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…

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…

KSL’s Sheryl Worsley Files Ethics Inquiry About Tribune’s Mia Love Biography

In a coup for raising the standards of professional journalists (who are disappearing like dinosaurs after a giant meteorite hit), KSL’s News Director Sheryl Worsley (not apparently acting in her capacity as a KSL employee) sent an “ethics inquiry” to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to complain about the Salt Lake Tribune’s publication of a biography on newly elected Mia Love. Unauthorized by Mia Love or her campaign, the biography tells Love’s story, from her birth to Haitian immigrants through to election day on Tuesday November 6, 2014, and was written by Tribune reporters…

Book Review: Mia Love — The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, by Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr

With Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, a biography of Mia Love by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham,  with Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr, readers are fortunate to find a glimpse into the history and biography of Utah’s newest Representative to Congress, the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The book (which you can find at mialovebook.com or at the Amazon link below) is not authorized by Mia Love or her campaign. Americans should be so lucky as to have…