Posted on November 5, 2008 by Dennis
Like most things in life, this election is bittersweet.
I’m happy Obama won.
I’m sad that so many of my friends and family members are, well, not so happy.
I’m happy that so many people across this country have brighter hopes for America and for the future.
I’m sad for those who think that the end is near.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: civil rights, Dell "Superdell" Schanze, Democratic Party, filibuster-proof, gay marriage, Jason Chaffetz, Latter-day Saints, LDS, LDS Church, McCain, Mormons, Obama, Politics, Proposition 8, Republican Party, Sarah Palin, SNL, Ted Stevens, Tina Fey, Utah County Democrats, Utah politics, Yes on Prop 8 | 35 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 September 2, 2008 by Dennis
This is the fourteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
In keeping with the start of a new school year, the topic of this week’s post is on education (I apologize the post is a day late, due to Labor Day).
The key similarities and differences, as far as I can tell, between McCain and Obama (source is CNN’s Election Center): (more…)
Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: college tuition, early childhood education, education, McCain, No Child Left Behind, Obama, online courses, Politics, public education, Utah politics, Utah voucher referendum, virtual schools, vouchers | 29 Comments »
Posted on August 23, 2008 by Dennis
I just left the following comment on the McCain vs. Obama VP forum. I’d like to hear what you think about it, but I’ve closed comments on this post and am encouraging you to leave comments on the original VP post instead.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Joe Biden, LDS, LDS Church, McCain, Mitt Romney, Mormons, Obama, Politics, Tim Pawlenty, Utah politics, VP | Leave a Comment »
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 »
Posted on March 24, 2008 by Dennis
Today in sacrament meeting my bishop read a letter from the First Presidency encouraging members in Utah to be involved in their precinct’s caucuses this Tuesday (March 25). (I’m uncertain whether similar calls were made to members in other states, but no doubt the same principle of political involvement is at play.) Interestingly, this letter also stated that there are principles from all major political parties that are consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Mormons, Politics, Utah politics | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 9, 2008 by Dennis