Utah GOP Chair James Evans letter spells out legal basis for SB 54 dispute: Certification to Utah Supreme Court next?

In a letter Friday (embedded below), Utah GOP Chair James Evans responded to two previous letters from Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox relating to issues of disagreement between the Utah Republican Party and the Utah Elections Office over SB 54. In the letter, Evans highlights areas of disagreement with the LG and spells out the Republican Party’s analysis of the dispute, request possible certification to the Utah Supreme Court for final resolution of the issue. With filing period opening in early January for candidates to begin collecting signatures, all parties to…

Survey | Make your voice heard on SB 54/Count My Vote

Could I ask for just a couple minutes of your time to get your help on a project that will add to our understanding of an important political issue? Click on the survey below (and here).  Over the last couple of years, due to Count My Vote and the subsequent legislation SB 54, there have been some significant and important changes to Utah’s candidate nomination rules to get access to a ballot. We have seen efforts like “Count my Vote” morph into what is now known as SB 54. These…

Utah LG Spencer Cox extends olive branch to GOP Chair James Evans, explains state’s SB 54 legal position

Can a soft answer turn away wrath? In a letter yesterday, Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox responded to a letter from Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans with an apology and an explanation of the state’s legal position on SB 54 issues. In the letter to Cox, sent earlier this month, Evans requested that the LG’s office identify differences of opinion regarding the application of SB 54. The exchange of letters comes in the wake of a court decision allowing the Republican Party to close the Primary to unaffiliated voters.…

Email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members regarding no November Special Session to address USBE and SB 54

The following is an email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members.  From: Greg Hughes Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 11:08 AM To: House All Members Subject: No November Special Session Representatives! On November 3rd Governor Herbert issued a press release stating that he “will not convene a nominating committee for the 2016 Utah State Board of Education elections.” The statement also “encourages legislative leaders to continue working together to find a resolution to this important issue.” It was interesting that the Governor called upon the Legislature to act…

Kim Burningham: Be cautious about current talk of a special session

Capitol at night

Rumors are swirling.  Some sources are reporting a special session of the Legislature will be held next week.  Currently, the Governor has not called such a session.  I write in opposition to calling a special session and urge the Governor to refrain. At one point, the rumor mill suggested that a special session would be called to deal with SB 54, the compromise allowing political candidates to use an alternative system for getting on the ballot.  The current talk focuses on a different issue, the process for selecting State School…

Honest Press Releases| Count My Vote Statement on SB 54 Ruling

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 Count My Vote Statement on SB54 Ruling Judge upholds and affirms constitutionality of Count My Vote’s election reforms. SALT LAKE CITY -Count My Vote today expressed its appreciation to US District Judge David Nuffer for his hard work and timely decision in the SB54 case. “Judge Nuffer’s ruling provides sorely needed clarity for Utah’s candidates and political parties. We also express our heartiest guffaws to the Utah Republican Party and Chairman James…

Choosing Greg Bell to mediate the Count My Vote dispute is a good thing

In an effort to get to a resolution of the dispute between the Utah and the Utah Republican Party over last year’s SB 54, the judge on the case has asked the parties to get a mediator. According to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Robert Gehrke: The competing sides in the Utah Republican Party’s court battle over changes to Utah’s nominating process have chosen former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell to try to mediate a resolution to the lawsuit. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer urged attorneys for the GOP,…

SB 54: Win friends and influence people…and win elections

The other day I was re-reading the timeless classic How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and was reminded of some time-tested principles and advice that apply well to the situation facing the Republican party in Utah and more specifically how we seek to influence one another as Republicans. As the SB 54 drama has ensued, there have been many articles written where the author’s purpose has been to criticize. Criticize leadership of the party, members of the party that wouldn’t raise the threshold at convention, legislators for passage…

Midday Commentary on Long Weekend News — May 26, 2015

I’m not saying someone stole $30,000 in campaign cash and admitted it on tape. Or that the rock star of the Democratic party knew about it before the thief was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, but didn’t say anything until after the fact. I’m not saying that the state’s largest newspaper is completely ignoring the topic while instead focusing on completely (though less than smart) legal actions by the state attorney general. I’m not even saying there aren’t other things to be covered. I’m saying that if these…