Part 1: The Problem with Utah Politics

Politics: Poly, meaning many; Ticks, blood sucking bugs. Chapter 1: The Background I’ve always hated politics. In high school, one of my teachers offered an extra-credit assignment to write a letter to our Congressional Representative about an issue we’d been discussing, then report back with their response (if any). This was back in the days…

The Republic is dead. Long live the Republic!

Last night, Count My Vote, SB54, and the Buckshot Caucus won – and the Republican process lost. A “former” Democrat didn’t care about your elected neighborhood representative – your Delegate – and instead of going through the Convention process, paid his way onto the Primary Ballot. Well, “he” didn’t pay, out-of-state special interest groups paid…

Who’s behind the ironically named ‘Count My Vote’ initiative?

“Count My Vote” (CMV) is movement that advertises that your vote is somehow “not counted” in Utah’s Caucus and Convention system that favors neighborhood elections and grassroots politics over “open to anyone primaries”. It’s smoke and mirrors. If anything, your vote counts MORE in a neighborhood election than at the Primary Ballot. Additionally, with open…

Do you support Fair Elections in 2016?

I recently wrote this letter to my State Senator. You’re welcome to use it (or parts of it) when writing your own Senator. Senator Stevenson, Last year SB54 was rushed through the legislative process with very little debate, and even less public comment. At the time the Utah GOP advised that complying with the law…

“WE BETTER PRODUCE, OR THEY’LL KICK US OUT, TOO!”

Shortly after this year’s historic elections, Representative Jason Chaffetz had something shocking to say. “We better produce, or they’ll kick us out, too!” Finally, your message is getting through. Finally, a politician has publicly acknowledged the real seat of power in our Republic: it’s YOU! In a direct-to-primary system (like SB54 is trying to force…