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Primary election » Daw-Layton rematch revisits Swallow case, warrantless subpoenas.

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The attorney general’s office argued the tool was needed when law enforcement didn’t have time to get a judge to sign a warrant. But a review by The Tribune found that, on average, 37 days passed between an alleged crime and the issuance of the administrative subpoena. Efforts were made last session to clamp down on the subpoenas and new Attorney General Sean Reyes said his office would no longer use them except in the most extreme circumstances.

"I think several of the bills [Daw] sponsored, I see as having trends of big-government solutions," Layton said. "We’ll collect information on citizens and that’s how we’ll solve the problem and, in the case of the warrantless subpoenas, to me it’s a different approach to problem solving."

At a glance

Other legislative primary contests on Tuesday

Senate District 2 - Salt Lake City

GOP: Jacquie Nielsen vs. George Chapman

Winner faces Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis

Senate District 28 - Southern Utah

GOP: Former Sen. Casey Anderson vs. Sen. Evan Vickers

Winner is unopposed

House District 7 - Weber County

GOP: Rep. Justin Fawson vs. Dan Deuel

Winner faces Democrat Camille Neider and Libertarian Roger Condie

House District 19 - Davis County

GOP: Raymond Ward vs. Chet Loftis

Winner faces Democrat Daniel Donahue and Independent American candidate Eli Cawley

House District 38 - Kearns

Dems: Elias McGraw vs. Chrystal Butterfield

Winner faces Republican Rep. Eric Hutchings

House District 72 - Cedar City

GOP: Rep. John Westwood vs. Blake Cozzens

Winner faces Libertarian candidate Barry Short

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Daw said before his bill, state investigators just went to federal authorities to get a warrantless subpoena, and that would have continued had he not sponsored the legislation.

"I think it was a step in the right direction," he said. "The nice thing about it is now we’ve gone to a court order, but we’d never got there at all had we not gone to the administrative subpoenas."

Cathy Young, a precinct chairwoman in the Orem district, is undecided on whom she’s going to support, but said some neighbors have told her that Daw’s focus on reliving the 2012 race is wearing thin.

"A lot of people in my neighborhood feel like he’s kind of playing the victim," Young said. "A neighbor said that, ‘Brad Daw came to my door and gave me this sad story about how he got attacked.’ And [the neighbor] goes, ‘I don’t want to hear about that. I want to hear about what he’s going to do.’"

Daw says, if he goes back to the Legislature, he will be a candidate voters can talk to. He plans to stay focused on reforming payday lending and wants to scrutinize the state’s involvement in the Common Core education curriculum.

Layton said her focus has been in beating back bad legislation, which she will continue to do. She said it’s also noteworthy that, if she wins, she would be one of the last women in the 75-member House. Only six other women currently serving are seeking re-election and five of them are Democrats.

"Nobody likes to talk about this, but I am a woman and he is a man and there are only four Republican women in the caucus and two aren’t coming back," she said. "The people I’ve talked to have no idea that women are so poorly represented in the Legislature."

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Southern Utah » A pair of other key primaries revolve around a voter initiative led by Count My Vote aimed at changing Utah’s system for nominating candidates.

Sen. Evan Vickers and Rep. John Westwood, both R-Cedar City, supported compromise legislation to keep the system of caucuses for nominating candidates in place, but making changes to who may participate in primaries and providing a method for candidates to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures from voters.

The changes were unpopular with the most die-hard Republicans, who bitterly fought any changes to the system. Now both Vickers and Westwood are facing tea party opponents — former Sen. Casey Anderson challenging Vickers and Iron County Republican chairman Blake Cozzens against Westwood — who are hammering them for supporting the compromise.

For Vickers and Anderson, it is a rematch of a 2012 race. Anderson had been chosen by Republican delegates to replace the late Sen. Dennis Stowell and served out the rest of Stowell’s term. But Vickers beat Anderson in the 2012 election.

Vickers has received financial support from Gov. Gary Herbert and several senators, who usually remain neutral in Republican primary fights.


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