‘Highly resolved’: More than just giving it a try

By Boyd Matheson When we honor those who have paid the ultimate price we rightly reference the words of Abraham Lincoln, that “they gave the last full measure of devotion.” We often miss, however, Lincoln’s powerful and immediate pivot to the future, to us – “that we here highly resolve.” He recognized that that those we honor have already done their part and passed their test. Lincoln knew the real question was whether each of us would be highly resolved to do our individual duty. To be highly resolved is…

Observations from the Kasich, Trump and Cruz Utah events

With John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump all visiting Utah this weekend, UPH Contributing Editor John English stopped by events featuring each.  First I attended a town hall by John Kasich. There were about 500 of us in the UVU ballroom, set up as a theater-in-the-round. Utah GOP James Evans said a few words, as did Rep. Kraig Powell. They needed to stall for time since Kasich’s plane was a little late. Once he arrived, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt made the introduction. He spoke about how open conventions…

Senator Mike Lee Hiring Neil Ashdown as Chief of Staff

Changes are coming to Utah Senator Mike Lee’s office as the Senator gears up for the 2016 election. In what Lee’s office is calling a “strategic” change, Boyd Matheson will step down as Chief of Staff to become a senior adviser and transition to head Lee’s political operation, while Neil Ashdown, former Chief of Staff to Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., will take over the Senator’s Washington, D.C. office as Chief of Staff. The move is just the latest in a series of hires as Lee prepares for his reelection campaign in…

Book Review: Mia Love — The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, by Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr

With Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, a biography of Mia Love by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham,  with Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr, readers are fortunate to find a glimpse into the history and biography of Utah’s newest Representative to Congress, the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The book (which you can find at mialovebook.com or at the Amazon link below) is not authorized by Mia Love or her campaign. Americans should be so lucky as to have…