The Candidates to Replace Tanner Ainge on the Utah County Commission

With Commissioner Tanner Ainge stepping down mid-term to serve in the Cox Administration, candidates have lined up for the chance to replace him on the Utah County Commission. Because Ainge was nominated and elected as a Republican, the Utah County GOP Central Committee will select his replacement. The central committee consists of Republican precinct chairs and vice-chairs. As there are only 3 commissioners, this is a very important race. Websites, phone numbers, and YouTube videos for the candidates can be found at the Utah County Republican Party site. The vote…

The GOP Can Win; the GQP Will Lose

Is there a liberal version of CPAC that happens every year? I can’t think of it if there is. CPAC gets wall-to-wall coverage each time it’s held. Why is this? It used to be a place where the media could take a peek at mainstream conservative thought, a weekend Comic-Con where cosplayers wear tri-cornered hats instead of Batman masks. CPAC has eroded the past few years into an event welcomed now only by those in the populist-nationalist wing of the party, where Marjorie Taylor Greene is revered while Ben Sasse…

Right-wing activists seek to censure Mitt Romney

I get the distinct impression that I am not the only one wondering about our distinguished Senator Mitt Romney. When social media accounts broke with voters inappropriately harassing him at airports, one gets the feeling all is not well in the Romney camp. Many voters are left wondering if he understands or reflects some of their serious concerns. Now the Utah Platform Political Action Committee has voted to censure Romney. Why, we must ask, would anyone think this necessary? The Committee is not the mainstream Utah Republican Party, but an…

The Post Trump Problematic Paradigm

I greatly enjoyed Curt Bentley’s recent article Creating a Post-Trumpian Era. I agree with the majority of his assessment and his plea for each of us to stop looking at each other based on divisions, political or otherwise. But I think Mr. Bentley left out one important point. Let me illustrate with a metaphoric story. I have been an avid motorcycle rider since the tender age of sixteen. In the late eighties, I attended a popular road race at a historic venue back east. During one race, two bikes became…

As Republican-led States Lift Mandates, Utah Legislature Doubles Down on Restrictions and Fines.

Late on the 44th day of a 45-day session, the House of Representatives finally had a chance to hear the much-anticipated Senate Bill 195. After a long day, Speaker Brad Wilson called on Assistant Majority Leader, Representative Val Peterson, to present SB195. Peterson said that “within the health department, as you know, they have broad powers, and they can put restrictive orders in place.” He said that SB195 would provide a means for state and local health departments to receive “buy-in from their elected officials on these orders.” But Representative…

Hard Left Turn

We have had a full month (and a bit) to watch and assess the new Biden Administration. The initial results do not look promising. The momentary initial rhetoric of Biden’s promise to be “a President for all Americans” is fading in the rearview mirror as Biden rolls out dozens of executive orders aimed at negating any conservative progress under the Trump administration. Even the usually supportive New York Times has wondered if Biden understands the proper role of such orders. Combined with Mitch McConnell’s backpedaling statement that we “need to…

Creating a Post-Trumpian Era

There are a number of great lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride. But there is one I love above all others, and that I think is particularly applicable to a number of situations, including to America’s current political climate. Inigo Montoya, speaking after finally avenging his father’s death, says, “You know, it’s strange.  I have been in the revenge business so long that, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Let Him Go… Can you remember back to…

The Candidates to Replace Senator Dan Hemmert in Senate District 14

With State Senator Dan Hemmert stepping down to take a position with the incoming Cox administration, there is a special election in which county delegates will select somebody to fill the vacancy. Here are six candidates who are all vying to win votes. Staci Carroll Staci Carroll currently serves on the city council of American Fork and works for the BYU Marriott School of Business over diversity and inclusion. She talked about how American Fork drastically cut budgets at the beginning of the year due to covid. As the year…

Reyes got it Right; How about our Courts?

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes recently signed on to the complaint filed by the Texas Attorney General suing four other states over inappropriate and unconstitutional procedures in conducting their elections. The harm to the state of Texas, the suit alleges, is that failure to follow constitutional procedures in the defendant states could have an effect on the Electoral College that negates the electoral votes cast in Texas (and other states). These allegations have merit and deserve their full evidentiary day in court. Yet, the Supreme Court refused to hear the…

The Utah GOP is asking the right questions

The Utah GOP issued a statement last week supporting the Trump campaign’s decision to pursue charges of voter fraud, noting they “stand firmly” with the President and that his lawyers outlined evidence of what appears to be widespread improprieties in the elections practices in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Their statement reads further: “If there is any truth to the concerns about connections between the Dominion voting machines, Smartmatic voting software, and coordinated attempts to interfere with the outcome of the election, it is in our country’s best interest to…