, to the homeless situation, Becker’s challengers were all guns blazing. (As someone with an office off the corner of Pioneer Park, I can attest to the problems in that part of the city).…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 14, 2015

Justin Miller. Just for the heck of it. • Republicans in Congress are none-too-pleased with the Iran nuclear deal. If I’m reading things correctly, they feel like Iran is just suckering the U.S. into a deal to get sanctions lifted, enjoy their new-found Snickers bars and then develop and bomb that means no more Snickers for anyone. I think I understand the concern, but at the same time, this is what diplomacy is all about. Trying to find someway to trust each other so we can then trust each other…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 9, 2015

• Utah House funny man, Rules co-chair and all-around decent bloke Rep. Jon Cox has jumped ship for the governor’s office as his communications director. That’s the second Cox the governor has stolen from the House, the place of all things awesome and theft-worthy. You might recall that he grabbed Spencer Cox as his LG a while back. (Who was promptly replaced by Jon Cox.) It should be noted that the governor’s budget boss is Kris Cox, and word on the street is that he’s looking for a place to put…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 6, 2015

The problem we have here is failure to communicate. A “new” “analysis” shows that Healthy Utah is the best answer for the state in the ACA full Medicaid expansion debate. It was “conducted” by the usual suspects: AARP Utah, Utah Voices for Children and the Utah Health Policy Project. Those organizations have been in favor of the expansion since the beginning. In fact, today’s Dnews story actually says the “new” report is the same as the old report: “The two plans were compared with similar results during the 2015 Legislature.” Look,…

Midday Commentary on a Week’s Worth of News — July 2, 2015

I really had no clue how to tackle the entire spectrum of news coming out of SCOTUS last week, so instead I did what any reasonable person would do, I ran and hid. So with a little time to digest it all, here are just a few take-aways: • To the Tumblerina Twitterati FB SJWs, you are doing amazing work. Keep it up! I definitely think your efforts helped to sway a few of the SCOTUS justices, especially Alito, who’s a known lurker in multiple subreddits. • Relying on the…

Midday Commentary on hours-old News — June 25, 2015

Pretty big news out of SCOTUS this morning as they perform some pretty amazing linguistic gymnastics (and we know all about linguistic gymnastics around here) to come up with a 6-3 ruling in favor of the ACA allowing the funding of a federally run exchange. Which, of course, flies in the face of a plain reading of the law, but who reads plain language anymore, really? Justice Scalia, who can be a bit of a — what’s the technical term … dill hole? — still knows how to write a wicked…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — June 23, 2015

A quick word about the TPP: I really don’t care that it’s been negotiated in secret. That’s politics. It’s difficult at best to explore ideas and find potential common ground if something is being hammered out in the searing light of the press and the always sober analysis of the internet. However, while coming up with a proposal in private seems perfectly sane to me, it’s is absolutely bat-shit crazy to fast-track it through the actual debate process, which is what Congress is doing. These guys have one job: To…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — June 22, 2015

I hope you all had a good Father’s Day. It’s probably nice to have the second-best kids around. • Jeremy Johnson, he of the Krispy Kreme tape that kicked off the entire John Swallow investigation lo those many years ago, is being sued by the feds for allegedly funneling tens of thousands of dollars to whomever would take it, including Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Harry Reid, and then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. There’s no evidence that the three knew anything about the scheme that has become a classic in campaign donation…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — June 19, 2015

So I’ve been doing some thinking on Rep. Noel’s proposal to spend $100,000 of state money helping a county commission defend himself from the federal government. The big question is, who is next to receive such help. And I think I have the answer. Our next candidate is also an elected official who feels like he’s being punished for pushing back against improper behavior by a political juggernaut. The good news for Noel is that the juggernaut in question is also headed up by a Democrat who he can rail…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — June 17, 2015

Interim Day! It’s like Christmas in June! You know, that Christmas where you got the knock-offs toys and Starship’s We Built this City and not the Boss’s Born in the USA. • First up, per the ubiquitous Ben Winslow, Rep. Justin Miller was indeed on the Hill today in the public infrastructure committee meeting. Which is either pretty gutsy, a big middle finger to his caucus, or both. Oh, and the Trib editorial board, taking their cue from the House Minority caucus (insert obvious joke here) have called for Miller…