Hatch Sums Up Our Broken Politics in One Comment

Regardless of how you feel about the man’s politics, it is safe to say that outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch is a statesman…so long as you are making those statements around 1995. Since that time, Senator Hatch has seen fit to throw this goodwill in the garbage by engaging activities such as deriding his political opponents with comments which can only be described as an insult you would hear during a 1930’s talkie moving picture show and wave of people’s ludicrous opinions about getting upset at alleged sexual assaults. But, with less than…

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…

A 12-year-old Mormon in ultra-conservative Utah County supported gay marriage. A quarter-century ago. Now, he’s an education administrator and running for Orrin Hatch’s U.S. Senate seat

Danny Drew was bullied as a child. More than a quarter-century ago in what was perhaps the most conservative county of perhaps the most conservative state, Drew held an opinion on an issue that put him “in an extreme minority,” as he said, one that hadn’t even yet arrived in the American consciousness, that wouldn’t even see a legal precedent for another decade. As Democrats, Drew’s Mormon family already had perspectives that totally opposed the culture and community in which they lived, in Provo, Utah, the home of Brigham Young…

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…

This is not my home.

Last week, our senior Senator, prepping for his 8th term, came to lecture Utahns and tell them to “come home” to the Republican party. Come home to what, exactly?! Hurricane Donald has ripped through the GOP and left a trail of carnage. It’s not just a leaky roof and some blown over lawn chairs. There’s no home left. Even the foundations have been ripped up. What I’ve discovered in the 2016 process was the home I thought was welcoming to me, actually wasn’t. Its foundations were rotted, its framework termite-infested.…

I’m treating McMullin with caution. You should, too.

Utah has basically lost its mind for Evan McMullin, the come-from-nowhere presidential candidate that seems to surprisingly have a decent shot at the state’s electoral votes. I know a lot of people who are either enthusiastic supporters or strongly considering a ballot cast for him. Unfortunately, I see a lot of things that make me extremely skeptical of this man, his background, and his intentions and far too much starry-eyed fangirling over what I can only describe as the “perfect Utah candidate”. Here are some reasons why we should be…

No, we shouldn’t be treating Evan McMullin as a serious candidate

“It’s never too late to do the right thing.” So says long-shot independent candidate Evan McMullin on his campaign website. Yet it’s pretty obvious that sometimes it is too late. He announced a bid for president on August 8 after missing the filing deadline for ballot access in 21 states and having less than a month in 18 more. To date, the only states where he has ballot access are Utah, Colorado, and Minnesota. There’s no huge financial backer funding a media blitz to make up for lost time or provide any…

Repeal the 17th Amendment? Don’t bother!

Everyone knows what happened at Philadelphia in 1787, when the large States (Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) faced off against the small States on how Congress should be structured. At what has come to be called the Constitutional Convention, the large States wanted representation to be based on population. Never, said Delaware and New Jersey, and the other small States. Each state should have an equal voice. The impasse threatened to de-rail the convention until Roger Sherman of Connecticut put forward the “Great Compromise.” Let’s have two houses, Sherman…

Arbitrary ruminations

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln So much is going on that Your Humble Columnist must use his weekly space to write about them all. And since my editor does not like me using the term “random thoughts”…well, you will figure it out. — Two events are being held on February 12th in Logan that conflict with each other. And these events, which I both wish to attend, are not targeted to the same focus groups. In the south end of town,…

Hatch Statement on Paul Ryan’s Election to Speaker of the House [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* October 29, 2015 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Hatch Statement on Paul Ryan’s Election to Speaker of the House* Washington, D.C.—Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the election of Paul Ryan to Speaker of the House of Representatives: “I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Paul Ryan to develop and enact legislation to help put our nation back on track. I look forward…