The Legislature Played Voters Like Fiddles on Question 1

Congratulations, Utah: at 8 PM on Election Night, we successfully killed any chance of meaningful increases to public education funding for at least the next decade. Yes, when the citizens of Utah were asked “are you willing to pay $4 more a month to help fund schools?” we said by a 2 to 1 margin in a loud and resounding voice “NO!” By voting no, we have now given the legislature the political cover they have been craving for years in order to avoid biting the bullet and actually committing the…

UPH Election Day Live-Blog

It’s Election Day on this fine November 6, 2018. We’ll be updating this live blog throughout the day. [7:35pm] – Fox News called the House for the Democrats. I anticipate we’ll see a reverse of the Gingrich House of the 90s. Investigation after investigation after investigation. – Beau Sorensen [7:20pm] – I think the Senate results are showing that the Kavanaugh hearings backfired on Democrats and that from an electoral standpoint Republicans were right to push him through. It told Republicans they needed to get out and keep the Senate in GOP…

The real dichotomy up for vote

“To me I don’t have to clarify. It means I love the country; it means I’m fighting for the country. I look at two things, globalists and nationalists. I’m someone who wants to take care of our country for as you know for many, many years…our leaders have been more worried about the world than they have about the United States, and they leave us in a mess. Whether it’s the wars, whether it’s the economy, whether it’s debt, whether it’s all the things they have done… I am proud…

Mobocracy?

As the mid-terms near, we see an escalating trend of disorder within the country. Whether it is shouting down people in restaurants, violent demonstrations and street thuggery in Portland, streams of illegal immigrants heading to storm southern border or homemade envelopes of poison or bombs being mailed to politicians, the crazies our are coming out in number to disrupt the flow of everyday social and political dialogue. In my last piece, I asked the question as to who the real radicals within the American system are. That question remains in…

Pocahontas!

Earlier this year, my wife and I visited the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City. In this impressive facility we received a small pad-like device that plugged into a data port attached to oversized wall screens. That evening I made a startling discovery perusing my ancestry through the “Where are Your Ancestors From?” display. I am one sixty-fourth Polynesian! I have a sixth great grandmother from the Pacific Islands. She apparently met and married a Dutch trader named Van Zandt and sailed back with him to New Jersey where his…

A way too early look at the 2020 Democratic presidential landscape

In 2016, way too many people ran for the Republican presidential ticket. It allowed a lifelong Democrat who turned into a birther a handful of years ago to win the nomination. So, based on very little, here’s where I see the candidates for president in power rankings for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field. 1. KAMALA HARRIS – The junior senator from California is a star on the left. She’s pugnacious, which helps in picturing her debating Trump, and she checks all the identity politics boxes. She might be seen…

An open letter to Mia Love

Dear Representative Love, First off, let me just say, I get it. Campaign season will wear anyone down – and in October, things tend to get a little crazy. But I must admit I am more than a little confused by your premature proclamation that the that Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has said that your “campaign was legally allowed to raise primary-election contributions and that [you] may retain all primary-election contributions [you] received before the date of the Convention.” only for us to discover that the FEC has made no…

Medicaid Expansion: A bum deal for Utah

Utah has spent many years trying to find a middle road on Medicaid expansion. Most of the concerns have rightly been about trying to make sure that costs are contained before moving forward with any plan. Activists in Washington DC who wanted full as-is expansion cut a check for $342K (oh the irony of the group being named Utah Decides) to make sure the question would be on the ballot. Setting aside the obvious odiousness of a giant pile of DC money attempting to decide which way the state goes, the…