Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 30, 2015

I know it’s summer and all, but surely there’s some political news out there somewhere that doesn’t start with #NotTheOnion and ends with Donald Trump. Scraping the bottom of the barrel: • Sen. Hatch is drowning in Benjamins. People are asking what that means. I’m not quite sure why, because anyone who has even dipped their toes in the waters of the Orrin Hatch Swimming Pool of Political Aspirations knows that he’s not coming out until he’s belly up. With $1.5 million already in his account: “You can’t even give…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — June 5, 2015

OK, let’s try this again. • First up, is it really illegal to taunt a police dog? Apparently, yes. Let that soak in. It’s illegal to taunt a police dog. I can understand that there may be natural consequences to taunting an animal trained to take down suspects. But why add charges? And in this particular case, there were six charges leveled against a guy for “injuring a police animal.” Unfortunately, the story doesn’t say anywhere how the guy actually injured the animal. In fact, by the looks of the…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 20, 2015

Ooooooooooh, scathing editorial from the Trib today on the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller dustup. Ha-ha, kidding. It’s about booze. And they’re calling for it to be run, wait for it, waaaaaait for it: like a business. Oh sure, health care? Government run. Lands? Government run. Power generation? Government run. The amount of water my toilet can use every time I flush it no matter which restaurant I went to that night? Government. But alcohol? In the name of the Fosters, the Seagrams and the Heineken Ghost, let our booze flow free!…

Midday Commentary on the Weekend News — May 18, 2015

Well, we finally got a full-throated appeal to ethical government from the left over the weekend in regards to the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller slap-fest-a-roo. The leaders of Utah’s Democratic Party, including Peter Corroon, Brian King, Jim Dabakis and Pat Bagley, as well as other self-proclaimed ethical government voices like Alliance for a Better Utah and the Tribune Editorial Board have all weighed in. Links below! Calling for resignations and ethics investigations and/or resignations just days after news breaks only applies to Republicans caught on tape, I guess. • To his…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 14, 2015

By now you’ve all read/heard/seen the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller throwdown on the news. But I think it’s safe to say there’s really just one question left on everyone’s mind: How long will it take Pat Bagley to draw an editorial cartoon that bashes a couple of Democrats? Come on, Pat, this one has everything: Top tier elected politicians, the possibility of hiding crime before an election, tens of thousands of dollars misused, accusations of corruption and whistleblowing. The only thing we’re missing are some Krispy Kremes. For those living under…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 13, 2015

• Republican infighting is old news. Between Gov. Hebert’s Medicaid expansion proposal and the County My Vote debacle, it’s getting a little tiring even for the peanut gallery. But Democrats? Bring on the fresh meat! Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is in a now-very-public fight with his former top adviser-turned Representative Justin Miller. McAdams claims $30,000 is missing from his campaign funds, and Miller claims he was fired for whistleblowing on inappropriate campaign maneuvers. (Trib) In a press conference Wednesday (that’s today if you’re reading this on Wednesday and…

Midday Commentary on the Weekend News — May 11, 2015

Your PSA of the day:   And now on to the news! First, up Around the Hub: • Former GOP party chair Stan Lockhart gives us a CMV history lesson and some very blunt perspective: “The result is an all-or-nothing approach that has culminated in the Party losing at every turn to get their way. The Party has lost the public relations battle with polling still showing large majorities for an alternate path to the ballot. The Party lost their Legislative battle with their own Republican Legislature super-majority. The Party…