The subtweets of historians

“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present generation, to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” — John Adams During this particular week, at some point, I will hear someone state that America’s Independence Day should be July 2nd. Usually, this is done not because someone has an intricate knowledge of American history, but because they heard an anecdote that is…

The Mero Moment: Hollywood “Truth” — April 28, 2016

Several years ago I attended a three-day seminar about writing in general and screenplays in particular. My interest was more about how to tell an interesting story. So much of public policy is dry and boring. I thought I could benefit from some expert storytelling. The seminar was presented by famed Hollywood screenwriter Robert McKee – if you saw the movie Adaptation you’ve heard of Robert McKee. When his book, titled Story, was published nearly 20 years ago, he then claimed that his students had won 18 Academy Awards, 107…

The Hub Sheet – Mar 26, 2016: Caucus, Easter Crime, and the American Dream

The Utah Politico Hub live blog of caucus night captured the excitement (and crowds) from around the state. A 2.5 foot tall stack of voter registration cards was delivered to Salt Lake County. The Utah engineer who warned of (and tried to stop) the Challenger explosion 30 years ago died this week. Three ways to improve the online voting experiment. America’s competition deficit. Gov. Herbert signs 52 bills and sort of maybe endorses Ted Cruz finally but not really.at his monthly news conference. After Scalia’s death, Dow Chemical drops appeal, settles in class-action price fixing…

The Hub Sheet – Mar 19, 2016: Presidential Hopefuls and Mug Donuts

Salt Lake Tribune’s Matt Canham on why predicting the outcome of Utah’s 2016 caucus is difficult. Speaking of, everything you need to know to attend a caucus available here. Study: Who is posting comments on news stories and why are they doing it? Utah is enjoying it’s 15 minutes in the presidential race. Ad money is being thrown around like parade candy. Twitter coverage via Ben Winslow. And everyone gets a front page! [Kasich] [Cruz] [Trump] [Bernie] Why the online sales tax bill died. Speaker Hughes… what the…? Brotailers? More details…

The Hub Sheet – Mar 5, 2016: SATS, storm economics, and lead enthusiasts.

Mr. English: 74 things I learned from the lowest debate in American history. Repeal the 17th Amendment? Don’t bother. The Beehive Bugle lampoons “lead enthusiast” Sen. Mike Lee’s hold on Flint water crisis aid money. Economists discussing the impact of weekend snowstorms on local economies. Utah Division of Consumer Protection is investigating an Ogden business that’s been “going out of business” for a really, really long time. Thousands of students will take the new SAT tests this weekend. Here is what’s changed and why. From the highest mountain in the Alps to a miniature train…

The Hub Sheet – Feb 27, 2016: Cheap Stuff, Super Tuesdays, and Travels to Azerbaijan

Mr. English recaps the latest GOP debate and looks ahead at Super Tuesday. A Dayton, ID family says their daughter, who took her own life last week, was a victim of vicious cyber-bullying. Senators Okerlund and Hillyard discuss Trump, Rubio, higher education audits and more via the Utah Senate YouTube channel. “It’s about a third, a third, and a third,” Rep. Froerer says of medical marijuana’s odds in the house. Groupon won Unroll.me’s Biggest Spammer 2015 award for email frequency. Better Utah explains opposition to Rep. Dunnigan’s medicaid proposal. Governor Herbert says…

The Hub Sheet – Feb 10, 2016: Act of Sitting

The origin of the word “session,” as in “general session,” stem from a Latin phrases for ‘act of sitting” or “have a seat.” True story. Gordon Jones says Rep. Love’s “one thing at a time” proposal is well intentioned, but ultimately meaningless. Utah on the brink of losing “herd immunity” with more parents choosing not to vaccinate. Pew: 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in U.S. history. At the 13.15 mark, Senator Lyle Hillyard proves he’s the Banksy of explaining base budgets in this Utah Senate Q&A. A skeptic infiltrates…

The Hub Sheet – Jan 26, 2016: Nuclear salesmen, Big Cereal, and #UTLeg week one

An interactive exploration of Utah’s budget, 2000-2017. For nerds, in the #UTleg and the #UTpol. Legislative session gets underway with day one focus on education, water, and public lands. Single-issue bills could make their way from Utah to DC. Sen. Adams wants  to link Lake Powell Pipeline project to transportation and road funding. A new book collects business cards from nuclear industry salesman and it is strangely intriguing. State auditor announces new online budget and open government training videos for local governments. Hunger has come to the suburbs. Gov. Herbert’s State of the State…

Attack on offense

“You have every right to be offended. Just don’t cry when no one cares.” — Ricky Gervais Two events held two weeks apart. One was in Hollywood in front of a worldwide audience. The other, on the mean sstreets of Philadelphia. Both were a testament to the assault currently being waged on those who dare impugn on the most sacred and noble of American icons: Caitlyn Jenner. On New Year’s Day, the annual Mummers Parade was held in Philly…my hometown. I am a Mummer. I did not march in this…

The Hub Sheet – Jan 11, 2016: Industrialist dilemmas and the TSA vs. gravy

Rep. Jeremy Peterson explains signing on as co-sponsor of Rep. Arent’s HB119, ending straight ticket voting. Utah played a key role in Delta Airlines’ near-demise… and revival. City council member Jenney Rees on how women in politics are treated differently than men in the same positions. An incredibly thing we all do during conversations. Ballot Battles: A history of disputed elections in the US. Sorensen: Candidates expected to worship at the altar of the Party, as led by Chairman Evans. Former Rep. Justin Miller gets 18 months probation for fraud charge. Provo…