Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

Utah Presidential Caucus: Character and office

“The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the type of programs they choose to overspend on.” – Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, 1993. “The United States of America deserves whichever president is in office. If we are not living godlike lives as a nation, we will not have a godlike president. Men will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin; Spirit of Liberty, Spring Creek Book Company, 2013, page 13. The technical machinations of the 2016 election move forward. The contentious debate that…

Why Utah conservatives attack Utah libertarians

I’m going to state right up front that I like, respect, and am friends with both Connor Boyack and Paul Mero. Even the people who disagree with every single last policy position of both can’t seem to avoid begrudgingly saying “yeah, those guys are mostly okay” if they’ve met them in person. (Believe me, I’ve seen it myself.) It also seems like the two of them seem to get into tiffs over policy positions on a somewhat regular basis. Heck, it seems like almost all of Paul’s recent posts allude…

The Utah Republican Party has a communication problem

While I may agree with Sir Winston Churchill when he said that “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter,” in my experience this is not the public perception a candidate or party should strive for. Many books, articles and papers have been written about the “art of politics.”  In any of these you will frequently find two items mentioned:  1. Don’t tell the voter you are smarter or better informed than they are; and 2. (very closely associated with the first point) Have a clear,…

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…

Honest Press Releases | Utah Republican Party seeks to have Court decide next SB 54 issue because LG’s office is no longer seen as Honest Broker

The following is satire. Find the original press release here.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 10th, 2015 Contact: Utah Politico Hub www.utahpoliticohub.com Utah Republican Party seeks to have Court decide next SB 54 issue because LG’s office is no longer seen as Honest Broker Today James M. Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party, sent a letter asking Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to respect the Party’s position regarding SB 54 and either acknowledge the Party’s rights in deciding how it intends to proceed or frame the issue so that the Party…

Kathleen Bailey enters the race for Utah Treasurer

Kathleen Bailey, a former Wall Street analyst and investment manager, has entered the race for Utah State Treasurer. Bailey is the fifth to enter the race to replace current Utah State Treasurer, Richard Ellis, who stepped down, effective November 1, to take a position with the state’s non-profit college savings program.  Merrill Cook, Neil Walter, Phil Conder, and David Damschen have previously announced their candidacies for the office. Bailey earned an MBA from UCLA and worked in San Francisco as an equity analyst for two major investment banks. The GOP’s State Central Committee will meet on…

Observations on the 2015 Utah GOP Organizing Convention

Some general thoughts and reactions to the events at the Utah GOP convention on August 15, 2015: People who paid $25,000 were allowed to speak for eight minutes before the main body of the convention. The speakers were Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Senator Mike Lee, Governor Gary Herbert, and Overstock.com CEO Jonathan Johnson, who plans to challenge Herbert in the primary in 2016. Johnson had this odd moment when he asked people to text to a number if they wanted him and Herbert to have a series of debates or…

Can anyone lead America in 2016?

Here is a statement that is probably not much of a stretch: The 2016 presidential election could be the most important election in the history of this country. If you cannot agree with this statement, you might want to pay a bit more attention to what has transpired in U.S. politics and policy over the last so many years. It is one convoluted mess. I recently saw a bumper sticker pasted on the back of a vehicle commonly touted by environmentally friendly Hollywood leftists last week declaring “I am ready for…

UTGOP Crafts Framework for 2016 Election Cycle [UPH Wire]

View this email in your browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, May 30th, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: (435) 574-1560 *UTGOP Crafts Framework for 2016 Election Cycle * *SALT LAKE CITY* – UTGOP Chairman James Evans released the following message after the Party’s governing body took key steps to prepare for the 2016 election cycle: “Today, the Utah Republican Party took a significant step forward in  creating a framework for the 2016 election cycle,” said Chairman James Evans. “Contrary to what has been said and reported, the Republican Party remains united as a Party and…