Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
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".
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
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?
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
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.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Just Walk Away
House Speaker Greg Curtis almost lost his job yesterday. 46 votes is embarrassing. Word on the street is that Real Salt Lake is planning legislation to make an end run around the pesky rules set out by Mayor Corroon. This effort would no doubt include Speaker Curtis BUT Surely Speaker Curtis knows his humiliation is directly tied to the Sandy Stadium. He will not survive a showdown with SLCo's most popular politician, Mayor Peter Corroon.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
To the literally dozens of Republicans who have said to me "I can't believe Hatch is my candidate" please realize, Senator Orrin Hatch is not the Republican's candidate. He is no one's candidate but his own and the few people who pay him millions of dollars for favors. Pete Ashdown is your candidate. Finally, a Senate candidate who represents more than just his own career.
So I just found out that two more people wrote me in as Salt Lake County Surveyor. I'm not actually a write- in candidate. I am a fake write- in candidate. On the Nightside Project I did a fake debate with Reid Demmon, the sole contender for SLCo Surveyor.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Many have defended Mr. Mac's double duty as President of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and paid "campaign advisor" of Senator Orrin Hatch. It's absolutely reasonable (and smart) for the LDS Church to set policies against that kind of relationship. And I believe they will soon. Let's face it, The Boston Globe did The Church a favor last month. It brought out extremely serious behavior into the open where it could be dealt with early. Think about what would have happened had that article come out late next year. Disaster.
Congressman Chris Cannon: "I think [President Bush] is probably dyslexic" Congressman Cannon always delivers.