GOP delegates reject changes to nominating system; petition drive coming next?

Published: Saturday, May 18 2013 7:10 p.m. MDT

Embattled Attorney General John Swallow, who is under investigation by federal, state and local authorities, circulated among the delegates but was not among the convention speakers.

Delegates dealt with resolutions on controversial issues beyond the caucus and convention system, too.

They backed a call for the state to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards “and any other alliance that promotes and tests for un-American and inferior curricula, standards and assessments” in public schools.

And they supported telling Gov. Gary Herbert and state lawmakers to reject the proposed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

On immigration, the delegates voted against a resolution supporting the Utah Compact, a declaration of principles endorsed by business, community and faith leaders.

But the delegates did back a resolution stating Republicans are inclusive and that “there is a place for Hispanics and all other immigrants within our party.”

Utah Democrats, who have a similar caucus and convention system for selecting nominees, will take up the issue of whether it should be scraped at the state convention in June.

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