What If Utah Politicos were Simpson Characters…

We all know that there are no shortage of characters here in the political sphere in Utah.  So we decided to incorporate a few of them and see how they would stack up against the lovable characters from the Simpsons. Jason Powers / Mr. Burns Both are incredibly smart and capable at what they do best.  However, the methodologies by which they use to achieve their means can be questionable at times. Comic Book Guy / JM Bell I don’t think that anyone is going to disagree that there is anyone in…

Board of Education Should Focus on Students [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ In my mind, it is very clear as to who the board should serve. The Board of Education should be focusing on the students as they are ultimately the consumers of public education. I don’t necessarily agree that their focus must be to help all students be “college and career ready”…

9 Things Only Politicos Understand About Primaries

For those of us who have been fortunate enough to work on campaigns or be a candidate ourselves, many of the following will definitely ring true.  How we feel running for office How we feel when people tell us that we can’t win How we feel reading the comments section in the Tribune about our race. What we want to do when we ask our friends if they voted and they tell us that they were too busy. When we focused on getting the youth out to vote just to…

Marijuana in Utah? Only If Legislators Want It [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana.   My response to this is quite simple: only if Utah legislators want it to be. I’ve never liked the slippery slope argument as it assumes that…

How to Ultimately Fix the Air Quality in Utah

Air Quality Better Anyone who has to deal with asthma or any of the multitudes of other respiratory illnesses can tell you that the air quality here in Utah is an issue.  Even those individuals who don’t have any health issues can just look outside on an inverted afternoon and practically taste the poor air quality.  However, when we look out at the valley on those dreaded “red” days, we all make the inevitable assumption that the air quality is much worse today than it was when we were growing…