Obama to use Immigration as a Power Play [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? A growing number of observers have been prognosticating the deteriorating condition of our legislative branch in Washington. Gridlock is at an all-time high, with little legislation able to make it through the House and Senate cleanly, much less past the President’s desk. The radical left drives the Democrats and the Republicans seem hopelessly fragmented. It is no wonder…

Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State [Hub Debate]

The local news and internet sites have been rife with images that taken independently seem a matter of course. However, looked at cumulatively a different story might emerge. The images are of men and material of an increasingly military nature being acquired by law enforcement agencies across the country. The events in Ferguson, Missouri over the last week might be illustration number one of a shifting future of law enforcement in America Traditionally, the policeman has been an admirable position in American society. The baby boom generation of the fifties…

ISIS Crisis should Alarm All Americans [Hub Debate]

The United States has said that the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIS poses a threat to the entire region. As ISIS continues to occupy areas of Syria and Iraq, allegedly conducting mass killings among the populations there, is there a role for American intervention? Why or why not? With ISIS making inroads in Iraq and Syria, persecuting Christians and spouting anti-European and anti-American dogma, should the U.S. be concerned and should we intervene in the events now engulfing the Middle East? Let us begin by examining this regime in…

The Hub Debate Topic: ISIS & American Intervention

The Hub Debate Topic: ISIS & American Intervention Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors:The United States has said that the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIS poses a threat to the entire region. As ISIS continues to occupy areas of Syria and Iraq, allegedly conducting mass killings among the populations there, is there a role for American intervention? Why or why not?What do you think? Give us your thoughts about the immigration crisis in 500 words or less, and we’ll publish it at Utah Politico Hub.For more about ISIS, consider these…

Immigration Issues Illustrate Ills in Washington [Hub Debate]

[7-23-2014: Updated to better reflect Hispanic voting] The news channels have picked up the drumbeat. Images of tired, dirty hungry children wandering lost inside the U.S. and Mexico border. Makeshift camps and established shelters filled to capacity with huddled masses. Stories of criminals, cartel members and human traffickers charging the impoverished years’ worth of wages and making false promises to lure many of the hopefuls to a supposed new life in America. People suffering, families broken apart. The angles appealing to our general humanity are nearly endless. While the human…

Sticking with Daylight Saving Time is the Sensible Choice [Hub Debate]

We’re debating whether Daylight Saving Time should end. Learn more about it here. If you’d like to contribute a post, send it toUtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. It appears that just like clockwork, it is time for another hullabaloo around whether Utah should keep Daylight Saving Time or not. While the vast majority of those who answered a state-sponsored survey voted to eliminate DST, there are three reasons why this is less optimal than sticking with what we already have.

Hobby Lobby Ruling was Limited Common Sense [Hub Debate]

From a macro perspective, the Hobby Lobby ruling doesn’t do much. The Supreme Court made the decision narrow enough that it only impacts: “Closely held” corporations (while not clearly defined, I would suggest this means private companies – publicly traded companies need not apply). The Affordable Care Act, specifically the contraceptive mandate that was made law therein. The Supreme Court could have gone much further and applied that personhood applies to larger companies with more shareholders, or that religious objections could apply to other things like gay marriage, blood transfusions,…

No Difference Between Serving Parents and Children [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ For me the question as stated has neither legal nor logical weight. I acknowledge that sometimes the system shifts too far from parents.  A good example may be those former attendance policies created by local districts that prohibited parents from removing their children from school more than a certain number of…

If you’re a school board, who’s your customer? [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ One of the most critical steps in operating a business is knowing who your customers are. After all, they’re the ones who pay you money for your product. They can tell you if your product meet their needs or how it can be changed to do so. In the “lean startup”…

Board of Education Should Focus on Students [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ In my mind, it is very clear as to who the board should serve. The Board of Education should be focusing on the students as they are ultimately the consumers of public education. I don’t necessarily agree that their focus must be to help all students be “college and career ready”…