A Year Later: Election Day 2012

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November 6, 2012 was a great day. We fully expected to lose. It had been a hard campaign, but it had been a blast.We met lots of great people campaigning in all 23 counties of Wyoming during those 8 months. I really enjoyed talking with people on their doorsteps. For all the resentment I have for the political class and party insiders, the main thing I gained from the campaign was how much I love people...regular people.That night, I was bummed that my friend Joe Barbuto had lost his … [Read more...]

Obamacare, Student Loans, and the Future of the Republican Party

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If you went to college, you probably have student loans.  This year nearly 2/3 of all college graduates will graduate with debt.  It has become a common reality for many young people to take out student loans to fund their education.  But, while student loans are allowing more people to attend college, the federal government is also using them as a way to pay for Obamacare.Here is how it works: In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  The bill included a provision which … [Read more...]

Conservative Mormon Senators Help Advance ENDA

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During my first campaign speech in 2012, I was asked, "Do you support ENDA?"I had no idea what that even was at the time. I would soon discover the the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would "ban employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. "I have always supported such laws and I support ENDA. Even as a Democratic candidate, I was always suspect to some on gay rights issues because I am … [Read more...]

The Most Authentic Politician in America: Terry McAuliffe

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The next governor of Virginia will be a somebody who is most famous for being a political fundraiser. While this may be depressing for those who long for a more inspiring politics, it also makes Terry McAuliffe the most authentic politician in American politics today.What? Terry McAuliffe? Authentic? Yes, that is what I said. Every politician in America is first and foremost a fundraiser. We want our politicians to be able to raise large amounts of money. We want them to wow us with their … [Read more...]

Ummm, I Was Not Offended.

Meridian has never been a beacon of nuanced Mormon thought.

There was a swift backlash against yesterday's Meridian Magazine blog post which attacked liberal Mormons. By mid-day, Meridian had removed it from their website.A number of my friends and associates have mentioned that they were glad that it was taken down. I think it was unfortunate. I thought that the post was an opportunity to respond and discuss what being a liberal Mormon means to me. Hence, I posted a response.The post by Joni Hilton was not offensive to me. I disagreed with nearly … [Read more...]

Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.

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Joni Hilton over at Meridian Magazine asked this morning, "Are You a Liberal Mormon?" (UPDATE: The original post by Hilton was removed. Here is the text.)Sister Hilton, it is very sweet of you to ask.Yes, I am a liberal Mormon.Some might not like the use of the term "liberal" since it largely has a political connotation. I am indeed a liberal in the political sense. However, "liberal" is also a term with significant theological meaning. That said, it is not a term that is often used … [Read more...]

No, Sen. Coburn the correct term is “badass.”

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Politico reports that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) referred to the Senate Majority Leader an “absolute a—hole” during a fundraising gala in New York City on Monday.While apologizing for using the word, Coburn insists the frustration is real.I understand frustration with the current political climate and there are no shortage of a--holes in either party. However, I think in all that frustration, Sen. Coburn may have gotten his words mixed up.Back in July, Benny Johnson of Buzzfeed did a s … [Read more...]


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