January 23, 2018

Utah Politico Summer Reading: Senator Mike Lee [video]

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the seventh in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Senator Mike Lee has represented Utah in the U.S. Senate since 2010. When I asked what was […]

Dan Liljenquist is Right

There’s been a lot of talk over the past few weeks about Dan Liljenquist’s op-ed in the Deseret News along the lines of “how dare Dan do this, Mike Lee is a patriot!” or “Senators Cruz, Lee, and Paul are right.” What gets lost in all of this talk is one simple little truth: Dan […]

“Time Changed Hatch” Mailer Factually Correct

Is Freedom Works as dishonest as Freedom Path?

This post looks at a mailer I call “Time Changed Hatch.” As with the last two mailers, I have tried to go to the primary sources and have also reached out to the Hatch reelection campaign for any kind of response they might have. They have directed me to the site realhatchrecord.com but declined to respond directly to the mailer any further. I have utilized their site to augment my research into the primary sources.

The mailer opens with the following paragraph:

“In 1976, Orrin Hatch went to Washington. And just as time has shaped Utah’s unique … [cont]

Could you say “President Ryan” in 2013?

Rep. Paul Ryan is thinking about running for the soon to be vacated US Senate seat in his state. I think he could do better. And so could America. We could draft him for the Presidency. In truth, a presidential run makes a lot more sense for Ryan than does a Senate race. Ryan is […]

Looking at “Signing Unconstitutional Laws” by William Baude (part 1)

What I’m reading right now, continued: William Baude “Signing Unconstitutional Laws” 86 Ind. L. J. (forthcoming 2011). Recently, I’ve heard a lot of talk, primarily from the Tea Party wing of the political right, about how law makers should not pass into law legislation that is unconstitutional.  I know of at least one candidate who made […]

Why is Elena Kagan smiling? Hint: no more job interviews.

Elena Kagan‘s nomination went to the floor of the senate today.  Her nomination to our country’s highest bench will be debated on the floor, but her confirmation is all but assured.  In fact, with five Republicans already stating that they will vote for Kagan’s nomination, the debates will have less to do with her being on the […]