Obama fails on gun violence

President Obama has been given an excellent opportunity to address gun violence, and it appears as though he is going to do nothing meaningful about it. Of the 33,000 annual deaths from firearms, 60 percent is suicide and upwards of 25 percent is the result of America’s war on drugs. And rather than address two issues that account for 85 percent of gun deaths, he punts and will focus on gun show background checks. This when the FBI tells us 2 percent of guns used in crimes were purchased at…

Obama Promises No Federal Designations for Utah

During President Obama’s visit to Utah today he announced, with Utah Governor Herbert by his side, that there would be no more federal land designations in Utah during his final years in Washington. This came as quite a surprise to those present, but President Obama, who was sporting a new look, seemed at peace with his declaration.  The reporter from the Salt Lake Tribune looked puzzled and pale when he asked, “Mr. President why won’t you designate the Greater Canyonlands, Cedar Mesa, and the 3/4 of the state we…. I…

Attorney General Reyes Responds to Order of Temporary Injunction in States’ Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration [UPH Wire]

Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Responds to Order of Temporary Injunction in States’ Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration SALT LAKE CITY Feb. 17, 2014 — Today, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an Order of Temporary Injunction in the lawsuit joined by 25 states, including Utah, challenging President Obama’s unilateral executive action regarding immigration policy. Attorney General Sean D. Reyes reminded citizens of Utah that the lawsuit is based on a constitutional challenge to the President bypassing Congress and exceeding his…

Democrats Really Want More Obama Impeachment Talks

The national Democrats want impeachment talks. They really want it. This is not because they’ve lost faith in Barack Obama and figure President Joe Biden would be better. They saw how impeachment increased Bill Clinton’s popularity and brought them gains in the 1998 midterm elections. Nate Silver recently examined this trend and found that MSNBC and the Democrats talk about impeachment much more than Fox News and the Republicans.  Who’s the most prominent Republican talking impeachment? Sarah Palin? Maybe that’ll help get more subscribers to her new channel, but if…

Salt City Throwdown: Episode 034 – Better Know a Candidate, Doug Owens edition

On this episode of the Salt City Throwdown Podcast, we sit down with Candidate Doug Owens. Owens,who is running to replace Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT04) who in December decided not to run again. He comes up against favored, and nationally backed contender Mia Love, who even though she has been running for three years, is still running with her hard turn to the right to appeal to the base. We talk about his campaign, how he decided to run, his father who was a four term representative from UTah, and…

Occupy Wall Street vs. the Tea Party: Comparing Two Higher Education Reform Proposals

There is a battle going on for the heart, soul, but mostly political devotion of the Millennial generation.  Because this group overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama both times, common wisdom suggests this group will turn into a loyal lifelong voting bloc for democrats.  According to this recent Pew study on the millennials, it looks like their allegiance is far from guaranteed at this point for any institution. Anyone who knows me knows that I am in no way an expert on fashion, but this article in Millennial-centered Policymic caught my…

Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

Healthcare

Never write or speak on something you have an opinion on from reading and listening to others, but not through any particular research. That is the way I feel about Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. I know it affects me and my family. I know it affects Utah’s State budget. And I know it affects other Utahns. I know just enough to be dangerous. Maybe it is an affirmation towards our form of Representative government. Since pioneer days, Utahns have valued self reliance. The most fascinating part of the Medicaid expansion debate…