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…

SB54 Causing Problems (and Silencing Voices) in Races across Utah

State Rep. Rich Cunningham voted against SB54 two years ago, indicating that he “disliked” the legislation which would allow candidates to “get around” the traditional Caucus and Convention system by collecting voter signatures. But that didn’t stop him from doing it anyway. Then he lost at Convention. His competitor, State Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, by winning…

WHAT’S WRONG WITH SB54 AND ‘COUNT MY VOTE’?

Many of you have asked about the specific objections the Party has to SB 54 (the Utah Legislature/”Count My Vote” compromise). Please see eight major objections below – (for the sake of brevity, preserving our Constitutional Rights is a given): The SB 54 “compromise” allows candidates who are not Republicans to run on the ballot as…

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…