But for Jason Chaffetz, would we be talking about potential Speaker Paul Ryan?

When Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced he was running for speaker, most pundits, myself included, opined that it was a long shot. Think something like a football kicker lining up for a field goal from sixty yards out, into the wind. In retrospect, maybe it’s because of that kick into the wind that we might win the game. But for Chaffetz, would we be talking about Congressman Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House? In the chaos that followed, the factions of the Republican Party in the House dissolved into intense internal…

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…

Donald Trump – a golden calf with a golden hairdo: America’s longing for a leader

Understanding the Donald Trump phenomenon is really not that difficult. The simple reason is simply – the American people are starving for a leader, they are desperate to be led, they yearn to have someone fight for them and long to have a leader stand up and show them the way to better days. This isn’t new. You can go all the way back to the Biblical Children of Israel. The Children of Israel thought they had lost their leader when Moses went up to the mountain. Before long the…

Rick Perry: The tortoise and Donald Trump’s hair

Following the first primary debate Rick Perry has yet to signify any substantial bump in the polls. Though he has continued to press forward on the campaign trail his funding has significantly dried up. Staying afloat required relying on the aid of Super PACs to rescue the struggling campaign. To make matters worse, Perry has resorted to the aid of a largely volunteer staff to get out his message. Some argue that the financial difficulty Perry is experiencing is the handwriting on the wall that he will likely be the first…

Why talk about Trump?

Is it possible to have an “anybody but Trump” discussion without mentioning Donald Trump? Probably not, and why would we try? The 2016 presidential nomination rests on more than a dozen political candidates who have, in some way or another, held very distinguishing careers. Some have successfully operating a business. Other candidates have rags-to-riches stories where they built distinguished leadership skills through grit and hard work. However, can any of these characteristics that seem to matter in 2016 be identified without having to contrast their qualifications with Donald Trump? You…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — June 2, 2015

Ken Ivory goes on Trib talk today tell them that, yes, he does know where the line is when it comes to advocating for an ideal even if, I don’t know, something something good government group files a complaint. Honestly, this is a good question. If part-time lawmakers vote for a bill that helps their industry and potentially ends up putting money in their pocket because of it, does that make it unethical? Let’s say that a doctor votes for Healthy Utah and is a very public advocate for it.…

The Hub Sheet – Friday February 20, 2015

Another week, survived. The Future of Work: Technology and the Workforce. Rep. Anderson says HB160 (cyclists and drive-thrus) was necessary because SLC Council wouldn’t work with business owners. Skillz: Watch Sen. Hillyard explain the entire budget process in 4 minutes, and the revenue numbers in 2. Gas tax: We’ll end up with the roads we’re willing to pay for. Sen. Dayton supports citizenship tests for diplomas, and encourages you to try your own hand at the test. Picking up steam in 1870, the transportation revolution was a tipping point for global…

Poll: 76% of Utah GOP Voters Approve of Sen. Mike Lee [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Phillips bphillips@leeforsenate.com 202-577-1303  Poll: 76% of Utah GOP Voters Approve of Sen. Mike Lee SALT LAKE CITY – Today, a new poll showed Sen. Mike Lee with overwhelming support from more than three out of four likely Republican voters in Utah.  The survey, conducted in the early part of December, showed that 76% of those most likely to vote in a Republican primary approved of the job Senator Lee is doing, with just one in ten having an unfavorable opinion. Among Independents who are likely…