Ashley Madison: Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. This applies as much to using Ashley Madison to arrange an affair as it does to using the Ashley Madison hack to expose those who used the site. As a political blogger read by literally dozens of people worldwide, I know that the allure of dumpster diving into the Ashley Madison database for dirt on local politicians and politicos is tempting. If there’s a sure way to get eyeballs on posts, it’s scandal. But it’s still dumpster diving. And whatever you find in…

The 5 Stages of Scandal

We are probably all familiar with the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  It seems lately as we have watched political scandals unfold in Utah, those stages also apply.  Some take a little longer to move through the steps of scandal than others, but you must admit, there’s a lot of predictability. So, if your friendly neighborhood politico has been caught in a political scandal – or if YOU are the politico, here’s a little guide on the 5 steps of political scandal to help see…

Mid-afternoon Commentary on the Weekend News — June 1, 2015

• Governor Herbert works fast. Less than a week after saying he would step in to end what he called the Utah  GOP “civil war”, it’s over. How does he do it? A special meeting on Saturday the party chose to put its candidates on the ballot in Utah. The details are best left to someone who still gives a rat’s ass about this mess. (Trib, Fox 13) • Speaking of Republicans who can’t seem to get a handle on this whole “we’re organized” thing, Fox News tries to figure…

Midday Commentary on Long Weekend News — May 26, 2015

I’m not saying someone stole $30,000 in campaign cash and admitted it on tape. Or that the rock star of the Democratic party knew about it before the thief was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, but didn’t say anything until after the fact. I’m not saying that the state’s largest newspaper is completely ignoring the topic while instead focusing on completely (though less than smart) legal actions by the state attorney general. I’m not even saying there aren’t other things to be covered. I’m saying that if these…

Florez goes too far in accusing legislators of taking ‘the drop’

In Saturday’s Deseret News, John Florez writes an article bashing the Utah Legislature. For his weekly column, it’s nothing new. He often bashes the Legislature. Everyone got the message long ago that he doesn’t agree with them and doesn’t like them. So if today’s article was only about what John doesn’t like about legislators, it wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy. This time however, he accuses lawmakers of violating the law and committing felonies. Using a pithy quote, he glibly impugns legislators in a way he would never do to others. Elected…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 21, 2015

Day Whatever of no new coverage/opining in the Trib and mostly elsewhere about the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller allegation shin-kicking-accusatat-a-roo. For the record, Bagley’s Elephants Doing Horrible Things of the Day. • Oh, every news outlet did manage to do a story on a new charge in the John Swallow case. (Dnews) Money laundering. Nothing like what is accused in the former issue. No, sir. There, we’re simply talking about theft of $30,000 in campaign funds, questionably rented campaign space, hiding said accusation until after an election, and more! • So…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 19, 2015

Did you see the Pat Bagley cartoon today blistering the Utah Democrats for not standing up for ethical government? With its hilarious, but relevant, take on the two elected officials who are part of the campaign finance accusations they’ve brought against each other? Yeah, me neither. It was about Republicans in Texas. Not seeing much in the way of follow-up at the Trib on the news side, or editorializing on the editorializing side. Not for nothing, guys, but it’s the Dnews that’s supposed to be apologists for the organization that…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 12, 2015

And now for your daily… Two Very Different Takes on the Same Story: • First up, in the Trib we have Christianity getting its butt kicked for the past eight years. Well, the number of Christians, anyway. They’re down to 70 percent of the population, a decline of 8 percent since 2007. As a percentage of population, Mormons have stayed about the same at 1.6 percent. Steady may seem good, but as a Notre Dame professor says in the Trib: “While many Mormons are coming in the front door, many others…

Early Afternoon Take on Last Night’s News — May 7, 2015

• Dan Liljenquist makes some excellent points about the intersection of freedom of speech and religion — basically that the two shouldn’t intersect. One nit to pick, though, Dan. You write: “While many of all faiths are disgusted, including myself, that Mormons are fair game for such public ridicule…” I disagree. Perhaps one can be disgusted at the words used. But to be disgusted that someone is fair game? That’s being disgusted at the concept of free speech itself. And throw away the key… I’m starting to think we just…

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…