VOTERS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/VOTERS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP’s immigration problem http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804164-68/bush-immigration-party-gop.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57804164-68/bush-immigration-party-gop.html.csp">Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP’s immigration problem</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL J. MISHAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T19:48:31.241-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 07:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Miami • With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party. An early GOP establishment favorite, Bush has long urged his fellow Republicans to show more compassion for those who enter the country illegally. But when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people hoping to provide for their fam...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578041642014-04-10T19:48:31.241-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-10T19:48:31.241-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57804164@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:48:31 MDT Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57777811-200/vote-election-security-kabul.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57777811-200/vote-election-security-kabul.html.csp">Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIM GAMEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T22:44:14.297-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. Amid tight security, men in traditional tunics and loose trousers, and women clad in the all-encompassing burqas arrived at polling centers more than an hour before they opened in Kabul and elsewhere. Independent Election Commission chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani mar...</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> 57777811@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:44:14 MDT Bouie: How Republicans rationalize voter suppression http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57764435-82/voter-voting-republicans-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57764435-82/voter-voting-republicans-republican.html.csp">Bouie: How Republicans rationalize voter suppression</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jamelle Bouie</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Slate</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T11:32:02.044-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 11:32AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON - Since 2011, Republican lawmakers in swing states have pushed hard for new restrictions on voting, from voter identification to new rules on early voting and ballot access. “Nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013,” notes The New York Times, and other states “are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or passport, after a federal judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas.” Voting rights adv...</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> 57764435@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:32:02 MDT Dems like Utah same-day voter registration, even if it helps GOP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57703240-90/access-election-gop-registered.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57703240-90/access-election-gop-registered.html.csp">Dems like Utah same-day voter registration, even if it helps GOP</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="2014-03-24T22:19:09.924-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Democratic National Party is excited about Utah’s new pilot project on same-day voter registration — even if it does help the opposition party sign up new voters in the GOP-dominated state. The Legislature passed a measure this session to allow counties and municipalities to have same-day registration in the next three years, a move that dovetails with Democratic efforts nationwide to increase access to the polls for Americans. Pratt Wiley, the Democrats’ national director of v...</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> 57703240@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:19:09 MDT Robinson: Wishy-washy won’t work for Democrats http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57697696-82/democrats-jolly-party-repeal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57697696-82/democrats-jolly-party-repeal.html.csp">Robinson: Wishy-washy won’t work for Democrats</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T10:34:01.856-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 10:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work. Republicans are obviously going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats will be better off if they push back hard — really hard — rather than seek some nonexistent middle ground. The contest between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District was almost like a l...</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> 57697696@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:34:01 MDT Editorial: Utah bill only partly hides voter info, and that’s OK http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57683623-82/information-voter-public-birth.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57683623-82/information-voter-public-birth.html.csp">Editorial: Utah bill only partly hides voter info, and that’s OK</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-16T16:21:02.052-06:00">Updated Mar 16, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah legislators in recent weeks made a good-faith effort to address concerns that public voter information leaves voters vulnerable to identity theft and harassment. Their solution only partially limits access to the information, and that is appropriate. Utah voter information ­­— names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliation and the elections the voters voted in — has long been public without causing much concern. Public access is necessary so that citizens could independently verify that...</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> 57683623@www.sltrib.com Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:21:02 MDT Op-ed: Moderate voters win session; Lockhart, lungs lose http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677767-82/utah-lockhart-session-voters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677767-82/utah-lockhart-session-voters.html.csp">Op-ed: Moderate voters win session; Lockhart, lungs lose</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Maryann Martindale</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:07.398-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. And the bigger the loss, too. We began this session hoping for big returns on air quality, education and ethics reform. What we got was somewhat lacking. In no particular order, here is our rundown of this year’s winners and losers. • Speaker Becky Lockhart was the session’s biggest gambler. Unfortunately for her, she lost her bet — making her the biggest loser. Lockhart opened the session with a bold attempt to distinguish herself from Gov. Gary Herbe...</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> 57677767@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:07 MDT Voters will decide if Utah Tax Commission should be partisan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57676229-90/commission-utah-democrats-partisan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57676229-90/commission-utah-democrats-partisan.html.csp">Voters will decide if Utah Tax Commission should be partisan</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="2014-03-15T22:42:54.488-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 10:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah voters will soon decide whether to erase a requirement in the Utah Constitution that at least some Democrats must be appointed to the Utah State Tax Commission. The House voted 66-5 to pass SJR7. It proposes a constitutional amendment that has passed the House and Senate by two-thirds majorities, and will go to voters this fall. Democrats in the House supported the amendment, while Democrats in the Senate fought it. Currently, the constitution requires that no more than two of the commiss...</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> 57676229@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:42:54 MDT Letter: Noel: Misinformed voters, legislators are scary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57647210-82/misinformed-noel-voter-mike.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57647210-82/misinformed-noel-voter-mike.html.csp">Letter: Noel: Misinformed voters, legislators are scary</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T22:19:01.63-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rep. Mike Noel was quoted in “Heard on the Hill” (Tribune, March 4): “To me, the scariest voter is the uninformed voter.” I agree but would add “the uninformed and misinformed voter.” Many of Utah’s voters, and their representatives, seem to get their information from ideologically based and special interest-funded media echo chambers that deny facts and science and endorse wishful and fantasy thinking. Joe Andrade Salt Lake City</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> 57647210@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:19:01 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 Letter: Noel scared of uninformed voters, but uninformed legislators worse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57638301-82/uninformed-scared-noel-voters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57638301-82/uninformed-scared-noel-voters.html.csp">Letter: Noel scared of uninformed voters, but uninformed legislators worse</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T01:01:03.559-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While Rep. Mike Noel is scared of uninformed voters (“Count My Vote deal gets roughed up, but advances,” Tribune, March 4), what scares me is the uninformed legislators elected by the uninformed voters. I’m scared most of the time! Andrea Globokar Salt Lake City</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> 57638301@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Lawmakers, advocates confirm Utah Count My Vote compromise http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57621718-90/vote-count-signatures-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57621718-90/vote-count-signatures-utah.html.csp">Lawmakers, advocates confirm Utah Count My Vote compromise</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-03T09:42:40.089-06:00">Updated Mar 3, 2014 09:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Lawmakers and Count My Vote leaders confirmed Sunday that they had reached a deal on the controversial ballot initiative. After a Saturday news conference was scrubbed at the last minute amid disagreement over details of the bill language, both sides announced Sunday that candidates for office will be allowed to gather signatures to get on a primary ballot, rather than go exclusively through the parties’ caucuses and conventions. “This is an elegant solution that significantly enhances participa...</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> 57621718@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:42:40 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 Op-ed: Broad group comes together to promote political debates in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57591754-82/utah-debates-commission-political.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57591754-82/utah-debates-commission-political.html.csp">Op-ed: Broad group comes together to promote political debates in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Bob Bennett, Scott Howell and Olene Walker</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T01:01:02.293-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Monday was a landmark day for Utah’s political system. Civic leaders, educators and journalists gathered together on the steps of the Capitol to announce the formation of the Utah Debate Commission. The newly formed Utah Debate Commission aims to capitalize on Utah’s appetite for greater civic participation in the electoral process. The goal of the commission is to educate voters about candidates through an ordered, non-partisan system of televised candidate debates. The premise is that a bette...</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> 57591754@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Educators, media form a nonpartisan Utah Debate Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57592011-90/candidates-chairman-commission-debate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57592011-90/candidates-chairman-commission-debate.html.csp">Educators, media form a nonpartisan Utah Debate Commission</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T22:03:29.364-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 10:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In a time of big money politics with public participation on the wane, educators, news media and some old guard politicians have come together in hopes of enlightening and engaging Utah voters. On Monday, they announced the creation of the Utah Debate Commission, a nonpartisan organization that will plan, stage and televise political debates for federal and statewide offices every election cycle. Organizers say the commission will provide an ordered process for debates and give equal opportunit...</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> 57592011@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:03:29 MDT Mortensen: Media Coalition puts citizens’ lives at risk http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57557639-82/media-list-personal-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57557639-82/media-list-personal-utah.html.csp">Mortensen: Media Coalition puts citizens’ lives at risk</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ronald Mortensen</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-18T16:49:01.391-06:00">Updated Feb 18, 2014 04:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah Media Coalition is responsible for placing the safety and security of 1.5 million Utah registered voters at risk by insisting that their personal identifying information, including full names, addresses, phone numbers and full birth dates, be available to anyone willing to pay $1,050 for a copy of the Utah voter list. The Media Coalition’s extremist, uncompromising position resulted in an individual buying and posting the entire Utah voter list to the Internet despite both written and v...</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> 57557639@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:49:01 MDT New poll finds growing support for public lands among Westerners http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57529681-90/public-lands-utah-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57529681-90/public-lands-utah-federal.html.csp">New poll finds growing support for public lands among Westerners</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-17T21:18:52.206-06:00">Updated Feb 17, 2014 09:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A new bipartisan survey of Western voters finds broad support for protecting public lands and maintaining them under federal control, but it also documents impatience with a regulatory framework that is seen as slowing oil and gas development. The Conservation in the West Poll, conducted annually by Colorado College, finds a majority are more likely to support candidates who endorse protections for some public lands; tax incentives for landowners who agree to keep their acreage as farms or in 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> 57529681@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:18:52 MDT Next up: Ads targeted for you and your TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57557337-68/specific-campaigns-data-households.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57557337-68/specific-campaigns-data-households.html.csp">Next up: Ads targeted for you and your TV</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PHILIP ELLIOTT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-17T09:20:26.951-06:00">Updated Feb 17, 2014 09:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class voters are gone. Now, the operatives are targeting specific individuals. And, in some places, they can reach those individuals directly through their televisions. Welcome to Addressable TV, an emerging technology that allows advertisers — Senate hopefuls and insurance companies alike — to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes. Advertisers have lon...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575573372014-02-17T09:20:26.951-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-17T09:20:26.951-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57557337@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:20:26 MDT