Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 9, 2015

• Utah House funny man, Rules co-chair and all-around decent bloke Rep. Jon Cox has jumped ship for the governor’s office as his communications director. That’s the second Cox the governor has stolen from the House, the place of all things awesome and theft-worthy. You might recall that he grabbed Spencer Cox as his LG a while back. (Who was promptly replaced by Jon Cox.) It should be noted that the governor’s budget boss is Kris Cox, and word on the street is that he’s looking for a place to put…

Swapping branches: Moving between Utah’s Legislature and the Herbert Administration

Jon Cox resigned his seat in the Utah House on July 8 to take a job in Governor Gary Herbert’s office as Communications Director. Cox is a savvy and likable hand and he’ll do well in the new job. He won’t be the first legislator to join the Herbert Administration, however (nor the first Cox. In addition to Spencer Cox, the LG and Jon’s fourth cousin, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget is Kristin Cox, though she is not related, at least directly, to the other two. This is what we call…

Want your driver’s license? Register to vote, first.

In a year when Utah elected the first black, Republican woman (and a Mormon, to boot) to Congress , the Beehive State still only managed to turn out an estimated 40% of registered voters to the polls. That’s about 27% of the total population of the state weighing in on who should represent Utah to the US Congress, the Utah Legislature, county councils, and commissions. In other words, only one in four people in our state are contributing to selecting the politicians who will vote on taxes, regulate business, fund roads and…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Oct 6 -Oct 12

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics 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. Utah Still Driving the Bus Report from @seanreyesag indicates Utah has control if own education standards, district control curriculum. #utpol pic.twitter.com/1TK05B4fHg — martycarpenter (@martycarpenter) October 7, 2014 Reactions to the Supreme Court’s Failure to Take Up Kitchen v. Herbert, Utah’s Same Sex…

Weird Gems from Campaign Disclosures

Every so often, when perusing the candidates’ campaign disclosure forms, you stumble upon weird gems.  Something different than flyers, mailers, and food.  Here are a few of the gems found in this year’s forms: I am all for friendly and civil elections.  But I find it strange that Senator Jim Dabakis provided his opponent, Jacquie Nielsen, with campaign advice.  According to her disclosure, Dabakis provided her with an in-kind donation of a campaign consultation.  The question becomes, was it really worth $100? I can just imagine it: “Don’t run,” he…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 15-21

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politics 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. Debates Start This Week! Many observers say debates don’t matter, and often that is true. But not always. In 1980, Reagan and Carter were in a dead heat until the debate where Reagan asked the viewers his devastating question, “Are you better off than…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | July 28-Aug 3

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. This isn’t the poll you’re looking for. “As a general rule, I think it’s always good to be a little bit skeptical of polls that come from campaigns. That is especially true if we don’t have full information about the poll.” — Chris Karpowitz, co-director of…