Judicial Retention: Utah’s Forgotten Elections

Folks, for those of you (like me) who haven’t yet voted, either because you want to stick it out to the bitter end or you just like going to the polls on election day, let me raise an important issue that gets almost no publicity — judicial retention. In Utah, our judges are appointed to their positions.  But to remain in their positions, they must be re-elected in periodic, unopposed retention elections. It’s in the Utah Constitution: Article VIII, Section 9.   [Judicial retention elections.] Each appointee to a court of record…

The Doug Owens – Mia Love Debate: What was the Score Again?

While being a very concerned citizen in terms of politics, I have a confession to make: I hate political debates. I dutifully tuned into the Mia Love, Doug Owens debate last night and admittedly had a hard time finishing the entire hour without reverting my attention to a nice game of Angry Birds on my I-pad. Am I a disinterested Citizen? Typical uninformed voter? Not by a long shot. The problem is simple. In such preliminary campaign debates, no one ever really says anything of weight or importance. No one…

The HubCap Spin | Craig Hall or Liz Muniz: who wins House District 33?

Muniz v Hall

HubCap Spins: 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 question about upcoming races, elections, and issues. Utah’s House District 33, which covers much of West Valley City, is one of the few competitive races this year with incumbent Craig Hall facing off against Liz Muniz. Who will win the race? Democrat Liz Muniz or Republican Craig Hall?      (UPC) : [UPDATE 10-15-2014.16:15 PM: at request of Utah Political Capitol, the…

Why this Democrat wants the GOP to win in November.

People frequently ask me why I affiliated on my voter registration with the Utah Democratic party. They seem blown away when I explain Utah’s convention/caucus system and that the only way to fully participate in Utah politics is to affiliate officially with a party. And, frankly, the Utah Republicans wouldn’t have me, so it was easier to align with the Democratic party where I am a delegate and a member of several different groups within the party. As many people know, I am also an intern (through the Hinckley Institute of…

Three Reasons Mitt Romney Should or Should Not Run in 2016

Halfway into President Obama’s second term, the state of America looks shaky at best. Economic weakness continues, civil unrest flourishes and despots across the globe stick their tongues out at a Commander in Chief that appears neither chiefly or much engaged in anything that has the appearance of strong geo-political positioning. Excuses, blame, cover-ups and general deflection and burying of issues are the modus operandi for the current White House. Scandals abound among staff and appointees and despite the still reticent media pandering the popularity of both President and Congress…

Salt City Throwdown: Better know a Candidate: Steve Nelson (Salt Lake District Attorney) Edition

Episode 39 of the Salt City Throwdown is here! Continuing to bring our listeners the best to offer in rare, long form interviews of those who are running for office we bring you another episode of “Better Know a Candidate” where you can listen in on a conversation about the campaigns that are occurring in this cycle. We thought about calling this episode “What is a Juggalo?” but decided against it. Episode 37 we had incumbent first term Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. (D) in this episode we…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | July 21-27

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Apostate Senator I read the first [Warren Jeffs’ letter] that I got and it said I couldn’t have sex with my wife until further notice,” Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, told FOX 13. “I decided I wasn’t an adherent of the Warren Jeffs clan.…

Top Tips for East Coast Staffers Campaigning in Utah for the First Time

We get it. You bought the line that political consultants in Utah don’t know what they’re doing, so you hired an out-of-stater to parachute in and carry you over the finish line. In the spirit of good, old fashioned friendliness, we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints so your guys and gals won’t misstep on their first foray into Utah politics – I mean, their first time into Utah, period. Here is your handy, dandy guide. You’re welcome.

Are We Asking the Right Questions About the Board of Education?

Utah State Superintendent Finalists Announced: Backup Plan for Some? John Barge, Martin Bates, Rich Crandall, Brad Smith

A couple weeks back, contributors to the Utah Politico Hub examined the role of the State Board of Education in students learning. Does the Board have a duty to parents or to students? The response was impressive, with parents, activists, and even a couple members of the State Board of Education weighing in. You can find those posts here. As I’ve thought about the topic since, though, I’ve begun to wonder if perhaps we–the public–understand what the Board of Education does and how it works.

Salt City Throwdown Podcast – EP 035: …And Justice for All?

It was a busy week. Everything was going along swimmingly until The 10th Circuit Court of appeals dropped the mic and reaffirmed what we and almost everyone else knows. Gay Marriage is the right thing to do, it is fair, and there is no basis to ban it. That would have been cool, but they dropped it in the middle of Charles Stormont making his campaign kickoff. Then we spend a half hour talking to Kate Kelly. Kate is the founder of the Ordain Women movement who earlier in the…