Politically Speaking: Franken, Moore, and Mormon Bigots

1. Franken Out, But Wait There’s Moore Sen. Al Franken gave a non-apology speech announcing that he would be resigning in the coming weeks due to the increasing amount of sexual misconduct allegations against him. He made sure to point out that he felt some of them were not true, and he used it as an exclamation point in a calculated political move that was obvious since Wednesday. Allow some Democratic female senators to call for his resignation. Then some male ones join in. And then Franken does the honorable…

Utah’s problem: finding a governor who will discourage theocracy but stay home

It’s funny – Mormon scripture commands for separation of church and state (Latter-day Saint Doctrine & Covenants 134:9 – “we do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government”). It jives rather well with the religious freedom provision of the First Amendment that safeguards from theocracy. Amazing, the extent that supposed adherents of Mormonism have violated the holy text. In recent years, chiefly for fighting gay marriage, but it started when the United States owned territories in antebellum America. Mormons claimed they owned some because… God, if…

Utah’s right wing is taxing

When it comes to taxes I am definitely prejudiced. I can’t stand them. In fact, I cannot remember a tax increase on a state or local ballot that I have voted for. This past election there was another tax increase on the ballot and, without even thinking about it, I voted against it. It’s not that I refused to think about it. It’s just that I already had thought about it years ago and decided to vote against any and every tax increase. Maybe moving from an employee to an…

Bold Election Day predictions

Since the End of Days – excuse me, Election Day – is almost here, let me gaze into my crystal ball and see what will transpire. 1. HILLARY CLINTON WILL WIN WITH LESS THAN 50% OF THE POPULAR VOTE – If she wins Florida, she wins. If she wins North Carolina, she wins. If she wins Nevada, she wins. If she wins New Hampshire, she wins. I put her Electoral College count around 294, because even though battleground state polls show it closer, I believe HRC’s vastly superior ground-game and…

Race to the bottom

What a week in politics! With revelations from an eleven-year-old tape capturing self-described “locker room” talk about women, Donald Trump is suddenly the biggest Lothario in presidential political history. With last Friday’s bombshell hitting every news station and producing collective gasps from every left leaning and many centrist and conservative Americans, we have the stage set for the most volatile and divisive race to the finish in history. Governor Herbert, withdrew his endorsement while Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and other prominent Republicans expressed outrage. The Deseret News published an editorial…

The Trump conundrum

Start up the fog machines, crank the speakers, cue the lighting: the Election 2016 reality show is about to kick off another episode. It’s Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, and no amount of hyperbole, outrage or plain misinformation is out-of-bounds in this well staged production. The mainstream media is almost all in Clinton’s corner. There are very few exceptions. The name of the game on this show is “create every political distraction to keep Americans from focusing on the obvious shortcomings of Hillary Clinton and create every possible perception of…

Featuring Governor Gary Herbert: When the Sharknado hit Salt Lake City Utah! [video]

It’s a day we’ll never forget. The day when the big Sharknado hit the Salt Lake City. Governor Gary Herbert did all he could, but unfortunately, we lost our beloved founder Dan Farr, and the hostess with the most(est), Diana Terranova. (SIKE!) Sharknado 4 starring con alum Ian Ziering and Carrie Keagan will premiere this Sunday, July 31, 2016 on SyFy!

Transgender trash talk

The Obama Administration’s obsession with social engineering combined with federal intrusiveness in local affairs has reached epic proportions. In a letter to school districts across the country the administration issued guidance this past Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice went to schools with guidelines to ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.” The sweeping declaration — which also said that school districts must integrate transgender students into…

My perspective on a meeting with Governor Herbert

I was invited to participate in a breakfast meeting with Governor Herbert along with a few other N. county residents, some of whom were state delegates and most of whom had differences with the Governor on important issues. Kudo’s to the Governor for meeting with those who don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with him. The governor responded to questions regarding Common Core, SB-54 (Count My Vote Compromise), testing, local control and more local control. Governor Herbert was an active listener and acknowledged that there were issues to be addressed. It was…