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…

Is Utah the Last Sane Place Remaining?

My history is not the same as the average Utahn. I was born in the Midwest and have lived in sixteen cities in twelve states over my lifetime, including three different locations in Utah. My formative grade school years were in Atlanta, so in essence, I am a Son of the South. But high school and college were in the Northeast, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. I never saw the Rockies until I was in my twenties when I traveled to BYU for graduate school. In essence, I have…

Dividing a Nation

I warned last week in an article entitled No Peaceful Outcome? that there might be attempts upon this presidential election to create confusion and perpetuate various forms of election fraud. We now sit a week after the official election with a media declaration of a Biden win. But there are ominous clouds hanging over this election, and the Trump campaign is not about to concede. Anecdotal evidence of fraud is being broadcast by Trump and his surrogates. Whether actual physical evidence can be brought remains to be seen, but the…

A Few Last-Minute Election Predictions

Election Day is finally here, so let’s see how well a few Utah Politico Hub contributors can prognosticate. Answers from Beau Sorensen, Bob Aagard, and John English. 1. Who will win the 2020 presidential election and by how much? SORENSEN: Despite all the handwringing about what will happen if Donald Trump loses by a little, in the end it was much ado about nothing. Joe Biden takes back states that had turned red in 2016 (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan) and flips a few others (Arizona, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida).…