Jim Matheson, king of spin

Jim Matheson, king of spin

If you can’t run on your record of voting for the stimulus, for Cash for Clunkers, and for Nancy Pelosi, then by golly, spin, spin, spin. Congressman Jim Matheson is deflecting and twisting when he tells Utah Policy Daily that his GOP opponent, Morgan Philpot “is saying things that are just not true – like…

Poor hurt the most by expiration of Bush tax cuts

Poor hurt the most by expiration of Bush tax cuts

On Jan 1st, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire. The child tax credit will be cut in half, the standard deductions and income credits decrease and the 10 percent tax bracket – aimed at non-wealthy taxpayers – goes away. While wealthier taxpayers pay more in taxes and stand to lose more in total…

Who does Matheson vote with?

Who does Matheson vote with?

If you think it’s the Republicans, you’d be wrong.  He votes partyline over 93% of the time.  See for yourself.

Matheson=Pelosi lap dog

Matheson=Pelosi lap dog

This weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “The Lap Dog Coalition” about the self-described fiscal conservatives from the D side of the aisle. “The Blue Dog Coalition isn’t a vehicle to help conservative Democrats influence policy,” the article states. “It is a marketing brand to help vulnerable Democrats deceive voters.” In the…

Phantom Jim is also do-nothing Jim

Utah’s token Democrat, Jim Matheson, votes with Nancy Pelosi over 93% of the time. He has a “Big Spender” rating by NTU, voted twice in the last year to extend the debt ceiling, voted for cash for clunkers and yes, he voted for the stimulus, so let’s just put the “blue dog” label to rest,…

Philpot swings at Matheson's land use policies

Philpot swings at Matheson's land use policies

Utah’s delegation is almost universally united in standing up to Ken Salazar, his cronies and their control of 2/3 of the land in Utah. The lone hold-out is, of course, Democrat Jim Matheson.  Matheson – aka Phantom Jim – didn’t have the, um, …. courage…. to stand up to Salazar when 77 leases were yanked…

Phantom Jim making an appearance!

Quick! If Jim Matheson is your Congressman, Wednesday is your chance to catch him at a rare town hall. (OK, that’s what HE would call it anyway…..) He’ll be at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to talk about current issues starting at 9:40 am, then will attend a meeting held by the Hinckley Institute Student…

Phantom Jim and "town halls"

Phantom Jim and "town halls"

Congressman Jim Matheson, aka “Phantom Jim“, has refused for years to hold town hall meetings.  Dogged by GOP chair, Dave Hansen, his constituents and his opponent, Morgan Philpot, Matheson finally responded – by changing the definition of “town hall.” In case you missed the recent Tribune article, Matheson now counts “meet-and-greets at businesses, student forums…