Category Archives: Politics

Ethanol: How politics takes an interest in you

“Politics isn’t for me.” “I’m too busy with everyday life to bother with politics.” These are refrains we often hear and perhaps have said ourselves. The problem with this thinking, however, is that politics affects our daily lives with ever-increasing … Continue reading

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On Point video: Utah primaries and hot-topic court rulings, 6/26/14

In this episode of On Point, “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson is joined by three lawyers – Michelle Mumford, assistant dean at the BYU Law School; Curt Bentley, Utah political blogger; and Bill Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center … Continue reading

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The blind spot of same-sex-marriage advocates

The optic disc is the point at which the optic nerve enters the retina. The optic disc is insensitive to light. It has no rods or cones and, therefore, cannot detect any images. The optic disc is also called the … Continue reading

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On Point video: views from Utah women in politics, 5/9/14

Watch as our panelists for this episode discuss Utah politics, divisions within conservatism, Benghazi, and the choices that women in politics must make. On the show this week: Aimee Newton, Salt Lake County Council member; Holly Richardson, “Holly on the … Continue reading

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Utah’s ‘inner rings’: the healthy and the sinister – Mero Moment, 4/29/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During the Memorial Lecture at King’s College in 1944, famed Christian apologist C.S. Lewis delivered remarks titled “The Inner Ring.” His purpose was … Continue reading

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Obama: I don’t know anything, and what I say means nothing

Back in November, I collected a few instances of the left calling out President Obama for his claims of ignorance on a spate of issues — NSA spying, Obamacare, IRS targeting, Fast and Furious gun trafficking, the AP reporter harassment and … Continue reading

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What time is it? Caucus time!

Party caucuses are tonight and Thursday, so here’s your chance to have a voice in Utah’s political process! Click here for a giant infographic explaining how Utah’s caucus system works. Click here to learn what delegates are and how they’re … Continue reading

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Politics in Utah needs more integrity, less emotion – Mero Moment, 3/4/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) Speaking of my role as president of Sutherland Institute, a very dear friend of mine has told me more … Continue reading

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Private lives and public policy

A note to members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives from Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute: As I write this, I recognize I’m addressing a diverse audience. I recognize some legislators know me well, even personally. Other … Continue reading

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Stay outta my way!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zALxe1KBXro&feature=youtu.be In this video clip from Sutherland’s 2014 Legislative Policy Conference, Paul Mero asks two supporters of the Count My Vote initiative, LaVarr Webb and Kirk Jowers, whether they would drop Count My Vote if all their concerns were addressed … Continue reading

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Count My Vote supporters don’t know when to call it a win

Count My Vote is not an issue high on the priority list for Sutherland Institute, and yet, it inexorably draws my attention. I’m stunned when the “reasonable” people – normally the adults in the room – behave like spoiled children. … Continue reading

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Cuomo’s intolerant remark emblematic of ‘progressive tolerance’

Last weekend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made some comments regarding those whom he disagrees with politically and philosophically, which have gotten him in trouble. Specifically, he said (taken from an open letter written by the governor’s office):  You have … Continue reading

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Lively debate over caucuses and Count My Vote at SI event

Sutherland Institute held its annual legislative policy conference yesterday, which included a rousing debate on the caucus convention system and the Count My Vote ballot initiative drive. KNRS’s Rod Arquette moderated the panel, whose participants included Sutherland’s Paul Mero; James … Continue reading

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A culture of corruption in Utah

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. As the John Swallow scandal reveals more and more culture of corruption within Utah’s Attorney General’s office, I am left with a few … Continue reading

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Bright, principled Sen. Lee makes the establishment cringe

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Just when I complimented my friends at The Salt Lake Tribune for being authentic for owning the cause of anything other than … Continue reading

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