The Simpsons have taken over the Insider Survey!

It’s hard to tell which is a lower blow: asking whether someone should challenge James Evans for Utah Republican Party chair (correct answer: every election should have a choice, no matter how well the incumbent is doing) or presenting an opportunity to Utah’s insiders to rip on the beleaguered Republican leader without any recourse or accountability? On the other hand, the responses to Utah Policy/KSL latest insider survey are probably a lot closer to the truth about how Utah’s power players feel about James Evans right now than most (okay, ANY) of…

What he said: 40 quotes from Judge David Nuffer during the SB 54 preliminary injunction hearing

Various parties have attempted to spin what Judge David O. Nuffer said or didn’t say during the five-hour SB 54 hearing that took place on April 10, 2015.  The 135-page transcript was released last Friday.  The following is a summary of actual quotes, organized by topic, from Judge Nuffer during the hearing. I. PARTY BYLAWS ARE NOT BINDING ON THE COURT  “I’m here not to enforce your [party] bylaws or your [party] constitution, I’m here to enforce our bylaws and Constitution. Every attorney in the room and I took an…

SB 54: The Basics. Again.

I was speaking with an influential and highly-regarded figure in Utah politics this week and realized most people, even those “in the know,” still don’t understand the basics of SB54. So here they are: Under SB54, a political party has 4 options to get candidates on the ballot: become a RPP, become a QPP, run candidates as write-in candidates, or run candidates as unaffiliated candidates. Registered Political Party (RPP): The RPP route is, verbatim, the CMV initiative option. To be on the political party’s primary ballot, candidates are required to…

Time for change inside the Utah Republican Party

The current turmoil inside the Utah Republican Party (URP) tells me it’s time for a change. It’s time to recalibrate what it means to be a Republican and how that meaning is reflected inside the organization. Ironically, the URP suffers from success. It’s supermajority status means, whether it likes it or not, that the URP is a Big Tent. As a result it’s in conflict – it likes its numbers and hates its people. Democrats who can’t get elected in many locales run for office, out of necessity, as Republicans.…

The Hub Sheet – April 23, 2015: Highlights from the week’s renewed SB 54 debate

It started with a tweet from a senator, and a response from the party. Senator Weiler joined Paul Mero on KVNU to discuss purity tests and fees for candidates, and Chair Evans called in.  There was shouting [Audio]. Headlines were written. [SLTrib] [DNews] [Utah Policy] The word ‘politiburo’ saw it’s first use in 35 years. Paul Mero later elaborated on his criticism of “litmus tests” for candidates being a bad for the party. Senator Bramble weighed, saying without SB 54 there’d be no caucus system at all. Republican Party Executive Committee votes…

Is the Utah Republican Party determined to kill itself?

James Evans

Even though I’ve long maintained that Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans is kind of a dumpster fire of a state party chair, I still continue to be surprised at some of his awful decisions. While I’m no fan of CMV and the capitulation compromise that is SB54, he seems to be doing his darndest to play into every single stereotype and trope rolled out by supporters. At the same time, whatever monkey is in charge of the official Utah GOP Twitter account thought it would be an awesome idea…

Mero on SB 54: It’s Time to Trust The Marketplace of Ideas

While co-hosting KVNU’s For The People on April 20, and quite coincidentally and unintentionally, I found myself in the middle of a sparring match between two people I consider my friends – State Republican Party Chairman James Evans and State Senator Todd Weiler. The issue was the current legal challenge to Count My Vote. Senator Weiler believes the challenge has run its course. James Evans believes the fight must go on. In full disclosure, though an opinion cemented after hearing my friends argue over the airwaves, I also believe the…

21 gifs to explain the Utah Republican Party’s SB 54 lawsuit

Last week,  Senator Todd Weiler wrote a well thought out post explaining the Utah Republican Party’s SB-54 lawsuit. I thought his post was amazing and informative, and it inspired debates within the Republican Party. Utah’s politicos seem divided on the issue, which has some party insiders with two separate, yet equally understandable reactions. First: On the left you have the Republicans Who think they have valid arguments and are going to win the Lawsuit. On the right we see the republican who sees some validity to the arguments but knows they are going…

Utah GOP Chair James Evans calls in to KVNU’s For The People on the SB 54 lawsuit

On Monday April 20, Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans called in to KVNU’s For The People program to discuss the SB 54 lawsuit. Former Sutherland Institute Director Paul Mero was guest hosting with host Jason Williams a conversation with Utah State Senator Todd Weiler. Start listening at about 7:07.