A look at the race for Utah County Attorney, 2018

With the current Utah county attorney not seeking another term, the field is open between Chad Grunander and David Leavitt. Chad Grunander https://www.facebook.com/electchadgrunander/ Chad has been at the Utah County Attorney’s office for fourteen years and has held all of the positions except working with juveniles. He has supervised and is now criminal division chief in the office. The most famous case he has worked on was the Pleasant Grove doctor that murdered his wife. The trial was broadcast life and it was even on the Nancy Grace show. Beyond…

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…

Jenney Rees: Women in politics

We’ve seen the headlines and read the studies. Utah ranks 49th in the nation for women in politics. Utah ranks last in terms of women being in positions of decision-making and leadership. Women represent more than 50% of the voters in Utah but are underrepresented in political office. There are no women serving in Utah statewide executive offices. Last year I attended a networking social of a group that has been formed to encourage women to run for office and be involved in politics. One of the questions that came…

Grassroots organization is fighting for Utah County representation over plans for American Fork Canyon development

A new Utah County grassroots organization is calling for Utah County residents and leaders to have a voice in plans for land development in American Fork Canyon. Preserve and Protect American Fork Canyon wants leaders, citizens, and interest groups from Utah County to be included in an ongoing multi-year initiative called Mountain Accord, as well as a related effort in Utah County called AFCVision. Mountain Accord currently includes leaders from other counties, but not Utah County, where American Fork Canyon is located. Willie Holdman, co-founder of Preserve and Protect, said,…

How is UTA Doing By the Numbers?

One thing that I’ve been asked since my article on Wednesday on Bus Rapid Transit is how UTA is doing. There are news articles saying that their numbers are improving, but there is a higher taxpayer subsidy now than there used to be. At the bottom of the Legislative Audit there are some numbers that are instructive in illustrating how UTA is handling their stewardship: Measure 1: Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) RPM is a standard metric that is used across mass transit, from public airlines to private transit authorities. By…

A Brief Look at Candidates for Utah County Republican Party Leadership

I am excited for elections for Utah County Republican Party officers. We have plenty of quality candidates who would all do fine but we must choose only one for each position. I attended the debate held on April 9th and this is some of the information I gathered. I realize that not everybody could attend so I thought I would do a write up to show the strengths and weaknesses I have found in each candidate. Secretary Kristen Chevrier: As an education officer I have worked with Kristen and she has…

Major changes proposed for Utah County Republican Party

On Saturday, the Utah County Republican Party will consider changes to the organization’s bylaws. John Mulholland weighs in on the changes. As the Education officer for LD 56, I feel my duty to provide share my opinion regarding the proposed changes to the Utah County Republican Party (URCP) bylaws. These changes will be discussed this coming Saturday and the quarterly central committee meeting. I have served on the central committee in Cache County before moving here. There was a huge difference between how meetings were run and especially how much time…

Utah Democrats don’t want to win

Utah Democrat logo

It was a little jarring to review my ballot for Iron County and see so many unopposed races. My state senator didn’t have any opponent. My representative had a third-party opponent which is almost the same thing. Aside from a couple of write-in candidates (neither of whom broke 20%), all of the county races were unopposed. After having to make a lot of careful choices and analysis from living in major metro areas like Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, it didn’t sit well with me to have so few…

The Militarization of the Tolerance Police

Earlier this week I sent out a tweet highlighting the fact that somebody at BYU messed up and put cards celebrating same sex marriage out in the BYU Store. Similar to other mixups that have occurred at the University over the years (like the run on a vending machine selling caffeinated Coke last year), I found humor in the situation. Others didn’t, to the point that it actually hit the mainstream media.