The Utah Republican Party has a communication problem

While I may agree with Sir Winston Churchill when he said that “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter,” in my experience this is not the public perception a candidate or party should strive for. Many books, articles and papers have been written about the “art of politics.”  In any of these you will frequently find two items mentioned:  1. Don’t tell the voter you are smarter or better informed than they are; and 2. (very closely associated with the first point) Have a clear,…

Getting more people involved in the political process

The purpose of a political party is to get its candidates elected and to educate the public about what it represents (platform). Since my last blog post criticized the Utah Republican Party’s apparent disregard for greater participation in the political process, I thought I’d set down some ideas to get greater participation in Utah’s political process: Make caucuses more attractive to attend for ordinary Utah voters. One hour caucus – If we can do it with photography and dry cleaners, then surely we can do it for caucuses. Big races straw poll – Wouldn’t it…

Snapshot of GOP Caucus Night #OR28

I attended the GOP caucus for Orem Precinct 28 – the Fighting 28th! – on the evening of March 20. I preregistered online and also checked the boxes of the offices for which I planned to run. I was able to give my printout and show my driver’s license to the lady in charge of last names E-L. She’s known me for over ten years, but they still made sure everyone had their ID. We had the gymnasium of Orem Elementary. In 2012, we’d been assigned an arts & crafts…

Salt City Throwdown: An Interview with Holly Richardson

Holly Richardson – GOP Candidate for Utah House 57. ©2014 | Courtesy Photo     In the interest of full disclosure, the Salt City Throwdown and Holly Richardson both contribute to the Utah Politico Hub website. Where we give opinions and content regarding Utah Politics. Although we contribute to this website, and work closely with Holly, this is not a fluff piece, and is meant for our listeners to learn more about the Candidates running for the Utah State House of Representatives. –Smitty Everyone knows Holly. It sounds like it should be a T.V. Series.…

Senate Bill 54 Explained

SB54 is a compromise between Sen. Bramble and the Count My Vote initiative. It requires a party to choose between two paths for narrowing down candidates to one party nominee for the general election ballot. All Political Parties Choose Between Option A or B Option A – Count My Vote: 2% of party member signatures required for each candidate to be placed on a direct primary ballot, choice of open or closed primary. This option is the default option for political parties.  It requires all candidates for office to get signatures…

The Folly of Senate Bill 54

Utah Senate Bill 54 has led quite a life over its short life. Initially introduced as Senator Curt Bramble‘s alternative to Count My Vote (hereafter referred to as CMV), it was initially denounced by CMV supporters and actively campaigned against. It even led to an open statement of support for CMV and denouncement of SB54 by none other than Mitt Romney. Last Thursday CMV announced that they had over 100,000 of the 102,000 required signatures to put it on the ballot, and within 24 hours rumors were flying that some of the top CMV backers were…

BUZZ: CMV press conference postponed; still negotiating

With discussions ongoing, the Saturday morning press conference announcing the end of the Count My Vote initiative has been postponed. Early yesterday evening, leaks began to announce that an accord had been reached between legislators behind SB54, which would effectively nullify the Count My Vote initiative, and Count My Vote principals. The agreement would allow for an alternative path to the primary ballot that involved collection of a certain number of signatures, depending on the political subdivision. The rumor is that state wide elections would require 27,000 signatures, Congressional districts…

IT’S OVER: CMV to Announce Agreement on an Alternate Route to the Primary Ballot

Count My Vote

Count My Vote is holding calls tonight with volunteers and supporters to fill them in on a  tentative agreement that will keep the caucus system intact while also providing an alternate method for a candidate to access the ballot. Count My Vote will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11 AM to announce the tentative agreement and will release the details in a statement immediately before the press conference.   Related articles BUZZ: CMV and SB54 supporters close to compromise (utahpoliticohub.com) SB54 v. Count My Vote (utahpoliticohub.com) Curt Bramble, SB54…

BUZZ: CMV and SB54 supporters close to compromise

The word on the street, and on KSL News Radio, is that County My Vote and the legislators behind SB54 are close to a compromise that would allow an alternative path to the ballot and remove the petition requirement in CMV’s initiative language. According to reports on KSL, the compromise would retain the caucus/convention system, but also allow an alternative path to the primary ballot that requires 28,000 signatures for statewide positions and 7,000 for Congressional elections. The report said discussions are ongoing and the number are still in flux,…