The truth about Alicia Colvin and her sham Republican campaign

Alicia Colvin was the only woman GOP candidate for the Senate in Utah. But she shouldn’t have been – according to her own volition. And there’s evidence that she ran a fake campaign. Alicia Colvin enjoyed a Sunday front-page spotlight in The Salt Lake Tribune when she was reported to have been the only woman Republican candidate in Utah for the U.S. Senate. The problem is that, according to Colvin’s own remarks and apparent beliefs, this never should have been the case. A mere 10 months before the filing deadline,…

Evidently, liquor is not always quicker

Utah is a liquor control state. In other words, the state heavily regulates the sale and consumption of liquor. Some states have more stringent regulations in place, including complete prohibitions in some counties within those states, but Utah remains a state that will tell residents and visitors when and where and how they can drink liquor. Every legislative session there seems to be talk of new bills designed to either loosen these regulations or tighten them. Several years ago, the Legislature created what is now called the Zion Curtain requiring…

Them vs Us

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to someone else.” — Will Rogers In the past few weeks, I have used this space to explain how the lack of innovation amongst Utahns in positions of political power costs the state money. One of the issues that I believe Utah is short-sighted and ignorant about—always a hot topic of conversation—are the arcane liquor laws that Utah lawmakers seem unwilling to negotiate to a more moneymaking friendly solution. Most Utahns that believe the liquor laws in this state are counterproductive, or…

No “risk” in a vote for McMullin

A couple of days ago I wrote in this space that “Utah Should Risk a McMullin Vote.” This was an unfortunate headline, which I hereby retract. The plain fact is that, in Utah, there is no down-side risk to a vote for Evan McMullin for president and plenty of upsides. The earlier headline was a response to an earlier column by Jesse Harris that, because so little was known about Evan McMullin, it would be a mistake to give him any attention. Heavens! He might try to influence the political…

Evan McMullin hysteria

Evan McMullin has come out of nowhere to lead the presidential polls in Utah and now we’re seeing the beginnings of a weirdly furious backlash. My facebook feed started filling up with so-called exposes of McMullin over the last couple of weeks and I finally got around to reading them. Spoiler Alert – they’re crap. Seriously, with headlines blaring pretty major accusations I figured someone had dug up something nefarious in McMullin’s past or some terrible policy position he holds. So when I read these posts I was terribly confused.…

Why Utahns should and should not vote for Donald Trump

WHY UTAHNS SHOULD VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP 1. He would bring change. We don’t really know what kind, but we know it’ll happen. 2. His list of Supreme Court nominees is pretty good. Most of them on that list I know he isn’t actually considering (like Mike Lee), but it shows where his head’s at, and he demonstrated by the selection of Mike Pence as vice-president that sometimes, he does take the advice of those around him. 3. He’s the Republican nominee, and as such, the GOP-led House and Senate…

Transgender trash talk

The Obama Administration’s obsession with social engineering combined with federal intrusiveness in local affairs has reached epic proportions. In a letter to school districts across the country the administration issued guidance this past Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice went to schools with guidelines to ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.” The sweeping declaration — which also said that school districts must integrate transgender students into…

Why National Delegate selection matters

A group of diverse, loosely organized Utah conservatives have formed a slate of national delegate candidates in preparation for the upcoming state Republican Convention on Saturday in response, it seems, to the “Official” Ted Cruz slate of “committed” candidates. The “Stop Trump Stop Hillary” slate claims to be vetted, like the Ted Cruz candidates, and committed to electing a conservative to the White House. What is the biggest difference? It seems the Stop Trump Stop Hillary slate candidates won’t have their hands tied like the official Cruz candidates. “History shows…

Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

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…