Book Review | The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks

Rumor has it that Utah Superintendent Brad Smith had recommended to his staff at the Utah Office of Education Thomas E. Ricks’ The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today. I had no idea if it was true, or why, but with Smith’s reputation for a disruptive leader and the apparent waves he was making to Utah education, I decided it was worth picking up the book to see if it shed any light on his philosophy. I’m glad I did. After finishing it in late August, I find myself recommending Thomas Ricks’…

Madness in the Polls?

Numerous polls tracking the 2016 Republican Presidential candidates are reporting an interesting phenomenon. After two televised debates and more media appearances than the Kardashians, Donald Trump still leads all candidates with his media-rich bluster, but Dr. Ben Carson has quietly slipped into a solid second. Carly Fiorina continues to gain ground after being allowed to play with the big kids. Interestingly, the other mainstream politicians in the race barely muster also-ran status as the race progresses. The more career oriented politicians were all allowed to gang up against Trump with…

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…

Have We Lost the Underlying Moral Compass of our Political System?

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you… He reigns above.” – Thomas Paine “The great pillars of all government are virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend,…

Gov. Herbert signs letter to encourage federalism [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards Public Information Officer 801.538.1509 desk 801.755.3085 cell edwards@utah.gov Gov. Herbert signs letter to encourage federalism SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) – This week, Gov. Gary R. Herbert joined 24 of his fellow Republican governors in signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the 114th Congress to actively restore balance between the states and federal government during the session. The governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine,…

McConnell Names Senator Lee as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release, January 06, 2015 Contacts: Don Stewart, Michael Brumas 202-224-2979; Robert Steurer, Stephanie Penn 202-224-8288; Emily Long (Lee) 202-224-3904 McConnell Names Sen. Lee as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has appointed Sen. Mike Lee, (R-UT), to serve as a counsel to the Majority Leader in the 114th Congress. “As a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, Sen. Lee will bring invaluable insight to our conference on issues that affect American families. He is firmly committed to working…

A New Year’s Resolution

On December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Crisis.” He had witnessed the condition of the patriot army and their sinking ambition for the cause of freedom.  He wrote that, “The deplorable and melancholy condition the people were in, afraid to speak and almost to think, the public presses stopped, and nothing in circulation but fears and false hoods,” led him “in a passion of patriotism” to quickly publish his American “Crisis.”John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword…

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…

Join the Hub Debate: Is Racism in America Dead?

Is racism in America dead? Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors: We invite you–because you have contributed thoughts and posts on the Hub in the past–to consider the following topic. Is racism in America dead? As protests about police killings, Eric Garner’s death, and Michael Brown’s shooting continue across the nation, more people are asking whether racism is alive and well in the United States. A headline in Esquire offers “IF YOU NEEDED FURTHER PROOF RACISM IS NOT DEAD,” sharing anecdotes about discrimination at drinking fountains and microwaves. Meanwhile, Forbes…

Current Foreign Policy and Global Unrest

Foreign policy is an interesting animal. Get a group of political analysts in a room and you could set the tone for an endless debate over the rights and wrongs, virtues and vices of any foreign policy. In Utah, foreign policy barely makes the evening news, right up there with Dixie College football or environmental objections to hunting. Here is a simple fact. In 2014 there are 247 separate countries and sovereignties across the globe. Of those countries, 93 have population of roughly 10 million or more and 43 countries…