Here is my interview with David Kirkham who has announced that he will challenge Gary Herbert for the Republican nomination in the governor's race.
To learn more about Kirkham's candidacy visit his website at http://www.kirkhamforgovernor.com/
Here's the new ad created by Freedom Path, a secretive 501(c)(4) chaired by Nevada lobbyist Scott Bensing.
Here are a few problems I see with the ad:
A new attack ad posted by an anonymous YouTube account targets Orrin Hatch challenger Dan Liljenquist. Comments on the video were quickly disabled after several people posted rebuttals.
So whose video is this? One of the Hatch campaign's area captains tweeted something that gives a hint. After Adam Brown of Utah Data Points tweeted a fact check of the video, area captain Terry Camp tweeted in response, "thanks for fact checking our video". (emphasis added)
This has led some to believe that Senator Hatch's campaign is in trouble since the front runner doesn't usually start running attack ads this early in the race.
Here is my interview with state representative Ken Sumsion. Sumsion has announced that he will challenge Gary Herbert for the Republican nomination in the governor's race.
To learn more about Sumsion's candidacy, be sure to visit his website at http://electkensumsion.com/.
Yesterday, Senator Orrin Hatch released a 15 page report titled "State and Local Government Defined Benefit Pension Plans: The Pension Debt Crisis that Threatens America".
In the press release, Hatch is quoted as saying, "Today, public pension debt stands at an alarming $4.4 trillion...The public pension crisis plaguing our nation demands a real solution." What Hatch failed to mention was the massive liabilities in FEDERAL pensions. It's unclear why Senator Hatch would seek to reform state and local pensions and not talk about the huge liabilities in federal pensions. Here are some numbers on federal pensions:
Federal pensions: $5.7 trillion unfunded liability (usa today)
Money set aside to meet retirement promises:
Private pensions - $2.3 trillion, State & local pensions - $3 trillion, Federal pensions - $0 (usa today)
Orrin Hatch's pension: $125,550 per year when he retires (abc4)
Another thing Senator Hatch didn't mention in his report is that the Utah legislature, led by Dan Liljenquist, passed monumental pension reforms that have now become the model for the nation. These reforms have moved Utah from a defined benefit (where we are making 40-80 years promises to employees) to a defined contribution plan which removes the risk from the taxpayers and gives the employees more control over their retirement.
Why is Senator Hatch sticking his nose in state and local pensions when he should be focusing on his job and federal pensions? State and local governments are already making the necessary reforms to put their pensions on a sustainable path. I wish Mr. Hatch and our Congress would do the same with Federal pensions.
Tell Senator Hatch to do his job. Call his office today: (202) 224-5251 or (801) 524-4380
2012 U.S. Senate candidate Dan Liljenquist
Dan Liljenquist is announcing today his run for U.S. Senate against 36 year incumbent Orrin Hatch.
Liljenquist was recently awarded the "Legislator of the Year" award by Governing Magazine and was also named "Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year" by the conservative organization Freedomworks.
I fully support Dan in his run against Orrin Hatch. It's time to send leaders to Washington who are not afraid to make the reforms our country so desperately needs. I encourage you to learn more about Dan and volunteer your time if you feel so inclined. The campaign is also going to need some money to defeat an entrenched 36 year year incumbent like Hatch, so if you're able to donate some money, please do.