New York values, anyone?

In last week’s Republican debate a furor developed over Senator Ted Cruz’s comments on “New York Values.” “Everybody understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal and pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage,” Senator Cruz said. “And focus on money and the media. Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,” he concluded. “I’m just saying.” The remarks were intended to reflect on Donald Trump’s New York City roots, questioning his true commitment to more conservative values and positions in his campaign. What the comments actually did was…

The Mero Moment: Uber versus New York City — August 6, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a problem with Uber. His problem is that Uber is putting the taxicab industry out of business and the cab unions, city contracts and partisan political arrangements are being tested. If you don’t know what Uber is, it’s a free market alternative to traditional taxicabs. Here’s how it works: Uber is run from an app on your smart phone. You download the app, provide some basic information and a method of payment (either a credit card or a PayPal account). When you…

Join the Hub Debate: Is Racism in America Dead?

Is racism in America dead? Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors: We invite you–because you have contributed thoughts and posts on the Hub in the past–to consider the following topic. Is racism in America dead? As protests about police killings, Eric Garner’s death, and Michael Brown’s shooting continue across the nation, more people are asking whether racism is alive and well in the United States. A headline in Esquire offers “IF YOU NEEDED FURTHER PROOF RACISM IS NOT DEAD,” sharing anecdotes about discrimination at drinking fountains and microwaves. Meanwhile, Forbes…