One Thing All Campaigns Must Have To Win

In the past, most of the focus on what makes a good politician has come down to two things: how personable they are and if they can connect with voters. When those things are combined with a governing philosophy that is compatible with the people in their district, you have a guaranteed win. Of course, this assumes that there aren’t any October surprises that trip the politician up. It is still important to connect and be personal. However, as evidenced by political campaigns since 2008, it is even more important to…

KSL’s Sheryl Worsley Files Ethics Inquiry About Tribune’s Mia Love Biography

In a coup for raising the standards of professional journalists (who are disappearing like dinosaurs after a giant meteorite hit), KSL’s News Director Sheryl Worsley (not apparently acting in her capacity as a KSL employee) sent an “ethics inquiry” to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to complain about the Salt Lake Tribune’s publication of a biography on newly elected Mia Love. Unauthorized by Mia Love or her campaign, the biography tells Love’s story, from her birth to Haitian immigrants through to election day on Tuesday November 6, 2014, and was written by Tribune reporters…

Candidates To Replace John Valentine Distinguish Themselves at Debate

Last night’s Senate District 14 debate between candidates vying to replace John Valentine was one of the most mild I have ever seen. All four candidates are great men who have served our community and would do well as the Senator from Senate District 14. Most of the debate focused on similarities. Yes they are all very conservative, but it also highlighted some of their differences. Representation and Range of Legislation The biggest difference I spotted was how each person would represent. The person, in my opinion, with the most set agenda…

The Race to Replace Valentine in Senate District 14

With the midterm elections over, there remains one more election: the selection of a replacement for John Valentine, who resigned earlier this year when he was appointed to the state tax commission by Governor Gary Herbert.   John Mulholland met with all four of the very qualified individuals who filed as candidates. candidates and this write-up is intended to help Republican Party delegates, who will select the name to send to the Governor for appointment, get to know the candidates better. The candidates each present different talents and abilities and will all serve…

An Early Look At Election 2016

I know that the paint is barely dry on Election 2014, but let us look ahead to some important dates to watch for in our mad dash to November 8, 2016.  Most dates are tentative. Unless otherwise noted, my source was TheGreenPapers.com. January 26, 2015 – March 12, 2015: Utah’s Legislative Session.  Expect movement on two different fronts dealing with the 2016 elections.  First, expect the Legislature to take up the “Count My Vote” issue once again.  Delegates to the 2014 Utah Republican Convention passed a resolution against the “Count My…

Is No Democrat Going to Challenge Harry Reid?

All indications thus far are that the Democratic party is going to keep Harry Reid as the Senate leader and Nancy Pelosi as the House leader. This is a terrific strategy if the Democrats want to stay in the minority. One of the lessons from the midterms, and there were many, is that Democratic voters didn’t have a reason to be enthused. Their turnout was low. Republicans meanwhile were greatly enthused by the prospect of keeping the House, taking the Senate, and finally forcing some bills to make it to…

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…

Midterm Mayhem

The commentators are cooling off on the major networks. Weeks of non-stop punditry, debate and prognostication have ended. The midterm elections are over save for a few run-offs or possible recounts. The Republicans now control the House and Senate for the first time since the George Bush-era and effectively for only the second time since the Eisenhower-era. But have we learned anything? And what are the national implications that directly affect the good citizens of Utah? Can we draw any certain conclusions for the future? One thing seems to be…

Write-in candidates bombed because they lacked ballot access

Is there anything more quixotic than a write-in campaign? Wins are rare, happening once or twice every few election cycles out of thousands of races. When it does happen, it’s almost always someone who has high name recognition, and it more often than not involves some strange situations such as where one of the candidates has dropped out of the race. To their credit, some write-in candidates in Utah did pretty well last night, considering. The most well-known one, Bill Freeze, managed about 28% of the total vote for Utah County…

Election 2014: Morning-After Observations

The national media took a while to form their narrative about Election 2014. Was it a Republican wave? Maybe a tropical storm? Did they have a mandate? Was it anti-Obama or anti-incumbent? Not all of the coverage was enlightening, but here’s some thoughts on last night. – Nate Silver was wrong. We’ve entered new territory. 2012 was full of unskewed-poll talk for Republicans, where they believed Nate Silver and other pollsters were underselling their turnout. Turns out Silver and crew were right. However in 2014, the pollsters were wrong on…