An open letter to Republican state delegates about misleading campaign messages

Dear Delegate, It has recently come to my attention that certain elements inside the Republican Party are working hard to make sure that you vote for their hand-picked candidate. The clues are very subtle, but if you know what to look for, you will soon discover the clues this cabal is using to manipulate you into doing exactly what they want. Here are the subtleties that they are hiding from you: Margaret Dayton’s recent mailer refers to her as “Utah’s Iron Lady.” This sounds like a good thing until you…

5 reasons I can never, ever vote for Donald Trump

I’ve been a Republican for as long as I can remember. I watched 1988 election coverage with a glee that usually is reserved for sporting events. I remember opposing Hillary Clinton’s health care plan to anyone who would listen (and in the case of my classmates, even those who wouldn’t listen). I’ve supported every GOP nominee since Ronald Reagan in 1984 (when I was 5 years old). For the good of the country and of the Republican Party, I cannot support their nominee this year. I am so concerned about…

Johnson for Governor campaign sends provocative mailer to state delegates

Jonathan Johnson has upped the ante today in his ongoing campaign to highlight the differences he would bring as Governor of Utah. In a DVD mailer his campaign sent to every state delegate, he delivers a nearly 4 minute listing of what he would do for the citizens of Utah. In a press release accompanying the mailer, he says: “I am running to make Utah even better. While there have been some statements from both sides, we know the game and we’re going to play it. I just want to…

A third party candidate doesn’t have to compete everywhere to win

One of the great fallacies of the 2016 election is that we are somehow too late in the cycle for a third-party candidate to enter the race and make a difference. As a result, we are left with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There have been looks at ways for a third-party candidate to use an existing party to get on the ballot. Perhaps Marco Rubio could jump to the Libertarian party, beat Gary Johnson for the nomination, and end up being on the ballot in 31…

Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

Utah’s online sales tax bill died because it had serious flaws

The Salt Lake Tribune carried an op-ed this week bemoaning Utah’s Legislature caving-in to Amazon by failing to enact an online sales tax this legislative session. While I certainly agree that the price differential is hurting Utah businesses, this bill was the wrong way to level the playing field. The primary obstacle to this bill was in its implementation. The bill declared that if internet companies advertised on a website owned by a resident or corporation (commonly called an affiliate link) that is incorporated in the state of Utah, that is enough…

The Utah Republican Party’s Nuremburg laws

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans sent a letter to State Central Committee members today (reproduced below) saying that they have to review 600,000 voter records to see who is in compliance with the party’s Constitution and Bylaws. This sounds relatively innocuous until you understand what this actually means. If you are one of the a registered Republican, you now have to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the party. The vast majority (over 500,000) of registered Republicans haven’t ever attended a caucus or other party meeting, so you probably don’t…

Honest Press Releases | Utah Republican Party seeks to have Court decide next SB 54 issue because LG’s office is no longer seen as Honest Broker

The following is satire. Find the original press release here.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 10th, 2015 Contact: Utah Politico Hub www.utahpoliticohub.com Utah Republican Party seeks to have Court decide next SB 54 issue because LG’s office is no longer seen as Honest Broker Today James M. Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party, sent a letter asking Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to respect the Party’s position regarding SB 54 and either acknowledge the Party’s rights in deciding how it intends to proceed or frame the issue so that the Party…

Honest Press Releases | House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact     Utah Politico Hub www.utahpoliticohub.com House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah Salt Lake City – In light of the low-grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement: “We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. We welcome any effort at all that could help move the Utah Democratic Party from a…

Honest Press Releases| Count My Vote Statement on SB 54 Ruling

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 Count My Vote Statement on SB54 Ruling Judge upholds and affirms constitutionality of Count My Vote’s election reforms. SALT LAKE CITY -Count My Vote today expressed its appreciation to US District Judge David Nuffer for his hard work and timely decision in the SB54 case. “Judge Nuffer’s ruling provides sorely needed clarity for Utah’s candidates and political parties. We also express our heartiest guffaws to the Utah Republican Party and Chairman James…