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…

The Mero Moment for May 21, 2015: A New Platform for the Utah Republican Party

In the spirit of confident leadership, in this week’s episode of The Mero Moment Paul Mero offers a new platform for Utah’s Republican Party. Political party platforms are at once everything and nothing – they hold significant meaning for those who care and are unknown to 99 percent of the general population. If a political party is a business, a party platform is its mission statement. If a political party is a product, a party platform is its brand. Under freedom of association, every political party has a right to its brand. It…

Stan Lockhart: Utah politics: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

In one of my favorite rock classics is “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who. It ends with the lyrics, “meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” I can’t help but think that refrain is the crux of the SB 54 conundrum of the Republican Party. We are replacing the Republican State Central Committee, delegates and voters as the boss with more retail campaigning, money and voters. In the end, the voters are still boss. The Party insiders are incensed. They don’t like having to share their power. They…

First SB 54 survey results…with commentary

If you haven’t done it yet, take the survey online RIGHT HERE. The first batch of survey results on SB 54 have been released by the Republican party. No great surprise – there is very little support for a litmus test or a fee. The results are almost evenly split on whether the party should continue with the lawsuit. And most respondents think the GOP should keep its primary closed. The data released by the party is in percentages, so it’s hard to know how many people are in each category and…

Getting more people involved in the political process

The purpose of a political party is to get its candidates elected and to educate the public about what it represents (platform). Since my last blog post criticized the Utah Republican Party’s apparent disregard for greater participation in the political process, I thought I’d set down some ideas to get greater participation in Utah’s political process: Make caucuses more attractive to attend for ordinary Utah voters. One hour caucus – If we can do it with photography and dry cleaners, then surely we can do it for caucuses. Big races straw poll – Wouldn’t it…

A Terrible Negotiating Strategy: the Utah Republican Party goes all or nothing on SB 54

I love the Caucus/Convention system. I began at the grassroots level 25 years ago. I have served in virtually every grassroots position in the Republican Party. I’ve been Chair of the Utah Republican Party and Chair of the Utah County Republican Party. I continue to serve today as a Legislative District Chair. I’ll put my grassroots credentials up against anyone’s. I want our Caucus/Convention system to survive. Just three years ago, Count My Vote (CMV) was formed by Utah political power brokers demanding changes to Utah’s Caucus/Convention system. Direct primaries…

The James Evans SB 54 survey: purity panels, purging and pay-to-play

Purity panels ala the Politiburo

UPDATE: Take the survey online RIGHT HERE. The James Evans SB 54 survey is out (find the full survey at the bottom). Included are a number of proposals – like purity panels and removal from the party. A number of those proposals have made the news with headlines like “Beehive McCarthyism” and “GOP Politburo needs to trust its voters.” The survey – more than a day late and a dollar short – is to “assess the opinions and wishes of Utah Republicans” – after being quite public about some very bad proposals. Having some questions…

Sen Todd Weiler to Propose Davis County GOP Resolution Thanking Bramble, McCay for SB 54

Utah State Senator Todd Weiler has never been one to shy from a fight. At the Davis County Republican Party Convention next week, Weiler will propose a resolution that thanks Utah State Senator Curt Bramble and Utah House Member Dan McCay for their work on SB 54. The law, passed in 2014, was born in the best tradition of legislative sausage making and was designed to stave off the Count My Vote efforts to end Utah’s caucus/convention system. According to the resolution (find the full text below), many legislators believed that the Count…

From Utah Republican Chairman Evans: The way forward with SB 54 [UPH Wire]

The way forward with SB 54 Dear Fellow Republican, We are in the final stages of preparing proposed ideas for how the Republican Party will operate during the 2016 election cycle. There are three dates to remember in this effort: May 30, 2015 – State Central Committee to vote on a framework for changes to UTGOP governing documents June 27, 2015 – State Central Committee to place final vote on language based on the May 30th meeting August 15, 2015 – State Republican Convention to vote on final Constitution and Bylaws…

Two Paths with SB 54 for the Republican Party

The more I hear about how the Utah Republican Party may respond to SB54 now that they have failed to get an injunction, the more I am concerned about the Party taking the wrong approach. As I see it, there are two paths that the party can take: fight the change or embrace it. From the comments Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans made at the Utah County Republican Convention, it sounds like he very much wants to fight the changes by forcing candidates to either continue to use the…