An Open Letter to Governor Cox

Dear Governor Cox, I voted for you and lend my support to you because you are an avowed conservative, grew up in San Pete County (we should always have confidence in the solid roots of a country boy), and received a comprehensive apprenticeship under the leadership of a decent man in Gary Herbert. In a previous article on this site, written prior to your election, I spoke of the need for a wartime governor, the standard status quo just will not cut it in these perilous times. I am hoping,…

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…

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…

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…

Even politicians need sleep

At a public meeting, a state legislator appeared almost drunk. His speech was slightly slurred and you could tell he was just giving automatic responses. He hadn’t been drinking but was exhausted from a lack of sleep. Utah has a part-time legislature with a 45-day legislative session. During that time, the legislature is extremely busy with committee meetings, general sessions, and reading through bills. Curious as to how big of an issue this was, I asked a group of legislators at another public meeting if they were getting enough sleep…

UPH Election Day Live-Blog

It’s Election Day on this fine November 6, 2018. We’ll be updating this live blog throughout the day. [7:35pm] – Fox News called the House for the Democrats. I anticipate we’ll see a reverse of the Gingrich House of the 90s. Investigation after investigation after investigation. – Beau Sorensen [7:20pm] – I think the Senate results are showing that the Kavanaugh hearings backfired on Democrats and that from an electoral standpoint Republicans were right to push him through. It told Republicans they needed to get out and keep the Senate in GOP…

For the life of a very special child

State Representative Karianne Lisonbee and State Senator Curt Bramble have co-sponsored a bill protecting a baby from being aborted solely because it has or has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome (HB 205) – and it sounds altogether reasonable to me. Why should Down Syndrome be a death sentence? Or, if focusing solely on the feelings and rights of the mother, why does a personal preference outweigh the inherent dignity of a Down Syndrome child? For the bill’s pro-abortion opponents, the biggest excuse in opposing the bill is the law. Since…

It’s time for real ethics reform

With a part-time Legislature, Utah is prone to difficulties with ethics in at least two ways. First, there always is the possibility that legislators will legislate matters pertaining to their own business interests. Second, and the more serious concern, legislators may create business interests because of their political power. More often than not, the public debate over government ethics reforms centers on systemic issues. Time is the biggest one. It is both a blessing and a curse. When the Legislature is not in session it cannot do any harm. The…