The definitive LDS blog of political thought, news and commentary has launched as the Council of Fifty*, located at  There is an eclectic array of permabloggers representing a wide and varied spectrum of political thought.  Drop by, check it out, and partake in the political baptism by fire.  Church and State will never be the same.     * Richard Bushman described the Original Council of Fifty:

Between March 10 and March 13, 1844, Joseph Smith formed the Council of Fifty, mostly drawn from the established Church elite but also including a handful of non-Mormons.  The council was conceived as an initial step toward government for the Kingdom of God.

Richard Bushman, Joseph Smith Rough Stone Rolling, p. 519.

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