From Utah Republican Chairman Evans: The way forward with SB 54 [UPH Wire]

The way forward with SB 54 Dear Fellow Republican, We are in the final stages of preparing proposed ideas for how the Republican Party will operate during the 2016 election cycle. There are three dates to remember in this effort: May 30, 2015 – State Central Committee to vote on a framework for changes to UTGOP governing documents June 27, 2015 – State Central Committee to place final vote on language based on the May 30th meeting August 15, 2015 – State Republican Convention to vote on final Constitution and Bylaws…

Two Paths with SB 54 for the Republican Party

The more I hear about how the Utah Republican Party may respond to SB54 now that they have failed to get an injunction, the more I am concerned about the Party taking the wrong approach. As I see it, there are two paths that the party can take: fight the change or embrace it. From the comments Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans made at the Utah County Republican Convention, it sounds like he very much wants to fight the changes by forcing candidates to either continue to use the…

The Simpsons have taken over the Insider Survey!

It’s hard to tell which is a lower blow: asking whether someone should challenge James Evans for Utah Republican Party chair (correct answer: every election should have a choice, no matter how well the incumbent is doing) or presenting an opportunity to Utah’s insiders to rip on the beleaguered Republican leader without any recourse or accountability? On the other hand, the responses to Utah Policy/KSL latest insider survey are probably a lot closer to the truth about how Utah’s power players feel about James Evans right now than most (okay, ANY) of…

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…

Is the Utah Republican Party determined to kill itself?

James Evans

Even though I’ve long maintained that Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans is kind of a dumpster fire of a state party chair, I still continue to be surprised at some of his awful decisions. While I’m no fan of CMV and the capitulation compromise that is SB54, he seems to be doing his darndest to play into every single stereotype and trope rolled out by supporters. At the same time, whatever monkey is in charge of the official Utah GOP Twitter account thought it would be an awesome idea…

My Top 8 Thoughts from James Evans’ Appearance on The Doug Wright Show

James Evans

Doug Wright had two guests on his show this morning to discuss the lawsuit against SB54. Guest #1 was Leavitt Partners’ Rich McKeown; Guest #2 was Utah Republican Chairman James Evans. 1. Doug Wright makes clear he supports Count My Vote and the SB54 compromise, then asks James Evans “What’s the deal?” He did not use a Seinfeld voice though. 2. Rich McKeown cites Exoro/Dan Jones poll that shows support for SB54. Exoro, the group behind Count My Vote. (“Up next, the National Dairy Association released a new poll that…

Mero on SB 54: It’s Time to Trust The Marketplace of Ideas

While co-hosting KVNU’s For The People on April 20, and quite coincidentally and unintentionally, I found myself in the middle of a sparring match between two people I consider my friends – State Republican Party Chairman James Evans and State Senator Todd Weiler. The issue was the current legal challenge to Count My Vote. Senator Weiler believes the challenge has run its course. James Evans believes the fight must go on. In full disclosure, though an opinion cemented after hearing my friends argue over the airwaves, I also believe the…

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…

Utah GOP Chair James Evans calls in to KVNU’s For The People on the SB 54 lawsuit

On Monday April 20, Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans called in to KVNU’s For The People program to discuss the SB 54 lawsuit. Former Sutherland Institute Director Paul Mero was guest hosting with host Jason Williams a conversation with Utah State Senator Todd Weiler. Start listening at about 7:07.

How to Send a Mixed Message with Your LDS Outreach

Given the very large majorities in Utah, it’s not terribly surprising that state political parties would invest a lot of time and energy into doing outreach to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). What is surprising is how badly they can sometimes do it. Remember when James Evans, chair of the Utah Republican Party, decided to hold a press conference on Sunday afternoon, smack dab in the middle of church services for many LDS faithful? Well, that boner seems pretty mild compared to what the Salt…