CAUCUS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CAUCUS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Caucus system gave us Lee, Swallow; destroy it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698954-82/system-caucus-compromise-count.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698954-82/system-caucus-compromise-count.html.csp">Letter: Caucus system gave us Lee, Swallow; destroy it</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T01:01:03.705-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re the “compromise” on the Count My Vote initiative: This new alternative system is a step forward, but it is not enough (“Deal on Count My Vote gets lawmakers’ OK, sent to gov,” Tribune, March 5). Any system that gives us Mike Lee and John Swallow needs to be thrown out in its entirety. A new system should be constructed from the ground up, with strong built-in safeguards to ensure that fools (Lee) and felons (Swallow) can no longer be appointed by the few to high office. When the few choose ...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 57698954@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Utah caucus attendance down from 2012, but higher than average http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57712964-90/2012-attendance-caucus-caucuses.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57712964-90/2012-attendance-caucus-caucuses.html.csp">Utah caucus attendance down from 2012, but higher than average</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T21:39:16.647-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 09:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Political parties say attendance at their caucuses this week was down significantly from two years ago, but higher than the historical average. Democrats estimate between 10,000 and 15,000 people showed up at neighborhood meetings Tuesdaynight, down from 15,000 to 20,000 two years ago, said Matt Lyon, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. Republicans figure they had 60,000 to 70,000 people turn out Thursday night. James Evans, chairman of the Utah Republican Party, says that’s 50 perc...</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> 57712964@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:39:16 MDT A fourth of Dem caucus retiring http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57676441-90/hemingway-caucus-cosgrove-fisher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57676441-90/hemingway-caucus-cosgrove-fisher.html.csp">A fourth of Dem caucus retiring</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T21:33:53.023-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 09:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Retirements are taking a toll on the minority Democratic caucus in the Legislature, with more than a fourth of the 19 members in the caucus leaving at the end of their current terms. Reps. Lynn Hemingway, Tim Cosgrove and Janice Fisher were the latest to announce their departures on the legislative session’s final day. House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig and Sen. Pat Jones had previously announced they would not run again. On the Republican side, House Speaker Becky Lockhart and Reps. Ronda M...</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> 57676441@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:33:53 MDT Utah elections reshaped with compromise on Count My Vote initiative http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57680041-90/ballot-candidate-caucus-compromise.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57680041-90/ballot-candidate-caucus-compromise.html.csp">Utah elections reshaped with compromise on Count My Vote initiative</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T00:04:02.325-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 12:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After months of gathering more than 100,000 signatures and spending more than $1 million, organizers of the Count My Vote abandoned their ballot initiative effort, opting for a compromise that will provide candidates with an alternative to going through the party caucus-and-convention system. Under the new regime beginning in 2016, a candidate could still go through the party convention system and try to win the nomination by garnering support from enough delegates. But the hopeful could also g...</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> 57680041@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:04:02 MDT Guv signs bill, ending Count My Vote bid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57661771-90/ballot-candidates-caucus-convention.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57661771-90/ballot-candidates-caucus-convention.html.csp">Guv signs bill, ending Count My Vote bid</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="2014-03-10T22:34:13.675-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 10:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill Monday afternoon to overhaul Utah’s nominating process and ending a push by the group Count My Vote to put a measure on the ballot to let voters get rid of the state’s unique caucus-and-convention system. Taylor Morgan, co-executive director for Count My Vote, said that, as promised, the group has shut down its ballot push in light of the governor’s action. “Our goal from the beginning has always been to change election policy,” Morgan said. “Our initiative was 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> 57661771@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:34:13 MDT Op-ed: Count My Vote/SB 54 is a step away from liberty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660112-82/rights-count-vote-parties.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660112-82/rights-count-vote-parties.html.csp">Op-ed: Count My Vote/SB 54 is a step away from liberty</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Chris Herrod</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T16:59:02.037-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 04:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While I could easily argue the merits of the caucus system, what’s most disheartening about Count My Vote and SB54 is that they ignore basic constitutional principles. Regardless of how one feels about political parties (specifically the Republican Party), we should all be concerned with the interference of a private organization’s right to set its own rules, whether one agrees with them or not. Take a step back from the emotion of Count My Vote and think of the absurdity of what is being done...</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> 57660112@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:59:02 MDT Letter: Let’s hope Count My Vote compromise brings changes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57647871-82/vote-bill-compromise-count.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57647871-82/vote-bill-compromise-count.html.csp">Letter: Let’s hope Count My Vote compromise brings changes</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T22:19:02.147-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">To paraphrase Ivan Doig, you couldn’t get elected town idiot in this state without an “R” next to your name. So it is with guarded optimism that I greet the news of the compromise reached between the Count My Vote movement and its opponents (“Deal on Count My Vote gets lawmakers’ OK, sent to gov,” Tribune, March 5). Rep. John Stanard, R-St. George, is concerned that the bill will be the death knell of the caucus system. Well, bring it on. The so-called ordinary people who wield enormous influ...</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> 57647871@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:19:02 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 Pyle: Low-information voters better than faux-information lawmakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643796-82/information-voter-uninformed-low.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643796-82/information-voter-uninformed-low.html.csp">Pyle: Low-information voters better than faux-information lawmakers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T15:20:02.799-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 03:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“To me, the scariest voter is the uninformed voter.” — Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab Indeed. Uninformed voters can, and often do, make uninformed decisions. They can, as Noel said the other day in defense of Utah’s caucus and convention nominating system, choose who to vote for on the basis of — Gasp! — TV ads. That’s the problem with democracy and free speech. Candidates and their supporters can say things you don’t like, things that may be just as misleading, if not as downright false, as backe...</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> 57643796@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:20:02 MDT Chamber to provide primer on political caucuses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57636718-90/caucuses-chamber-caucus-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57636718-90/caucuses-chamber-caucus-lake.html.csp">Chamber to provide primer on political caucuses</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T23:06:37.715-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 11:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Salt Lake Chamber will provide a free training course Wednesday on getting involved in neighborhood political caucuses. The 8 a.m. session at the Chamber office, 175 E. 400 South, Suite 600, will touch on everything a newcomer might need to participate effectively in a caucus. Discussions will address caucus basics, becoming a delegate to the major parties’ state conventions and changes being made as the Legislature amends the caucus system in response to the Count My Vote initiative favorin...</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> 57636718@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:06:37 MDT Deal on Count My Vote gets lawmakers' OK, sent to gov http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57637699-90/bill-candidates-caucus-convention.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57637699-90/bill-candidates-caucus-convention.html.csp">Deal on Count My Vote gets lawmakers' OK, sent to gov</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="2014-03-06T10:19:47.747-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 10:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Despite grumbling and constitutional doubts, the Utah Legislature sent a deal to Gov. Gary Herbert that will overhaul the process for choosing candidates for office and bring to an end Count My Vote’s ballot initiative. “I don’t argue that this policy will be better than the caucus-convention process,” said Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton. “The vote today is not whether you like one [nominating system] over the other. … Your vote today is ‘do I preserve a history at the same time I grab the future?’...</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> 57637699@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:19:47 MDT Extention of remarks: The Count My Vote deal ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57631284-82/vote-count-system-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57631284-82/vote-count-system-utah.html.csp">Extention of remarks: The Count My Vote deal ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T13:14:02.232-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 01:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— Count My Vote compromise is good for everyone — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Utah’s political leaders have apparently cooked up a compromise that would allow the state’s political parties to keep their antiquated and exclusionary caucus-and-convention system on the books, while creating a way for the public at large to have a say in the nominating process while their say still matters. “It is a good deal. The Legislature should approve it. The governor should sign it. The people should use it....</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> 57631284@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:14:02 MDT Op-ed: Mitt Romney on the wrong side of caucus battle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57601594-82/group-romney-system-caucus.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57601594-82/group-romney-system-caucus.html.csp">Op-ed: Mitt Romney on the wrong side of caucus battle</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By arturo morales llan</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T01:01:03.233-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am very disappointed but not surprised to learn about Mitt Romney’s recent decision to support the Count My Vote (aka Buy My Vote) petition that, if successful, would bring an end to the most accessible political nominating systems in America. It is not surprising to see wealthy people such as Mitt Romney, Gail Miller and Jon Huntsman supporting a system that favors only the rich, famous or politicians connected to Washington, D.C., lobbying firms. After all, these wealthy and privileged...</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> 57601594@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Caucuses better than ‘mob rule’ democracy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57575968-82/democracy-mob-rule-caucus.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57575968-82/democracy-mob-rule-caucus.html.csp">Letter: Caucuses better than ‘mob rule’ democracy</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-25T01:01:03.262-06:00">Updated Feb 25, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Count My Vote initiative, being pushed by some activists in the state, disregards the fact that our nation was founded on the principle of “representative” government. The Founders recognized the danger in mob rule that a democracy creates. Therefore, in our Constitution they created a form of representation for our republic. Representatives, or those interested in the governing process and willing to get involved, are generally much better informed than the average voter, who makes politica...</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> 57575968@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:03 MDT LDS leaders urge Utah Mormons to attend political caucuses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57591857-180/political-utah-church-letter.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57591857-180/political-utah-church-letter.html.csp">LDS leaders urge Utah Mormons to attend political caucuses</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T12:52:00.407-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 12:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah’s churchgoing Mormons are getting the word: Go to your political caucus meetings. Democratic, Republican, whatever party, is fine with the Utah-based faith; LDS leaders just want their members off the sidelines and in the political game. “These precinct caucus meetings are a grass-roots level of political involvement in Utah and are best served by a broad representation of Utah citizens,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ governing First Presidency writes in a letter to be re...</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> 57591857@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:52:00 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