Daily Fix, Feb 21

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The Utah legislature has a much-appreciated day off today in honor of President’s day. Rumors are that tomorrow’s budget numbers will be even better news than anticipated, Dennis Stowell is fighting for his life and Orrin Hatch remains in the crosshairs. I mean targeted. I mean “strongly encouraged to retire.”

*Senator Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan, is in a fight for his life.  Diagnosed with prostate cancer 5 years ago, it has spread to his bones, causing severe back pain and fatigue, yet he is determined to soldier on.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.  Trib

*After 4:40 am Saturday morning, after 4 days of debate, the US House passed the continuing resolution that will allow the government to continue functioning.  The resolution calls for cutting $61 billion from the 2010 spending levels.  Speaker Boehner pledged to have an open process and lawmakers were able to offer unlimited amendments.  More than 500 were submitted, almost 70 were voted on and fewer than 20 were approved.  Nancy Pelosi claimed the cuts would “destroy jobs.”  The Hill

*One of those amendments was offered by Rep Mike Pence and would no longer provide tax-payer dollars to Planned Parenthood. Even though the federal dollars can not be used to pay for abortions directly, those Title X funds free up other dollars to allow the nation’s largest abortion provider to continue to operate. In Utah, one Planned Parenthood clinic offers abortions. The vote passed 240-185. Fox 13 // Politico

*Utah’s Orrin Hatch continues to be one of the top 3 GOP targets in the 2012 election cycle, joining Olympia Snowe from Maine and Dick Lugar of Indiana. Lugar is ignoring the tea party, Snowe is making “key alliances” and Hatch is wooing them and where possible, he is hiring them. His staff includes key members of the Mike Lee and Morgan Philpot campaigns, as well as former state GOP chair and vice-chair, Dave Hansen and Kitty Dunn. Huff Po

*Hatch is also showing up at conservative events like a recent Tea Party Express rally and CPAC. Tea Party Express chairman, Amy Kremer, said he invited himself. According to Time, “Hatch has been a senator for 34 years, which is itself a fatal flaw for the insurrectionists eager to purge the party’s dinosaurs. (When he mentioned the length of his tenure, a man behind me muttered, “Time to move on.”) Since coming to Washington, he’s committed enough apostasies to flunk any Tea Party purity test. Hatch voted for TARP, sponsored the DREAM Act, and has a record of forging alliances with Democrats like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, with whom he worked on broadening children’s health-insurance coverage.” Time

*FreedomWorks, well-known for their focus on fiscal conservatism and grassroots activism was in Utah on Thursday to meet with various tea party groups and potential candidates as they look to the 2012 races. Russ Walker, FreedomWork’s vice president for political and grassroots campaigns, says the meetings were to analyze the [Senate] race and to figure out “whether we have a real challenger to Hatch, and if we do have that challenger, what the next step in the process will be.” CNN

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7 Responses to “Daily Fix, Feb 21”

  1. Spencer Janke Says:

    I love the blog. Everyone should read this. Majority of the voters in our state have no idea what is really going on with Utah on a local level..

  2. Jerome Borden Says:

    I’ve been in Utah for 10+ years, so far, and this political scene is unique. “Conventional Wisdom” does not apply because normally liberal groups such as NEA/UEA tend to pack the Precinct Caucus meetings. That means our candidates swing to the center and then march Right once nominated. “Uncle Orrin” was close to the Kennedy camp a few years ago but has been migrating to the right since then. Last year, he looked more vulnerable than Bob Bennett, but not so much today. In fact, he is currently taking a leadership position against our POTUS’ pets such as Cap and Trade, Obama-care, and Card Check organizing which could wipe out Taft-Hartley section 14b. In short, don’t count him out.

  3. Scott Wolford Says:

    I respectfully disagree with Mr. Borden.

    One of the hardest things about being a conservative is acting on the belief that in order for the individual to unlock his or her potential for success, he or she must have the freedom to stumble. When things are the scariest, a compassionate conservative must be able to look at the situation, express concern for the troubles our nation suffers, and legislate to create an environment in which people, through hard work and ingenuity, can prosper free from excessive federal government entanglements.

    While I respect Senator Hatch as a person, and I appreciate his long service, he did exactly what too many in Washington tend to do when things get scary: he tried to throw taxpayer money at a problem. I consider this a betrayal of conservative principals.

    We recently enjoyed “conservative” control of the the Presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. What did we do in that time? Did we limit the reach of the Antiquities Act preventing the President from stealing lands in Utah with no checks whatsoever? Did we pass a balanced budget amendment? Did we control entitlements?

    As far as I am concerned it is time to thank Senator Hatch for his service and dismiss him in convention. I will not be amongst the delegates shouting boos and hateful diatribe. I will shake his hand and vote for a change.

    Senator Hatch does well when criticizing the majority party; he unfortunately has demonstrated a lack of moral courage when part of the majority party.

    Thanks for the blog Holly – your updates and perspective are invaluable.

  4. Pops Says:

    I will disagree with the remainder of Mr. Borden’s comment. The push to eliminate the delegate system is because “right wing nuts” tend to pack the Precinct Caucus meetings and tilt everything to the right. Of course, the operative word in the title “right wing nuts” is “right”… [Smiley face for those who might disagree with that last bit 🙂 ]

  5. JBT Says:

    The conservative push to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood is both shortsighted and an affront to the women in our country. Planned Parenthood health centers provide a wide range health care primarily for women. Most of this care is preventive, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduces the spread of sexually transmitted infections, and provides screening for cervical and other cancers. One out of five women in America will have used the services of Planned Parenthood at one time in their lives.

    Without the efforts of Planned Parenthood helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies because of a lack of funding, there will be more women seeking abortions in the U.S. not fewer. It is unfortunate the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives cannot see this fundamental truth through the fog of their wrongheaded ideology.

  6. Mary Says:

    Mr. Wolford, I am sorry you are finding it hard to be a conservative especially a compassionate conservative. It is indeed difficult to watch as your fellow humans stumble and fall, tired because they are working two or more jobs to make ends meet at really lousy wages, while the top 2% of the population “trickles down” a few crumbs. Please get real. Excessive federal government entanglements are the least of the problem. I’m more concerned with a corporate mentality that is greedy and unethical.

  7. Pops Says:

    It isn’t a zero-sum game. People create, gov’t consumes. We need less government consumption and more creation of wealth by free people.

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