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…

Hard Left Turn

We have had a full month (and a bit) to watch and assess the new Biden Administration. The initial results do not look promising. The momentary initial rhetoric of Biden’s promise to be “a President for all Americans” is fading in the rearview mirror as Biden rolls out dozens of executive orders aimed at negating any conservative progress under the Trump administration. Even the usually supportive New York Times has wondered if Biden understands the proper role of such orders. Combined with Mitch McConnell’s backpedaling statement that we “need to…

The 2022 US Senate Seats Up for Grabs

Here are the Senate seats that will be subject to the 2022 US midterm elections, separated way too early into four categories. ==LIKELY TO FLIP== PAT TOOMEY (R-PA), 59 – Open seat; 2-term Toomey is retiring. Pennsylvania is a purple state that’s managed to have at least one Republican senator since 1947, save for those eighteen months where Arlen Specter flipped from R to D in an effort to keep his seat. Bob Casey Jr (D) is the other senator, but the favorability of the GOP has dropped there over…

Creating a Post-Trumpian Era

There are a number of great lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride. But there is one I love above all others, and that I think is particularly applicable to a number of situations, including to America’s current political climate. Inigo Montoya, speaking after finally avenging his father’s death, says, “You know, it’s strange.  I have been in the revenge business so long that, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Let Him Go… Can you remember back to…

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…

Reyes got it Right; How about our Courts?

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes recently signed on to the complaint filed by the Texas Attorney General suing four other states over inappropriate and unconstitutional procedures in conducting their elections. The harm to the state of Texas, the suit alleges, is that failure to follow constitutional procedures in the defendant states could have an effect on the Electoral College that negates the electoral votes cast in Texas (and other states). These allegations have merit and deserve their full evidentiary day in court. Yet, the Supreme Court refused to hear the…

Unlocking Utah Politics, Episode 3: Jeff Burningham Part 2

In the second half of my conversation with Jeff Burningham, we discuss the impact of COVID19 on his campaign. With the outbreak of COVID19, Jeff halted the gathering of signatures for the safety of his volunteers. However, he did not have enough signatures to enter the race for governor. Jeff also offers advice for those interested in becoming involved with politics.  

The Utah GOP is asking the right questions

The Utah GOP issued a statement last week supporting the Trump campaign’s decision to pursue charges of voter fraud, noting they “stand firmly” with the President and that his lawyers outlined evidence of what appears to be widespread improprieties in the elections practices in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Their statement reads further: “If there is any truth to the concerns about connections between the Dominion voting machines, Smartmatic voting software, and coordinated attempts to interfere with the outcome of the election, it is in our country’s best interest to…