Last night’s CD4 loss means all Utah GOP leadership should resign

By all rights, Utah’s 4th Congressional District should have been an easy victory for any Republican candidate. The partisan lean ranges from R+13 to R+20 depending on who you talk to. Since its creation, however, Republicans have had a hard time showing numbers anywhere near that. Jim Matheson won by a few hundred votes based on his existing popularity in CD2, having switched to run in CD4 after redistricting. Mia Love won against Doug Owens, a rather weak and feckless Democrat who felt more like their typical sacrificial lamb, by…

Boxes

“Smart people are a dime a dozen. What matters is the ability to think different, to think outside the box” – Professor Walter Isaacson   We have a poor habit in this modern world. The more complicated our society becomes, the more we try to place people, things, and ideas into convenient little boxes in order to make sense of our world. With the exponentially increasing complexity and the proliferation of information, it seems almost natural, a type of defense mechanism against self-imposed ignorance. But it is that resultant ignorance…

An open letter to Mia Love

Dear Representative Love, First off, let me just say, I get it. Campaign season will wear anyone down – and in October, things tend to get a little crazy. But I must admit I am more than a little confused by your premature proclamation that the that Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has said that your “campaign was legally allowed to raise primary-election contributions and that [you] may retain all primary-election contributions [you] received before the date of the Convention.” only for us to discover that the FEC has made no…

Rep. Mia Love doesn’t seem to like townhalls

Rep. Mia Love used the GOP baseball practice-shooting tragedy to offer why she hasn’t held in-person town halls recently (she’s done zero since the 2016 election), according to one group. But even audio from two of her three posted online town halls won’t play. James T. Hodgkinson unleashed 60 shots with a rifle this month at a GOP baseball practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. Four individuals were shot, with one, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), hospitalized. This was the response from Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah): “It is unbelievable that…

Meet the robotics engineer and progressive Mormon challenging Rep. Mia Love for Congress

“I’m a robots engineer and I know a robot when I see one, and (Rep. Mia Love) follows orders… completely.” “It’s that Christ-like compassion that draws me towards being a progressive. … I’m a progressive… because I’m a Mormon.” –Thomas Taylor Thomas Taylor is, yes, is a robotics engineer and progressive Mormon who, yes, is running against Rep. Mia Love for Congress. His advocacy: “What I’m fighting for is for government to be boring again.” Taylor has been “actively campaigning” since late March and officially filed as a Democratic candidate late…

What do town halls say about Utah politicians in the wake of Trump?

Utah’s federal delegation has taken different approaches to town halls — some holding them far from constituents, others not at all — following the Trump inauguration. Out-of-sync? When it comes to town halls, at least, that may be one way to describe the congruence of Utah’s federal delegation with its constituents. Ninety-two percent of registered Utah voters say congressional members should meet with constituents in open forums, according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll. Yet no in-person town halls were held by Utah’s six federal politicians for…

Trump-resistance organizer running for Congress against Mia Love

Upset with Rep. Mia Love in the wake of a Trump administration, Marla Mott-Smith, a Democrat once more, to challenge Love for her seat for Congress. After getting stiffed by her congresswoman, she’d had enough. Marla Mott-Smith is a businesswoman and advocate who is socially liberal. She is running as a Democrat against Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), whose seat is up for grabs in 2018. The congresswoman rejected a town hall organized by Mott-Smith and other volunteers from Salt Lake Indivisible, a grassroots resistance group to President Donald Trump. “We…

Advocates optimistic that Congresswoman Mia Love will listen to constituents

Utah’s congressional district 4 may have seen the lowest voter turnout for any U.S. House of Representatives race, but that doesn’t mean its congresswoman, Mia Love, doesn’t have a whole bunch of questions from constituents to deal with. And moderators, panelists and attendees alike are optimistic that Love will entertain them. They hold out such hope even though Love herself refused to work with volunteer organizers on putting together a town hall where the questions were asked, according to an organizer who said she is running for Love’s seat, open…

Utah: The Swing State

Utah, the swing state? It seems like a long, long time ago that Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won the Utah caucuses. Ancient history. Utah’s always been a peculiar state, and the people who the majority of Utahns wanted to represent their parties both lost. Two polls now show that the state of Utah is in play. If you average the SurveyUSA and Gravis polls, it shows that Donald Trump at 32%, Hillary Clinton at 30.5%, and Gary Johnson at 14.5%.  These polls were conducted before the Orlando shooting. Trump…

Mia Love’s single-issue bills proposal: Just one damn thing after another!

Utah’s Rep. Mia Love has introduced legislation that would require Congress to consider bills that contain only one subject. Her intention is to try to bring “Utah’s values” to Washington. “Let’s bring a little bit of what works in Utah to Washington,” she says. Utah’s constitution contains a provision that requires exactly that. I’m all for bringing Utah values to Washington, but there are serious problems with Love’s approach. She worries that it will be opposed by those making “backroom deals” to slip unrelated provisions into gargantuan policy and spending…