The Mormon problem with Planned Parenthood

The push to defund Planned Parenthood is not new. As the nation’s largest provider of abortions today, Planned Parenthood has been under attack since eugenicist Margaret Sanger breathed life into it in 1916. It began as her effort at population control. She figured that if “inferior” people could be convinced (or forced) to stop having children, humanity’s future would be bright. This was the beginning of what we, conservatives, refer to as a “culture of death” – a culture in which preventing and ending life is of higher priority than…

Lots of booing at Chaffetz town hall

Jason Chaffetz held a town hall in Salt Lake County, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the results meant he never does so again. Democratic organizers did a better job of getting their people out than Chaffetz did. (If he’s still a Congressman in 2020, this might inspire him to try to gerrymander more of SLC out of his district.) I arrived around 5:50 for the planned 7:00 event. Several hundred people were already there at Brighton High School. The auditorium had a capacity between 1000-1100, which meant that people…

Polite Politics podcast Season 2, #1: Utah Gov Gary Herbert and Utah’s remarkable economic success.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert joins the latest edition of the Polite Politics Podcast to talk about his state’s remarkable economic success. In the news, Tyler talks about: The shooting in Oregon The Secret Service v. Jason Chaffetz The race for Speaker of the House Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. If you’re just tuning in, go here to catch last season’s broadcasts, with guests including US Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, GLAAD’s Zeke Stokes, and Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes.

Kim Burningham: Living peacefully in a world where people disagree

Recently, I was asked to identify my political affiliation.   The question caused me to pause.  I have always been a Republican; for 15 years I represented my area in the Utah House of Representatives as a Republican.  Still, I paused. Finally, I answered:  “I am still a member of the Republican Party, but I would be less than honest if I did not say I was hanging on by a thread.”  The reason for my vacillation has a great deal to do with the rigid dogmatism I find among some…

How elastic can the Constitution be?

By William C. Duncan With serendipitous timing, this week the online journal Public Discourse published an excellent article by Professor Steven Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego. In the article, Professor Smith notes that while during the middle period of the Roman Empire, “the outward forms of the ancient republican constitution were largely preserved … these forms were a mere façade.” He quoted Edward Gibbon’s observation that what was left was the “image of liberty.” The timing of the article is striking because this week a…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 28, 2015

So, you may not know this, but last night’s Blood Moon didn’t actually usher in the Apocalypse. It was just another sign of the existing Apocalypse that has been rolling out slowly for months. I mean, Utah Republicans proposing the full expansion of Obamacare? LDS church leaders dropping like flies? Donald Trump? The Thanksgiving Point I-15 Construction? It’s madness! And it’s right in front of us! Wake up, sheeple! So anyway, for more Apocalyptic fun, here’s Fox 13’s gallery. The blood, it runs red! • In other news, Planned Parenthood…

Was Fiorina telling the truth about abortion?

For me, the only moment of genuine passion and conviction in the entire CNN GOP debate came when Carly Fiorina linked the Iran issue (“the defense of the security of this nation”) with abortion (“the defense of the character of this nation”). Here is what she said: Fiorina has been excoriated in the media for this statement, not least because the debate was the most-watched event for CNN. Planned Parenthood has been in damage-control mode over the ongoing release of undercover videos documenting the sale / donation1 of human organs…

Planned Parenthood can clean up its image with this one simple step

Governor Gary Herbert did the right thing in telling Utah agencies not to pass through federal grant money to Planned Parenthood. Sure, Pro Choice activists will mock, in strongly worded Facebook posts, that Herbert’s action was mostly ineffectual since most of Planned Parenthood’s money comes directly though the federal government. Further, what money does pass through state agencies is primarily for sex ed and STD prevention. In fact, perhaps the best defense that Planned Parenthood has put up is that they provide women with other services in addition to abortion (does abortion even qualify as…

The Hub Sheet – Aug 1, 2015: Whiskey Pete

Join the Utah Politico Hub Smart Questions Club: Donald Trump and the first GOP debate and Bernie Sanders and income inequality. About that online mob justice… Related. Study: Men who harass women online are literallylosers. Governor Herbert’s statement and livestream announcement on chairing the National Governors Association. Becker picked up coveted Whiskey Pete endorsement. Why you should never split the check at lunch. Attorney General Sean Reyes on the Planned Parenthood videos. Reich: Happy birthday Medicare, and stop blaming it for budget problems. The recordings we sent to aliens in 1977 are now…