Monthly Archives: October 2009

Will the left doom the House health care reform bill?

House Democrats deserve credit for finally coming up with a health care insurance reform bill. Of course, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was really shoveling the old you-know-what when she said, “Today we are about to deliver on the promise of making … Read More

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A political paradox: Voters diss the GOP, but are more conservative

Check out this political paradox. The Republican Party is more unpopular than it’s ever been, but voters are becoming more conservative. Gallup’s latest numbers peg 40 percent of Americans as conservative and only 20 percent as liberal. Most of the … Read More

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Oaks talk is a message that the LDS Church is gearing up for a long culture war

LDS Church Apostle Dallin Oaks’ speech last week at BYU/Idaho was the strongest statement the church has made on a political issue since its stand against the Equal Rights Amendment. It seems to me that the LDS Church sees a … Read More

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Ogden politics has another hotly debated election

Ogden city has always had a reputation for passionate political debate, with a lot of rancor and back and forth. Just look at the tenure of Mayor Matthew Godfrey. He has his strong supporters and strong detractors. He won a … Read More

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Only 43 more days until Utah's HOLY WAR!!!

The following column appears in today’s Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on politics and culture. Call (801) 625-4400 to access Currents. Can you feel it? The Holy War is getting closer. The bite in the air indicates this is going … Read More

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Obama's embarrassing, pompous war with Fox News

I don’t often agree with John Nichols of The Nation magazine, but he nails it in the lead when commenting on President Obama’s stupid war with the Fox News Channel.  Nichols writes, “The Obama administration really needs to get over … Read More

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Abortion: The health care reform issue that won't go away

The abortion issue is not going away from the health care reform issue. Democrats in Congress continue to shoot down Republican amendments that specify that no health care reform money goes for abortions. The Democrats argue that the bills already … Read More

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Obama, dedicate your Nobel Peace Prize to one brave Iranian woman

OK, if you’re lean to the left, President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was a surprise, but it was also a recognition from a world body that Obama represents an America more in tune to talking with our adversaries and less … Read More

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A review of the new, edgy LDS-themed novel, 'Rift.'

This review is in today’s Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on politics and culture. In Currents, it is accompanied with an original cartoon by the Standard’s Cal Grondahl. For more information on Currents, call (801) 625-4400. “You’re a salvation army … Read More

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We're a 50-50 nation now

With about a year to go before the 2010 elections, we’re a 50-50 nation. The Swamp blog has crunched the numbers. read The generic no-name congressional preference polls generally split even among Democrats and Republicans. Gallup has President Obama at 50 … Read More

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