Category Archives: Politics

Reid abandons impartiality on Swallow

Tweet Utah State Senator Stuart Reid, showing his displeasure with Attorney General John Swallow’s lack of regard for public opinion during a recent press conference, sent a letter to many of his Senate colleagues with the subject: “My loss of … Continue reading

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Swallow/Shurtleff A.G. alleged scandals and infographic

Tweet Click here or the image below for a large web version of the infographic. Last week, in my regular radio commentary aired throughout the state, I recommended that Utah Attorney General John Swallow resign his post as Attorney General. … Continue reading

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Swallow should put his office first and step down

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I have joined the growing ranks of people who think Utah Attorney General John Swallow should step down from office. I … Continue reading

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The caucus devil we know

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Over the past two years I’ve taken part in a few private meetings regarding how Utah’s caucus and convention system could … Continue reading

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The brutal politics of sequestration

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: In December 1995, just one year after the Gingrich Revolution when Republicans captured the House and Senate in the 1994 mid-term … Continue reading

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Are think tanks becoming over-politicized?

Tweet Tevi Troy, who has worked for American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the American Action Forum, offers some intriguing thoughts for National Affairs on the evolution of think tanks over the years and where … Continue reading

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Secede over pot and Obamacare? You’re nuts

Tweet Did you know that there are public petitions in all 50 states in support of secession? I didn’t, but former presidential candidate Ron Paul knows. He likes the idea that states should secede from the Union. He says he’s … Continue reading

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Weary of political lies

Tweet Like many of you I’m tired of this political season. Mentally tired of all of the lies – yes, lies. I don’t know if it’s possible for a presidential candidate to run for office without lying. Sometimes the lies … Continue reading

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Sutherland’s new one-stop shop for political news

Tweet You don’t have to spend half your day hunting for conservative news on the Internet. Now you can keep up on political news – national and statewide – through Sutherland’s Facebook page. From the main page at www.facebook.com/SutherlandInstitute, click … Continue reading

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Social issues divide the parties – especially in Utah

Tweet Former Alabama Governor George Wallace is famous for saying in 1968 that there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats. Today we hear the same thing from libertarians such as Ron Paul. Certainly on fiscal issues … Continue reading

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Don’t vote blindly on judges: Here’s where to find information

Tweet In all even-numbered years, Utahns have the opportunity to choose whether judges should keep their jobs for another term in office. In the 2010 election, many voters were frustrated by the lack of useful information about the judges on … Continue reading

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Behind progressives’ fixation with easy voting

Tweet A state judge has temporarily struck down parts of a Pennsylvania law requiring voters to show approved identification at their polling places. The state law requires all voters to show a picture ID prior to voting. This new court … Continue reading

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LDS Democrats still trying to reconcile opposing values

Tweet In the Sept. 16 edition of the Deseret News was a commentary about Latter-day Saints in Utah who have joined the Democratic Party. So novel is this concept that they held a press conference during the Democratic National Convention … Continue reading

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Corporate political giving doesn’t pay, unless …

Tweet A recently highlighted study on corporate political donations from researchers at Rice University, to be published soon in an issue of Strategic Management Journal, reported some interesting results. From a press release about the study: [The researchers] found that … Continue reading

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Is compromise good?

Tweet The announcement by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) early this year that she would not run for re-election to the Senate, and her subsequent op-ed in the Washington Post, gave me a chance to think about compromise. To oversimplify her … Continue reading

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