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…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 8-14

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Good luck, but Not Really At the end of the event we each wished each other luck in our respective campaigns…but not too much.–Rep. Jeremy Peterson after a debate with his opponent. Curse You, Partisan Spell Checker Your spell check is an anarchist. “@BjaminWood:…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Aug 4-10

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from the #UTPOL and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Good Vibrations I just got off the phone with a client interviewing me for a listing. My client’s psychic told her that the Realtor she had in mind (me) was a “go get’er”. In response, I told the client that I must have sold…

Utah’s Corrections Conundrum: Finding Better Solutions

During interim session in our Judiciary Committee, we heard a compelling presentation from the Pew Charitable Trusts regarding the state of Utah’s corrections system.  We discussed how non-violent offenders (typically drug or property crimes) were receiving ever longer prison sentences for their crimes. While on the face of it, it seems to make sense that people should pay for their crimes. Yet, at the same time, the corrections system itself is having the effect of making personal reform harder on those that are incarcerated.  Prison may lock up drug users, but…

The Politico Reading List: Rep. Jeremy Peterson

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the fourth in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Representative Jeremy Peterson represents Utah’s 9th Legislative District, which covers part of Weber County. He was quick to respond when I asked what he was reading this summer. He doesn’t have a list, but gave just one title. Given that it’s one of the great classics in English literature and a…

The American Bailout Culture

I have been busy toiling away with my work in the real estate business since the legislature ended in March.  Coming home and getting to work is always a healthy reminder why our state has a citizen legislature. It brings value and perspective to state government.  Rather than being cloistered away in a marble palace somewhere, the Utah Legislature comes home to  live with the laws it passes.Unfortunately, Utah does not have much influence over the bailout culture that is seeping into the public psyche.  A recent example brings this trend to…

Living Through Tyranny and The Reformer’s Burden

As we watch our nation’s influence in the world ebb, our citizens’ dependency on government programs escalate, and our economic engine become mired in crony capitalism, it would not be out of the question for us to hear calls for reform.  In fact, it seems the voices calling for a ‘reset’ in Washington have only grown louder over the past decade as these unmistakable markers of decline become more obvious and prevalent by the month.  Yet, despite the rhetoric and the fervor, we have not seen a man rise to…