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: Margaret Dayton

This is the fifth 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, and Stewart Peay. Senator Margaret Dayton has been the longest serving woman is the state legislature. She told me that the most conservative district in the nation needs the most conservative representative and a very predictable vote. Margaret explained that she has the highest rating from Utah…

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.…

Sen. Margaret Dayton: 2015 Utah Legislative Session Week Five

Less than 2 weeks are remaining in this legislative session.  Today our legal team completed writing the last of my bills (proposed legislation) that I am hoping to get through the legislative process.  There are many pieces of proposed legislation – but only about a third complete the process.  Usually I have my bills written and refined during the interim session so that they are ready to be heard when the Legislature convenes; however there are often constituents or agencies that come to me during the session needing help, and…

Sen. Margaret Dayton 2015 Legislative Session Week 4 Newsletter

We are now officially past the half-way point in the legislative session.  Thank you for being interested in and following the issues of state. One of the most moving and meaningful events of the week was a visit from some of Utah’s WWII Veterans.  They visited the Senate as part of the recognition being given to the Utah Chapter of the Honor Flight.  The Honor Flight is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect veterans with the memorials that were erected in their honor.  To that end, they provide…

Senator Dayton 2015 Legislative Session Week 3 Review

We have now completed the third week of the 61st Legislature. (The reason it is only the 61st, rather than the 119th –the age of the State–is because our election cycle runs on even years and legislators take their seats on the odd years. So 2015 and 2016 will be the 61st and 2017 and 2018 will be the 62nd Legislature. Just a little fyi) BUDGETS Here is an article that has a good explanation of what Utah’s two education budgets went through the past two weeks and the proposals…