A look at the candidates for Utah GOP leadership

With most of the county conventions over, Utah Republican Party delegates will choose new leadership this Saturday morning at UVU. With a turbulent last two years, this promises to be an interesting Convention. More information can be found at http://utah.gop/2019-state-organizing-convention/ The candidates for Utah Republican Party Chair Derek Brown Derek Brown has quite the political history from beating an incumbent Democrat to being deputy chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee. He is very concerned about Utah turning into a blue state. He has seen the surrounding states like Colorado…

What market failures can teach us about the Utah Republican Party

There comes a time in the life of every business where the market they serve shifts under their feet. While a few businesses anticipate these changes and adapt quickly, more of them find themselves unable to cope, thrashing wildly about in an attempt to find solid footing. Reduced to a shadow of their former success, they often limp along until bankruptcy claims the withering husk. In many ways, the Utah Republican Party is at this point, and the fight over its future will determine its eventual fate. What’s happening in…

Candidates for Utah County GOP leadership (2019)

Another county convention is upon us and we have four competitive leadership races. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Mountain View High School, the Utah County Republican Party will hold its organizing convention. More information can be found at https://www.ucrp.org/april-27-2019-ucrp-organizing-convention/     Candidates for Chair: (Written by John Mulholland) Ben Stanley Ben Stanley is a lawyer that works with technology firms. He believes that clear procedure and professional behavior is needed in the party to overcome the current infighting. And as we generate more unity, we will generate more enthusiasm and participation…

Candidates for Salt Lake County GOP leadership (2019)

Salt Lake County chair is running unopposed but there are three good candidates for vice-chair. Their convention will be held April 13, 2019, starting with a Meet and Greet at 8:00 am at Cottonwood High School. More information can be found at https://www.slcogop.com/convention.html Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. FOR VICE-CHAIR Scott Rosenbush Scott is a relative newcomer to Utah, only living here for four years but brings a wealth of experience being an elected Republican in New Jersey for 19 years, including 5 years a mayor. He…

Candidates for Davis County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for Davis County. The Davis County Republican Party has competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, to be held April 13 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm MDT at Northridge High School. More information can be found at http://davisgop.org/event/2019-organizing-convention-updated/. Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. For Chair: Daniela Harding https://www.danielaharding.com/ Daniela loves the being in the Republican Party. She currently serves as a planning commissioner for Layton and as…

Candidates for Cache County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for the Cache County Republican Party. There are competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, held this April 12 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Cache County Fairgrounds and Event Center. More information can be found at https://cachegop.com/event/2019-cache-county-organizing-convention/ Here’s just a little information on the folks running for party leadership. For Chair:   Chris Booth Chris currently serves as the party chair up in Cache County. He said that…

6 things to consider when selecting candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee

As Utah Republicans start their 2019 county conventions, it is important to make wise decisions about who will represent you on State Central Committee, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party.  This is especially important given the problems of the last couple of years. Now that the US Supreme Court has declined to hear the SB54 lawsuit, what direction will the party take? Here are six key points to consider as county delegates evaluate candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee (or SCC): Transparency The SCC rarely has roll…

Defend the presumption of innocence

Sigh. It is a thankless task to defend the application of legal norms to Donald Trump without appearing to defend the man himself. But it is necessary. I shall just have to assume that my opinion of Mr. Trump is sufficiently well-known that I can run the risk. Curtis Haring tells us (Hatch Sums Up Our Broken Politics in One Comment) that Senator Orrin Hatch is a statesman – or would be if he agreed with Mr. Haring, that when it comes to controversies involving sexual abuse or the president,…

Hatch Sums Up Our Broken Politics in One Comment

Regardless of how you feel about the man’s politics, it is safe to say that outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch is a statesman…so long as you are making those statements around 1995. Since that time, Senator Hatch has seen fit to throw this goodwill in the garbage by engaging activities such as deriding his political opponents with comments which can only be described as an insult you would hear during a 1930’s talkie moving picture show and wave of people’s ludicrous opinions about getting upset at alleged sexual assaults. But, with less than…

Understanding why Count My Vote divided the GOP

In late May, Lt Governor Spencer Cox announced that the petition submitted by Count my Vote did not qualify for the November ballot.  That means the issue remains politically contentious and expands the divide within the party beyond this election cycle. A recent Utah Policy poll[1] says that only 10% of Utah voters “strongly oppose” Count my Vote.  Why are 10% of voters so engaged and angry about this and why it caused such intense feelings and division in the Utah GOP? I strongly support the delegate system for nominating…