Race for the White House 2016: Narcissist-in-Chief?

The Iowa Caucus has passed, and the surprise of the week reveals that Ted Cruz won overall while Donald Trump slipped to second, despite every prior poll suggesting a different outcome. While this is a bit of an upset, there may be a few reasons not related to positions, policies, or promises that could explain the phenomenon. Americans are clearly upset at “the establishment.” But many Americans are also frustrated that the current administration seems to be taking the country down a primrose path, with a very uncertain destination. Barrack Obama…

Utah Governor Gary Herbert 2016 State of the State address and text [video]

Start watching at 12:22.  Delivered on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol, House or Representatives. Salt Lake City. 3,158 words. President Niederhauser, Speaker Hughes, Members of the Legislature, Justices of the Utah Supreme Court, Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Cox and Utah’s First Lady, my wife, Jeanette. My fellow Utahns. The Utah we know and love today stands on higher ground because of the many sacrifices of hardworking Utahns who have gone before us. Let me begin this evening by acknowledging two of these giants who left us this past…

16 political predictions for 2016

The obligatory list-making predictions for 2016: 1. Governor Herbert will win easily. He has the highest approval rating of any elected official in the state and Utah continues to garner accolades for doing well on multiple fronts. 2. There will be a number of “campaign bills” during this legislative session, meaning bills being run to shore up re-election chances. 3. With four open Senate seats, I predict (hope) at least one woman will get elected (haha). 4. I predict two more women elected to the House. 5. Sadly, I think the…

2016: The year of living dangerously

A new year is upon us. I wish that optimism for 2016 was in order, but a conflagration of events suggests otherwise. Storm clouds gather on the horizon – economically, socially and politically. While there are many things that give us hope, there are also numerous reasons to be concerned. Indeed 2016 may become known as the “Year of Living Dangerously”, with apologies to any vague Hollywood references. There are many reasons I believe that 2016 may be a pivotal year in the history of this great experiment in liberty…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 19, 2015

Where the hell to start? Syrian refugees? UTA? National monuments? Oh hey, pot! It was interim yesterday, though to be honest, if you are reading this and didn’t know that, you really need to find another line of work. • An interim committee approved a bill that makes medicinal cannabidiol available to certain Utah patients with certain conditions. It leaves out THC, which is the, shall we say, mind melting part of marijuana. While perhaps a step forward, Sen. Mark Madsen is less than pleased. “[I]t’s folly to pull out…

The Mero Moment: Who is Conservative Any More? November 5, 2015

The election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives should be a case study for the Utah Republican Party. Ryan is a principled and effective conservative leader who gained the wrath of the crazies in his own party. And that reminds me of Utah Republican politics! What more could conservative activists ask for than a principled and effective conservative leader? Someone more conservative? Someone more principled? In Paul Ryan’s case, is there really someone in the House Freedom Caucus more conservative, more principled and more…

Email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members regarding no November Special Session to address USBE and SB 54

The following is an email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members.  From: Greg Hughes Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 11:08 AM To: House All Members Subject: No November Special Session Representatives! On November 3rd Governor Herbert issued a press release stating that he “will not convene a nominating committee for the 2016 Utah State Board of Education elections.” The statement also “encourages legislative leaders to continue working together to find a resolution to this important issue.” It was interesting that the Governor called upon the Legislature to act…