Is UtahPolicy.com doing click-bait polling on same-sex marriage?

UtahPolicy.com recently released a new poll declaring a several-point shift in public opinion regarding same-sex marriage in just a few months. Unfortunately, it’s also misleading and inaccurate. The margin of error (MOE) of both polls is a cause for concern. While 2.5% is considered very good, the UtahPolicy.com polls only manage a MOE of 4.9%. This is a function of using a very small sample size, just 400 total respondents. Of course, using a larger polling sample will cost a lot more money, but getting away with a relatively large swing is…

Separation of Powers 101, or Stormont Wants to Be a Legislator

Capitol at night

Two hundred and fifty years after the US Constitution took Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws seriously and separated the executive, legislative and judicial functions, some still want to be everything. Take for example, Charles Stormont, the Utah Democratic candidate for Attorney General. A Texas transplant to Utah, his campaign platform sounds not unlike someone who wants to impose Texas justice on every policy he can get his hands on. He doesn’t like Utah’s ethics laws, the three ethics committees and processes already in the Attorney General’s office, or the people who…