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…

Death of the Democratic Party

“However [Political Parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, unprincipled and ambitious men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people” – George Washington, 1796. If the Coronavirus crisis has revealed anything, it has revealed that certain Parties and players will drop any pretense of constitutional allegiance when the opportunity arises.  Both Parties have elected people in positions of power locally and nationally that have essentially thrown the Constitution to…

The 2020 Republican Candidates for Governor, Ranked

The Republican field for governor is more crowded than an audition for America’s Got Talent. There’s not a lot to differentiate on policy-wise, so most of this race is going to come down to personality. Here’s a run-down of each of them from best to worst (with a dishonorable mention). The Good Ones Spencer Cox I’ve known Spencer for a number of years. He’s smart. He’s honest. He’s genuine. Above all, he’s someone who spends time thinking and evaluating before speaking. That’s a rarity in general, but especially so for…

A wartime governor?

“Some people might not have realized that World War III has already begun” – Tweet by Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, March 22, 2020 One of my favorite moments in an epic movie, “The Godfather”, is when Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone, turns to Robert Duvall’s character Tom Hagen and says “You’re out Tom. You are not a wartime consigliere”. Duvall’s character had been a long standing attorney representing the family’s (legal and illegal) interests with a stellar track record. Yet he was removed in a period where a…

Utah County Recorder, Republican Candidates

With Jeff Smith, the current Utah County Recorder stepping down we have a four-way race. Candidates range from many years working in the office to being totally from the outside. Here is a short write-up on each. Andrea Allen Andrea was born and raised in Spanish Fork and has worked for the county for the past thirty-eight years. She has been the assistant county recorder for the last five years. She thinks it is a great staff and enjoys working with them. The first thing she wants to change with…

Utah County Surveyor, Republican Candidates: Anthony Canto and Todd Osborn

With the current Utah County surveyor stepping down, there are two candidates vying to replace him. One is from inside the office, the other from outside. Here is a short write-up of each. Anthony Canto Anthony has worked in the surveyor’s office for 15 years, 8 as chief deputy. He loves the job and is passionate about protecting personal property rights. Anthony wants to make sure the office keeps running properly. He really likes that the office understands the statutory responsibilities and does them and only them. They are really…

Utah House District 56 Republican Candidates: Kay Christofferson and Merrilee Boyack

My name is John Mulholland, and I live in Utah House District 56. This year, we have an exciting race with two very qualified candidates. Both have plenty of experience but somewhat different views and qualifications. Here is my short write-up on each. Kay Christofferson Kay has already served in the legislature for the last eight years. This will probably be his last term in office. He is a solid conservative and has worked hard with the governor to promote taking back states’ rights, especially around land management. He is…

Bumbling Biden Benefits by Bernie’s Betrayal

What a difference a week or so makes. Through Iowa and New Hampshire, with some youthful and diverse gender options available in the field for the Democratic primaries, Joe Biden could barely manage a distant fourth place in Iowa and a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders should have won Iowa (thanks to some last-minute fudging for Pete Buttigieg) and won New Hampshire, although with Buttigieg hot on his heels. Biden dominated in North Carolina and within a few days both Buttigieg and Klobuchar mysteriously dropped out of the…

State of Disunion

February was a very difficult month for Democrats. It began with President Trump’s State of the Union address in early February. After delivering an inspiring and visionary address, the type of speech that “holds a mirror up” to that which makes America special, Nancy Pelosi responded with the “rip heard ‘round the world”. The petulant tearing up of the text of the speech while rising from the Speaker’s chair in front of the cameras was meant to come across as an act of principled defiance. Instead, it was the first…

Republican Gubernatorial Hopefuls Don’t Have the Luxury of Hating on Trump

At the recent governor’s debate hosted at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, the six Republican candidates were asked by moderator Clint Betts if they don’t support Trump. To the surprise of more than a few Utah politicos, nobody on that stage raised their hand. I found myself disappointed, but not terribly surprised. You shouldn’t be either, but probably not for the reasons you may be thinking. Moderator asks if anyone on the stage DOESN'T support Trump. No hands are raised. — Bethany Rodgers (@BethRodgersSLT) January 31, 2020 As a private…