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Election 2012: Predictions

By on Nov 9, 2010 in Featured, News, Politics | 0 comments

Last week, the curtain closed on the 2010 election season. It mostly goes without saying that it’s been a a pretty wild midterm season (even though I just said it…), thanks primarily to the Tea Party insurgency. Utah wasn’t left out of the fun, either, despite becoming even more of a one-party state. Thankfully, for political junkies, that one party has a few sub-parties, most of them trying to out-conservative each other. Enough rambling, eh? After all, what I promised was predictions for 2012. A disclaimer: These are predictions made from my gut, which means I have not asked any of the politicians if they predictions pass the “sane” test. Frankly, most of them probably don’t, which makes them fun. After all, if I simply said that every incumbent is going to run for the same office, would you want to read any further? No. Okay, the predictions: U.S....

Chaffetz Eyes D.C.

By on Sep 30, 2010 in News, Politics | 1 comment

Washington City Paper introduces its readers to their potential future overlord: Jason Chaffetz.— In a detailed cover story, the alt-weekly for Washington, D.C. digs into the background of Utah’s own Rep. Jason Chaffetz to introduce/scare residents about the man who will, most likely, be in charge of the congressional committee that oversees the district’s affairs. Overall, it’s a great overview of the freshman representative. For any Utahn remotely familiar with Chaffetz, the story treads across a lot of familiar ground, including his time working for former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and his surprise upset of then-Rep. Chris Cannon in 2008. It also recounts the many ways in which Chaffetz has become a media star (cough, cough … media whore … cough, cough) by impressing the likes of Glenn Beck and Stephen Colbert with his intelligence and wit. That said,...