Posted on February 2, 2009 by Dennis
I received the following report in an email newsletter from my friend Don Jarvis (quoted with his permission):
A senior LDS apostle recently told Provoans that “We need to pray for our new president, regardless of party affliction, I mean, affiliation.” Speaking on January 25th in the Provo Tabernacle at the conclusion of an Oak Hills (east Provo) Stake Conference, Apostle M. Russell Ballard spoke warmly of the inauguration, read excerpts from President Obama’s inaugural address, advised members to read it, and said, “I like his emphasis on personal responsibility.” The audience chuckled at the “affliction” slip, but was otherwise unusually hushed and attentive as Elder Ballard voiced his strong support for our the new Democratic President. (more…)
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Democrats, Don Jarvis, inauguration, Latter-day Saints, M. Russell Ballard, Mormons, Obama, Obama inaugural address, Politics, Provo, Republicans | 10 Comments »
Posted on September 16, 2008 by Dennis
We’ve heard a lot this campaign season about playing the gender card or race card. But there’s another kind of card-playing that is unique to highly conservative areas, such as Utah County, Utah: playing the “Democrat card.” This is the story of a Utah County Republican who is playing the Democrat card in order to distract voters from the real issues surrounding his campaign for reelection.
Republican Stephen D. Clark, a four-term representative for Utah House District 63 (East Provo), has never had a challenger printed next to his name on a November ballot.
Until now. (more…)
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: abortion, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Democratic Party, Democrats, Don Jarvis, Donald K. Jarvis, education, ethics reform, gay marriage, Gordon B. Hinckley, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Jim Matheson, John Edwards, John Kerry, marriage, McCain, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Politics, pro-choice, pro-life, public education, Republican Party, Republicans, Stephen D. Clark, Steve Clark, traditional families, Utah, Utah Constitutional Amendment 3, Utah County, Utah House District 63, Utah politics, Utah Valley University, Utah Values, Utah vouchers | 20 Comments »
Posted on June 18, 2008 by Dennis
This is the third of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday (used to be every Wednesday). The schedule and important comment rules regarding these forums are available here.
Both McCain and Obama are touting themselves as able to unite Americans of varying political parties and ideologies.
What do you think? Who is best able to do so? (more…)
Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: bipartisanship, Democrats, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Independents, Joe Lieberman, LDS, McCain, Mormons, Obama, Politics, Republicans | 9 Comments »
Posted on May 15, 2008 by Dennis
For Latter-day Saints, the letter R can be one of your best friends.
It simplifies your decisions at the video store as well as the ballot box:
- A movie with an R printed on it is bad. Even if you don’t know anything else about the movie, don’t watch it. A movie with any other rating — even if you don’t know anything about it — is good, as far as the appropriateness of its content.
- A political candidate with an R printed by their name is good. Even if you don’t know anything else about the candidate, vote for him/her. A candidate with any other letter — even if you don’t know anything about her or him — is bad.
Piece of cake. (more…)
Filed under: Film, Mormon Culture, Politics | Tagged: abortion, Brooke White, Democrats, Doug Robinson, elections, Ezra Taft Benson, Film, Mormon Culture, Mormons, Orson Scott Card, political parties, politicians, Politics, R-rated movies, Republicans, same-sex marriage, Utah legislature, Utah politics | 30 Comments »