Wednesday, November 22, 2006



Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Constitution

So what do we do about constitutional questions regarding the 4th seat? If you believe the Governor, it's up to D.C. to worry about The Constitution. Of course when the NCLB was passed down, Utah's dashing politicos were tripping over themselves to defend the integrity of The Constitution against the attack of the killer unconstitutional concept. What was that prophesy about Mormon politicians, The Constitution, and a thread? Oh yeah, I remember: "In the latter days, Utah's politicians will be raging hypocrites".

Crazy Pills

Utah's leadership is taking crazy pills over this 4th seat. They need to listen to Senator Bennett. A perfect example of the craziness is LaVarr Webb's treatment of the topic in Friday's Utah Policy. After pointing out all the reasons this is a crap idea (he makes great points, by the way), he closes out his essay with an endorsement of the current actions. None of this makes any sense.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Reporting Soccer

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that "Jason Kreis is gone" but I think the Internet is way out front on this one. Update: The Universe is back to normal

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

4th Seat Drama

So Governor Huntsman wants to call a special session for around the first of December. If all goes well, Utah will go through the time and money to rush through a redistricting so it can be ignored. On the positive side, the rush to redistrict has opened up the Achilles Heel of our Bossy Little Big Man Speaker Curtis. Speaker Curtis will insist that any new map put his home in the new 4th district. Nothing is more frightening to ambitious Republicans than to be put in Matheson's district. Leverage.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Real Salt Lake: Confident?

We talked about this on The Nightside Project tonight. Real Salt Lake is apparently working on a plan to make an end run around SLCo by appealing once again to the Utah Legislature. In the meantime, they have purchased materials and are scheduled to begin excavation next month.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Utah And Negative Campaigns

I disagree with Paul Rolly this week. Many make the claim "negative campaigning does not generally work in Utah", but I don't believe that is true. Not all negative campaigns are enough to win an election, but that's a fact of life across the democratic world, and not evidence of some sort of special attitude in Utah. After all Jim Winder is the new SLCo Sherriff thanks to a negative campaign. Voters responded to his attacks against Sherrif Kennard. They were simple, compelling, and absolutely devastating. Well timed negative campaigns work, even in Utah.

Friday, November 10, 2006


I'm busy writing Nightside Spin for tonight's show. I'm calling the fourth seat dead.

The 4th Seat

Pres. Bush today in the AP: "It's the first I've heard of it,'' and ''Well, it may or may not come up. . . . But I'll take a look at it,'' Hmmm. So this is the urgent cause for which Governor Huntsman is preparing a special session? Well, we know the Tribune endorses this. But Governor Huntsman has other, better advisors. He should listen to them. Or he could read SLCSpin.