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…

UTGOP Statement on the passing of Speaker Becky Lockhart [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, January 17, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: 435.574.1560 UTGOP Statement on the passing of Speaker Becky Lockhart SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following message on the passing of Former Speaker Becky Lockhart: “I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Speaker Becky Lockhart. Both Stan and Becky are my friends and I’m truly brokenhearted,” said Chairman Evans. “As the first woman Speaker of the Utah House, Becky made history and made Utah a better place. She…

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…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 30 – Dec 7

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Not for Money To believe that there is a financial incentive of a few hundred dollars or even a thousand dollars that can spur teachers to achieve more than they already do with students in the classroom is laughable among those who…

Utah Republican Party Lawsuit on SB54 [UPH Wire]

Utah Republican Party Complaint On SB54 UPH Wire is a public service, posting the press releases from candidates, parties, government entities, non-profits, and other related political entities. But for minor edits for formatting purposes, the Hub does not revise press releases. To publish your press releases, meeting minutes, or other information, please send it to UPHwire@gmail.com.

Where Credit is Due: Republican Gains in the Utah Legislature

On election night, I went to bed sure that Democrats had gained one seat in the State House of Representatives. I woke up the next morning positive this had happened and the same every day for two weeks. Then Tuesday November 18th, two weeks after the 2014 general election I see a Facebook post from Dana Dickson telling me that three Republicans who lost on election night actually won. What? What happened? For starters, Republicans picked up one Congressional seat and now hold every statewide office and Congressional office in…

Owens Uses Debate to Attack Love instead of Offering Solutions to Voters [UPH Wire]

Voters FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 30, 2014 Contact: James Evans Phone: 801.949.0955 *Owens Uses Debate to Attack Love instead of Offering Solutions to Voters* Salt Lake City, UT– Doug Owens, once again, uses his time on The Doug Wright Show to tell voters what he doesn’t like about Mia Love’s stances instead of offering real solutions for Utah voters. Owens spent the majority of the hour-long debate attacking Mia Love for pushing for less federal government intrusion and more local control for Utahns. “This kind of finger pointing and attacking is exactly what…

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…

He Who Is Without Sin: GOP Chair Asks Iron County Chair to Resign

In a letter, Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans has called on  Republican County Chair and legislative candidate Blake Cozzens to resign from his party position to avoid conflict of interest. Under the Iron County Republican Party bylaws cited by Evans, the county party chair is restricted from endorsing any candidate for office until after a candidate has garnered the party’s nomination (find a screen shot of the letter below). Within moments of posting the letter to the Utah Republican Party’s UnOfficial Page, a spirited debate broke out in the online…

The end of the Utah Democratic party?

With the impending retirement of Jim Matheson, the Utah Democratic Party is expected to close its doors and has opened talks with the Uah Republican Party to merge, offering a substantial boost to sagging Republican fundraising, but large voter lists. Republican Party Chair James Evans has indicated that outgoing DemocratIC Chair James Dabakis has approached him about merging parties. “We had a feeling this was coming,” said Dabakis, by phone from the latest state to legalize gay marriage, where he is getting married, again. “We just haven’t worked hard enough to…