Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 30, 2015

First things first: to the dude driving the black Accord onto the 6th South offramp, huge kudos to you for your cat-like reflexes when that Subaru pulled into the lane without so much as a second glance. You saved us all. Now for some news: • Former Gov. Olene Walker passed away over the weekend. (KUER) She’ll have a lasting impact on the state, whether it was her groundbreaking roles in politics, her Weber State political institution, or the fact that her name is in what seems like half the…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 23, 2015

SB54 or Syrians refugees, SB54 or Syrian refugees, SB54 or Syrians refugees… Oh hi! This is @sausagegrinder, and you may recognize me from such irregular blog posts as Midday Commentary, and Cooking with Clams. Today, we’re going to take one more look at the Syrian refugee kerfuffle taking place in Utah, across the country, and across the world. Which is something I really, really don’t want to do. Anyway, this whole thing is starting to smack of political opportunism. Kidding! It’s been political opportunism the entire damn time. First of all,…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 19, 2015

Where the hell to start? Syrian refugees? UTA? National monuments? Oh hey, pot! It was interim yesterday, though to be honest, if you are reading this and didn’t know that, you really need to find another line of work. • An interim committee approved a bill that makes medicinal cannabidiol available to certain Utah patients with certain conditions. It leaves out THC, which is the, shall we say, mind melting part of marijuana. While perhaps a step forward, Sen. Mark Madsen is less than pleased. “[I]t’s folly to pull out…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 13, 2015

Today is Friday the 13th, and you know what that means: Tomorrow is Saturday the 14th. Stop being such a superstitious freak show. • First up, the largest local district of the Boy Scouts of America, located in the Provo/Orem area, is way, way off on their Friends of Scouting donations this year. The gay thing is taking most of the blame, but the fact remains that Friends of Scouting has been water cooler (water fountain?) fodder for years in LDS Church buildings from people who were unclear about where…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 10, 2015

I’m always one for a great play on words, but “Family Homo Evening“? Reasonably clever, sure. But it just continues to show that the The Pride Center and Equality Utah can’t help but shoot themselves in the foot. The mainstreaming of all gender attractions is the only thing that will ever work, not the “freak out the Brethren” approach the two organizations often use. There are a lot of really good questions being asked about the new policy, and it will surely create a bigger mess than church leadership counted on.…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 9, 2015

Big news out of the Governor’s Office this morning as he names John Pearce as nominee for the Utah Supreme Court. Pearce was Herbert’s general counsel, which continues the trend of the governor making picks for influential position that are very close to his inner circle. (Trib) Pearce is easy to get along with and is also a workhorse when it comes to getting things done. A quick word of advice: Grow the goatee back, John. You’ve gotta have something to stroke on your chin while making all those big decisions. • Meanwhile…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 12, 2015

It’s been a reasonably quiet weekend in the political world, especially after the flurry at the end of last week. But not to worry, things are about to pick up again. Tomorrow, the Utah House GOP caucus will meet to vote on whether or not to take up the newest version of full Medicaid  expansion: Healthy Utah Healthy Utah 2.0 Frail Utah Utah Access Utah Access+. For the uninitiated, it will go a little something like this: The caucus will file in, chat for a bit, and then they’ll get the short pitch, probably from…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 9, 2015

After months of silence (both by himself and the media), Justin Miller will be resigning and likely be pleading guilty to communications fraud. The traditional media was so out of the loop on this one that UPH had it before everyone else. Which is strange to me given the gravity of the situation. I guess there’s no accounting for not being accountable. Anyhow, the links: Miller’s statement Speaker Hughes’ statement Minority Leader King’s statement And the UPH link that started it all this morning. And it looks like Jesse Harris finally…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 8, 2015

I wonder what Justin Miller is up to these days. Whatever it is can’t be more interesting than the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker’s election. Things just got real with the bowing out of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. A thing about majority leaders: they have a very difficult time moving to the Speaker’s chair. Sure, it happens, but one generates a lot of baggage as majority leader. Yeah, the Speaker controls the vote, but the majority leader is the one who twists arms, makes  promises, and disciplines when necessary. I…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 5, 2015

Big week in Utah politics what with Medicaid expansion on the table and the Jason Chaffetz Speaker thing. On one hand, you’ve got a long-shot choice that splits the mainstream left and right, funded by corporations, looks great on paper, and refuses to go away no matter how many times it looks like it might. On the other hand, you’ve got Medicaid expansion.  • The AP runs a piece on Chaffetz bucking the establishment. You can say what you want about the guy, but he’s done a pretty masterful job…