Congressional District 3 remix: John Curtis and Chris Herrod

  After an interesting race last year to replace Jason Chaffetz we are back at it again with John Curtis running for reelection and Chris Herrod challenging him again.   John Curtis Congressman Curtis said he is quite pleased with his first five months. He just had a bill pass 392 to 6, which allows for people to work on federal waterways if they do an offset project to help with conversation. Curtis is also working on a bill to better allow broadband cables to go through federal lands so…

The caucus is dead and the delegates killed it

I’ve long been a very strong supporter of the caucus system for choosing party nominees and a vocal critic of the Count My Vote effort to circumvent it. But I’m also a political realist, someone who sees what the playing field is like and knows when you have to adjust your tactics. Sadly, the most ardent supporters of the caucus system seem to be pretty clueless in this regard. In fact, I’d argue that it’s already dead, they don’t know it, and they did most of the work to kill…

If you want a better electoral system, ignore Count My Vote

I’ve long maintained that the Count My Vote proposal (and SB54 co-opting) are complete dumpster fires for the state’s electoral system. The entire fight is nothing more than using state law to try and determine who gets to be Utah’s kingmaker of the Republican Party label. CMV has done a pretty good marketing job to convince everyone that their king-making process, restricting ballot access to those with the deep pockets to collect signatures, is the superior way to do it. Unfortunately, the caucus system dropping their primary threshold down to…

The Dust Settles on UT-3’s GOP Primary

Until now, we haven’t seen much effect from SB54, the bill that allows candidate to still get on a primary ballot even if they don’t make it in the top two at the convention. This is now only the second GOP primary in Utah where a signature gatherer defeated at convention beat the top vote-getter, and we will feel the repercussions for a while. This was a strange one, in that Jason Chaffetz resigned in the middle of his term, and Gov. Herbert butted heads with then Utah GOP-chair James…

Who bears responsibility for misleading campaigning?

During the recent Republican Congressional District 3 convention race, we heard a lot of misleading information. A little came from the actual campaigns but much came from various supporters. At what point should the campaigns bear responsibility? The Attack During the recent GOP special convention, we all saw a lot of false information flying around. Unfortunately, some people chose to create this nonsense without even bothering to talk to the people involved. There was a particular article, posted by Ed Wallace, that caught a lot of attention alleging a secret…

Here’s how Chris Herrod won the GOP convention vote for CD3

Tea Party favorite Chris Herrod pulled off the improbable and left the GOP special convention to be the official Republican nominee for Utah’s 3rd district (the fightin’ 3rd!) However due to SB54 and some signature-gathering there will be a Republican primary where Provo Mayor John Curtis and Danny’s son Tanner Ainge will also be on the ballot. Going into the convention I thought it was going to be between Deidre Henderson and Margaret Dayton. Henderson had been a slight favorite from the last poll I saw, and Dayton’s campaign had…

Meet the candidates for CD3: Chris Herrod

by John Mulholland This is the tenth in a series of profiles on candidates for the 3rd Congressional District, which is expected to be vacant when Congressman Jason Chaffetz resigns his office at the end of June. Previous profiles include Brad Daw, Shayne Row, Paul Fife, Margaret Dayton, Deidre Henderson, Damian Kidd, Keith Kuder, Debbie Aldrich, and Stewart Peay. Chris works with loans and real estate and has served previously in the state legislature for six years. He is very passionate about issues such as taking on illegal immigration and…

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…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 30 – Dec 7

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Not for Money To believe that there is a financial incentive of a few hundred dollars or even a thousand dollars that can spur teachers to achieve more than they already do with students in the classroom is laughable among those who…

Buzz: Who will replace Senator John Valentine? [UPDATED]

Capitol at night

[UPDATED 8/14/ 2014 11:00 AM] Sumpsion announced via email to delegates that he will run for Valentine’s seat. [UPDATED 8/7/2014 9:00 AM] See update below for  Greene. [UPDATED 8/6/2014 11:00 AM]  See updates below for Philpot, Jackson, Sumsion, Kane, Stratton, Kennedy, and Herrod.  With Senator John Valentine resigning to accept Governor Gary Herbert’s appointment as head of the Utah Tax Commission, it took all of a Utah County Minute for speculation to commence on who would replace him. Here’s the list, so far (and we’ll update it as more buzz emerges)(that’s right,…