Jim Matheson (D, Utah-04) cuts and runs.

He just can’t take it anymore:

It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.

Better to go out on his own terms, eh? Continue reading Jim Matheson (D, Utah-04) cuts and runs.

Mia Love (R CAND, UT-04) targeted with vicious racist hate mail.

Come, let me reveal a deep, dark secret of the Mia Love campaign: she’s black.

Did you care?  Can’t say that I care much, either: what I care about is whether she has the resources and ability to defeat Jim Matheson in this year’s UT-04 Congressional race.  The possibility is tantalizingly there: and apparently it’s worrying Utahn Democrats.  Which is fine… except when Utahn Democrats may have allowed Mia’s skin color to taint their own judgement and self respect: Continue reading Mia Love (R CAND, UT-04) targeted with vicious racist hate mail.

Mia Love’s (R CAND, UT-04) Saturday convention speech.

Below is the speech that Mia Love made Saturday, prior to winning the Republican nomination for UT-04 with 70% of the delegate vote.  It’s pretty affirmative stuff: it highlights Mia’s life experience as the daughter of immigrants, affirms her American and Utahn values… and rips into Jim Matheson for his refusal to stand up for either, when in the clutch.  Well worth watching.



Continue reading Mia Love’s (R CAND, UT-04) Saturday convention speech.

#rsrh Mia Love (R CAND, UT-04) wins 70.1% at convention.

The Utah nominating conventions have gotten… exciting of late, no?  As Instapundit noted, Orrin Hatch gets to have a primary now, and Mia Love will avoid one.

Link to my interviews with Mia here and here*: to recap the situation, she’s the mayor of Saratoga Springs and will be facing embattled Democrat Jim Matheson in the general election.  Matheson jumped over to UT-04 because Utah’s gaining of a Congressional District essentially redistricted his existing seat into a no-go area for Democratic politicians.  Whether or not he will survive November… well, I guess that it’s up to Mia Love, now.

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*Note the (somewhat rare for me this cycle) personal (not RedState) endorsement; she was definitely a strong campaigner in the primary, and I like her chances in the general.

Introduction to Mia Love (R-CAND, UT-04 PRIMARY)

Mia Love is the current Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah: she kicked off her bid today to be the Republican candidate for Utah’s new Fourth Congressional district.  Mia’s running on basic small-government principles, focusing on government being often the problem, and not the solution, to our problems.  She’s got a fairly crowded primary to deal with, and will be facing a transplanted Jim Matheson (who got redistricted out of his seat) if she wins the primary, but it’s Utah and Mia’s a pretty straightforward conservative Republican across the board.  Public defender of the Tea Party, too, and her campaign is definitely interested in grassroots outreach.

Her kickoff video is after the fold: Continue reading Introduction to Mia Love (R-CAND, UT-04 PRIMARY)