A look at the candidates for Utah GOP leadership

With most of the county conventions over, Utah Republican Party delegates will choose new leadership this Saturday morning at UVU. With a turbulent last two years, this promises to be an interesting Convention. More information can be found at http://utah.gop/2019-state-organizing-convention/ The candidates for Utah Republican Party Chair Derek Brown Derek Brown has quite the political history from beating an incumbent Democrat to being deputy chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee. He is very concerned about Utah turning into a blue state. He has seen the surrounding states like Colorado…

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…

Candidates for Utah County GOP leadership (2019)

Another county convention is upon us and we have four competitive leadership races. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Mountain View High School, the Utah County Republican Party will hold its organizing convention. More information can be found at https://www.ucrp.org/april-27-2019-ucrp-organizing-convention/     Candidates for Chair: (Written by John Mulholland) Ben Stanley Ben Stanley is a lawyer that works with technology firms. He believes that clear procedure and professional behavior is needed in the party to overcome the current infighting. And as we generate more unity, we will generate more enthusiasm and participation…

Candidates for Salt Lake County GOP leadership (2019)

Salt Lake County chair is running unopposed but there are three good candidates for vice-chair. Their convention will be held April 13, 2019, starting with a Meet and Greet at 8:00 am at Cottonwood High School. More information can be found at https://www.slcogop.com/convention.html Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. FOR VICE-CHAIR Scott Rosenbush Scott is a relative newcomer to Utah, only living here for four years but brings a wealth of experience being an elected Republican in New Jersey for 19 years, including 5 years a mayor. He…

Candidates for Davis County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for Davis County. The Davis County Republican Party has competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, to be held April 13 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm MDT at Northridge High School. More information can be found at http://davisgop.org/event/2019-organizing-convention-updated/. Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. For Chair: Daniela Harding https://www.danielaharding.com/ Daniela loves the being in the Republican Party. She currently serves as a planning commissioner for Layton and as…

Candidates for Cache County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for the Cache County Republican Party. There are competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, held this April 12 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Cache County Fairgrounds and Event Center. More information can be found at https://cachegop.com/event/2019-cache-county-organizing-convention/ Here’s just a little information on the folks running for party leadership. For Chair:   Chris Booth Chris currently serves as the party chair up in Cache County. He said that…

Book Review | Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam

Let’s talk about immigration for a moment. It’s strange. In a country that was entirely founded, built, and peopled by immigrants and their descendants, few policy debates are more divisive than those dealing with immigration. Politicized to the extreme, the issue polarizes us. Few seem willing, or able, to compromise. Racism and resentment and limited resources combine to provide politicians with ample fodder to raise tensions and exploit fears. Reihan Salam thinks there is a way, however, a compromise that can solve our immigration conundrums, and his book “Melting Pot…

6 things to consider when selecting candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee

As Utah Republicans start their 2019 county conventions, it is important to make wise decisions about who will represent you on State Central Committee, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party.  This is especially important given the problems of the last couple of years. Now that the US Supreme Court has declined to hear the SB54 lawsuit, what direction will the party take? Here are six key points to consider as county delegates evaluate candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee (or SCC): Transparency The SCC rarely has roll…

Book Review | Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt

Rarely have I enjoyed a piece of political commentary as much as I did Stephen Greenblatt’s Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics. In William Shakespeare’s day, it wasn’t safe to disagree with power. Unlike today’s America, with the protections of the First Amendment, his world was governed by the near-absolute power of the monarch, the aging Queen Elizabeth. And speaking ill of the queen led to swift and often deadly punishment. Instead, the Bard through his plays would examine the ways and means of tyranny, delving into the past and into foreign…

The numerical agenda behind open borders

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” – Ronald Reagan President Trump declares a national emergency at the southern border, igniting a partisan firestorm, a new funding bill comes from Congress that exacerbates border problems versus solving them. With border security a polarizing matter both from ideological and economic perspectives, it is time to examine the issue more closely. The puzzling questions as Trump seeks decisive action with little cooperation, seeking to remedy policies of past administrations that have failed to enforce the borders or universally…