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…

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: Deidre Henderson

by John Mulholland This is the seventh 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, Keith Kuder, and Stewart Peay. Senator Deidre Henderson became involved in politics in 2008 when she volunteered to help Jason Chaffetz. Jason chose to run an all-volunteer grass roots campaign. Deidre was one of those who stepped up to help. What she…

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…

Rob Anderson elected as new Utah GOP Chair

The Utah GOP Convention was held at the Southtown Expo Center last Saturday. It’s an exciting time, not only because the party officers are up for election, but there’s jockeying for position for hopefuls vying for the soon-to-be-vacant seat of Jason Chaffetz. The usual signs and T-shirts blanketing the place. I was able to listen to each candidate for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary, not to mention the CD3 possibles in Deidre Henderson, Brad Daw, and Margaret Dayton. I know other people have joined, but these three feel like the real race.…

On Balancing Our Budget & 2015’s HJR7

On Balancing Our Budget & 2015’s HJR7

“Our Utah State Constitution requires the state legislature to balance the budget each year. And we do. We have a constitutional debt limit as well, preventing us from borrowing too much money. We take pride in being the best-managed state in the nation. It’s not always easy. There are lots of things we do without, sacrifices and priorities we have to make. But in the end, it is worth it to bring stability and certainty to our economy, and most importantly our citizens. Contrastingly, each year our national debt grows…

Lt. Gov. Cox challenges legislators to stay fit and healthy [UPH Wire]

*attached contains the following:  For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards Public Information Officer 801.538.1509 desk 801.755.3085 cell edwards@utah.gov Lt. Gov. Cox challenges legislators to stay fit and healthy SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) – Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox has challenged members of the Legislature to join him in a contest aimed at improving eating and exercise habits during the legislative session and setting an example to constituents about the benefits of eating right and staying fit. “I know firsthand how difficult it is to find time to exercise…

New Idea or A Timely Proposal? Creation of the Office of Inspector General

In his State of the State speech on Wednesday night, Governor Gary Herbert announced that he was working with Representative Mike McKell, Senator Deidre Henderson and Attorney General Sean Reyes on the creation of an office of inspector general for the state. In his speech, the Governor said that the position would be “one that will act as an independent entity to elevate and ensure the highest levels of ethics and official conduct in state government.” But this isn’t the first time that an Office of Inspector General has been proposed…