Road to Anarchy

It is not well known outside of family circles, but I married into a long history of law enforcement. My wife’s grandfather was the San Pete County Sherriff for ages, back in the day. My father-in-law and his brother were the cornerstones of the Provo City Police Detective Department for over twenty-five years. My oldest daughter married the son of a notable career Orem City officer. In our family, ethical law enforcement and the people that participate in it are personal. When we hear some of the absolute insanity circulating…

2020: A Year of Hope

Everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to one degree or another. During what can seem like a dark time, Highland City wanted to bring hope to the community via a proclamation “2020: A Year of Hope” and an accompanying video. I hope you find it inspirational. We all hope for a brighter tomorrow and thanks to your efforts we will have one. The Highland City Mayor and Council hereby proclaim 2020 as “A Year of Hope.” We hope for a better tomorrow and that we will overcome our…

Utah County Recorder, Republican Candidates

With Jeff Smith, the current Utah County Recorder stepping down we have a four-way race. Candidates range from many years working in the office to being totally from the outside. Here is a short write-up on each. Andrea Allen Andrea was born and raised in Spanish Fork and has worked for the county for the past thirty-eight years. She has been the assistant county recorder for the last five years. She thinks it is a great staff and enjoys working with them. The first thing she wants to change with…

Utah County Surveyor, Republican Candidates: Anthony Canto and Todd Osborn

With the current Utah County surveyor stepping down, there are two candidates vying to replace him. One is from inside the office, the other from outside. Here is a short write-up of each. Anthony Canto Anthony has worked in the surveyor’s office for 15 years, 8 as chief deputy. He loves the job and is passionate about protecting personal property rights. Anthony wants to make sure the office keeps running properly. He really likes that the office understands the statutory responsibilities and does them and only them. They are really…

Utah House District 56 Republican Candidates: Kay Christofferson and Merrilee Boyack

My name is John Mulholland, and I live in Utah House District 56. This year, we have an exciting race with two very qualified candidates. Both have plenty of experience but somewhat different views and qualifications. Here is my short write-up on each. Kay Christofferson Kay has already served in the legislature for the last eight years. This will probably be his last term in office. He is a solid conservative and has worked hard with the governor to promote taking back states’ rights, especially around land management. He is…

Cedar City’s Planned Ice Rink Becoming Rent-Seeking Run Amok

Ice Town Costs Ice Clown His Town Crown

Fans of the TV Show Parks and Recreation may remember an episode in which it’s discovered that City Manager Ben Wyatt was once mayor of a city in Minnesota. Voted in at 18, he quickly ended up bankrupting the city by building a winter sports complex named Ice Town. He was subsequently removed from office after a scant two months and constantly asked about the failure whenever he’s in a high-profile situation. In a case of life imitating art, Cedar City is plotting a course all too similar to this…

A History of Commission Districts in San Juan County, Utah

Because history gives context and perspective to current situations, the history of commission districting in San Juan County bears repeating. And perhaps I know this history best from my personal involvement. It is not my intention to fuel anymore contention, just to give some history. San Juan County was the first county in Utah to district county commission seats. That was in 1984. Up until that time, all counties in the state had a 3-member commission, each member elected at-large with two seats being four-year terms and one seat being…

Evaluating city council candidates

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams In Highland, there are three open city council seats this year. The nine candidates that are vying for your vote are asking for the privilege to spend ten or more hours a week for four years making decisions that affect us now and years into the future. The issues they deal with will range from approving changes in user fees for parks to budgetary expenses totaling…

What market failures can teach us about the Utah Republican Party

There comes a time in the life of every business where the market they serve shifts under their feet. While a few businesses anticipate these changes and adapt quickly, more of them find themselves unable to cope, thrashing wildly about in an attempt to find solid footing. Reduced to a shadow of their former success, they often limp along until bankruptcy claims the withering husk. In many ways, the Utah Republican Party is at this point, and the fight over its future will determine its eventual fate. What’s happening in…

The no-win scenario for the caucus

Photo by Keith Bacongco

In the Star Trek universe, there’s a famous training exercise required of all starship captains called the Kobayashi Maru. It’s designed to be a no-win scenario to test the character of leadership, but never to be won. Captain James T. Kirk famously cheated to create a way to win, stating flatly that he didn’t believe in no-win scenarios. Right now, opponents of the signature path to the ballot find themselves in a no-win scenario. Unlike Captain Kirk, they can’t cheat their way to victory. The landscape for changing the status…