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…

Not An Apology.

“Only Nixon could go to China.” —Old Vulcan proverb. When I started writing columns for cachevalleydaily.com a decade ago, there was an agreement between me and Eric Frandsen, CVD’s editor, about what my schtick was. As I had been on my occasional spots on KVNU radio, I would be the boorish Philly guy that took a sledgehammer to “Utah nice” when discussing events related to Utah; especially on the subject of politics.  Many of my CVD polemics were republished on Utah Politico Hub, where I served the same purpose. The…

To My Friend Nate

“You always say ‘not defending Trump’ and yet you always are. There’s plenty of proof on each charge. If only one or two of the charges are correct, that’s very damning. He will go down as the most corrupt president ever.” –Nate on Facebook I want to respond publicly to my friend Nate. It is rare to persuade anyone who is convinced of a political position, but it is worth a try. Especially when that person is your good friend. Nate forwarded a post that listed twenty felonies Trump has…