Choosing Greg Bell to mediate the Count My Vote dispute is a good thing

In an effort to get to a resolution of the dispute between the Utah and the Utah Republican Party over last year’s SB 54, the judge on the case has asked the parties to get a mediator. According to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Robert Gehrke: The competing sides in the Utah Republican Party’s court battle over changes to Utah’s nominating process have chosen former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell to try to mediate a resolution to the lawsuit. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer urged attorneys for the GOP,…

What he said: 40 quotes from Judge David Nuffer during the SB 54 preliminary injunction hearing

Various parties have attempted to spin what Judge David O. Nuffer said or didn’t say during the five-hour SB 54 hearing that took place on April 10, 2015.  The 135-page transcript was released last Friday.  The following is a summary of actual quotes, organized by topic, from Judge Nuffer during the hearing. I. PARTY BYLAWS ARE NOT BINDING ON THE COURT  “I’m here not to enforce your [party] bylaws or your [party] constitution, I’m here to enforce our bylaws and Constitution. Every attorney in the room and I took an…

21 gifs to explain the Utah Republican Party’s SB 54 lawsuit

Last week,  Senator Todd Weiler wrote a well thought out post explaining the Utah Republican Party’s SB-54 lawsuit. I thought his post was amazing and informative, and it inspired debates within the Republican Party. Utah’s politicos seem divided on the issue, which has some party insiders with two separate, yet equally understandable reactions. First: On the left you have the Republicans Who think they have valid arguments and are going to win the Lawsuit. On the right we see the republican who sees some validity to the arguments but knows they are going…

Ten Things You Need to Know About the Utah Republican Party’s SB 54 Lawsuit

I am a life-long Republican who, as a state senator, voted for SB 54 last year.  I did so because I believed that the Count My Vote initiative would be successful by a wide margin, and SB 54 was the only option of preserving some elements of the caucus/convention system. Having spent more than a decade as a member of the Utah Republican Party’s governing body, I have a pretty good understanding of its inner workings.  For that reason, I could not resist attending the preliminary injunction hearing in federal…