The Mero Moment: Pope Francis on the Environment. July 2, 2015

When Catholic Pope Francis issued his latest encyclical titled, Praise Be, the Associated Press wrote, “Francis framed climate change as an urgent moral crisis…blaming global warming on an unfair, fossil-fuel based industrial model that harms the poor the most. The document…was a stinging indictment of big business and climate doubters.” The encyclical, delivered June 18, contained over 37,000 words. Pope Francis allotted just over 1,300 words for a section titled “Pollution and Climate Change” – just over three percent of his remarks. If we analyzed his priorities in a word…

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…