The Mero Moment: Government Shutdowns – September 24, 2015

Just over 20 years ago, the Gingrich revolution swept through Congress. For the first time in 63 years, Republicans became the majority in the 1994 election. I was a younger man back then having already spent many years on the Hill. Within the first year of the new leadership I became a chief of staff. Hopes were high for my conservative colleagues. We began organizing congressmen into something called CAT, the “Conservative Action Team,” with the hope that a core of 50 members of the House of Representatives could ensure…

Assessing the Risk / Preparing for Consequences

Re: FederalRisk.le.utah.gov Have you ever worried about what a federal government shutdown would mean to you, your family, and your neighbors? What if the U.S. Dollar no longer reigned supreme in global markets? What if Utah expanded Medicaid and all of the sudden the federal government left us footing the bill? Recent events suggest that such scenarios aren’t as hypothetical as we once thought. In 2013 – encouraged by a team of accountants, members of chambers of commerce, community leaders and educators – we started the Financial Ready Utah program.…

Salt City Throwdown: Episode 034 – Better Know a Candidate, Doug Owens edition

On this episode of the Salt City Throwdown Podcast, we sit down with Candidate Doug Owens. Owens,who is running to replace Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT04) who in December decided not to run again. He comes up against favored, and nationally backed contender Mia Love, who even though she has been running for three years, is still running with her hard turn to the right to appeal to the base. We talk about his campaign, how he decided to run, his father who was a four term representative from UTah, and…