BUZZ: Kirk Jowers leaving Hinckley Institute for doTERRA

In a email this morning, Kirk Jowers announced his departure from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He will be joining doTERRA as the VP of Corporate Relations, effective June 30. Jason Perry will step in at the Hinckley Institute as interim director. Here is Jower’s email: Dear Friends, It has been an absolute joy to serve as the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics for the past 10 years. My most enduring memories will be of the incredible people involved with this great institute: first and foremost, the…

BUZZ: Governor Gary Herbert Vetos HB385 At Lockhart Family Request

At the request of the family of former Speaker Becky Lockhart, Governor Gary Herbert has vetoed HB385. In a statement Herbert indicated that he had spoken with Stan Lockhart, Becky Lockhart’s husband. “This afternoon, I received a phone call from Stan Lockhart who requested I veto the bill and I have opted to honor his wishes,” said Gov. Herbert. “While I am disappointed by the controversy that seemed to diminish the Legislature’s recognition of Speaker Lockhart, I am committed to working with lawmakers and the Lockhart family to find an…

Have We Lost the Underlying Moral Compass of our Political System?

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you… He reigns above.” – Thomas Paine “The great pillars of all government are virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend,…

Is the World Unofficially at War?

The tragic events over the last month or two leave open questions and issues surrounding the numerous lawless outbursts that seem to be occurring: Charlie Hebdo cartoonists are massacred; Boko Haram reportedly kills 2,000 in Nigeria; beheadings of American, British and Japanese nationals by ISIL are broadcast on You Tube; innumerable persecuted Christians are killed in Syria; Russia inks a new military alliance with Iran; and now the ousting of President Hadi’s regime in Yemen by Houthis, a group so radical that even Saudi Arabia deemed them dangerous terrorists…the list…

Current Foreign Policy and Global Unrest

Foreign policy is an interesting animal. Get a group of political analysts in a room and you could set the tone for an endless debate over the rights and wrongs, virtues and vices of any foreign policy. In Utah, foreign policy barely makes the evening news, right up there with Dixie College football or environmental objections to hunting. Here is a simple fact. In 2014 there are 247 separate countries and sovereignties across the globe. Of those countries, 93 have population of roughly 10 million or more and 43 countries…

Obama to use Immigration as a Power Play [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? A growing number of observers have been prognosticating the deteriorating condition of our legislative branch in Washington. Gridlock is at an all-time high, with little legislation able to make it through the House and Senate cleanly, much less past the President’s desk. The radical left drives the Democrats and the Republicans seem hopelessly fragmented. It is no wonder…

Midterm Mayhem

The commentators are cooling off on the major networks. Weeks of non-stop punditry, debate and prognostication have ended. The midterm elections are over save for a few run-offs or possible recounts. The Republicans now control the House and Senate for the first time since the George Bush-era and effectively for only the second time since the Eisenhower-era. But have we learned anything? And what are the national implications that directly affect the good citizens of Utah? Can we draw any certain conclusions for the future? One thing seems to be…

Three Reasons Mitt Romney Should or Should Not Run in 2016

Halfway into President Obama’s second term, the state of America looks shaky at best. Economic weakness continues, civil unrest flourishes and despots across the globe stick their tongues out at a Commander in Chief that appears neither chiefly or much engaged in anything that has the appearance of strong geo-political positioning. Excuses, blame, cover-ups and general deflection and burying of issues are the modus operandi for the current White House. Scandals abound among staff and appointees and despite the still reticent media pandering the popularity of both President and Congress…

Paul Mero Resigns as President of the Sutherland Institute

Paul Mero, President of the Sutherland Institute, will resign from his position as the head of the conservative public policy think-tank. Sources close to the Utah based Sutherland Institute say that the Board of Trustees has voted to ask for Mero to resign. The source did not cite a reason, except that Mero and the Board had different visions for the direction the Sutherland Institute should take. “Disagreements often arise between a CEO and board, and this is what happened here,” Mero said in a statement on the Sutherland Institute’s site.…

Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State [Hub Debate]

The local news and internet sites have been rife with images that taken independently seem a matter of course. However, looked at cumulatively a different story might emerge. The images are of men and material of an increasingly military nature being acquired by law enforcement agencies across the country. The events in Ferguson, Missouri over the last week might be illustration number one of a shifting future of law enforcement in America Traditionally, the policeman has been an admirable position in American society. The baby boom generation of the fifties…