Our extremist nation: Trump or Sanders?

Do you want the fascist or the socialist? The New Hampshire primary didn’t hold as many surprises as the Iowa kerfufflaucus. The final two polls going into Tuesday showed that Donald Trump would win, John Kasich would take second, and Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush would be fighting it out for third. That Rubio fell down to fifth has to be blamed on his performance at the Saturday night debate, and the coverage that resulted from it. Christie, Fiorina and Carson were expected to finish sixth, seventh and…

Utahns Dislike Trump, Would Still Elect Him Over Clinton

A recently released Utah Voter Poll showed that Utahns have a low opinion of Donald Trump, but they’d still vote for him 54-46 over Hillary Clinton. Trump has a net favorability rating of -51, but Clinton’s own net rating (-41) is also low and shows that most voters would rather vote for someone they don’t like from their own party than someone from the other party. Respondents identified as 55% Republican, 30% Democrat, and 15% as Independent or Other. For Utah’s senators, Mike Lee had a +3 rating (49-46) and…

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…

Income Inequality: Who Cares?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has just been awarded a post of significant policy importance in what will soon be the Democratic Minority Leadership. She is the leading political exponent of the “income inequality” wars, and as a potential (though so far reluctant) Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, can be expected to drive the issue unmercifully for the next two years. Ammunition for the war is supplied periodically by French economist Thomas Piketty, who has written a book on the subject (the Amazon link is here), showing that the share of…

Doug Owens Strikes Moderate Utah Pose, But Policies Don’t Add Up

The HubCap Spin | Love or Owens: Who Wins the Race for Congressional District 4?

To hear 4th District democratic candidate Doug Owens tell it, he’s an aw shucks down home every day average Utahn running for Congress. But what do you find when you dig a little deeper than campaign marketing? While his website is long on “sixth generation Utahn,” it is remarkably short on specifics, particularly from a candidate whose messaging says he’s running a substantive, solutions based campaign. But let’s take a look under the hood and see how Owens’s actual policies square with that of the general Utah public. Owens portrays…

Mia Love v Doug Owens Debate | Live Tweets from #UTHub

It’s Mia Love versus Doug Owens time! Long awaited, it’s the debate between Democrat Doug Owens and Republican Mia Love, hosted by the Utah Debate Commission. Check in here during the debate for the best tweets from Hub contributors, live, through-out the debate. Want to get your tweet in on the action? Just use the #uthub hashtag, and it’ll be included in the feed below. #uthub Tweets

Salt City Throwdown: Episode 034 – Better Know a Candidate, Doug Owens edition

On this episode of the Salt City Throwdown Podcast, we sit down with Candidate Doug Owens. Owens,who is running to replace Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT04) who in December decided not to run again. He comes up against favored, and nationally backed contender Mia Love, who even though she has been running for three years, is still running with her hard turn to the right to appeal to the base. We talk about his campaign, how he decided to run, his father who was a four term representative from UTah, and…

Why I am a Democrat in Utah

Utah Democratic Party

People have asked me many times why I align with the Democratic Party in Utah. Anywhere else and I would be considered a moderate republican most likely. I was raised in a household where conservatism ruled. My parents were big fans of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, the usual suspects. But I ended up different. I ended up as a semi left wing adult. Usually I make jokes. “It’s easier to get my name out there in a less crowded field” or “Everyone’s a republican! I want to be different!” Now…