Opportunities in the first GOP primary debate

This Thursday, millions will set their televisions to Fox News to catch the top 10 Republican candidates for the first 2016 GOP primary debate. With Donald Trump presently leading the pack with his superstar appeal, and nine other candidates seeking a few sound bites on major media outlets, it has not been clear exactly where many of the candidates stand on the issues likely to be of significance in the general election. This debate may be the first time voters learn where the candidates stand on today’s top issues.  More importantly, it may be…

Election 2016 GOP Power Rankings – May 2015

The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination now has six official candidates, and some of the heaviest hitters have yet to make it official. Here’s how the race looks with the BetFair crowd. 1. (1) Jeb Bush —— 2.64 (13-8) 2. (3) Marco Rubio — 4.6 (7-2) 3. (2) Scott Walker — 5.1 (4-1) 4. (4) Rand Paul —– 12 (11-1) 5. (7) Mike Huckabee – 15 (14-1) 6. (9) Chris Christie — 28 (27-1) 7. (6) Ted Cruz ——- 30 (29-1) 8. (7) Rick Perry —– 30 (29-1)…

BUZZ: Utah GOP Chair Spells Out Opposition to SB54/Count My Vote

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In an email, Utah Republican Party Chair James Even’s spelled out reasons the GOP opposes allowing last year’s SB54 to go into effect without modification. In the email, Evans says that the legislation is problematic for eight reasons. Included among these reasons are that the legislation does not require that Republican candidates be Republicans, that Republican candidates obtain signatures from Republicans to get on the ballot, or to even win the nomination with a majority of the primary vote. 1)      The SB 54 compromise allows candidates who are not Republicans to run…

Gov. Herbert issues statement on the passing of former RNC Chair Richards [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Gov. Herbert issues statement on the passing of former RNC Chair Richards SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement on the passing of Utahn and former Republican National Committee Chair, Richard Richards: “I am saddened by the news of Dick Richards’ passing. He was a good man and a strong Republican leader who had a significant impact on this country. He was a proud American and a proud Utahn and gave us all reasons…

How the Caucus Impacts Party Leadership and Governance

There are many great things about caucus system, such as creating an environment where money has much less of an influence and the average citizen can run for elected office without breaking the bank. But a flaw of the caucus system can be found in the reason why people are willing to give up time to interview the candidates and to go to convention meetings. This is even more interesting when you consider the central committee, which is made of precinct chairs, vice-chairs, legislative district officers, and county party leadership. They…

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…

Doug Owens Accused of FEC Violation by Utah GOP

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With his campaign ads just barely hitting the airwaves, Utah Democrat Doug Owens has already solicited controversy. A complaint filed with the FEC by Utah Republican Party Executive Director Julian Babbitt accuses Doug Owens and the Owens for Congress campaign of violating Federal Elections Commission regulations. According to the complaint, those regulations require that the candidate’s approval of the campaign advertisement for at least four seconds, but the advertising only shows his approval for two seconds. The complaint is embedded below. You can find the recently released ads on UtahPolicy.com. Fec Complaint against Doug Owens

Automatic Endorsement: A “Professional Courtesy” That Needs to End

As former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff headed off to jail Tuesday, I couldn’t help but think of the long list of elected officials that have endorsed their campaigns. In fact, Swallow’s list of endorsements reads like a who’s who of GOP elected officials in Utah. I’m sure a lot of them are left with a very strong sense of buyer’s remorse (some more than others). I think this also underscores a very distasteful cultural practice in party politics: the expectation that elected officials will automatically provide their…

GOP Chair Evans: Will Refer Fraudulent Robodial To AG for Possible Prosecution

Shenanigans in Davis County? With Davis County’s Republican Party in tumult, a robodial made alleging to be from the Utah Republican Party will be referred to the Utah Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution. On Thursday afternoon, Utah State Republican Party Chair James Evans sent out an email to Davis County Republicans asserting that the Republican Party has not conducted a robodial polling party members about Wright. You may have received a robocall on July 8, 2014, at approximately 10:30 am “conducting” a poll about your county party chair Phill Wright. Your…