Ashley Madison: Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. This applies as much to using Ashley Madison to arrange an affair as it does to using the Ashley Madison hack to expose those who used the site. As a political blogger read by literally dozens of people worldwide, I know that the allure of dumpster diving into the Ashley Madison database for dirt on local politicians and politicos is tempting. If there’s a sure way to get eyeballs on posts, it’s scandal. But it’s still dumpster diving. And whatever you find in…

Mid-afternoon Commentary on the Weekend News — June 1, 2015

• Governor Herbert works fast. Less than a week after saying he would step in to end what he called the Utah  GOP “civil war”, it’s over. How does he do it? A special meeting on Saturday the party chose to put its candidates on the ballot in Utah. The details are best left to someone who still gives a rat’s ass about this mess. (Trib, Fox 13) • Speaking of Republicans who can’t seem to get a handle on this whole “we’re organized” thing, Fox News tries to figure…

KSL’s Sheryl Worsley Files Ethics Inquiry About Tribune’s Mia Love Biography

In a coup for raising the standards of professional journalists (who are disappearing like dinosaurs after a giant meteorite hit), KSL’s News Director Sheryl Worsley (not apparently acting in her capacity as a KSL employee) sent an “ethics inquiry” to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to complain about the Salt Lake Tribune’s publication of a biography on newly elected Mia Love. Unauthorized by Mia Love or her campaign, the biography tells Love’s story, from her birth to Haitian immigrants through to election day on Tuesday November 6, 2014, and was written by Tribune reporters…

BUZZ: CMV and SB54 supporters close to compromise

The word on the street, and on KSL News Radio, is that County My Vote and the legislators behind SB54 are close to a compromise that would allow an alternative path to the ballot and remove the petition requirement in CMV’s initiative language. According to reports on KSL, the compromise would retain the caucus/convention system, but also allow an alternative path to the primary ballot that requires 28,000 signatures for statewide positions and 7,000 for Congressional elections. The report said discussions are ongoing and the number are still in flux,…

What do attacks on the religious say about America and free speech? [Publius Online]

The following is an op-ed I wrote that was published by KSL.  SALT LAKE CITY — With the Human Rights Campaign’s tactic of attacking supporters of Amendment 3 for their religious convictions, we have seen an ugly shift toward divisive politics over civil discourse. Last week, Fred Sainz of HRC attacked Gene Schaerr, Utah’s lead counsel in the Amendment 3 appeal, for Schaerr’s privately expressed religious convictions.