There’s Plenty of Reasons to Oppose SB 296

When you think about the biggest bills on the hill this session, the proposed non-discrimination law must immediately come to mind. This year’s incarnation has been making big waves since the LDS Church threw its weight behind it (ironically, I might add, without the cries of “separation of church and state” from the usual suspects). Even though it attempts to find a middle ground on the issue, it’s still a highly problematic bill fraught with pitfalls. I don’t think it should be passed, particularly in its current form. Reading the bill…

Leave the Nuance; Take the Talking Points

The LDS Church earlier today announced support for both a non-discrimination law for sexual orientation in housing and employment and support for greater protections for religious liberty. The reaction from proponents of a non-discrimination ordinance was swift: a near-complete dismissal of any need to protect the free exercise of religion while gladly taking the endorsement of non-discrimination. In many cases, freedom of religion was completely misrepresented as the freedom of belief, but not of exercise. This lays the groundwork for why I remain deeply suspicious and skeptical of any such proposed…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast – EP 035: …And Justice for All?

It was a busy week. Everything was going along swimmingly until The 10th Circuit Court of appeals dropped the mic and reaffirmed what we and almost everyone else knows. Gay Marriage is the right thing to do, it is fair, and there is no basis to ban it. That would have been cool, but they dropped it in the middle of Charles Stormont making his campaign kickoff. Then we spend a half hour talking to Kate Kelly. Kate is the founder of the Ordain Women movement who earlier in the…

The Death Of The Tribune’s Business Model Doesn’t Mean Journalism Is Dead

Yesterday, Jesse Harris wrote that the Salt Lake Tribune should die, and the arrogance of the “Save the Tribune” petition and movement is just further proof of why. He argued that traditional print media’s business model is failing, and no softly bigoted campaign to save the Tribune from the evil clutches of the LDS owned Deseret News will change that. The response from journalists was swift and aggressive. And much of it just further proves Jesse’s point. While I do see a need for full-time, professional journalism because part-time, unpaid bloggers can…

The arrogance of “Save the Tribune” proves it should die

Here’s a hypothetical scenario: your favorite grocery store has been in a partnership with supermarket giant Kroger to help reduce its operating costs. Even though it’s been trying really hard, it just doesn’t seem to be able to make it as a business and keeps downsizing. Then the possibility comes up that Kroger may be interested in buying out your store. In response, a few die-hard fans of the local grocery store start proclaiming that if that happens, you’ll never be able to buy groceries in the town again. Sounds…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: A Conversation with Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Welcome to Episode 11.1 – Mark L. Shurtleff, Principal of the Shurtleff Group and former Utah Attorney General joins us to talk about a myriad of topics. Including Utah’s co-habitation laws being struck down, and then Amendment 3 (Which he was originally against) receiving the same fate three weeks later. We also hit on topics like medical marijuana, the death-blow to the BCS system, Adoption reform, and Intellectual Property lawsuits that result in patent trolls making tons of money for doing nothing. In this episode We talk about: Amendment Three…