Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | July 28-Aug 3

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious.

Did we miss any? Send them to us at, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition.

This isn’t the poll you’re looking for.

“As a general rule, I think it’s always good to be a little bit skeptical of polls that come from campaigns. That is especially true if we don’t have full information about the poll.” — Chris Karpowitz, co-director of the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, about a poll released by the Doug Owens campaign that purports to put him within striking distance of Mia Love. 

2654350_origJohn Wayne is Not Amused

I know things are little different in Europe, but in America even John Stockton would be disappointed in Wright’s choice of shorts.  The awkward, two hands on the reins would get him DQ’d from the Box Elder County Junior Princess Rodeo. And I’m guessing Wright was too busy running the 2012 GOP convention to score one of those free cowboy hats Orrin Hatch was handing out. Does anyone look at that photo and not see John Wayne looking down from heaven and shaking his head in disappointment? — Beehive Politics

Politicians are Just Channeling the Little Girl Inside

Politicians are like 15-year-old girls: We respond to money, peer pressure, and attention.” –Rep Stacey Abrams (Georgia), quoted by John Dougall

What kind of week would it be without a little Common Core debate?

And that’s all I have to say about that.

“The facts will show I’m innocent of all the things they said I’ve done,” Swallow said on his way out of the courtroom. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

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Where’s the beef? 

This would be a good race for Utah voters to demand that the candidates offer realistic solutions to the nation’s problems and not just toss out ideological red meat to the base. Let’s see some real proposals — that have a chance to pass Congress and be signed by the president, that incorporate compromise — regarding immigration reform, realistic entitlement and debt reform, transportation funding, health care reform, pro-growth tax reform and energy policy.

I want to vote for candidates who pledge to make progress on the nation’s problems, not keep kicking the can down the road. — LaVarr Webb on the Utah Fourth Congressional race between Mia Love and Doug Owens.


This week’s top post:

If Utah Politicos were Simpson John Huntinghouse  HomerSimpson1

Voting and Elections:

Does Doug Owens Have a Narrow Path to Victory? by Daniel Burton

iVote, Electronic Voting, and Security: An Introduction by Jesse Harris

More about the State School Board and the No Child Left Behind Waiver:

Utah Should Reapply for the NCLB Waiver by State School Board Member Kim Burningham

Support for Utah’s ESEA Waiver by Juab Superintendent Dr. Robins

How to Make the State School Board More Friendly by Karen Peterson

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