Why Democrat Party Losses in the Utah Legislature Aren’t About the Map

It’s easy to point to gerrymandering as the reason Utah Democrat Party losses in the 2014 mid-term elections grew by three. Easy, but pusillanimous. It removes blame from Democrat candidates, donors, strategists and campaign workers and instead puts it on the shoulders of cheating Republicans, ruling with a super-er majority in the Utah Legislature.  But Legislative Dems are confederate with their Republican colleagues. Blame the Republicans, but the Democrats were confederate. When the maps were drawn and redistricting happened in 2011, every Democrat member of the Utah House of Representatives voted…