The truth about Alicia Colvin and her sham Republican campaign

Alicia Colvin was the only woman GOP candidate for the Senate in Utah. But she shouldn’t have been – according to her own volition. And there’s evidence that she ran a fake campaign. Alicia Colvin enjoyed a Sunday front-page spotlight in The Salt Lake Tribune when she was reported to have been the only woman Republican candidate in Utah for the U.S. Senate. The problem is that, according to Colvin’s own remarks and apparent beliefs, this never should have been the case. A mere 10 months before the filing deadline,…

United Utah Party holds first its caucuses

As a delegate to both Republican and Democratic conventions, David Jack thought that friends of his were “acting like (he) didn’t want them to act.” “They were up there propagandizing,” Jack said. Needless to say, Jack is thrilled that the United Utah Party has been created – and that the party, of which Jack is a secretary, is experiencing true success. It held its first caucuses late last month, seeing 900 participants, UUP chair Richard Davis said. That was three times the membership total, which was 180 percent of the…

Meet Shireen Ghorbani, the half-Iranian Utah transplant running for Congress

Being raised by a single mother has informed a key policy for her. Her parents were separated during the Iran U.S. embassy crisis made famous in the film “Argo” but ended up being raised anyway by a single mother. She has two masters degrees and works for the University of Utah and has her own family. Shireen Ghorbani is now running for Congress, to represent Utah’s 2nd congressional district. Check out why she believes in expanded health care access, a compassionate immigration approach, freedom of the press and takes a…

Trusting the press: Do you believe in Trump or the Founders?

Consider why the man over an administration being investigated for collusion uses the term ‘fake news’ Think about how safe you would feel if the overwhelming majority of your neighbors support a man who would be willing to assault you. That may explain why the first thing I did after reading that nearly two-thirds of citizens believe that mainstream media reports “a lot of fake news” was purchase a newspaper that I get for free. Why even try? Why get a heat stroke, as EMTs told me? Why spend three…

Over seven days at Disney World, Rep. Mia Love used a lot of campaign funds

Records from an independent regulatory agency that enforces campaign finance law show that Rep. Mia Love tapped her campaign account over seven days in Disney World from early March to early April. Among the $9,727 she spent was $1,655 for lodging and $4,780 for food and beverage, according to Federal Election Commission records. (See the chart below.) Love was at the theme park March 6, 17, 26 and April 5-8, according to the documentation. Love campaign manager Dave Hansen claimed that Love was fundraising. “There were fundraising events down there,”…

What does John Curtis stand for?

Other candidates for Utah’s open congressional seat have fully operating websites, including on-the-issues pages. When it came to his website, John Curtis, the Republican candidate for Utah’s open congressional seat, was inaccessible. As late as 12:36 p.m. Sept. 11, neither on-the-issues nor contact pages were existent. (On Aug. 27, I first sought out his issues page that political candidates usually have before learning that nothing except the landing page could be accessed, besides links there to donate or volunteer.) The websites of other candidates for the seat are a different…

Utah millennials want a seat at the table

“(Utah’s Emerging Leaders Initiative) is primarily concerned with diversity of age in government,” Don Willie says. “It’s clear there is a need in our communities for this work.” The Utah State Legislature has zero millennials. Don Willie has some feelings about that. “We need the perspective and experiences of younger leaders now,” he wrote. “We will see the status quo challenged.” “We believe that diversity in government has the potential to bring about meaningful public policy,” he added. Willie may have the manpower and momentum to make it happen. He…

What happened to Revolution Fuels’ coal-to-liquid facility?

Under the permit granted by a state agency in June of last year, Revolution Fuels would process specified barrels per day of liquefied petroleum gas, naphtha and diesel and jet fuel. A coal-to-liquid facility could have been in Carbon County for nearly 14 months. That’s according to an attorney representing one of two organizations challenging the state agency that gave approval to the facility, Revolution Fuels, LLC. “If Revolution Fuels wanted to go forward with the project, they could,” said Joro Walker, general counsel for Western Resource Advocates who is…

An economic breakthrough for a swath of rural Utah

After the State of Utah’s ’25k jobs launch tour’ passed through Carbon County, Joel McKay Smith and Spencer Cox spoke with me. The man bringing business incubation to a rural Utah county and jobs that will come with it sat down with me following a “25k jobs launch tour” led by Utah’s lieutenant governor, who also spoke with me. Tami Ursenbach, Carbon County economic development director, said last month at a commission meeting that the old JC Penney in Price, Utah, would be transformed into an “Opportunity Hub.” The facility,…

CD3: 3 candidates, 3 topics

The resignation of Rep. Jason Chaffetz from the U.S. House of Representatives has meant that candidates from a handful of political parties in Utah are running to replace him in Congress. That includes three Republicans: Chris Herrod, a real estate executive and former state legislator; John Curtis, Provo’s mayor and a former business owner; and Tanner Ainge, a former health care executive and attorney. I asked them three questions after a recent debate in central Utah. The first two topics were particular to them and the third was an invitation…