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Guest opinion: Protecting Utahns during this lame duck session

In a recent interview with CNN’s David Axelrod, Sen. Mitt Romney said, “The consequences of what’s happening during this lame duck period … are potentially more severe than the consequences associated with a late transition process.” Romney may have been talking in another context; ...

Guest opinion: Is it time to change the COVID game?

There is an old saying, the baseball rule: “Never change a winning game, always change a losing one.”COVID is a losing game. Some states, and some nations have done lockdowns and others have not. Some mandate mask wearing, others do not. The rate of infection is rising rapidly regardless of ...

Barone: Republicans retain a marginal advantage in redistricting

One of the many big surprises in this month’s surprising election was the Democrats’ failure to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures.Various Democratic committees budgeted $88 million to flip majorities in big states such as Texas, Florida and North Carolina. Total gains: ...

Barone: Americans, reject racial quotas and preferences

Among the most surprising of the multiple surprising results in this election was California’s rejection of Proposition 16.The ballot measure was supported by the Democratic supermajorities in the state legislature; by long-established corporations and Silicon Valley tech firms; by leaders of ...

Guest opinion: George Washington, cable news and social media

President Washington would probably agree with Utah’s Governor-elect Spencer Cox, who said a few months ago that cable news is not the best source of political news. At least President Washington would urge us to listen to both sides of major issues if we do watch cable news.Washington said ...

Napolitano: Here we go again

<em>“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because the law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an ...

Barone: A country where people are afraid to tell pollsters what they think

“I like a good contrarian argument as much as the next guy,” tweets mild-mannered RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende, “but there’s really no getting around the fact that the 2020 polling was a pile of steaming garbage.”“The national polls were even worse than ...

Gygi: Autopsy on Proposition 9 shows faulty logic from both sides

The 2020 general election is now over or it is in the process of being over for most elections, initiatives, referendums, and propositions — and so far peaceably.For this, we should be glad. Glad that we live in the greatest country on earth, glad for our freedoms and liberties and the ...

Barone: In the aftermath of Election Night, hindsight is 20-20

Some observations on an extended election night:1. This was not a good night for conventional polling. My review in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal of a book on the history of “polling failures” took perhaps too positive a view of contemporary polling.I find it remarkable that polling has ...

Letter: Take protests back to the public square

A large group of individuals recently staged a protest in front of my neighbor’s home. This neighbor is a public official, and they disagreed with his policies. They lined the street and sidewalk, holding signs and shouting as their cars drove up and down the street honking. They came and ...