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Bryan Schott's Political BS: It Ain't Over by a Long Shot
So, it's down to Jackie Biskupski vs. Ralph Becker in November's election. Buckle up, this one could get nasty.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Prison Break
A few months ago I would have bet the farm that the Utah State Prison would be moved to Tooele County. Today, I'm 100% convinced the...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Someone to Hear Your Prayers, Someone Who Cares
I am genuinely worried about the Utah Democratic Party.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Frontrunners and Late Comers
Sen. Jim Dabakis' entry into the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest changes the landscape in that race dramatically.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Why Dabakis Should Not Run for Salt Lake City Mayor
So, Sen. Jim Dabakis is making noise about running for Salt Lake City Mayor and says he will make his decision this week.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Measure Twice, Cut Once
If Utah’s economy keeps booming, we may see the triumphant return of an old friend to Utah’s Capitol Hill in 2016.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Democratic Renaissance?
The vestigial backbone of Utah's legislative Democrats may be starting to re-appear.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Self Preservation vs. Public Good
There’s a commonality among lawmakers who are seeking to undo the Count My Vote compromise.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Resume Building
The 2015 Legislative session could be a huge one for Gov. Gary Herbert.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Straight Ticket Conundrum
There’s a reason nobody is talking about that may be a huge unintended consequence of SB 54.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Predictions for 2015
Now that 2014 is resigned to the dustbin of history, here are some fearless predictions about what might happen in 2015.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Year in Politics (Part 2)
Oh, yeah! That totally happened this year. It's time to finish our look at the big events in Utah politics for the past year.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Year in Politics (Part 1)
2014 was a monumental year in Utah politics. Same-sex marriage came to the Beehive State. The investigation into John Swallow and Mark...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Political Relativity
I’ve been thinking about Einstein’s theory of relativity lately.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Adapt or Die
If this isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: I Call Shenanigans!
Now that the 2014 midterms are over, let the shenanigans begin.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: I've got 94 Predictions, but an Owens Win Ain't One
There are 94 state or federal-level offices up for election on Tuesday.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Building Momentum
As Dan Rather would say, “Katie bar the door!”
Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Noteable Absence
There’s one issue that’s been largely absent during the 2014 campaign season...The alleged misdeeds of former Attorney General John...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Victory Has Its Price
Beware confusing a legal win for a political one.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Unintended Consequences
Probably not what they were intending.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: In Retrospect, Perhaps I Went Too Far
As a journalist, my natural inclanation is to gravitate toward the interesting. That's why I am often constructively critical of members...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Five Ways to Lose a Debate
Now that the first Congressional debate is behind us, there are a number of lessons we can take away from the contest, especially if you...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: My Name Is...What?
Well, we have a pretty good idea now why House Speaker Becky Lockhart is probably not going to run for Governor in 2016.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: We Are All Nerds
Comic Con rolls back into Salt Lake City this week with an expected 120,000 attendees in tow.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Your Own Private Idaho
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” - George Carlin
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Some Hurts Linger
Same sex-marriage proponents aren’t doing a very good job of changing the hearts and minds of Utahns.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Monumental Issue
It’s not a matter of if, but when.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Incumbent Shuffle
One reform the Legislature refused to make during the 2014 session will once again be in focus come September.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Defining Issue
Memo to Utah’s Democrats: Check yourself!
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Looks Like We Made It!
We made it! We finally made it! Salt Lake City has joined the pantheon of great American cities.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Romney Redux?
Really? We’re doing this again?
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Prediction Update
Being a member of the political media is a high-wire act that often leads to some pretty spectacular falls. Sometimes you’re right, but...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Matheson's Path
Now that Gov. Herbert has decided to run for another term in 2016, I think we can make a pretty safe assumption about what Rep. Jim...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Herbert Keeps on Keeping On
Everybody has got to stop underestimating Gary Herbert.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Proxy Battles
Doug Owens vs. Mia Love? Boring. Doug Owens vs. Mia Love and Mike Lee? That could be interesting.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Utah Political Junkie's Guide to the World Cup
The greatest sporting event on the planet, the World Cup, kicks off next week.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Never Punch Down
“Never punch down.” That’s a sage bit of advice given to me during my radio days. It means don’t legitimize lesser competition by...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: You Only Get One Shot
The Utah political universe is buzzing about the first Mia Love/Doug Owens debate.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: What Makes a 'Traditional' Family?
My mother passed away 6 years ago this week. She was just 59.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Selective Perspectives
If a single picture tells a thousand words, a recent experience I had could fill an entire book. I took this picture during the Utah...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Political Lesson From Your Friendly, Neighborhood Comic Nerd
One of the knocks on our political culture is the polarization that makes it impossible for both sides to come together and talk.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Remember My Name
Two names are going to dominate Utah politics for the next decade or so - Cox and McAdams.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Orthodoxy and Heresy
So long to the litmus test in Utah politics.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Legacy Building
Time is running out for Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Political Blunderdome
Utah’s Democrats like to blame their small numbers on the Hill on gerrymandering. If that’s true, then why aren’t they doing anything to...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Another Defeat for Transparency
If you ever needed proof that lobbyists reign supreme on Utah’s Capitol Hill, consider what happened on the final day of the 2014...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Five Stages of Grief and 'Count My Vote'
I was struck by something said during floor debate on the compromise between “Count My Vote” and the legislature.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Plans, Agendas and Relevancy
As Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “Where shall I go?” The reply? “Depends on where you want to end up.”
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Deja Vu All Over Again
Governor Gary Herbert is hinting he might veto SB 54 - Sen. Curt Bramble’s bill that would effectively neuter the Count My Vote...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Message, Mediums and Echo Chambers
Can somebody please help Utah’s Democrats understand how to use the media to get their message out?
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Apocryphal Stories and the Air Quality Boogeyman
There’s a story making the rounds on Utah’s Capitol Hill about a private jet full of corporate executives looking to possibly move their...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: 24 Hour Campaign People
Welcome to the 24/7 campaign cycle Utah. We were officially ushered into that realm on Monday with Speaker Becky Lockhart’s fusillade...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Utah Progressives on the Brink
It’s put up or shut up time for the left-wing of Utah’s Democratic party.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Power, Perks and Impropriety
I’m guessing at least some of the opposition to Count My Vote isn’t because delegates want to hang on to the power they have in...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Sore Losers and Sore Winners on Same-Sex Marriage
Thank goodness the Supreme Court stepped in and temporarily stopped same-sex marriage in Utah.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Matheson's Exit Complicates Things on Both Sides of the Aisle
Jim Matheson’s announcement that he would not seek another term in Congress not only has big ramifications for Utah’s Democrats, it...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: 2013 Was the Bestest Year Ever!
When 2013 dawned bright and clear on the Beehive state, nobody could imagine the monumental political events that would unfold over the...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: John Swallow and Lessons Not Learned
Now that John Swallow’s time as Utah Attorney General has been swept into the dustbin of history, what’s the lesson for us?
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Utah's Missing 'Zazz'
With the news that Denver and Las Vegas have entered the bidding contest to host the 2016 GOP national convention, Salt Lake City is...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Howell Eyeing a Return to Capitol Hill
The battle to replace outgoing Democratic Senator Pat Jones in 2014 is turning into a veritable clash of the titans, and that’s just for...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Calculations and Machinations on Medicaid Expansion
There are some very good reasons Gov. Gary Herbert is taking his sweet time deciding whether or not to accept federal money to expand...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Averting the Zombie Apocalypse
Utah’s economy is booming. Unemployment is below the national average. Our 8th graders perform better than most of their peers around...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Why the Sudden Urgency, Republicans?
My kids had a fight over leftover pizza the other day.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: I've Got a Crazy Feeling...
Things are starting to swing John Swallow’s way. After a summer of negative headlines, Swallow may be able to see the light at the end...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Reaping What You Sow
Sen. Mike Lee may be sowing the seeds of his own political demise.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Thinking Outside the Box
As Utah waits patiently for Governor Gary Herbert to announce the replacement for outgoing Lt. Governor Greg Bell, there’s one...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Value of 'No'
Sen. Mike Lee’s Quixotic and bizarre attempt to shut down the government to stop Obamacare reminds me of a couple of pointless events...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Something very curious happened after federal investigators announced they would not pursue charges against Attorney General John Swallow.
Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Race for 2015 Starts Now
Forget the potential Mia Love vs. Jim Matheson rematch next year. The race I’m looking forward to watching is the coming Democratic...
Bryan Schott's Political BS: Get Ready for the John Swallow Charm Offensive
What happens if the feds decline to prosecute Attorney General John Swallow?
Bryan Schott's Political BS - Held Hostage by the Caucuses
Utah’s political parties are in an abusive relationship with their ideological extreme elements. And most Utah voters don’t want...
Bryan Schott's Political BS - A Tortured Attempt to Merge Soccer with Utah Politics
Soccer is rapidly gaining popularity on this side of the pond. NBC bought the rights to the Barclay’s Premier League for a quarter of a...
Bryan Schott's Political BS - 2004 All Over Again
News that Overstock.com’s Jonathan Johnson is mulling a constitutional amendment to protect religious organizations from being forced to...
Bryan Schott's Political BS - Matheson in the Cross Hairs of Progressives
Here we go again. There’s a very good chance Rep. Jim Matheson will draw an intra-party challenge in 2014.