5 reasons I can never, ever vote for Donald Trump

I’ve been a Republican for as long as I can remember. I watched 1988 election coverage with a glee that usually is reserved for sporting events. I remember opposing Hillary Clinton’s health care plan to anyone who would listen (and in the case of my classmates, even those who wouldn’t listen). I’ve supported every GOP nominee since Ronald Reagan in 1984 (when I was 5 years old). For the good of the country and of the Republican Party, I cannot support their nominee this year. I am so concerned about…

The Mero Moment: The politics of self-righteousness – May 12, 2016

LDS Living magazine had an interesting article about overzealous Mormons who basically compete to be more righteous than the other. This phenomenon elevates Mormon culture ahead of actual commandments. We see it all of the time. Everyone knows someone who is hypersensitive and overzealous about some feature of the Gospel – like food storage or church service or cola drinks. You can see these dysfunctions most clearly in settings where Mormons are clustered and dominate a population. For instance, take a look inside the LDS Church office building. The first…

Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

2016 Republican nomination delegate allocation

One of the positive changes the Republican party made in 2012 was to change the way delegates were distributed. Before, there were many states who wanted to move their primary or caucus earlier in the calendar year to gain more influence. Now the first four states serve as a winnowing process, but it doesn’t mean that a state that doesn’t vote until March or April can’t make a difference. South Carolina is the only state that is winner-take-all before March 15. It looks like Donald Trump is on his way…

Our extremist nation: Trump or Sanders?

Do you want the fascist or the socialist? The New Hampshire primary didn’t hold as many surprises as the Iowa kerfufflaucus. The final two polls going into Tuesday showed that Donald Trump would win, John Kasich would take second, and Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush would be fighting it out for third. That Rubio fell down to fifth has to be blamed on his performance at the Saturday night debate, and the coverage that resulted from it. Christie, Fiorina and Carson were expected to finish sixth, seventh and…

Utahns Dislike Trump, Would Still Elect Him Over Clinton

A recently released Utah Voter Poll showed that Utahns have a low opinion of Donald Trump, but they’d still vote for him 54-46 over Hillary Clinton. Trump has a net favorability rating of -51, but Clinton’s own net rating (-41) is also low and shows that most voters would rather vote for someone they don’t like from their own party than someone from the other party. Respondents identified as 55% Republican, 30% Democrat, and 15% as Independent or Other. For Utah’s senators, Mike Lee had a +3 rating (49-46) and…

GOP 2016: The Post-Debate Iowa Polls

The national polls are fluctuating but this time I wanted to focus on Iowa. Since the GOP Debate, the number in Iowa have moved around. Here’s where things stood based on the average of the two most recent Iowa polls before the debate. 1. Donald Trump – 24% 2. Scott Walker – 17% 3. Jeb Bush – 11% 4. Ben Carson – 6.5% 4. Mike Huckabee – 6.5% 6. Ted Cruz – 5% 7. Bobby Jindal – 4% 8. John Kasich – 3.5% 8. Marco Rubio – 3.5% 10. Rand…

2016 Republican Presidential Debate ‘Voters First’ Forum [video]

From the video description: All current or likely Republican presidential candidates were invited to take part in a “Voters First Republican Presidential Forum” on the campus of St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. This event was the first opportunity to hear all of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates on one stage. The candidates appeared one at a time, answering questions determined by the editors of the Union Leader based on the topics suggested by the public. Senators Crux (R-TX), Paul (R-KY), and Rubio (R-FL) appeared via video link from Washington, D.C. Jack Heath…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos: Part Deux

Earlier this month, I graded the logos of most of the current candidates for President. At the time, Bobby Jindal and John Kasich hadn’t announced yet, so I didn’t have any opinion on their logos. Now that they have entered the race, here are my grades for their campaign logos: B- He’s got a solid wordmark. I like the different weighted fonts here, and the uniform case is classy. Additionally, he uses a sans-serif font, which is appropriate for anybody running for anything these days. I also like the light…