Why Mia Love has earned this win

After months and months of this campaign season (about 23 1/2, it feels like), results are only 24 hours away. Mia Love has earned the win she will make official tomorrow night. (My prediction: 8 points. My hope: 10+) I’ve already blogged about some of the reasons I think she will win – good campaign team, good strategy, killer fundraising ability – so tonight I want to focus on the Mia I know and love. She is tough and tender. She is smart and strategic. She has nerves of steel…

Election 2014 Fearless Predictions from the Utah Politico Hub

Today is the big day.  (Well, as far as elections go, ‘big day’ may be a stretch.)  While most races wrapped up months ago, there are still a few worth watching tonight night.  So without any real research and a lot of fun speculation, we present this year’s Utah Politico Hub’s Fearless Predictions: Dan Karen Shon Holly Curt Jesse John Stan Fearless Prediction Congressional Races UT-04 Doug Owens v Mia Love  Mia Love  Mia Love Doug Owens  Mia Love by 8 pts  Mia Love Mia Love  Mia Love  Mia Love…

Mia Love vs Doug Owens in CD4: A Competitive, Vapid Campaign

Campaigns are about choice and distinctions between candidates, and in the CD4, both Democrat Doug Owens and Republican Mia Love have done a great job, jointly, in defining the choice without discussing a single specific issue. With my campaign consultant hat on, I see this as a brilliant move by both campaigns.  Love is running away from her own 2012 Tea Party campaign, and Owens is running away from national Democratic Party positions, much like Jim Matheson did.  Both are strategically good moves for the respective campaigns. The first debate…

Why I Work for Attorney General Sean Reyes

On New Year’s Eve Day, 2013, I read Sean Reyes was appointed Utah Attorney General.  I emailed to wish him well.  I hadn’t seen Sean for five years; it was over ten since we worked at the same firm. I had left Parsons Behle & Latimer to work for a mentor and judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. After working in Washington, D.C. in a Supreme Court and Appellate practice, I returned to Utah to work as an Assistant Federal Defender, a job I loved. Sean left the…

Doug Owens Probably Doesn’t Want You To Know…

Doug Owens is a government shut down artist. Or at least was, when the cause meant enough to him. And it cost Utah millions. But first, the back story. Mia Love and Doug Owens had their third and final debate of the campaign on Thursday. My initial thoughts from listening to the debate – Owens tries really, really hard to paint Mia as a partisan extremist and himself as this bipartisan, moderate problem solver. It was by far the most fiery of their interactions to date, with Mia sounding more…

Ads from the Utah Attorney General Race

The other race in Utah this year–besides the ho-hums in Utah’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Congressional Districts and the drop-down drag-out race for the 4th–is the Utah Attorney General race. Needless to say, short of a major scandal hitting the presses, Attorney General Sean Reyes already has the race tied up. But that doesn’t mean that neither he nor his opponent, Democrat Charles Stormont, aren’t making an effort to get in front of the voters. Here are the ads that both candidates have produced and are running over radio and television. Television…

A Closer Look at the Dan Jones and BYU Polls, or TL;DR: Why You Can’t Always Trust Pollsters

(Authors Note: While I am an unpaid intern on the Stormont Campaign, this article is entirely independent of that, and does not reflect the candidate or campaign’s views.) It’s “Hey! Look at our Polling Data Week.” It seems like every whosit has a poll prognosticating how the election will turn out. I’m going to look at just two of them, both released on Monday October 27th:Utah Policy Daily (Dan Jones) and BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (BYU-CSED). Both have problems, but the Dan Jones poll is especially…

Why I’m Running for Utah’s 3rd Congressional Seat

When in the course of human events, if an opponent rises unchallenged, it is incumbent upon one of the citizenry to rise to the occasion, to give the people choices in their election. After watching Jason Chaffetz destroy and dismantle Brian Wonnancott in a debate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional seat, I decided then and there – or a few days after; who’s counting? – to throw my hat in the ring to make this race a little more competitive. If the Democrats aren’t going to try, let’s have an Independent…

Doug Owens Strikes Moderate Utah Pose, But Policies Don’t Add Up

The HubCap Spin | Love or Owens: Who Wins the Race for Congressional District 4?

To hear 4th District democratic candidate Doug Owens tell it, he’s an aw shucks down home every day average Utahn running for Congress. But what do you find when you dig a little deeper than campaign marketing? While his website is long on “sixth generation Utahn,” it is remarkably short on specifics, particularly from a candidate whose messaging says he’s running a substantive, solutions based campaign. But let’s take a look under the hood and see how Owens’s actual policies square with that of the general Utah public. Owens portrays…

A Guide to Voting: Resources and Rants

Every year about this time, my phone starts ringing.  Neighbors, friends, family members, all calling to ask how I voted.  This year, I thought, to save you all the call, I’ll walk you through my thought process as I fill out my ballot and give you the resources you need to make your own informed decision. Since I live in Davis County, I received my ballot in the mail.  If you do not have your ballot in hand, and would like to follow along visit: here I both love and…