The dichotomy of wrong reactions to Mitt Romney in Utah

Mitt Romney seems to spark, in Utah at least, a bizarre dichotomy of wrong reactions. On the one hand, you have the gushing fans, who are otherwise normal dignified accomplished sentient beings who turn into groupies outside a rock concert at the mere hint that the great venture capitalist might let them join his binders full of women. Yes, this includes many high level elected officials in Utah. These people believe in Mitt as Midas, the chosen one with the magic touch who can turn anything into gold. They wholeheartedly…

Interviewing the candidates: Utah Senate District 14

We find ourselves in another election season with three great candidates to choose from to replace Senator Al Jackson in Senate District 14. This race will likely be determined by the delegates at convention even though two of the candidates have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the primary, regardless of the convention outcome. In an attempt to help both the delegates learn more about the candidates and help candidates get their message out, I have interviewed all three and am doing this write-up. As there have been some whisper…

Utah’s online sales tax bill died because it had serious flaws

The Salt Lake Tribune carried an op-ed this week bemoaning Utah’s Legislature caving-in to Amazon by failing to enact an online sales tax this legislative session. While I certainly agree that the price differential is hurting Utah businesses, this bill was the wrong way to level the playing field. The primary obstacle to this bill was in its implementation. The bill declared that if internet companies advertised on a website owned by a resident or corporation (commonly called an affiliate link) that is incorporated in the state of Utah, that is enough…

Sen. Daniel Thatcher: To vote yes on medical marijuana, we need reliable data

To vote yes on medical marijuana, we need reliable data. We won’t have that until the Federal Government reclassifies marijuana and the FDA can properly research it, including what conditions are helped, dosage, potential side-effects, and warnings against drug interactions, just like any other drug. Throughout this process, I have seen individuals being shamed and attacked for holding differing opinions. These tactics are causing many good people who hold strong and valid opinions to keep their heads down and their mouths shut. This does not make for good policy. I…

Senator Todd Weiler makes The View [video]

Ban On Internet Porn?“It is such a perversion to me of what sex is supposed to be, what it was created for,” Candace Cameron Bure says of Internet porn after a Utah lawmaker calls it more addictive than cocaine and says it should be banned. “I think this is fantastic that he’s trying to put this into law.” Do you agree? Posted by The View on Monday, February 1, 2016

Holly Richardson enters race for Senate 14, calls for leaders “who look for solutions”

Former state legislator Holly Richardson has joined the race for Utah Senate District 14. The seat is currently held by Al Jackson, who will not seek reelection. “Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to talk about policy, but today, I want to share the type of leader I believe we need,” said Richardson. “We need leaders who look for solutions, not just the next soundbite. We need leaders who understand that diversity and differences make for a richer, more robust conversation and are to be…

Holly Richardson enters Utah Senate Race [UPH Wire]

Contact: Holly Richardson Cell: 801-369-2836 HollyforSenate.com HollyforSenate@gmail.com <HollyontheHill@gmail.com> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2015 HOLLY RICHARDSON ENTERS UTAH SENATE RACE Pleasant Grove, UT – Today, Republican Holly Richardson formally announced her candidacy for the open seat in Senate District 14. Current Senator Al Jackson will not be seeking re-election. “Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to talk about policy, but today, I want to share the type of leader I believe we need,” said Richardson. “We need leaders who listen, not lecture. We need leaders…

Sen. Lyle Hillyard: Tis the Season to be Jolly

As we are getting ready to announce the revenue figures, which will guide our budget work this upcoming session, a familiar poem came to my mind: T’was the night before Christmas (revenue announcements) and all through the House (and Senate as well), Not a creature was stirring except for a mouse (aka Fiscal Analyst). The stockings (budget requests) were all hung by the chimney (EAC chairs offices) with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. It is our plan to announce the new revenue figures on December…