How to save the Utah Democratic Party

The Utah Democratic Party is in shambles.  After the Salt Lake County Clerk counted up the votes, it turns out that our gain of one seat in the Utah House of Representatives is really a net loss of two.   Add in the loss of a Congressional seat, and it really couldn’t get much worse for Democrats than the 2014 election.  And this, after Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon was hopeful that this was going to be a better election for Democrats than the past couple of years: “2010 was…

Campaign Disclosure: DNews/Democrat Party [UPH WIRE]

Dear Voters, As Election Day approaches, campaigns and political parties are filing their financial disclosures, giving us an insight into who is donating to them and how they are spending their money. As you can imagine, advertising is a big component of that disclosure. That being said, I’m curious to know if the Deseret News will be listed on the Democrat Party’s financial disclosure for the free advertisement, in my opinion, it received in this article written by Amy Joi O’Donoghue that was run yesterday. In the article, a self-described LDS Democrat group was allowed to promote their…

Another look at House 33: Hall v. Muniz (and how not to bury a story)

Muniz v Hall

“Never piss off a blogger. They have a bigger ego and more time than you.” — Campaign training document, circa 2006. This week, Utah Politico Hub and Utah Political Capitol were asked to remove a portion of a post on the Utah House 33 (Hall/Muniz) race in our HubCap Spin series, which offers amateur analysis on Utah races. The post (which you can still read here, because the internet always wins) discussed endorsements and money in the race, specifically the endorsement of Republican Craig Hall by the AFL-CIO as well as the…

The HubCap Spin: Who will win the AG race? Stormont or Reyes?

HubCap Spin: Where the Rubber Meets the Road is a collaborative effort of Utah Political Capital (UPC) and Utah Politico Hub (the Hub). One person from each site answers a questions about upcoming races, elections, and issues.  Due to scandals that have left the previous two Attorneys General indicted, the Supreme Court Appeal of Kitchen v. Herbert, and a number of other high profile cases, the race for Utah Attorney General is among the most watched in Utah this year. QUESTION: Who will win the race for Attorney General? Democrat…

Does Doug Owens Have a Narrow Path to Victory?

It’s easy for us Republicans to prognosticate Mia Love’s imminent election  to Congress. After a decade of Matheson and numerous futile campaigns to unseat him, we have a nationally popular candidate with a great story and a great campaign team. Victory  appears to be on the horizon. But, as Darth Vader once warned an overconfident Imperial Admiral, it might be worth remembering to not be too proud of what we’ve created. A small band of devoted individuals could still blow everything up. Whether Utah Democrats have that small band of devoted…

Five Signs Doug Owens Doesn’t Plan on Winning

Democrat Doug Owens is running for Congress in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. Or at least he is on paper. In real life, it looks like another thing.  Whether he’s wowing us with his pie-making skills or telling us that the chaos in his campaign has been the plan all along, the Owens campaign seems doomed. And that’s all without even mentioning his opponent (Mia Love), her party affiliation (Republican) in a Republican leaning district, or her monetary advantage (she’s raised more than any challenger or candidate for any open Congressional seat in this…

Immigration Issues Illustrate Ills in Washington [Hub Debate]

[7-23-2014: Updated to better reflect Hispanic voting] The news channels have picked up the drumbeat. Images of tired, dirty hungry children wandering lost inside the U.S. and Mexico border. Makeshift camps and established shelters filled to capacity with huddled masses. Stories of criminals, cartel members and human traffickers charging the impoverished years’ worth of wages and making false promises to lure many of the hopefuls to a supposed new life in America. People suffering, families broken apart. The angles appealing to our general humanity are nearly endless. While the human…

BUZZ: Doug Owens Seeks Campaign Manager

Doug Owens for Congress needs a campaign manager Posted by the Utah Democratic Party on Work Forward, the campaign seeks “an aggressive, innovative, committed, and hardworking campaign manager” to run the campaign to be defeated by Republican Mia Love   of the Democratic nominee in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. The listing doesn’t mention why the previous manager, Emily Hollingshead, has left the campaign. Among other things, the listing notes Owens Ivy League credentials and suggests high name ID due to his father’s time in Congress (from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1993).…

Ten Utah Races To Watch On Primary Night

Early voting in the Utah Primary ends today, and the Primary Election will be on Tuesday, June 24. With no statewide or federal offices grabbing headlines, it might be easy to forget that there’s a primary at all. But there is, and here’s ten races that you should keep your eyes on. 

Straw men, insults, and “libertarian losers”

Jeff Bezos has no doubt been having a lot of fun hiring columnists with highly divergent views and letting them duke it out on the editorial pages of The Washington Post. It’s a model that’s also been working very well at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Everyone loves a good Internet fight, and I remember participating in more than my share many years ago when the BlogHive was still a thing. With this in mind, I have no reservation about taking Harry Caines to task for his poorly-reasoned flamebait from…