The summer season continues wreaking havoc, ill health and consternation. And we’re talking about politics, not wildfires. We can’t extinguish the sparks, but we do examine some combustible issues.
National politics took a bizarre turn with the sexual assault allegation against
Pignanelli: "Because this confirmation process is close to the election and in the Trump era, it feels like four sticks of dynamite wrapped in radioactive material that could erupt into a culture war.” —
Their best writers could not envision the current bizarre environment of American politics. There is universal consensus among politicos the confirmation of Kavanaugh is now secondary to the perceptions and judgment by the American people how their leaders respond. Especially weird, President
Utahns are inherently fair-minded and will viscerally react to what they perceive as unjust treatment of the judge or professor. The success of the ballot initiatives clearly indicate such emotional considerations exist with the local electorate.
So although entertainment professionals were not involved, the Kavanaugh confirmation controversy is an engaging combination of reality show, cable drama and documentary.
That would have given the committee, the
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Pignanelli: Remember the results from the 2016 presidential elections in
Webb: Love is engaged in a delicate political balancing act, trying to maintain distance from Trump without alienating the Republican base that loves him. But McAdams has his own balancing act, which has led him to repudiate House Democratic Leader
The national implications in this race offset each other. It will come down to which candidate is viewed as most competent, most likable and who can deliver for
Utahns are united in supporting fellow citizens impacted by horrendous wildfires. But has the state and local government response been adequate?
Pignanelli: Climate change — regardless of causation — is happening. Scientific modeling has proven we will receive winter precipitation but with longer and hotter summers. Preparation is a fundamental of our culture that must to be applied to these environmental alterations.
Webb: Government leaders and first responders have performed bravely and tirelessly in fighting the horrendous wildfires in our drought-stricken state. Certainly, government does not have the capacity to protect everyone from every natural disaster. But when disaster strikes, we (even those who otherwise hate government) inevitably look to government for help.
It’s important for government leaders at all levels to be visible, to demonstrate leadership and to be empathetic as they manage a calamity. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, in particular, has been visibly on the scene (especially because some of the worst fires have literally been in his backyard).