The Inexplicable Case of the Utah Republican Party’s Sunday Press Conference

One of the strangest events of the political year has already happened, and it’s only January 5. Yesterday the Utah Republican Party held a press conference announcing the results of a poll they took and some updates on the status of their opposition to Senate Bill 54. For those who don’t remember, SB 54 created a dual-track path to become a nominee to any political office in Utah. You can either go through caucus and convention or you can now gather signatures to go on a primary ballot. While SB…

Orrin Hatch in the Senate by the Numbers

Last Thursday on the Doug Wright Show, Senator Orrin Hatch mentioned that he would run for Senate again “if the nation needed him.” He has previously said that he has run his last election in 2012, 2006, and 2000; therefore we may yet see him serve Utah for many years to come. A few facts and figures to put Orrin Hatch’s in the Senate time in perspective: “SENIORITY”: The 37 years (and counting) that Senator Hatch has been in the Senate means that 60% of Utahns weren’t born before he was elected the first…