Why I’m voting for Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin has no chance to win the presidency. Likely scenarios, in order: 1. Hillary Clinton gets over 270 electoral votes. 2. Neither candidate gets 270 electoral votes, and Evan McMullin wins Utah. 3. Donald Trump gets 270 electoral votes. SCENARIO #1 – Hillary Clinton Gets Over 270 Electoral Votes If you removed all toss-up states from the RCP Electoral Map – meaning if a candidate has an average of 0.1% better than the other in the polls, you give them the state – then Hillary Clinton would win 333…

Republicans not piling on to Democrats over the Miller scandal

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” Proverbs 24:17 After 32 days of near silence, the Democratic Caucus of the Utah House called for Rep. Justin Miller to resign. About time (says Maryann Martindale). And stop dragging my party through the mud, says Senator Jim Dabakis. And yet, there’s been nary a bit of mud thrown by official Republican folk, whether elected officials or party leaders. With the exception of Senator Todd Weiler’s quite justifiable call for Miller’s resignation and a very brief…

The Dabakis Factor: a guide to ignoring facts and slamming Republicans

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams. I think Senator Jim Dabakis forgot to check the votes before he decided to slam the Republican members of the Utah House for killing a bill that would have allowed Tesla to sell cars in Utah. In a bizarre twist during the Utah’s Legislature’s 2015 session, the predominantly conservative House killed a law that would have rewritten how cars are sold in…

What if Utah Politics Were Like High School

A recent discussion about Utah politics got me thinking: What if we boiled down Utah’s politicians to the same kids we all knew in high school? And, since I’m the one writing this, our “Utah Politico High” looks a bit like Olympus High School in the mid-1990’s. The Band Geeks. They think they are the cool kids. They know their craft well, but few outside this group appreciate their skills.  The majority of the school doesn’t even know they exist.  This group is represented by the writers of Utah Politico…