REPUBLICAN - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/REPUBLICAN News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face ‘intolerance’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58216695-68/rubio-immigration-conservatives-marriage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58216695-68/rubio-immigration-conservatives-marriage.html.csp">Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face ‘intolerance’</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">the Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T19:17:19.545-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 07:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. In remarks he said were likely to get him attacked as a bigot, the Florida Republican also complained to the audience at Catholic University about liberals who defend abortion rights for women but not protections for “the unborn.” While Rubio has consistently held...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58216695@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:19 MDT Paul Rolly: Utah GOP boss seeks A.G. probe of mystery phone calls http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58173943-200/party-wright-county-gop.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58173943-200/party-wright-county-gop.html.csp">Paul Rolly: Utah GOP boss seeks A.G. probe of mystery phone calls</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="2014-07-13T21:41:08.035-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 09:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">State GOP Chairman James Evans has asked the Utah attorney general’s office to investigate robocalls to Davis County Republicans that indicated they came from the state party. The calls, directed to Davis County GOP precinct officers and delegates, asked if Phill Wright should continue as the county’s Republican chairman — even though he had not been a registered Republican for nearly the entire year that he has held that post. Evans says the calls weren’t authorized, but the caller ID indicate...</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> 58173943@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:41:08 MDT The Difference between July 4th and July 14th http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58060268-82/congress-delegation-party-policies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58060268-82/congress-delegation-party-policies.html.csp">The Difference between July 4th and July 14th</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">By Stephen Tryon</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T12:02:58.15-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 12:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Every year around this time, I marvel at what the generation that founded our country accomplished. On July 4th, we celebrated the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The major principle put forth in that declaration was simple, clear and powerful: the signatories declared that every person had natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The objective of those who signed the Declaration of Independence was clear: they sought a society that would protect...</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> 58060268@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:02:58 MDT Governors skirt ‘radioactive’ Common Core at national meeting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58180752-68/standards-common-core-governors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58180752-68/standards-common-core-governors.html.csp">Governors skirt ‘radioactive’ Common Core at national meeting</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERIK SCHELZIG </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and STEVE PEOPLES</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T21:38:01.622-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 09:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nashville, Tenn. • Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government’s intrusion into the classroom. The Common Core standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day meeting of the National Governors Association that ended Sunday, relegated to hallway discussions and closed-door meetings among governo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581807522014-07-13T21:38:01.622-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-13T21:38:01.622-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58180752@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:38:01 MDT Republican governors’ words shift on gay marriage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177216-68/marriage-republican-gay-governors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177216-68/marriage-republican-gay-governors.html.csp">Republican governors’ words shift on gay marriage</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-12T19:09:40.158-06:00">Updated Jul 12, 2014 07:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nashville, Tenn. • Deep in the nation’s Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years. While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition— in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to at...</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> 58177216@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:09:40 MDT Jason Chaffetz has gut feeling Mitt Romney runs again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58160676-90/romney-chaffetz-draft-mitt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58160676-90/romney-chaffetz-draft-mitt.html.csp">Jason Chaffetz has gut feeling Mitt Romney runs again</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T21:35:23.037-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 09:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mitt Romney has consistently said he isn’t running for president again, but his friend Rep. Jason Chaffetz thinks otherwise. Chaffetz, R-Utah, caused a bit of a stir when he said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday evening that he believes Romney will launch a third bid for the White House. Reached early Tuesday by The Salt Lake Tribune, Chaffetz said his comments are based on gut feeling and not conversations with Romney or his family. Though it should be noted that Chaffetz is a Romney acolyte, w...</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> 58160676@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:35:23 MDT Cruz, tea party groups want probe of Mississippi runoff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58162811-68/party-cochran-mcdaniel-tea.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58162811-68/party-cochran-mcdaniel-tea.html.csp">Cruz, tea party groups want probe of Mississippi runoff</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T19:42:02.605-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 07:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • In a fresh sign of Republican turmoil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all backed an investigation Tuesday into the June 24 Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud they cited in the bitterly fought race. One day after Sen. Thad Cochran was certified the primary winner by the state Republican Party, the denunciations of the 76-year-old lawmaker were particularly vituperative. The Tea Party Lead...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581628112014-07-08T19:42:02.605-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-08T19:42:02.605-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58162811@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:42:02 MDT Paul Rolly: Davis County’s GOP boss has to go, insiders say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146609-78/county-wright-party-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146609-78/county-wright-party-republican.html.csp">Paul Rolly: Davis County’s GOP boss has to go, insiders say</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="2014-07-07T01:01:02.136-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Some Davis County Republicans have prepared a letter declaring their chairman has not been legitimate since he was elected last year. The letter has been signed by more than 10 members of the county’s Republican Central Committee, including some elected officials. Ten is the number required by GOP bylaws to officially call an emergency Central Committee meeting. The letter will be presented Monday to Joe Levi, who has been the party’s vice chairman since the duly elected vice chairwoman, Lisa B...</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> 58146609@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 01:01:02 MDT Milbank: Could a GOP Congress benefit Obama? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58152113-82/obama-congress-republican-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58152113-82/obama-congress-republican-republicans.html.csp">Milbank: Could a GOP Congress benefit Obama?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-06T01:01:03.124-06:00">Updated Jul 6, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON — The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency. Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists. Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel’s borders. A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border, but immigration legislation, like most all legislation, is moribund. Probes of veterans’ health care, the IRS and Benghazi are sucking up attention and the administration’s time. As President Obama fails to get any credit for the millions who have found jo...</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> 58152113@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Rolly: Davis GOP can’t seem to get on the same page http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58147105-82/county-party-davis-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58147105-82/county-party-davis-republican.html.csp">Rolly: Davis GOP can’t seem to get on the same page</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="2014-07-03T17:36:02.261-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Davis County is becoming a political science laboratory for dissecting the layers of dissent, intrigue and outright hatred among the activists of a political party supposedly working toward the same goals. It also is the prime example of what appears to be a growing disconnect between the all-Republican elected officials and Republican Party officers whose job it is to get those Republicans elected in the first place. I used to think the Utah County Republican Party was ground zero for dysfuncti...</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> 58147105@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:36:02 MDT Rolly: Davis County GOP run by an outsider? Holy Ronald Reagan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58139590-90/party-wright-republican-vote.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58139590-90/party-wright-republican-vote.html.csp">Rolly: Davis County GOP run by an outsider? Holy Ronald Reagan</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="2014-07-02T07:49:21.849-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 07:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Davis County Republican Chairman Phill Wright, who is conducting what some are calling a witch hunt against the party secretary because she signed the Count My Vote petition, has not been a registered Republican the entire time of his chairmanship. That, under the party’s bylaws, makes him ineligible to serve as a party officer and even vote in a Republican primary. It brings into question the legitimacy of all the party executive committee meetings he has conducted since being elected chairman...</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> 58139590@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:49:21 MDT Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz takes a tour of the liberal side http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58124067-90/chaffetz-cummings-says-baltimore.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58124067-90/chaffetz-cummings-says-baltimore.html.csp">Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz takes a tour of the liberal side</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Burr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T09:57:06.229-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 09:57AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baltimore • Rep. Elijiah Cummings gets a laugh when he points out that Utah has a problem with wild horses. That’s not something fathomable for the folks in inner-city Baltimore where the more pressing concerns are crime, unemployment and poverty. On the flip side, people in Provo don’t suffer from food deserts, or areas where grocery stores, and healthy food, are lacking. “I bet you’ve never heard of a food desert,” Cummings says to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who shakes his head no. Baltimore and Pr...</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> 58124067@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:57:06 MDT Birth control ruling sparks political clash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58137129-68/women-control-birth-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58137129-68/women-control-birth-court.html.csp">Birth control ruling sparks political clash</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T08:13:01.994-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 08:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. Yet there’s a risk for the GOP in crowing too loudly. Republicans for years have tried to make i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581371292014-07-01T08:13:01.994-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-01T08:13:01.994-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58137129@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:13:01 MDT GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58132579-79/business-chamber-republicans-gop.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58132579-79/business-chamber-republicans-gop.html.csp">GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERICA WERNER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T09:10:02.092-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 09:10AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying on Capitol Hill, where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade. Rebuffed in Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have found more success backing pro-business candidates for election, but even they don’t always deliver. It adds up to a significant shift in how the GOP operates, ushered i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581325792014-06-30T09:10:02.092-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-30T09:10:02.092-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58132579@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:10:02 MDT Dionne: The vital incoherent center http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58132196-82/percent-groups-center-conservative.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58132196-82/percent-groups-center-conservative.html.csp">Dionne: The vital incoherent center</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T14:29:26.689-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 02:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed. Here’s another: Groups broadly sympathetic to the Democratic Party significantly outnumber those sympathetic to the Republican Party. But in the smaller but influential universe of the ideologically committed, conserv...</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> 58132196@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:29:26 MDT Despite the grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58130033-68/voters-incumbents-percent-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58130033-68/voters-incumbents-percent-election.html.csp">Despite the grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CONNIE CASS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-29T16:22:02.506-06:00">Updated Jun 29, 2014 04:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year’s election, right? Nope. Mostly they’re not. People talk about throwing the bums out, but voters keep sending the same bunch back in. More than halfway through the party primaries, 293 House and Senate members have completed their quests for renomination. The score: Incumbents 291, chal...</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> 58130033@www.sltrib.com Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:22:02 MDT Rolly: Primary elections validate Count My Vote http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58118799-82/sltrib-vote-cozzens-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58118799-82/sltrib-vote-cozzens-republican.html.csp">Rolly: Primary elections validate Count My Vote</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="2014-06-27T15:47:01.67-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 03:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Recent primary election results in two legislative races and messy fights among leaders of the Republican Party make clear why Utah’s candidate nominating system needed to be changed. Small pockets of party activists have controlled the caucus/convention system that decides who will be on the ballot for years. Since the Utah Legislature this year passed a compromise bill to stop the Count My Vote petition drive for a ballot initiative that would have changed the system to a direct primary, those...</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> 58118799@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:47:01 MDT Letter: Join the GOP and forever change it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58109805-82/gop-republicans-vote-making.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58109805-82/gop-republicans-vote-making.html.csp">Letter: Join the GOP and forever change it</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T11:31:04.472-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 11:31AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Several of my coworkers and I registered as Republicans so we could vote in the recent mid-term Republican primary election. Initially, we had every intention of switching back to our true party affiliations afterward, but then it occurred to me that if all Utah voters were to register permanently as Republicans, we could beat the GOP at its own game. As registered Republicans, we could more easily infiltrate GOP backroom deal-making sessions and attend members-only caucuses to expose their int...</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> 58109805@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:31:04 MDT Hunt: Howard Baker, prince of the Senate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58123345-82/baker-leader-president-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58123345-82/baker-leader-president-senate.html.csp">Hunt: Howard Baker, prince of the Senate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Albert R. Hunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T11:03:14.972-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 11:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • Perhaps no politician in modern times has been as qualified to be president but never made it than Howard Henry Baker, who died Thursday at age 88. He was a political leader of uncommon talents in short supply today. A totally secure man whose folksy warmth was matched by a sharp intellect. The Tennessee Republican was the Senate majority leader in the early 1980s who enacted much of Ronald Reagan’s agenda, while helping correct some of the excesses. In 1986, after the Iran-Contra 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> 58123345@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:03:14 MDT Dionne: Thad Cochran’s winning strategy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58117621-82/cochran-state-republican-mississippi.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58117621-82/cochran-state-republican-mississippi.html.csp">Dionne: Thad Cochran’s winning strategy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T06:21:54.127-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 06:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” The words of Chris McDaniel, the tea party candidate vanquished in Mississippi’s runoff on Tuesday by Sen. Thad Cochran and the state’s GOP establishment, were not the most gracious. But they contained an important truth about why Cochran prevailed after finishing second in the first round of voting on June 3. In winning, Cochran overturned 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> 58117621@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:21:54 MDT