Survey | Make your voice heard on SB 54/Count My Vote

Could I ask for just a couple minutes of your time to get your help on a project that will add to our understanding of an important political issue? Click on the survey below (and here).  Over the last couple of years, due to Count My Vote and the subsequent legislation SB 54, there have been some significant and important changes to Utah’s candidate nomination rules to get access to a ballot. We have seen efforts like “Count my Vote” morph into what is now known as SB 54. These…

Salt City Throwdown: #46 – Three Dudes and Two Feminist Moms

On this special episode of the Salt City Throwdown podcast, we are joined by Erica and Brooke from the “Two Feminist Moms” podcast. We talk about everything under the sun trying to determine what feminism means to is feminism still necessary? How did Smitty get his nickname? Why is Adam from Antarctica? Well, you’re about to find out and the answers may surprise you. As we go, we’re drinking and having a conversation among friends, discussing a multitude of topics, including a long discussion of the confederate flag, and its role in light…

Salt City Throwdown S2, E4 (#45): Midget Porn and PRIDE Parade Floats!

Man, has it been a while. So much has changed over the last couple months. Sorry for the extended hiatus, but school and adulting called and, well, such is life when you have an expensive hobby like talking into a microphone for people to hear. But it was an exciting event. Because after recording this episode we had so much fun, we decided to add a third co-host to the testosterone frenzy that is the Salt City Throwdown! So now, instead of just hearing from Smitty and The Fish Guy…

Your campaign’s IT sucks: the Carly Fiorina edition.

I ‘ll be highlighting the trips and falls of the political candidates throughout the 2016 cycle when it comes to using technology. All parties and political persuasions will be skewered, not just to highlight the technological faux pas, but also to point out that the real sites that are often not nearly as publicized as their fake counterparts.  As a seasoned IT Professional, I have decided to start an advice column to assist nascent 2016 presidential candidates with their IT issues. (“IT” stands for “information technology” and includes computing technology, such as networking, hardware, software, the Internet, or the people that…

21 gifs to explain the Utah Republican Party’s SB 54 lawsuit

Last week,  Senator Todd Weiler wrote a well thought out post explaining the Utah Republican Party’s SB-54 lawsuit. I thought his post was amazing and informative, and it inspired debates within the Republican Party. Utah’s politicos seem divided on the issue, which has some party insiders with two separate, yet equally understandable reactions. First: On the left you have the Republicans Who think they have valid arguments and are going to win the Lawsuit. On the right we see the republican who sees some validity to the arguments but knows they are going…

Elections for 2016 Just Changed and You Probably Missed It

Last week, perennial rivals Facebook and Twitter announced huge changes that are going to make elected officials and candidates much more accessible. Elections for 2016 may have just changed and here’s what you need to know. Twitter’s Periscope App First: the micro-blogging service Twitter finally showed the world what they were planning to do with their Periscope acquisition from earlier this year. Now anyone can be a broadcaster, with live and breaking news, all in glorious HD. It is a free download, and within 30 seconds you can be up and running.…

BREAKING: University of Utah and Utah Legislature Block BYU’s Pac-12 Admission.

The balloons were filled and the overall feeling at Brigham Young University athletics was once again “This is the place.” After four long seasons of competing as an Independent in football and the West Coast Conference for all other sports, BYU had found their athletic programs a home and a new travel partner in the University of Utah. The press releases were drafted,and the invitations were set. There were big Pac-12 conference stickers fresh from the printers adorning BYU’s Student Athlete Building. But in true Lee Corso “Not so fast my…

Are we really worrying about the NSA data center again?

Come to Utah, they said. You will love it here, they said. With our low power and water rates, the NSA would be a great fit for Utah. It would create jobs. It would contribute our best and brightest to the local economy of successful data centers in the Salt Lake Area. It is in the middle of nowhere, far from the threats of terrorism. Utah is ideal. My, how quickly things change. Back in 2009, the State of Utah and our congressional delegation couldn’t get the new NSA data…

If you like your health information privacy… LOL, JK!

Healthcare.gov has flaws, but revealing private information to web advertisers should not be one of them. Unfortunately, apparently it is.    We can be honest, the Healthcare.gov website has had its series of flaws. But today’s revelation from the Electronic Freedom Foundation just might be the worst of all. After all, we are entrusting several overarching federal agencies to ensure our healthcare needs. These include HHS, Homeland Security, and not the least of which the IRS. It is apparently Affordable Care Act enrollment time. How do I know? Because healthcare.gov keeps…

You get a college degree! You get a college degree! EVERYONE GETS A COLLEGE DEGREE!

In a recent post for Utah Politico Hub, Gordon Jones wrote about President Obama’s proposal of subsidizing tuition for community college students. While it is easy to scream, “President Obama is giving away tuition,” one needs to look farther down the line to what the program actually is and the logistics involved. First what this program isn’t: Wholesale free-for-all public education tuition at community colleges with no repayment necessary. What the program is: Tuition help for people who may not be able to attend college and help provide job training, with GPA and…