The Mero Moment: A case of rape – April 21, 2016

In 1988, Jodie Foster won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for the movie The Accused, portraying a young woman of loose morals who was raped by several men she had befriended in a bar. While the story centered on how three bystanders just watched the rape happen, a sub-theme of the story dealt with her culpability in the rape. There she was, immodestly dressed, late at night, in a bar, drunk, flirting with the men who ultimately raped her. The movie posed an interesting question: Did she somehow encourage…

BREAKING: University of Utah and Utah Legislature Block BYU’s Pac-12 Admission.

The balloons were filled and the overall feeling at Brigham Young University athletics was once again “This is the place.” After four long seasons of competing as an Independent in football and the West Coast Conference for all other sports, BYU had found their athletic programs a home and a new travel partner in the University of Utah. The press releases were drafted,and the invitations were set. There were big Pac-12 conference stickers fresh from the printers adorning BYU’s Student Athlete Building. But in true Lee Corso “Not so fast my…

There’s Plenty of Reasons to Oppose SB 296

When you think about the biggest bills on the hill this session, the proposed non-discrimination law must immediately come to mind. This year’s incarnation has been making big waves since the LDS Church threw its weight behind it (ironically, I might add, without the cries of “separation of church and state” from the usual suspects). Even though it attempts to find a middle ground on the issue, it’s still a highly problematic bill fraught with pitfalls. I don’t think it should be passed, particularly in its current form. Reading the bill…

Buzz: Who Will the Board of Education Hire as State Superintendent?

Applications are in and interviews will begin soon. Since a GRAMA request won’t divulge who has applied for the Utah State Superintendent job opening, here’s who we have heard has applied. If we’re wrong and one or two of these haven’t applied, well, maybe they ought to. Martin Bates, Superintendent of Granite School District. Bates has been in his current post since 2010 and is frequently mentioned for the job. Prior to appointment as Granite Superintendent, Bates was an Assistant Superintendent in the Granite District over Administrative and Legal Services. All three of Bates’ degrees,…

The Militarization of the Tolerance Police

Earlier this week I sent out a tweet highlighting the fact that somebody at BYU messed up and put cards celebrating same sex marriage out in the BYU Store. Similar to other mixups that have occurred at the University over the years (like the run on a vending machine selling caffeinated Coke last year), I found humor in the situation. Others didn’t, to the point that it actually hit the mainstream media.

Do Utahns Really Want Medicaid Expansion?

Do Utahns want state elected officials to expand Medicaid? Medicaid expansion is a big deal, even if it’s not half as riveting as same-sex marriage or the FIFA World Cup.  It speaks to the question of how we as a state care for our poor when they get sick.  A poll published by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy concluded that Utahns do want to see an expansion. But do Utahns understand what that means? Researchers at Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy…

The Salt City Throwdown Podcast visits with Sen Todd Weiler.

Episode 17. Last time we had Todd Weiler on, it was via phone getting his reaction to the Kitchen v. Herbert decision. But then we had a fuse pop, and had to recover it. So Todd came in and joined us in the Studio to talk about life as a politician and some of the biggest issues that Utah is facing during this session, and what may be coming down the pipeline. So join us as we spend an hour and a half with Utah’s snarkiest member of the legislature,…