The Salt Lake Tribune is responsible for Donald Trump

A few years ago I cancelled my subscription to the Salt Lake Tribune. I did so after the editors made it clear to me that I was too stupid to understand them – perhaps too stupid to live. You see, the Tribune editors are paid-up members of the class bien-pensants, those enlightened souls who know – much better than we do – just what is good for us. You will have your own list, but here’s a quick start on mine, of the things I’m sick of having crammed down…

Curt Bramble Roasts Paul Rolly

Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune hosted a night honoring Paul Rolly for 42 years in journalism. Senator Curt Bramble was there to roast Rolly. A video of the roast is below. We just passed the PRC resolution and I have to tell you that as the Senate sponsor of SB54, I haven’t seen this hostile of a crowd since the State Republican Convention last Saturday. We are here to roast Paul Rolly.  In that spirit, I could say that … He has no equal. Everybody is better, but I…

Midday Commentary on OMFG ELECTIONS AND PRISON! — Aug. 12, 2015

I know the prison relocation decision should be the big news of the day, but since we all knew it was going to SLC since years ago, I’m just going to leave a few links and move on. • Mayor Becker says they’ll fight the decision, which is just a bit weird since he basically traded a tax increase for the relocation to SLC. • But that can’t possibly have any impact on the fact that he got beaten like a red-headed stepchild in the primary election by former Rep. Jackie…

Trib Talk: Religious freedom in wake of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling [video]

Does the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage threaten religious freedom? University of Illinois law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson and Brigham Young University law professor Cole Durham join host Kristen Moulton to discuss faith, liberty, marriage and striking a balance. Like what you see? Subscribe and get the Hub in your inbox * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name

Review – Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power by Matt Canham and Thomas Burr

Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power is an engrossing political drama, an in-depth look at the lives, families, history of and connections between two of the biggest names in politics to come out of Mormon ranks in a generation. Authors Matt Canham and Thomas Burr are masters of their subject, weaving a fascinating look at how the two families took parallel paths to rise from pioneers on the American frontier to leadership on the national political stage. For political junkies, Mormon Rivals, published by the…

The 5 Stages of Scandal

We are probably all familiar with the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  It seems lately as we have watched political scandals unfold in Utah, those stages also apply.  Some take a little longer to move through the steps of scandal than others, but you must admit, there’s a lot of predictability. So, if your friendly neighborhood politico has been caught in a political scandal – or if YOU are the politico, here’s a little guide on the 5 steps of political scandal to help see…

Mid-afternoon Commentary on the Weekend News — June 1, 2015

• Governor Herbert works fast. Less than a week after saying he would step in to end what he called the Utah  GOP “civil war”, it’s over. How does he do it? A special meeting on Saturday the party chose to put its candidates on the ballot in Utah. The details are best left to someone who still gives a rat’s ass about this mess. (Trib, Fox 13) • Speaking of Republicans who can’t seem to get a handle on this whole “we’re organized” thing, Fox News tries to figure…

Midday Commentary on Long Weekend News — May 26, 2015

I’m not saying someone stole $30,000 in campaign cash and admitted it on tape. Or that the rock star of the Democratic party knew about it before the thief was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, but didn’t say anything until after the fact. I’m not saying that the state’s largest newspaper is completely ignoring the topic while instead focusing on completely (though less than smart) legal actions by the state attorney general. I’m not even saying there aren’t other things to be covered. I’m saying that if these…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 21, 2015

Day Whatever of no new coverage/opining in the Trib and mostly elsewhere about the Mayor McAdams/Rep. Miller allegation shin-kicking-accusatat-a-roo. For the record, Bagley’s Elephants Doing Horrible Things of the Day. • Oh, every news outlet did manage to do a story on a new charge in the John Swallow case. (Dnews) Money laundering. Nothing like what is accused in the former issue. No, sir. There, we’re simply talking about theft of $30,000 in campaign funds, questionably rented campaign space, hiding said accusation until after an election, and more! • So…