Utah’s problem: finding a governor who will discourage theocracy but stay home

It’s funny – Mormon scripture commands for separation of church and state (Latter-day Saint Doctrine & Covenants 134:9 – “we do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government”). It jives rather well with the religious freedom provision of the First Amendment that safeguards from theocracy. Amazing, the extent that supposed adherents of Mormonism have violated the holy text. In recent years, chiefly for fighting gay marriage, but it started when the United States owned territories in antebellum America. Mormons claimed they owned some because… God, if…

Review – Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power by Matt Canham and Thomas Burr

Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power is an engrossing political drama, an in-depth look at the lives, families, history of and connections between two of the biggest names in politics to come out of Mormon ranks in a generation. Authors Matt Canham and Thomas Burr are masters of their subject, weaving a fascinating look at how the two families took parallel paths to rise from pioneers on the American frontier to leadership on the national political stage. For political junkies, Mormon Rivals, published by the…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and the Week in Review | Sept 1-7

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. Stop and smell the freeway Post by Greg Hughes.   And Furthermore “My leather-soled shoes might be the most uncomfortable shoes on the planet, which I didn’t know until I walked two miles round-trip to run to the dentist and back,” Hughes said. “Comfortable…

Book Review: Double Down

In light of Jason Chaffetz saying on MSNBC that he believes that Mitt Romney will run again in 2016 and win, I thought now would be a good time to post my review of Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s sequel to Game Change. While Game Change had all the drama of Hillary v. Barack, the John Edwards sideshow, and Sarah Palin’s instant fame, the 2012 election wasn’t as dramatic. Incumbency elections are rarely as exciting as one where both parties are picking a new candidate. If you never…

Utah Should Support Parents Role In Children’s Education [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ It is a constitutional right for parents to have primary control over their child’s education and it is state law that the State be supportive of the parents’ primary role. Additionally, both the Supreme Court and Natural Law support the right of parents to direct our children’s education. Even while the…

2014 Legislative Session Illustrates Utah’s Growing Diversity

Throughout the years most Utah residents have heard the stereotypes – homogeneous, white-bread, vanilla, conservative, Mormon, a “dry state” and many other epithets that may not be quite so kind. Realistically, Utah has earned its reputation as a very conservative state. In the 1992 election, Utah was the only state that gave a larger percentage of the popular vote to Reform Candidate Ross Perot than the Democratic candidate and eventual President Bill Clinton, 27% to 24%. But perceptions are changing. Our state also has, whether erroneously or not, earned a…