Survey | Make your voice heard on SB 54/Count My Vote

Could I ask for just a couple minutes of your time to get your help on a project that will add to our understanding of an important political issue? Click on the survey below (and here).  Over the last couple of years, due to Count My Vote and the subsequent legislation SB 54, there have been some significant and important changes to Utah’s candidate nomination rules to get access to a ballot. We have seen efforts like “Count my Vote” morph into what is now known as SB 54. These…

Another entry for Utah Treasurer: Lane Ronnow

Lane Ronnow, a career public servant who now works in consulting, has entered the race for Utah State Treasurer. . Ronnow is the sixth to enter the race to replace current Utah State Treasurer, Richard Ellis, who stepped down, effective November 1, to take a position with the state’s non-profit college savings program. Kathleen Bailey,  Merrill Cook, Neil Walter, Phil Conder, and David Damschen have previously announced their candidacies for the office. Ronnow has education from Southern Utah University, the University of Utah in business administration and law school and UCLA. The GOP’s State Central…

The Mero Moment: Who is Conservative Any More? November 5, 2015

The election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives should be a case study for the Utah Republican Party. Ryan is a principled and effective conservative leader who gained the wrath of the crazies in his own party. And that reminds me of Utah Republican politics! What more could conservative activists ask for than a principled and effective conservative leader? Someone more conservative? Someone more principled? In Paul Ryan’s case, is there really someone in the House Freedom Caucus more conservative, more principled and more…

Honest Press Releases | House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact     Utah Politico Hub www.utahpoliticohub.com House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah Salt Lake City – In light of the low-grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement: “We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. We welcome any effort at all that could help move the Utah Democratic Party from a…

Neil Walter to announce candidacy for State Treasurer

In an interview with Utah Politico Hub Tuesday night, Neil Walter confirmed that he is running for Utah State Treasurer. Richard Ellis will resign from the office in November. Walter ran for the Congress in 2010, losing the Republican nomination to Morgan Philpot. In addition to working as Chief Operating Officer and an owner of Brookings Holdings, a residential and commercial real estate company, Walter is a part-time/adjunct instructor at Dixie State University in finance and economics. Walter holds a BS in finance from BYU, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University,…

An interview with Jonathan Johnson on leadership

You can find an audio recording of John Mulholland’s interview of Jonathan Johnson at the bottom of the post. I went to the campaign kickoff for Jonathan Johnson eager to learn why he was running for governor. I knew he had held some top positions with Overstock and wanted to listen to him speak. He gave the standard political talk but what was different was that he handed out a book and asked people to read it called Leadocracy. I found a version on Audible and over the next week…

The CNN-Democratic debate was a media love-fest

Tuesday’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates showcased the inherent difficulties this next presidential election will face. Similar to the last two elections and the current Obama Administration receiving a mainstream media pass on almost every difficult issue or controversial decision, so this Democratic election cycle began with a left-leaning media love-fest. Proof once more that our media is in bed with liberalism and all its proponents while conservatives will all have a target on their backs when crunch time comes. Rhetoric flies high in these debates, but the far leaning,…

Will more gun control laws prevent mass shootings?

Another day and another mass shooting in a public setting. This time a mentally deranged individual brought an arsenal in to Umpqua Community College in Oregon. When the smoked cleared, nine were dead and many more wounded. The scene must have been a tragic one, but the mental failings of the shooter and the pain of the victims have been lost in another gun control firestorm for the left. The press marches along complicitly with the gun control talking points when there are much more pressing and deeper issues at…

The Mero Moment: The Future of Utah Politics – October 1, 2015

Years and years ago, during my first official public speech in Utah, I mentioned, “I don’t envision Utah for anyone.” My remark was a not-so-subtle jab at Envision Utah, perhaps the largest private-sector government-planning group in the state. Back then, in its early stages, it was run by Jon Huntsman Jr. Today, I am much less suspicious of its objectives than I was 15 years ago. Let’s face it, for a variety of social and economic reasons, Utah’s population will grow dramatically over the next few decades – with limited…

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…