What’s changed? Funny you should ask…

In the last few days, embattled Salt Lake County Deputy Recorder Julie Dole has been posting endorsements on her Facebook page from various elected officials and Republican Party officers. Well, sort of. All of them are from 2011 when she ran for Salt Lake County GOP Chair. It’s clear, though, that she’s intending to use those previous kind words and endorsements to weather the absolute storm going on right now as a result of the saga of Gary Ott (one in which she was an active participant before saying “I…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 9, 2015

• Utah House funny man, Rules co-chair and all-around decent bloke Rep. Jon Cox has jumped ship for the governor’s office as his communications director. That’s the second Cox the governor has stolen from the House, the place of all things awesome and theft-worthy. You might recall that he grabbed Spencer Cox as his LG a while back. (Who was promptly replaced by Jon Cox.) It should be noted that the governor’s budget boss is Kris Cox, and word on the street is that he’s looking for a place to put…

Swapping branches: Moving between Utah’s Legislature and the Herbert Administration

Jon Cox resigned his seat in the Utah House on July 8 to take a job in Governor Gary Herbert’s office as Communications Director. Cox is a savvy and likable hand and he’ll do well in the new job. He won’t be the first legislator to join the Herbert Administration, however (nor the first Cox. In addition to Spencer Cox, the LG and Jon’s fourth cousin, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget is Kristin Cox, though she is not related, at least directly, to the other two. This is what we call…

Fred Cox: How to Keep the Prison in Draper Utah

The prison can obviously be re-built new on site in 2 phases. It will not cost more, and will likely save money. 93 percent of the voters in my area said even in January to keep the prison in Draper. They knew it would cost money. How much we keep of what is good will save more, but I believe even if we rebuilt the entire complex at Draper, the cost building new at the other sites will be more, counting wetlands, water, sewer, transportation, etc. Back to the sketch.…

Election 2014 Fearless Predictions from the Utah Politico Hub

Today is the big day.  (Well, as far as elections go, ‘big day’ may be a stretch.)  While most races wrapped up months ago, there are still a few worth watching tonight night.  So without any real research and a lot of fun speculation, we present this year’s Utah Politico Hub’s Fearless Predictions: Dan Karen Shon Holly Curt Jesse John Stan Fearless Prediction Congressional Races UT-04 Doug Owens v Mia Love  Mia Love  Mia Love Doug Owens  Mia Love by 8 pts  Mia Love Mia Love  Mia Love  Mia Love…

Weird Gems from Campaign Disclosures

Every so often, when perusing the candidates’ campaign disclosure forms, you stumble upon weird gems.  Something different than flyers, mailers, and food.  Here are a few of the gems found in this year’s forms: I am all for friendly and civil elections.  But I find it strange that Senator Jim Dabakis provided his opponent, Jacquie Nielsen, with campaign advice.  According to her disclosure, Dabakis provided her with an in-kind donation of a campaign consultation.  The question becomes, was it really worth $100? I can just imagine it: “Don’t run,” he…