Donald Trump – a golden calf with a golden hairdo: America’s longing for a leader

Understanding the Donald Trump phenomenon is really not that difficult. The simple reason is simply – the American people are starving for a leader, they are desperate to be led, they yearn to have someone fight for them and long to have a leader stand up and show them the way to better days. This isn’t new. You can go all the way back to the Biblical Children of Israel. The Children of Israel thought they had lost their leader when Moses went up to the mountain. Before long the…

BUZZ: Could Jim Dabakis be getting out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor? [UPDATED]

UPDATED 4.15.2015 at 3 PM to reflect Dabakis withdrawal from the race for Salt Lake City Mayor and endorsement of Jackie Biskupski to replace Ralph Becker in City Hall. In a Facebook post this morning, Jim Dabakis announced that he would meet with Jackie Biskupski later today, indicating that it was possible that only one of them would remain in the race for Salt Lake City mayor. By 3 pm,  Biskupski had posted on Facebook a picture of her and Dabakis together, noting that he had endorsed her for Salt…

9 Things Only Politicos Understand About Primaries

For those of us who have been fortunate enough to work on campaigns or be a candidate ourselves, many of the following will definitely ring true.  How we feel running for office How we feel when people tell us that we can’t win How we feel reading the comments section in the Tribune about our race. What we want to do when we ask our friends if they voted and they tell us that they were too busy. When we focused on getting the youth out to vote just to…

Hawkins vs. Tingley: An Unappealing Set of Selections for SLCo Auditor

In an email to Salt Lake County delegates over the weekend, Republican Greg Hawkins accused his opponent for the Republican nomination for Salt Lake County Auditor, Scott Tingley, of being a Democrat for most of his adult life. Then, in a strange twist, Tingley admitted it. According to Hawkins, Tingley is a long-time Democrat and supporter of Democratic candidate for the same office, Jeff Hatch, and has only entered the race to weaken Hawkins for Hatch. As of March 14, 2014, my opponent, Scott Tingley, in this Republican Convention Contest…

Pat Jones’ SB 118 is a tax raise on families [Publius Online]

Senator Pat Jones proposal to raise taxes on families with children to send more money to Utah teachers sounds like a way to boost education dollars. In reality, Jones’ $400 million proposal takes from those who need it most: Families with children, especially those with lower incomes. If passed, the bill would create jobs in education and allow schools to shrink class sizes by hiring new educators, Jones said.