Politically Speaking: Franken, Moore, and Mormon Bigots

1. Franken Out, But Wait There’s Moore Sen. Al Franken gave a non-apology speech announcing that he would be resigning in the coming weeks due to the increasing amount of sexual misconduct allegations against him. He made sure to point out that he felt some of them were not true, and he used it as an exclamation point in a calculated political move that was obvious since Wednesday. Allow some Democratic female senators to call for his resignation. Then some male ones join in. And then Franken does the honorable…

The Dust Settles on UT-3’s GOP Primary

Until now, we haven’t seen much effect from SB54, the bill that allows candidate to still get on a primary ballot even if they don’t make it in the top two at the convention. This is now only the second GOP primary in Utah where a signature gatherer defeated at convention beat the top vote-getter, and we will feel the repercussions for a while. This was a strange one, in that Jason Chaffetz resigned in the middle of his term, and Gov. Herbert butted heads with then Utah GOP-chair James…

Here’s how Chris Herrod won the GOP convention vote for CD3

Tea Party favorite Chris Herrod pulled off the improbable and left the GOP special convention to be the official Republican nominee for Utah’s 3rd district (the fightin’ 3rd!) However due to SB54 and some signature-gathering there will be a Republican primary where Provo Mayor John Curtis and Danny’s son Tanner Ainge will also be on the ballot. Going into the convention I thought it was going to be between Deidre Henderson and Margaret Dayton. Henderson had been a slight favorite from the last poll I saw, and Dayton’s campaign had…

12 thoughts on Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intel Committee

James Comey, former Director of the FBI until he was fired by President Trump earlier this year, testified before the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. 1. Donald Trump somehow managed to not tweet during James Comey’s testimony. I don’t know if someone hid his phone, if someone applied reverse-psychology and said he wouldn’t be able to help himself, or something else. 2. Comey says in the days after he was fired, he was confused by the changing narrative from the White House as to why he was let go.…

Rob Anderson elected as new Utah GOP Chair

The Utah GOP Convention was held at the Southtown Expo Center last Saturday. It’s an exciting time, not only because the party officers are up for election, but there’s jockeying for position for hopefuls vying for the soon-to-be-vacant seat of Jason Chaffetz. The usual signs and T-shirts blanketing the place. I was able to listen to each candidate for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary, not to mention the CD3 possibles in Deidre Henderson, Brad Daw, and Margaret Dayton. I know other people have joined, but these three feel like the real race.…

Donald Trump surprise speaker at LDS General Conference

DIETER F. UCHTDORF – The next speaker at this Conference will be Donald J. Trump of the US Presidency. Following his remarks, the Choir will sing “Master, the Tempest Is Raging.” Brother Trump… DONALD J. TRUMP – Thank you. It’s a terrific honor to be here, and I’ve got to tell you, this Conference Center is just fantastic. These beautiful flowers and people coming up to me and say “President Trump, thank you so much” and “President Trump, we love you,” it’s just been amazing. It’s a great, great pleasure…

39 thoughts on the Trump press conference

Video of the full press conference is at the bottom. 1. You gotta love how Trump cites the Rasmussen poll for his approval rating. They have him at 55%. Of course, if you average Ras, Gallup, Econ/YouGov, Fox News, Reuters, Pew, and the others, his approval rating is at 44.7%. 2. Not many presidents would use their opening remarks of a press conference to repeatedly slam the media. Says the media won’t tell folks the truth and won’t treat them with the respect they deserve. Says the media of DC, NY,…

Lots of booing at Chaffetz town hall

Jason Chaffetz held a town hall in Salt Lake County, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the results meant he never does so again. Democratic organizers did a better job of getting their people out than Chaffetz did. (If he’s still a Congressman in 2020, this might inspire him to try to gerrymander more of SLC out of his district.) I arrived around 5:50 for the planned 7:00 event. Several hundred people were already there at Brighton High School. The auditorium had a capacity between 1000-1100, which meant that people…

The bright side of President Trump

I wanted to look for the positive aspects of President Trump. Look on the bright side. 1. AMERICA’S RENEWED APPRECIATION FOR THE CONSTITUTION – Not hearing as much about the Constitution being an outdated document so much as “Oh my goodness, let’s study every single clause in this thing and be glad it’s still ours.” Before President Trump, how many people actually knew what the Emolument Clause was? It also makes what normal Republicans have been saying about checks and balances and limited government sound like a great idea. Let’s see if…

I don’t trust Trump

Two years ago I looked at 2016 as the most winnable election for Republicans in a generation. Why? Because I knew the Democrats would nominate Hillary Clinton and that her message of “it’s my turn” wouldn’t resonate. It felt like an embarrassment of riches to have all of these qualified governors, senators, and so forth putting their names forward. (“What a deep bench!”) Some of it was also just an embarrassment. Too many people ran. Half of them ran for the publicity, like they were auditioning for a future Fox…