An open letter to Mia Love

Dear Representative Love, First off, let me just say, I get it. Campaign season will wear anyone down – and in October, things tend to get a little crazy. But I must admit I am more than a little confused by your premature proclamation that the that Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has said that your “campaign was legally allowed to raise primary-election contributions and that [you] may retain all primary-election contributions [you] received before the date of the Convention.” only for us to discover that the FEC has made no…

Medicaid Expansion: A bum deal for Utah

Utah has spent many years trying to find a middle road on Medicaid expansion. Most of the concerns have rightly been about trying to make sure that costs are contained before moving forward with any plan. Activists in Washington DC who wanted full as-is expansion cut a check for $342K (oh the irony of the group being named Utah Decides) to make sure the question would be on the ballot. Setting aside the obvious odiousness of a giant pile of DC money attempting to decide which way the state goes, the…

Vote, but do not be fooled by voting

I’m all about voting. Everyone should do it. It’s an important part of how we do democracy around here. We’re a republic, and we vote for representatives who pass laws, execute laws, etc. And they are selected by voting. But don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that voting in the next election is going to be a panacea for all the problems that Politician X is not solving the way you would like them to (or, even making them worse…or creating them…). Candidate Y is not going to be…

Monkey Business

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting this state. That is not going to work. It’s not going to be good for Florida.”  Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis on Fox News, 8/28/18 The mid-terms of 2018 are a historic watermark in the political history of this country. The Democrat Party is watching its power base rapidly erode among Moderates by virtue of the success of Trump policies. As a result, the Democrats…

Oh my darlin’

“I look at this through a very pragmatic lens. I didn’t read a book one day and say I’m a socialist. I believe in health care for all, I believe in education for all, I believe in housing as a human right and if people are going to call me a socialist for believing in those things, I’m like, alright, I don’t give a damn.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, August, 22nd NPR Interview. Recently, the New York Fourteenth District incumbent, Representative Joe Crowley (the likely successor to Nancy Pelosi as House Minority…

Preserving the American political tradition is the goal

Former FBI Director James Comey recently called on voters to elect Democrats this November saying, “Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.” And just a few weeks ago, conservative George Will authored an op-ed titled, “Vote Against the GOP this November.” Will wrote, “In today’s GOP, which is the president’s plaything, he is the mainstream. So, to vote against his party’s cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation’s honor while quarantining him.” A writer for my favorite National Review slapped back that Will has…

Governor Herbert for a third term

In November 2014, I received a call from Governor Gary Herbert’s staff inviting, and then asking, me to stand with the governor as he announced his Healthy Utah plan – the plan that opponents referred to as “Medicaid expansion.” I knew nothing about the plan at the time, was sent some briefing materials and, ultimately, agreed to stand with him largely out of friendship and respect. Of course, as a well-known conservative voice in Utah, I was heavily criticized for so-called “endorsing” the Healthy Utah plan. Up to the point…