What’s past is prologue

“Here we stand before your door. As we stood the year before. Give us whiskey, give us gin. Open the door and let us in.” —an old Philadelphia Mummers poem. On December 31st, 2015 I made a promise to myself. I swore that I would not allow the corrosive, cancerous people and things that had made 2015 the worst year of my life come into 2016 yoked to my back. With less than two weeks left, I see nothing on the horizon that can possibly make me break that oath.…

2016 Predictions: How’d I do?

“You are what your record says you are.” —Bill Parcells If 2015 was the worst year of my life, 2016 might go down as one of the worst years in world history. Given the state of affairs, it may be the last full calendar year in all of history! At the start of this year, I offered 16 predictions on the upcoming year. For those reading this on the Interwebs, here is the link. Hopefully, I will receive comments on how splendidly I did. Someone did comment on that original…

16 political predictions for 2016

The obligatory list-making predictions for 2016: 1. Governor Herbert will win easily. He has the highest approval rating of any elected official in the state and Utah continues to garner accolades for doing well on multiple fronts. 2. There will be a number of “campaign bills” during this legislative session, meaning bills being run to shore up re-election chances. 3. With four open Senate seats, I predict (hope) at least one woman will get elected (haha). 4. I predict two more women elected to the House. 5. Sadly, I think the…

16 predictions for 2016

“Hold on to sixteen as long as you can.” —From the song “Jack and Diane”, by John Cougar. 2015 has, mercifully, died. The worst year of my life–and one not so wonderful for the world at large–will be spoken about only in hushed somber tones in future years. Could 2016 be worse? Things can always be worse. Ever the optimist (SARCASM ALERT!), I offer up 16 predictions of things I believe will happen in what will be the Year of the Monkey for those who adhere to the Chinese lunar…

The Utah Republican Party’s Nuremburg laws

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans sent a letter to State Central Committee members today (reproduced below) saying that they have to review 600,000 voter records to see who is in compliance with the party’s Constitution and Bylaws. This sounds relatively innocuous until you understand what this actually means. If you are one of the a registered Republican, you now have to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the party. The vast majority (over 500,000) of registered Republicans haven’t ever attended a caucus or other party meeting, so you probably don’t…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos: Part Deux

Earlier this month, I graded the logos of most of the current candidates for President. At the time, Bobby Jindal and John Kasich hadn’t announced yet, so I didn’t have any opinion on their logos. Now that they have entered the race, here are my grades for their campaign logos: B- He’s got a solid wordmark. I like the different weighted fonts here, and the uniform case is classy. Additionally, he uses a sans-serif font, which is appropriate for anybody running for anything these days. I also like the light…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos

The world of presidential candidate logos has shifted since 2004. Barack Obama changed everything with his remarkable O logo and that is now the benchmark that everything else is judged against. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at all the logos for announced presidential candidates this year and give them a letter grade, from A to F. A Hillary’s logo has had all kinds of press already, but suffice it to say I like it. It’s the most iconic of any of the logos, and in that…

Elections for 2016 Just Changed and You Probably Missed It

Last week, perennial rivals Facebook and Twitter announced huge changes that are going to make elected officials and candidates much more accessible. Elections for 2016 may have just changed and here’s what you need to know. Twitter’s Periscope App First: the micro-blogging service Twitter finally showed the world what they were planning to do with their Periscope acquisition from earlier this year. Now anyone can be a broadcaster, with live and breaking news, all in glorious HD. It is a free download, and within 30 seconds you can be up and running.…

Governor to unveil fiscal year 2016 budget recommendations [UPH Wire]

MEDIA ALERT December 10, 2014 Governor to unveil fiscal year 2016 budget recommendations   What:           Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2016. New consensus revenue numbers reported yesterday show Utah’s growing and diverse economy gives Utah an opportunity to invest. Gov. Herbert’s budget recommendations demonstrate a strong continued focus on education. The governor will unveil his plan at Granite Park Jr. High School, Utah’s only Advancement VIA Individual Determination (AVID) school. AVID schools help prepare students to become college and career ready.…