Could Donald Trump Still Win?

We’re less than two weeks away and the polls would suggest that Joe Biden’s on his way to finishing above 300 in the Electoral College. Could Donald Trump still pull this off? Does he have a chance? Could some of the state polls be as off as they were in 2016? Or as accurate as they were in 2012? Approval rating average of the president 11 days before his possible re-election v. how much of the popular vote they got (per 538) 45 Donald Trump – 42.5% 44 Barack Obama…

Two Visions of America

As we edge closer to Election Day 2020, at a time when mail-in voting has already begun, a careful analysis of the issues in play is crucial. It is not an overstatement to say that the 2020 national election may be the most important in history. While things in Utah are fairly status quo, on the national stage they are more tumultuous than at any time in recent memory. What is at stake are two fundamentally diametric visions of what America is and what we may become. Utah is a…

Barrett is a no-lose proposition for the American people

It is not as if the 2020 election year has not already had its share of intrigue. We must admit that the turmoil in our national politics has been nothing short of historic. The death of celebrated Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just added serious spin to the already reeling political discourse. There is a fundamental difference between Progressives and Conservatives when it comes to executing judicial office. There is a reason Presidents seek to appoint new judges at nearly every level when they take office. Progressive judges (read…

Not Their Finest Hour

The first presidential debate for 2020 is in the books. Or at least an event touted as a presidential debate. It came across more as a sorority sister spat over who had the richest boyfriend. In a year when the presidential election may be one of the most crucial in history and the American people need to clearly hear the policy differences between candidates, we received nothing more than mutual bullying and character assassination. We deserve better. This was truly not Biden’s or Trump’s finest hour. The ideological stances of…

Bait and Switch

The national presidential tickets are set and we amble with wobbly legs towards a November election. The 2020 elections will be historic for a number of reasons. One significant reason revolves around the curious origins of the Democratic presidential ticket. We finally have a vice-presidential candidate, but the choice is curious. As another proof that the Democratic Party pays absolutely no attention to their constituency whatsoever, we have Senator Kamala Harris. Her nomination may go down as the biggest bait and switch political event to date. Turn back the clock…

Demise of Democrats, Inauguration of Independents

“There will be two great political parties in this country. One will be called the Republican, and the other the Democrat party. These two parties will go to war and out of these two parties will spring another party which will be the Independent American Party.” – Joseph Smith Jr., June 18, 1844. It is not typical to begin a political commentary with an obscure prophetic reference. Except, in this case, the groundwork for the fulfillment of said reference is now being laid. The current state of the Democrat Party…

What is next for Huntsman?

The primaries are over and we are left with few questions to ask. Spencer Cox is in and will likely win the gubernatorial race. Jon Huntsman, at least for the moment, is out. We no longer need to explore the why’s of the Huntsman campaign. Why did he feel the need to step back in as Governor when he so quickly bailed for the national stage last time? Why, with all of his national and international experience, did he focus back on our state? The whole “service” ethic does not…

The Case for Believing National Polls

I’ve noticed whenever I post or tweet about polls on the 2020 presidential election, someone will chime in with something “The polls were wrong in 2016!” They actually weren’t. The national polls were correct. It was some of the state polls that threw everybody off. In RealClearPolitics’ final average, they had Clinton at 46.8% and Trump at 43.6%, a difference of 3.2% with polls that averaged a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. This also meant that 9.6% of the electorate was voting third-party or hadn’t decided in the few…

Utah GOP Attorney General Primary

There is an interesting race for Utah Attorney General between the incumbent of six and a half years, Sean Reyes, and the Utah County Attorney General of two years, David Leavitt. The winner of this month’s primary will face off with the Democrat for the November election. A debate between the two can be found below. Attorney General Sean Reyes Sean Reyes has served as the state attorney general since Dec 2013, replacing John Swallow after he resigned. AG Reyes said that his biggest accomplishment so far has been to…

Will George Floyd’s Death Lead to Actual Reform?

The death of George Floyd set off a firestorm that might actually lead to some meaningful change. We’ve had some changes in the past, even though this week it might not feel like it. One example: the more widespread use of body-cams have demonstrated that “bad apples” get caught while it can acquit the actions of others. However, things need to calm down before those new changes can happen. I didn’t go to the protest in Salt Lake City on Saturday. I wish I had now. I did go to…