The UPH Daily Dose – February 20th 2014

  Welcome to the Daily Dose Presented by the Utah Politico Hub and produced by the Salt City Throwdown Podcast. Here is everything you need to know in Utah Politics for Friday, February 21 2014: The proposal to move the State Prison is backed by Legislators who have Real Estate industry ties E-Cigarette Legislation / And restrictions. Upping Utah’s rural speed limits speeds ahead – with Senators Dabakis and Robles wanting more seatbelt laws. Breed specific bills Utah’s Caucus System     How to Listen to the Daily Dose Podcast: …

Caucuses, primaries, turnout and Count My Vote

Personally, I remain ambivalent toward the status quo vs. Count My Vote. Call me a cynic; you’d be right.  On one hand I am realistic that any nominating system can be gamed and the choice is really between one form of gaming and another. On the other hand, I am intrigued by the big kick in the pants Count My Vote would be for both parties, and the absolute deserved kick in the pants both major parties have solidly earned for a plethora of reasons.  That said, the discussion of…

Can we improve elections and keep the caucus? Yes, we can

As you’re well aware, the Count My Vote effort is working to try and diminish the power of political parties in choosing their own nominees. In the process, they’re proposing radical changes to electoral processes that would greatly restrict ballot access and prevent many candidates from even running. While there is always room for improvement in our electoral process, CMV is merely a change, not an improvement. I’d like to propose a system of changes that would improve candidate selection while preserving the power of political parties to select their…

Count My Vote: follow the money

Count My Vote

In 2010, establishment beltway Republican Bob Bennett was seeking his fourth term as U.S. Senator, even though he’d initially campaigned on a two-term pledge. His re-election would have been in the bag in the general election, but first he had to go through the Republican Party convention to earn the party nomination. A groundswell of  Republican delegates, however,  were ready to move on, and they narrowed the field down to Tim Bridgewater (58%) and Mike Lee (42%), denying Bennett the nomination and ending his Senate career. Lee went on to…

To caucus or not to caucus: a CMV v PONE debate [video][Publius Online]

Count My Vote

One issue that voters may actually have to address during an otherwise sleepy mid-term election year is the future of the caucuses, or neighborhood meetings where the political parties select delegates to vet party candidates. It’s a system unique to Utah, where neighborhoods meet regularly (once every two years) to select representatives that will attend and vote on candidates for higher office. The candidates selected then appear on the ballot for voting by the general public. It’s one of the quirks of civic participation that, along with others,  has made…