Do You Want To Go To College? Do You Want To Complete College? STEM Matters.

There is more innovation taking place today than at any time in the history of the world. With 52 years of watching a world go from land line phones, black and white televisions, no personal computing power, snail mail and automobiles getting ten miles per gallon to smart phones for everyone, television shows on demand, laptops traveling with you anywhere you go, texting and electric cars, I have found STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is the mother of most invention. The next time you see someone downplay the importance of…

Where Credit is Due: Republican Gains in the Utah Legislature

On election night, I went to bed sure that Democrats had gained one seat in the State House of Representatives. I woke up the next morning positive this had happened and the same every day for two weeks. Then Tuesday November 18th, two weeks after the 2014 general election I see a Facebook post from Dana Dickson telling me that three Republicans who lost on election night actually won. What? What happened? For starters, Republicans picked up one Congressional seat and now hold every statewide office and Congressional office in…

Utah Politico Hub: Fearless Predictions Revisited

Wait a minute. Hold the presses. How did those Utah Politico Hub election predictions turn out? There were eight brave souls who put their sterling reputations on the line. With the election canvas producing three different winners than election night, it is only fair that we review what the “experts” thought about Utah races going into election night. Any pre-canvas analysis was (as we now know) premature. There are 12 races with predictions, although in fairness we were having a little fun with one of our own bloggers John English on…

What Do We Take Away from Election 2014 in Utah?

Election 2014 was Mild, Except for Mia Utah’s Election 2014 outcomes were pretty mild compared to the rest of America. While nationally voters were repudiating President Obama’s policies by voting for Republicans at all levels of government, here in Utah the only excitement was about Republican Mia Love’s win over Democrat Doug Owens for Utah’s 4th Congressional District to replace Congressman Jim Matheson, Utah’s highest profile Democrat for over a decade. Love substantially outraised and outspent her opponent, so it was no surprise she won. Dave Hansen, Utah Republican’s most experienced…

Municipal Broadband Is A Failed Model. I Told You So! [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” Ten years ago, I wrote  an article and said  that a $40 million gamble to build a fiber network was undue risk to Provo taxpayers. I predicted tax increases. Today that tax increase is an extra $7 per month for all Provo utility customers. Unlike most government…

Drugs Kill. Drugs Save Lives. Which is 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. Several years ago, I was in Amsterdam on business, a city known for its permissive laws regarding drug use. I kept seeing people curled up in the…

Do Teachers Matter?

As we near the end of another school year, my thoughts turn to our teachers. Those men and women on the front lines of K-12 education preparing our children for their future. Maybe I think of teachers at this time of year because I was raised in a home where my parents were educators. My dad took the administrative track and my mom taught K-3. I was taught there is a certain nobility in teachers. That there is a special place in Heaven for teachers who influence the lives of young…

Public Lands: Who Should Manage Them?

Last night I went to an Oxford style debate  on the statement “The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders.” The question asked whether management should be by Utah or the Federal Government. On one side were Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and Representative Ken Ivory for Utah controlling those lands and on the other side, former Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea and University of Utah professor Dan McCool. A big crowd of close to three hundred people showed up. The evening began with a poll of…

Why STEM Education

During the last few months, television ads have popped up all over showing cool jobs in cool companies with the tag line “STEM Utah, Curiosity Unleashed”. Why would businesses fund a $2.5 million media campaign promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)?The world of today is very different than previous generations and is full of technological advances that make our lives more and more productive. STEM education produces critical thinkers and problems solvers. These are the very skills that allow our children to compete for today’s jobs. National studies show…

Immigration reform is a moral issue

As a staunch conservative Republican and former Utah Republican Party Chair, I believe “Freedom,” “Liberty” and “God-given rights” are more than mere words in America. They are the foundational beliefs upon which we have built the greatest nation on Earth. They also are the principles that should guide us on the issue of immigration. In the Declaration of Independence, America’s founders wrote:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are…