Mia Love has earned this win

As I start this post, there are a mere 90 minutes until Election Day in Utah. It’s like Christmas Eve for political junkies! After months and months of this campaign season (about 23 1/2, it feels like), results are only 24 hours away. Mia Love has earned the win she will make official tomorrow night….

Vote Heather Groom for School Board

This year’s races for school board have been heated and divisive, sometimes (often?) descending into personal attacks, false accusations, misrepresentations and hyperbole. In the midst of that, one calm voice of reason stands out: Heather Groom. Heather is running for the state school board in District 9, the district that includes much of Utah county….

Vote Yes for Pleasant Grove’s Public Safety Building

There are not many roles for government that are as clearly defined as public safety. It’s one of the few things most people agree should continue to fall under the purview of a governmental entity. Another is infrastructure, like roads and sewer pipes. Those things are often lumped together, but they are in fact, unique…

Race is still an issue in Utah

(Originally published in the Daily Herald) More than a dozen years ago, our family welcomed two young boys from Ethiopia into our lives. Those boys were not our first transracially-adopted children, nor were they our last. In fact, the next year, my husband and I went to Ethiopia and adopted four more children, ages newborn…

Top Tips for East Coast Staffers Campaigning in Utah for the First Time

  We get it. You bought the line that political consultants in Utah don’t know what they’re doing, so you hired an out-of-stater to parachute in and carry you over the finish line. In the spirit of good, old fashioned friendliness, we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints so your guys and gals won’t misstep…

Daylight Savings Time. Is it time for it to go?

It’s a topic that seems to come up every year in the Utah legislature – can the state please, PLEASE get rid of Daylight Savings Time?! Bill after bill has been introduced and year after year, those bills just die on the vine. Earlier this year, though, Representative Ronda Menlove ran a bill asking for…

If you want your birth control, you can keep your birth control.

Really. If you want birth control, you can get birth control. No one – and I mean no one – is stopping you. You would think the Hobby Lobby case means that all birth control is immediately outlawed (think Romania in the 80’s). ‘Tis not so. The hysterical hoopla over the Supreme Court decision smacks…

On Point: Primaries, 10th Circuit and SCOTUS

Join Michelle Mumford and I and our guests Curt Bentley and Bill Duncan as we discuss Utah’s 2014 primary election results, the 10th Circuit ruling on same-gender marriage and 2 Supreme Court decisions: cell phone warrants and recess appointments.

Recap of Utah’s primaries, plus looking forward

I had the chance to join Glen Mills and the chair of Utah’s Democrat party, Mayor Peter Corroon on ABC4 to recap the 2014 primaries and take a look at the November match-ups. Take a look:

To My LDS Sisters With Questions

This blog post is a departure from the  posts I typically do. It is deeply personal and deals with questions of faith and religious CULTURE vs DOCTRINE.  It is an open letter to my LDS friends with questions of faith. My dear friends: You have questions and are worried about your place in God’s kingdom….