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Published: Monday, March 26 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The cacus system is specifically designed to concentrate power in the hands of political extremists. Like anyone who is mad for power, the are unwilling to give it up.

The caucuses of both major parties were dominated by extremists. The views of the vast majority of citizens were simply not represented. Anyone with a moderate viewpoint was either discouraged from attending or was shouted down.

The bottom line is this: political extremism is destroying this Country. The caucus system is a part of this destruction, and thus, must be eliminated.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

"political extremism is destroying this Country"..ahhh, yea, correct JCS. You do realize that the views and actions of Barrack Obama represent the views of the Republican party in the 50's, 60's, and 70's?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I fear the extremist views of the minority. Which is why I really want to get rid of this worthless caucus system. It promotes the minority's agenda and excludes most Utahns.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The cacus system is NOT what's causing political extremism in our country, extremism is there regardless of the cacus system.

The evident lack of understanding of what the cacus system is just amazes me.
- The cacus does NOT replace a party primary.
- The cacus only picks delegates to represent your district at the convention. No candidates are nominated or selected at the cacus. That happens at the convention.
- There will still be a Party-Primary IF one is needed after the convention. A primary campaign is avoided only if the nominee is unopposed or the vote at the convention is not close. If the delegate vote at convention is close.... there WILL be a party-primary AFTER the Convention where everybody gets a vote to pick the party-nominee for the general election (not just the convention delegates).

The cacus is mainly a platform for common people like me to get involved, learn more about the candidates and the issues, and give everyone in my neighborhood an opportunity to help pick the people who will represent our neighborhood at the convention.

What's so "Radical" about that?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

It would appear that a candidate's fate is determined on caucus night and not at convention.
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Only in a 1 party [must vote for the letter “R”] Totalitarian system like we have here in Utah.
Anywhere else, the General Election determines the winner.

Ajax
Mapleton, UT

Senator Bennett and others are to be congratulated for the time and effort they have spent in explaining the disfunction of "ideological purity", which in the end is highly divisive in its marginalization and disdain of others. However, there will always be some who for whatever reason just do not get it. Fortunately they are a minority who while not to be denied a place at the table do not own it. For the tail to have wagged the dog for so long in Utah life and politics is unfortunate.

VST
Bountiful, UT

To those individuals who keep ranting about getting rid of the caucus system. This is what YOU will need to do:

Instigate action through the State Legislature to have the law [Utah Code 20A-8-401 (2) (c)] changed. This law grants directly to each respective political party the legal right to define the method (rules) by which their nominees are chosen to be placed on the General Election Ballot for consideration by ALL voters. If you think this law is unconstitutional, then file a claim in the state or federal courts making your case to have the law overturned.

You will not change the current caucus system by griping about it from the sidelines; you need to take action. But good luck with that one if you choose to do so.

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