Political engagement. It’s an American tradition. Kind of. I recently attended the 2018 Davis County Republican Convention, which was, at turns, inspiring and disgusting. And when it was disgusting, it was less because of the positions are taken or not taken and more because of the general nastiness…all among supposed friends and colleagues. Politics has been compared to sausage making, and, while I get that political progress ain’t pretty, there’s sausage making and then there’s just plain meat destroying. Some of what passes for political engagement, I want no part…
Perhaps no public policy debate in Utah in recent memory has seen more polls, advocacy, or money spent on it than Medicaid expansion, whether as Healthy Utah, Utah Cares, or full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Tonight, at about 9:30 PM, we look at what questions you should be asking with guests RyLee Stowell Curtis, Medicaid Policy Analyst of the Utah Health Policy Project, and Cameron Robinson, former Treasurer for the Utah Republican Party and a writer at FortyFive Politics.
Starting at about 9:30 PM MST (give or take) on Wednesday, get in the conversation with the editors of Utah Politico Hub as they review this week in headlines and talk about the stories behind the stories. Including Holly Richardson, John English, Curt Bentley, and Daniel Burton, they’ll look at polling that puts Trump over Hillary in Utah (if just barely), Planned Parenthood’s ongoing drama, tax increases sought by over three dozen municipalities, and, of course, the ongoing ripples of the hacking of Ashley Madsen.
Next week the GOP will gather its top polling candidates for the first debate of the 2016 Presidential campaign, and it’s got us asking: are there ANY dumb questions when it comes to Donald Trump being center stage?