Editorial: “I’m humiliated…I know why people kill themselves” – The Nefarious Way Victim Shaming Works So Well

Author’s/Editor’s Note: This editorial is in response to questions brought forward from the previously published editorial. Utah Political Capitol appreciates your continued understanding regarding the topic and hopes it creates a greater conversation about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault.  ### Last Sunday, I published an editorial related to the recent controversy surrounding Rob Miller, who was running for Chair of the Utah Democratic Party until he made the decision to drop out of the race and, indeed, the Democratic Party. In that editorial, I corroborated and expanded on one of the events outlined in a letter sent to the Democratic Party. After...

The UPC Show – Episode 205 – Floor Stigmas

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Alex Cragun, and Dylan McDonnell! On the show today we talk about how coal towns in Utah need to plan for new economic reality, despite some lawmakers (Mike Noel – cough, cough) getting upset that towns are trying to find new solutions to promised funds from coal, how the best run state in the nation can’t seem to manage the DABC all that well, while other lawmakers are potentially benefit from new highways that they approved, and we close with a discussion about how the initiative process should start any moment to raise taxes...

Editorial: My Wife is Not a Liar – The View from the Victim’s Side

Author’s/Editor’s Note: Though Utah Political Capitol seeks to write and editorialize issues from a non-personal standpoint, extraordinary circumstances have placed individuals close to Utah Political Capitol directly in the news. Readers are asked to understand the reasoning for the deviation from a standard editorial.  ### If you are involved in the Utah Democratic Party at all, you are most likely aware that in recent days a letter from seven women found its way to the media that allege various instances of sexual misconduct by Rob Miller, who is running for Utah Democratic Party Chair. One of those women is my wife,...

The UPC Show – Episode 204 – Coal Time!

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Alex Cragun, and Dylan McDonnell! On the show today we talk about the 22 candidates looking to fill Chaffetz seat (but not one from the newest political party in Utah) and how former Attorney General Swallow is back…again. In the second half – who knew that the Utah DUI law had problems with it? Doesn’t matter for the Outdoor Retailers Expo, which has settled on Denver, and what the shape of LDS voters may look like in 20 years. Other talking points include: A new set up. The toilet baby you didn’t...

The UPC Show – Episode 203 – We Have Reached Peak Republican

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Alex Cragun with special guests Emily Hase and Dan Strong from the Blacksite Podcast! On the show today we not only give our Blacksite friends a solid pitch about the who they are and what they do, but we also talk about the circus that is Jason Chaffetz leaving his seat (along with who is looking to replace him), how the Utah GOP is a-changing, Hatch and his defense of Donald Trump, and how just about everyone in Utah who voted for Trump seems to be happy with him. Other talking points...

Biskupski to Feds: “Hands off Our National Monuments”

Entering the monumental fray about “rescinding” or “resizing” the recently created Bears Ears National Monument in the nation’s Four Corners area of the rural West, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski issued a recent statement citing the economic harm that potential changes to the monument might create. In addition to releasing her statement, Mayor Biskupski sent an appeal directly to Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, in the form of a letter that was transmitted last week. The Mayor’s appeal included the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in reference to these concerns. “Any federal decision to modify acreage or roll back protection...

Herbert Declares Special Election for Chaffetz’s Seat, Cox Provides Details

At his monthly press event at KUED, Governor Herbert opened the briefing with the main topic of the day, dealing with the resignation of Utah’s Jason Chaffetz in Congressional District 3. That leaves open the first congressional seat in Utah since 1929 and allows political hopefuls living in that district to run for their dreams of “making a difference” for the Beehive State while working in an increasingly dysfunctional Washington, D.C. Various rumors exist about the reason behind Mr. Chaffetz’ decision to leave early, but many have theorized that the congressman is taking the advice of Navy Admiral McCraven’s newest...

The UPC Show – Episode 202 – Just Give it 10 Years

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Alex Cragun, and Dylan McDonnell. On the show today we talk about the growing fight between the legislature and the governor around a special session to potentially replace Jason Chaffetz, Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes’, UTA woes, and a new Democrat has emerged to take on Orrin Hatch. In the second half: will Spencer Cox run for governor in 2020? DUI data shows that they are not as deadly as we were lead to believe, and Mike Lee is trying to end net neutrality. Other talking points include: Newly named muscle...

The UPC Show – Episode 201 – Everyday?! Everyday.

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Alex Cragun with special guest Bob Kubichek. On the show today we talk about new signage requirements in bars versus restaurants, Donald Trump looks into Bears Ears, Jim Matheson has gotten into the lobbying gig, and Gary Herbert loses on Planned Parenthood. Other talking points include: The Guinea Pig palate. Making the world…less…bad. Liquor stores that don’t up sell. Curt Oda’s new gig. Not a great history on helping Native Americans I RODE A DONKEY! OUTER SPACE AND AMERICAN BOMBERS ARE AWESOME! The Donald Trump National Park would be amazing. Barack...

The UPC Show – Episode 200 – An “Alex Jones” Level of Information

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Alex Cragun. On the show today we talk about Jason Chaffetz’s surprise announcement, the rest of the Utah delegation is having poll trouble, Trump’s budget has a real impact on Utah, and Utah Democrats can only go up according to Bernie Sanders. Other talking points include: First albums What do you do on the 200th episode? Types of giraffes/throwing shade at Buzzfeed. Teen Vouge is the new New York Times Crazy…but not CRAAAAZY Box Elder Syrup Reciting song lyrics Another billion more! Select [Download] to save directly to your device or click...