Congressional District 3 remix: John Curtis and Chris Herrod

  After an interesting race last year to replace Jason Chaffetz we are back at it again with John Curtis running for reelection and Chris Herrod challenging him again.   John Curtis Congressman Curtis said he is quite pleased with his first five months. He just had a bill pass 392 to 6, which allows for people to work on federal waterways if they do an offset project to help with conversation. Curtis is also working on a bill to better allow broadband cables to go through federal lands so…

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…

An open letter to John Curtis

Dear Representative Curtis, Congratulations on a convincing win. As you attempt to wrap your arms around the situation you find yourself in, perhaps a few words of understanding and encouragement are in order. It has been a pleasure to know and work with you through your mayoral tenure in Provo. You are indeed a man of principle and a man of the community. In events that we have participated in together through Rotary and elsewhere, nothing was clearer than your genuine concern for the welfare of the people and community of…

The time John Curtis threw me under the bus

John Curtis has successfully made the jump from well-known and well-liked mayor to Utah’s latest Congresscritter. Once a firebrand (to use polite terms) like Chris Herrod passed through convention, it was a foregone conclusion in the primary. I don’t know what kind of Representative we should expect Curtis to be, but I do know that I don’t trust him based on my own experience. I’ve been blogging about broadband since August 2006. That includes closely following UTOPIA, SFCN, the now-mostly-defunct AFCNet, and iProvo. Of these, iProvo provided some of the…

What does John Curtis stand for?

Other candidates for Utah’s open congressional seat have fully operating websites, including on-the-issues pages. When it came to his website, John Curtis, the Republican candidate for Utah’s open congressional seat, was inaccessible. As late as 12:36 p.m. Sept. 11, neither on-the-issues nor contact pages were existent. (On Aug. 27, I first sought out his issues page that political candidates usually have before learning that nothing except the landing page could be accessed, besides links there to donate or volunteer.) The websites of other candidates for the seat are a different…

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…

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…

Provo Sprawl

The Deseret News published an article this week titled “Utah among states with the greatest urban sprawl.” The article details the alarming trend to pave over and “build out” our rapidly dwindling open space, and it spurred some discussion on local social media. Brigham Young University employee Brigham Daniels posted on the Facebook group Provo Forward: Future growth seems almost certain. The only question is whether we will help guide that growth or whether it will guide us… Ignoring how we grow is one of the easiest ways to ruin our…