BRAMBLE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BRAMBLE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Rolly: Count My Vote still prickling Republicans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57801462-82/vote-count-ballot-primary.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57801462-82/vote-count-ballot-primary.html.csp">Rolly: Count My Vote still prickling Republicans</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T23:09:02.278-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 11:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Republican fallout from the Legislature’s compromise with the Count My Vote advocates to create a hybrid nominating system for candidates was immediate and fierce, as evidenced at the GOP neighborhood caucuses recently. Some party zealots, particularly the true believers concentrated in Utah County, contacted lawmakers right after the conclusion of the legislative session earlier this month, demanding they repeal the compromise bill next year. Rep. Michael Kennedy, R-Alpine, told attendees at a ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57801462@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:09:02 MDT Ethics bills advance without caps on Utah campaign donations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57649789-90/bill-bills-bramble-candidates.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57649789-90/bill-bills-bramble-candidates.html.csp">Ethics bills advance without caps on Utah campaign donations</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-08T22:37:09.416-06:00">Updated Mar 8, 2014 10:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Legislators are advancing a long list of ethics reforms growing out of the scandals that toppled Attorney General John Swallow, but one key reform long sought by good-government groups has quietly faded away. Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, had proposed finally putting limits on campaign donations, as do most states and the federal government. But he has abandoned that quest for the year. Meanwhile, the Senate Business and Labor Committee, which Bramble leads, on Friday moved out a long list of oth...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57649789@www.sltrib.com Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:37:09 MDT Rolly: Mike Lee camp nearly stopped Count My Vote deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643132-82/vote-count-lee-primary.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643132-82/vote-count-lee-primary.html.csp">Rolly: Mike Lee camp nearly stopped Count My Vote deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T16:14:24.834-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 04:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Count My Vote compromise has now passed the Legislature and the new law insures political parties can keep their caucus/convention system while providing an alternate path to the primary election ballot through petition signatures. But the deal that had been struck a week ago temporarily fell apart, forcing the negotiators to scrap a planned press conference last Saturday. The reasons for the road block, which was removed after more negotiations and some arm twisting, have not been fully exp...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57643132@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:14:24 MDT Count My Vote deal gets roughed up, but advances http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57625857-90/ballot-bill-bramble-candidates.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57625857-90/ballot-bill-bramble-candidates.html.csp">Count My Vote deal gets roughed up, but advances</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-03T22:45:16.813-06:00">Updated Mar 3, 2014 10:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Defenders of Utah’s caucus system for nominating candidates pummeled a deal struck over the weekend between legislators and organizers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative, calling it an unconstitutional affront to the First Amendment and comparing it to bloodshed in the streets of Kiev. Former Rep. Chris Herrod said the fundamental issue is whether political parties have the freedom to associate without government interference — which he added is the same thing the world is witnessing in cla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57625857@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:45:16 MDT Deal to end Count My Vote initiative collapses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57614065-90/ballot-bramble-candidates-convention.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57614065-90/ballot-bramble-candidates-convention.html.csp">Deal to end Count My Vote initiative collapses</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-03T14:32:20.262-06:00">Updated Mar 3, 2014 02:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A breakthrough in negotiations that would have led to the end of the Count My Vote initiative apparently fell apart late Friday, prompting the group to scuttle a Saturday morning news conference as the sides went back to the negotiating table. The deal, which was agreed to Friday afternoon, would have changed Utah’s nominating system to ensure future candidates for office could get gather signatures to get on the primary ballot without having to go through the parties’ caucuses and conventions. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57614065@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:32:20 MDT In Their Own Words: Count My Vote http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57598296-90/count-vote-candidates-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57598296-90/count-vote-candidates-com.html.csp">In Their Own Words: Count My Vote</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-26T09:44:11.807-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 09:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">SB54 would modify the part of Utah election law that outlines how political candidates are selected. Changes include allowing voters to cast absentee ballots if they can’t attend a caucus meeting and raising the threshold that candidates have to meet at convention from 60 to 65 percent. Bill sponsor Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, says SB54 also incorporates the full language of the Count My Vote initiative. jnpearce@sltrib.com. Twitter: @jnpearce</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57598296@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:44:11 MDT Letter: Bramble, Legislature trying to kill popular citizen initiative — again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57592269-82/bramble-ballot-bill-compromise.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57592269-82/bramble-ballot-bill-compromise.html.csp">Letter: Bramble, Legislature trying to kill popular citizen initiative — again</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-26T01:01:03.365-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In 1994, a citizens’ initiative was launched that would have set term limits for elected public officials. The petition, which had overwhelming support among the public and seemed unstoppable, would have affected the ability of incumbents to sit for more than three terms. Before it could reach the ballot, however, the Utah Legislature set up a “compromise” that offered less-strict limits on fewer officials. This became law. Ten years later, before any of the limits had been applied and after fur...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57592269@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:03 MDT Paul Rolly: Bramble is a pro at meddling with ballot initiatives http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57573764-90/bill-bramble-initiative-petition.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57573764-90/bill-bramble-initiative-petition.html.csp">Paul Rolly: Bramble is a pro at meddling with ballot initiatives</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By paul rolly</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-21T08:03:23.467-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 08:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sen. Curt Bramble has emerged as the Legislature’s go-to guy when it comes to messing with voter-petition drives intended to pass legislation at the ballot box that lawmakers and other political insiders do not particularly like. The Provo Republican’s latest endeavor is a clever infiltration into the Count My Vote initiative that would make moot the petition’s goal of replacing the current caucus-convention nominating process with direct primaries. The initiative drive clearly has momentum, wi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57573764@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:03:23 MDT Senate advances bill that would nullify Count My Vote initiative http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57575253-90/ballot-bill-bramble-count.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57575253-90/ballot-bill-bramble-count.html.csp">Senate advances bill that would nullify Count My Vote initiative</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-21T08:03:23.489-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 08:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A bill that would change Utah’s process for nominating political candidates — and nullify the Count My Vote ballot initiative in the process — won broad support in the Senate on Thursday. Sponsoring Sen. Curt Bramble said SB54 is a “principled compromise” between those who defend the current caucus system of nominating candidates, and Count My Vote organizers, who are gathering signatures to put a measure on the ballot that would replace the caucus system with direct primaries. But Count My Vot...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57575253@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:03:23 MDT Editorial: Legislature should not hinder Count My Vote initiative http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57567761-82/count-system-vote-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57567761-82/count-system-vote-utah.html.csp">Editorial: Legislature should not hinder Count My Vote initiative</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-20T13:25:55.32-06:00">Updated Feb 20, 2014 01:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It is to be expected that people who have risen to positions of power will be fiercely loyal to the system that got them there. “You got to dance with them what brung you,” as they say in Texas. But Utah’s uniquely undemocratic caucus and convention system has produced a ruling class that is out of touch with the will of the people of Utah. And now some of those leaders in the Legislature want to torpedo the Count My Vote initiative petition drive just as it nears its first level of success. S...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57567761@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:25:55 MDT Letter: As with term-limit bill, Bramble is trying to kill Count My Vote http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57563972-82/bill-bramble-count-petition.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57563972-82/bill-bramble-count-petition.html.csp">Letter: As with term-limit bill, Bramble is trying to kill Count My Vote</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-20T01:01:03.094-06:00">Updated Feb 20, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sen. Curt Bramble’s SB54 bill (“Bill could make Count My Vote initiative moot,” Tribune, Feb 4) got me thinking of an old Yogiism: It’s deja vu, all over again. Years ago there was a petition to have term limits on our state elected officials. When it became apparent that it might pass, our legislators promised to pass their own bill, if it would stop the petition. Sound familiar? They did pass their own bill, and the petition went away. The next year, with no opposition, the bill was repeale...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57563972@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:01:03 MDT Gov: Don’t play games with Count My Vote initiative http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57569818-90/ballot-bill-bramble-count.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57569818-90/ballot-bill-bramble-count.html.csp">Gov: Don’t play games with Count My Vote initiative</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-19T21:26:51.401-06:00">Updated Feb 19, 2014 09:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gov. Gary Herbert cautioned legislators against playing games with the Count My Vote initiative, warning that there could be a tremendous public backlash if voters are denied a meaningful voice. Herbert said he supports the current system of delegates chosen at caucuses winnowing down the field of nominees for office, and is concerned about the state telling parties they have to change. “I’m also concerned,” he said, “about the Legislature saying to the people, under their constitutional right t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57569818@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:26:51 MDT Former Gov. Leavitt: Bill on caucus system denies Utahns’ right http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57564679-90/bill-bramble-constitutional-count.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57564679-90/bill-bramble-constitutional-count.html.csp">Former Gov. Leavitt: Bill on caucus system denies Utahns’ right</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert GehrkE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-19T09:22:03.26-06:00">Updated Feb 19, 2014 09:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt says Sen. Curt Bramble’s bill to pre-empt the Count My Vote initiative is a “clever” attempt to trample Utahns’ constitutional right to petition their government, as the group hit the airwaves Tuesday with advertisements opposing the legislation. For months, Count My Vote has been gathering signatures — nearly 100,000 so far — to put an initiative on the November ballot that would supplant Utah’s system of nominating candidates with direct primaries. The Utah Consti...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57564679@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:22:03 MDT