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…

Eight Stories Getting More News Coverage Than Justin Miller

You’d think that the story of a sitting member of the Utah House of Representatives embezzling a good $34K from one of the state’s brightest political stars would end up creating an endless stream of front page news. Instead, the Utah media got in their initial stories and have been almost entirely silent. Even folks like Paul Rolly and Pat Bagley who delight in poking powerful people in the eye have been keeping their mouths shut (because I suppose it’s only interesting if a Republican does it). But, apparently, other…

UTGOP Statement on Preliminary Injunction Hearing [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, April 11th, 2015Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: (435) 574-1560 UTGOP Statement on Preliminary Injunction Hearing Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following statement after District Court Judge Nuffer’s ruling on the Party’s motion for a preliminary injunction against SB54 (the compromise between the state legislature and Count My Vote):”As Chair of the Utah Republican Party, I look forward to taking our legal challenge through the next phase of the litigation process,” said Chairman James Evans. “Based upon Judge Nuffer’s remarks, the Party is confident that SB54 will be…

UTGOP Filed Preliminary Injunction Against SB54 [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 5, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: 435.574.1560 MEDIA ADVISORY – UTGOP Filed Preliminary Injunction Against SB54 Salt Lake City – The Utah Republican Party filed a preliminary injunction against SB54 in the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division. Filing the injunction is a key step in the Party’s legal challenge to SB54, as the law officially went into effect on Thursday, January 1st. “While I recognize that it is difficult to have this sort of relief granted, we have been able to demonstrate the…

UTGOP Held Press Conference on 119th birthday of Utah Statehood and the Caucus Convention System [UPH Wire]

Dear Republican Friend,At a press conference held on the 119th birthday of Utah Statehood and the Caucus Convention System, the Utah Republican Party released polling results regarding its legal challenge to SB54. Survey results indicate that 60% of the general public support a legal challenge to resolve constitutional discrepancies contained in SB54. These results also show that approximately 60% of Republicans statewide do not support the law. Additionally, 56% of registered voters surveyed said they support delaying implementation of the law when made aware that the Utah Republican Party may…

Buzz: Legislators are considering instant runnoff voting (IRV) in 2015

Hot on the heals of the Count My Vote changes to Utah’s nomination system that in SB54, passed in the 2014 Utah Legislative Session, the rumor mill is churning with a possible change to primary elections as early as 2015. Our sources say that Republican legislators are mulling a change that would implement instant runoff voting (IRV). IRV is similar to the multiple rounds of voting method currently used in the caucus/convention system by the major political parties in Utah. In IRV, voters rank the candidates on their ballot in…

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…

CMV & Utah Legislative Leaders Agree on Language

Maybe the deal wasn’t done, yet. Maybe there were details to finesse. Maybe exact language wasn’t worked out. Maybe constituencies need to be contacted. Or maybe Count My Vote was spiking the football before crossing the goal line. Whatever the reason for the delay, Count My Vote and members of the Utah legislature on Sunday afternoon finally held the press conference  (a first for Utah, but held at that time at Count My Vote’s request) to announce an alternate path to the Utah Primary ballot. For caucus supporters and the big…