If you want a better electoral system, ignore Count My Vote

I’ve long maintained that the Count My Vote proposal (and SB54 co-opting) are complete dumpster fires for the state’s electoral system. The entire fight is nothing more than using state law to try and determine who gets to be Utah’s kingmaker of the Republican Party label. CMV has done a pretty good marketing job to convince everyone that their king-making process, restricting ballot access to those with the deep pockets to collect signatures, is the superior way to do it. Unfortunately, the caucus system dropping their primary threshold down to…

Interviewing the candidates: Utah Senate District 14

We find ourselves in another election season with three great candidates to choose from to replace Senator Al Jackson in Senate District 14. This race will likely be determined by the delegates at convention even though two of the candidates have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the primary, regardless of the convention outcome. In an attempt to help both the delegates learn more about the candidates and help candidates get their message out, I have interviewed all three and am doing this write-up. As there have been some whisper…

Buzz: Who will replace Senator John Valentine? [UPDATED]

Capitol at night

[UPDATED 8/14/ 2014 11:00 AM] Sumpsion announced via email to delegates that he will run for Valentine’s seat. [UPDATED 8/7/2014 9:00 AM] See update below for  Greene. [UPDATED 8/6/2014 11:00 AM]  See updates below for Philpot, Jackson, Sumsion, Kane, Stratton, Kennedy, and Herrod.  With Senator John Valentine resigning to accept Governor Gary Herbert’s appointment as head of the Utah Tax Commission, it took all of a Utah County Minute for speculation to commence on who would replace him. Here’s the list, so far (and we’ll update it as more buzz emerges)(that’s right,…