"...the governor reportedly had threatened to veto legislation that didn't
put enough Democrats in the 2nd District to make it winnable for
Matheson."That sure sounds like Herbert is trying his best to
favor Matheson. What's all the fuss?
Philpot is a loose cannon. I was glad when he moved out-of-state, but now he's
back and even republicans will be sorry if he is elected again to any office.
Just look at his record in the state legislature.
Personally, I don't trust Philpot. I'm glad he lost to Matheson; we are much
better off. Now, if Philpot is accusing Herbert, then I suspect that his
accusations are politically motivated. Herbert isn't perfect but I would trust
him against Philpot any time.
Are we more concerned with what these maps will do to Gov. Herbert than we are
about what they will do to voters? Utah has the lowest voter turnout in the
country. There is no point, because these districts are drawn in such a way as
to ensure the party/incumbents in power stay in power and reward extremism.If you value your rights as a voter, please attend the rally at the
capitol Monday at 11:30 during the special session. Don't forget what we were
able to do to HB477.
Until an Independent Redistricting Commission is created, the public, and
especially elected officials, have not real grounds to complain about how
redistricting occurs because most any other approach is by its very nature about
political advantage whether its Democrats against Republicans or Republicans
against Republicans. Gov. Gary Herbert, if he really is attempting to influence
next year's candidate field, is doing what is available to him and what many
elected officials would have a personal and public interest in doing. If there
really is a influence problem, then there is another solution by changing the
system, not by complaining and using the same system.
The same thing could be said that Philpot is pushing for a realignment that
encourages Matheson to run for governor. That way he could have a much easier
time running for congress. Philpot is a self serving politician that desperately
wants to be in congress. I for one don't trust him.But then again,
when Utah chooses to be a one party state, this is what we get.
As much as we do not like gerrymandering -- creating arms instead of enclosing
the district in a compact area -- it is a worse thing to draw the lines with
political careers in mind. Politics should be the last consideration. We do not
elect people to serve themselves, to further their own interests, but we elect
them to serve us, the people. I hope when our legislators open the special
session this coming week, they will reject the notion of making any district
more Republican or Democratic, either just to make it so a particular candidate
has a better shot or to make it so that party, in general, can elect more of its
Memo to Morgan Philpot: nobody who has a say in redistricting seems concerned
about fairness or due process. But speaking of fairness, I'd love to see the
Philpot congressional map.
I must agree with Philpot on this one, I don't like Gary.