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Richard Davis
Richard Davis is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. Email: Richard_Davis@byu.edu

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is being dogged by a conflict of interest charge again. Last December, it was his unwillingness to defend Senate Bill 54. This time, it is over a campaign donation from 1-800-Co...
Is it necessary to be a millionaire to run for U.S. president — or even to serve in federal office? Are presidential candidates out of touch with middle-class Americans who live month to month on wage and...
Organized religion is losing ground in the United States. Atheists and agnostics now constitute over 7 percent of Americans, while those who say they have no religion in particular are at 15.8 percent. What's t...
Online voting can be in the future of U.S. elections. But we have yet to resolve the issues of how we include rather than exclude. We also must guarantee that everyone’s vote counts as he or she intended...
For the 2016 primary elections, the Utah Republican Party has opted to use caucus/convention system rather than the presidential primary used by both parties in all elections but one since 1996. The losers in t...
The Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. Never before has the Supreme Court dealt directly with this issue of whether a state can ban same-sex m...
Is there a sudden rash of shootings by police officers or have these just become newsworthy, particularly because of police cams and video from cellphones? Race is a predominant issue, but are there some other ...
Tomorrow is the 150th anniversary of the creation of the United States. Tomorrow is not the anniversary of the American Revolution or the Constitution. It's the anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
As a member of the LDS Church, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, doesn’t make his religion an issue or emphasize it frequently in a public way. Instead, he seems to see his religion as personal.
Democrats would do well to give an array of presidential candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet voter demands in 2016. That includes Hillary Clinton, but not just her.