Herbert starts the race for 2016 with a commanding lead over Johnson

Perhaps one of the more interesting races coming up this next election cycle is for the nomination for Governor of Utah. Utah Democrats don’t have a chance of winning state-wide office anytime in the near future. Neither Sean Reyes, John Dougall, or Richard Ellis (Utah’s AG, Auditor, and Treasurer, respectively) look like they have serious in-party challengers (or challengers at all). That leaves only Gary Herbert, governor since 2009, has a rival for the Republican Party’s nomination. That rival–Overstock.com chairman Jonathan Johnson–has his work cut out for him. It will pit Herbert’s “gut conservative” style…

What’s In a Poll: Do Utah voters really want a municipal tax hike?

How you do a poll makes all the difference in whether you can trust it. Because UtahPolicy.com’s latest poll draws from a statewide respondent pool instead of from local municipalities to gauge support for a municipal tax increase, local officials should be slow to rely too heavily on the favorable numbers. Using a poll by Dan Jones and Associates, the UtahPolicy.com headline says that “Utahns Favor Sales Tax Hike to Pay for Transportation.” According to the poll, “58 percent of Utahns said they favor such a tax increase, 41 percent oppose and 6 percent…