A brief overview of political parties in presidential elections

1788 George Washington (Independent) Unopposed 1792 George Washington (Federalist) Unopposed Washington refused to run for a third term, a tradition honored by his successors for almost 150 years until FDR ran for a third term in 1940. 1796 John Adams (F) Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) 1800 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) John Adams (F) 1804 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1808 James Madison (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1812 James Madison (D-R) DeWitt Clinton (D-R) Unable to agree on a candidate, the Federalists decided to endorse Clinton. 1816 James Monroe (D-R) Rufus King…

The 90s are back…and they still suck!

“Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you. That is how I know you go on.” —from the song “My Heart Will Go On”, by Celine Dion No one actually likes Hillary Clinton. Not one person. She is shrill, condescending, insincere and just flat out unlikeable. Those who support her and claim to hold some form of affection for her do so for limited reasons. In short, they hate Republicans. And Hillary and her husband Bill are the idiosyncratic emblems for those who hate Republicans. The Clintons…

The Mero Moment: Government Shutdowns – September 24, 2015

Just over 20 years ago, the Gingrich revolution swept through Congress. For the first time in 63 years, Republicans became the majority in the 1994 election. I was a younger man back then having already spent many years on the Hill. Within the first year of the new leadership I became a chief of staff. Hopes were high for my conservative colleagues. We began organizing congressmen into something called CAT, the “Conservative Action Team,” with the hope that a core of 50 members of the House of Representatives could ensure…

Executive Overreach is Nothing New, But Still Concerning [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? Almost since the beginning of the nation, Presidents have been testing what they can and cannot get away with. Jefferson had the Louisiana Purchase. Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. Franklin D. Roosevelt sent anyone of Japanese ancestry to prison camps without a trial. It would be impossible to list all of the times where Presidents have created new…

Would Mitt Romney be a Better President than Hillary?

If you’re Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or any number of other undeclared Republican hopefuls for the 2016 Republican Nomination for President, Mitt Romney has got to be driving you crazy. Not only does he have better hair than you–and he does–he’s also a virtual press magnet. Any time he opens his mouth and says a combination of words that in any manner involve “President” and “Hillary Clinton,” he gets press time. And, really, let’s be honest: that second phrase is optional. Probably the first is, too. All Mitt…

Democrats Really Want More Obama Impeachment Talks

The national Democrats want impeachment talks. They really want it. This is not because they’ve lost faith in Barack Obama and figure President Joe Biden would be better. They saw how impeachment increased Bill Clinton’s popularity and brought them gains in the 1998 midterm elections. Nate Silver recently examined this trend and found that MSNBC and the Democrats talk about impeachment much more than Fox News and the Republicans.  Who’s the most prominent Republican talking impeachment? Sarah Palin? Maybe that’ll help get more subscribers to her new channel, but if…

Hobby Lobby and its Aftermath: What Will RFRA Do Next? [Hub Debate]

Now that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, people are wondering a few things: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? ŸWhy do we have RFRA? What does RFRA cover? What are the limits of free exercise of religion under RFRA? These are all great questions because most people have never heard of RFRA, and why should they have? It is an obscure federal law concerning religious freedom. And how many rational people read any of the tens-of-thousands of federal laws…

2014 Legislative Session Illustrates Utah’s Growing Diversity

Throughout the years most Utah residents have heard the stereotypes – homogeneous, white-bread, vanilla, conservative, Mormon, a “dry state” and many other epithets that may not be quite so kind. Realistically, Utah has earned its reputation as a very conservative state. In the 1992 election, Utah was the only state that gave a larger percentage of the popular vote to Reform Candidate Ross Perot than the Democratic candidate and eventual President Bill Clinton, 27% to 24%. But perceptions are changing. Our state also has, whether erroneously or not, earned a…