Entries by Paul Mero

Sorry, this is not ‘Jim Crow’ – Mero Moment, 4/22/14

During the recent oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the marriage laws of Utah and Oklahoma, Judge Jerome Holmes, an African-American, entertained the plaintiffs’ comparison between prohibitions against marriages based on race and prohibitions based on same-sex relationships. Basically, he asked the defendants, “What’s the difference?” Judge Holmes referred to a […]

Sorry, this is not ‘Jim Crow’ – Mero Moment, 4/22/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During the recent oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the marriage laws of Utah and Oklahoma, Judge Jerome Holmes, an African-American, entertained the plaintiffs’ comparison between prohibitions against marriages based on race and prohibitions […]

Bundy family: Right issue, wrong argument – Mero Moment, 4/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Cliven Bundy’s family roots in Nevada stretch back to the 1880s but his awkward articulation of constitutional rights and federalism are hurting his case and the broader case for greater self-determination in western lands management. Our western states […]

Behind the Legislative Scorecard – Mero Moment, 4/1/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. About 10 years ago, when Sutherland Institute made it a part of our mission to “constructively influence Utah’s decision makers,” we were very reluctant to create a legislative scorecard. For several years our thinking was that legislative scorecards […]