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…

Utah Leads the World – Demographically Speaking

Demographics. Every business leader, personnel planner, political advisor and marketing maven has to be acutely aware of demographic trends to have any chance of ongoing success in their fields of endeavor. Demographics are the numbers that present us with realistic statistical expectations, both now and in the future. They define the imminent upcoming value of our most valuable resource: human capital. And in one simple demographic, Utah is dominating the rest of the world. We have the highest replacement rate of anyone in the United States, Canada or Europe. Replacement rate…

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…

The Cost of Replacing a Physician

During the last San Juan Hospital board meeting in Blanding Utah on February 27, 2014 the board spent a great deal of time focusing on the financial problems the hospital has found themselves in lately.  The on thing that wasn’t addressed was the expense to the hospital in replacing 3 physicians. According to an article I found there are a number of direct and indirect costs associated with the employment of a physician. The article titled The Hidden Costs of Declining Physician Engagement, outlines the cost of replacing a physician along…