Curt Bramble Roasts Paul Rolly

Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune hosted a night honoring Paul Rolly for 42 years in journalism. Senator Curt Bramble was there to roast Rolly. A video of the roast is below. We just passed the PRC resolution and I have to tell you that as the Senate sponsor of SB54, I haven’t seen this hostile of a crowd since the State Republican Convention last Saturday. We are here to roast Paul Rolly.  In that spirit, I could say that … He has no equal. Everybody is better, but I…

Stan Lockhart: Utah politics: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

In one of my favorite rock classics is “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who. It ends with the lyrics, “meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” I can’t help but think that refrain is the crux of the SB 54 conundrum of the Republican Party. We are replacing the Republican State Central Committee, delegates and voters as the boss with more retail campaigning, money and voters. In the end, the voters are still boss. The Party insiders are incensed. They don’t like having to share their power. They…

A Terrible Negotiating Strategy: the Utah Republican Party goes all or nothing on SB 54

I love the Caucus/Convention system. I began at the grassroots level 25 years ago. I have served in virtually every grassroots position in the Republican Party. I’ve been Chair of the Utah Republican Party and Chair of the Utah County Republican Party. I continue to serve today as a Legislative District Chair. I’ll put my grassroots credentials up against anyone’s. I want our Caucus/Convention system to survive. Just three years ago, Count My Vote (CMV) was formed by Utah political power brokers demanding changes to Utah’s Caucus/Convention system. Direct primaries…

Sen Todd Weiler to Propose Davis County GOP Resolution Thanking Bramble, McCay for SB 54

Utah State Senator Todd Weiler has never been one to shy from a fight. At the Davis County Republican Party Convention next week, Weiler will propose a resolution that thanks Utah State Senator Curt Bramble and Utah House Member Dan McCay for their work on SB 54. The law, passed in 2014, was born in the best tradition of legislative sausage making and was designed to stave off the Count My Vote efforts to end Utah’s caucus/convention system. According to the resolution (find the full text below), many legislators believed that the Count…

The Hub Sheet – April 23, 2015: Highlights from the week’s renewed SB 54 debate

It started with a tweet from a senator, and a response from the party. Senator Weiler joined Paul Mero on KVNU to discuss purity tests and fees for candidates, and Chair Evans called in.  There was shouting [Audio]. Headlines were written. [SLTrib] [DNews] [Utah Policy] The word ‘politiburo’ saw it’s first use in 35 years. Paul Mero later elaborated on his criticism of “litmus tests” for candidates being a bad for the party. Senator Bramble weighed, saying without SB 54 there’d be no caucus system at all. Republican Party Executive Committee votes…

Should online sellers have a gov-sanctioned leg up on brick & mortar?

By Curt Bramble Utah State Senator Gridlock in Washington has stymied efforts by conservatives to enact pro-growth tax reform and other policy initiatives that would help shrink the size of government and grow the private sector economy. But at the state level it’s a different story. Conservative governors and state legislatures are leading the charge to cut taxes and promote free markets as an elixir for the partisanship and red tape that seem to be the two major exports from our nation’s capital. States could do more if Washington simply…

Governor mourns passing of Speaker Lockhart [Hub Wire]

*attached contains the following: For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Governor mourns passing of Speaker Lockhart SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 17, 2015) – Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in regards to the passing of Speaker Becky Lockhart: “I have known and been a friend of the Lockhart family for 25 years and I am terribly saddened by the news of Becky’s sudden and unexpected passing. “Speaker Lockhart was a tremendous public servant who spent more than a decade and a half in the Utah House…

Speaker-elect Greg Hughes Statement on the Passing of Speaker Lockhart [Hub Wire]

Speaker-elect Greg Hughes Statement on the Passing of Speaker Lockhart  SALT LAKE CITY (January 17, 2015) – An emotional outpouring of grief and support by members of the Utah House of Representatives has followed news today that former Speaker Rebecca Lockhart has passed away. Speaker-elect Greg Hughes issued the following statement: “Utah lost one of its finest today. I’m heartbroken for Stan and the Lockhart family. Few in this state will ever fully appreciate Becky Lockhart’s efforts on behalf of the citizens of Utah. Her unwavering commitment to Utah’s school…