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Rolly: Salt Lake County Democrats making up the rules as they go
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Will Rogers' famously quipped in the 1930s that "I belong to no organized party. I'm a Democrat." His sentiment remains applicable today.

The two Democratic candidates for Salt Lake County mayor will be heading into their nominating convention Saturday with no clear idea what the nominating rules will be.

It makes it kind of hard to strategize, don't you think?

Currently, if there are two candidates for a position and neither gets 60 percent of the delegate vote on the first ballot, they go to a primary election.

But the party's Rules Committee has introduced a proposed amendment to the party's constitution that says if one of the two candidates comes close to the 60 percent, there will be a second ballot to see if that candidate can get over the hump after the first Mulligan, therefore avoiding a primary.

The amendment proposal will be decided by the county Central Committee on Saturday morning, just before the convention, so mayoral candidates Ben McAdams and Ross Romero will not know the rules until the game has already begun.

A states rights issue • You may have heard about the Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when officials discovered he owned 100 guns and an estimated one million rounds of ammunition, not to mention the secret escape tunnel from his house.

The "You Got to Be Kidding" blog said that, by California standards, someone even owning 100,000 rounds would be considered mentally unstable.

The blog then surmised what the reaction would be in some other states, including Utah.

In Arizona, he'd be called an avid gun collector.

In Arkansas, he'd be called a novice gun collector.

In Utah, he'd be called moderately well-prepared, but they would probably reserve judgment until they made sure he had a corresponding quantity of stored food.

In Montana, he'd be called the neighborhood go-to guy.

In Idaho, he'd be called a likely gubernatorial candidate.

In Texas, he'd be called a huntin' buddy.

Perfect fit? • The Deseret News, which laid off nearly half its staff about 18 months ago, is now advertising for a religion writer and education writer.

Both ads note the paper "seeks an enterprise reporter interested in joining a dynamic media company whose mission is to be a trusted voice of light and knowledge for a growing national audience focused on faith and family issues."

Hey, I hear Richard Burwash is looking for a job.

This guy gets around • Ben McAdams recently sent to delegates a campaign flier listing an impressive array of endorsements — including Richard Burwash.

"I have broad support from not only Republicans and Democrats, but also factual and fictional people," the Democratic mayoral candidate told me.

Speaking of broad support • Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist, who is challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch for the Republican nomination, announced this week the endorsements of more than a dozen Utah state senators, including Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe.

Funny. Hatch recently ran an ad in several rural Utah newspapers that lists those endorsing him — including Ralph Okerlund.

Another perfect fit? • Now that Rick Santorum has suspended his Republican presidential bid and is currently out of a job, perhaps he could apply to be a U.S. history professor at one of the University of California campuses. Or, he could be a health care consultant for Holland.

prolly@sltrib.com

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