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Published: Monday, Oct. 1 2012 10:12 p.m. MDT

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Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

The legislature didn't redistrict Rep. Matheson out of the 2nd district. He lives in the current 2nd and new 2nd district. The new 2nd district and 4th district are reportedly both as republican as his current district. He chose to run in the 4th district because he resides in Utah and the US constitution doesn't say he has to run in his own district. Unless he moves, he won't be able to vote for himself this fall.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Mia is a rising star, when you stand firm on conservative principles you win every time. First Mormon president and first black woman in congress all in the same year. How cool is that?

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

I personally believe that Mr Matheson is falling behind because of the "mud throwing" he and his party have tossed at Ms Love. I was disgusted when I saw all the negative ads directed at Ms Love. My take is that Mr Matheson is not running a "how I can help you" campaign, he is running a "smash the competition" campaign. Doesn't set well with me. Wish he would stop.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Did you watch the debates? Matheson doesn't really advocate cutting ANYTHING. Every program helps someone, and someone depends on it. Gee, I wonder why we're so many trillions in the red. Matheson needs to find another opportunity to be a career politician, or better yet find another vocation altogether.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Matheson does NOT represent Utah. It's time for his duplicitousness to end. Go Mia!

JMT
Springville, UT

Utah is a Republican state with roughly 60%+ voting that way on the whole. The only way they could create a Democratic seat for Matheson is to Gerrymander all the Democrats into one seat. How ironic.

Sadly, Dan Jones just showed MASSIVE bias with this one statement. Todays media and pollsters seem to share this blatant Democratic bias. I'm disappointed Mr Jones would be so blatant.

But its good to know.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Mr. Matheson: I'm so tired of the mud you and your party are slinging at Mia Love. Every time I see one of your commercials I think of Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives. She needs you if she wants to regain her power.

Mia Love is a breath of fresh air in the dirty game of politics.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

What I don't understand is why the DN just doesn't come right out and endorse candidates. Here where I work we make software that does content categorization and sentiment analysis. Running these tools against the DN, the bias is very clear. Why doesn't the DN just come straight out and say what science and math shows. This pretense of being unbiased and not aligned with a particularly party is hollow at best.

That said, there is nothing wrong with having a point of view. What is simply annoying is pretending that you don't have that bias.

None of this is surprising considering the environment the DN operates. Utah has no political dialog. So these results aren't surprising, nor unexpected. Anyone with an R next to their name would beat anyone with a D next to their name - no disrespect to Ms. Love.

Leesha
Kearns, UT

@UtahBlueDevil:
What about The Dan Jones bias in this article? You should run your software analysis for his comments. And he is supposed to be an unbiased pollster.

ECR
Burke, VA

t702 said "....first black woman in Congress all in the same year."

Correction - First black Republican woman in Congress, or first woman from Utah in Congress, or first black person from Utah in Congress. But not first black woman in Congress.

The Democrats elected the first black woman in Congress in 1968. That would be 44 years ago, which should say something...shouldn't it? I'm glad the Republicans are finally catching up with the times.

ECR
Burke, VA

Let me correct myself before someone else does. Utah had two women in Congress previously in the 90's - Karen Shepherd and Enid Green. My mistake. I've been away too long.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Leesha - haven't done that.... and likely wouldn't be able to get the resources to run something on just a singular person of frankly low importance.

His comments aside, it isn't in dispute whether or not district 4 was carved out of Salt Lake County, and mixed with Utah County to create a new district that is statistically Republican. Salt Lake County was coming very close to becoming split between Democrats and Republicans. 48 percent of Salt Lake Valley voted for Obama last election. The question of if there was a political bias included in the calculations in the creation of district 4 is not really in doubt. What Jones said isn't really anything that either side would deny. Gerrymandering districts is a practice utilized by both sides, neither has clean hands with this regard.

Denying that it happens or is part of the political process on the other hand really shows some naiveness. In the Northeast and California, the practice swings the other way. Utah is not unique here.

golfrUte
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Matheson and I grew up together and I have supported him in all of his campaigns except 2010 and this one. I'm an independent moderate and try to cast my vote for the individual I believe will do the best job for Utah. I'm still doing my research on Ms Love, but I plan to vote for her as I cannot support anyone who supports Obama, Reid, Pelosi, etc. The Democratic party has moved so far to the left in the last 4-6 years and anyone/anything that supports such an extreme agenda does not have my support. The Republicans certainly have to share in the blame of the current mess, but imagine Obama without the concern of re-election pushing his Socialistic agenda. Our best hope is the Republicans gain control of the Senate and retain the House to keep Obama somewhat in check.

Jim's very bright and I'm sure he'll do just fine in the private sector, but his congressional career is in serious jeopardy thanks to his national Democratic Party.

williary
Kearns, UT

As a Democrat, I think Love might as well win this election. Mattheson is a closet Democrat, or closet Republican, whichever way you want to call it. To try and save his seat, he'll vote for Democratic bills in committee, only to be "let of the hook" by Pelosi if his vote isn't needed in the end.

Since the current Democrat in this seat doesn't vote with the Democrats when he can avoid it, just put in a real Republican.

And did someone actually suggest that a media/polling organization located in Utah is biased for the Liberals? That conservative bubble just keeps getting smaller and smaller, by their own doing. At some point, when it's a handful claiming everyone else is against them, it has become a you problem folks.

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

@UtahBlueDevil,

The real pretense is pretending that there is no bias.

Your viewpoint and bias is loud and clear as evidenced by your many posts.

I am sure that my bias is also as transparent.

I can accept criticism of the DNew's bias when you can show me a media outlet that has no bias.

My radio consumption (2 hours a day) is NPR. They try hard to hide their bias and they fail miserably. That's alright with me as I recognize it and enjoy the programming anyway.

I am happy that Mia Love is doing well and I will be voting for her next month (I know...I am biased)

Congressman Matheson is a good man and a good representative. I voted for him in the past. However, he supports the Democratic leadership that is, in my opinion, choosing the wrong path for our country.

This is, again in my opinion, a fatal flaw.

I support Mia Love.

Bill McGee
Alpine, UT

Go ahead and vote for Mia Love. But don't start complaining when your kids can't get a Pell Grant or student loan, because Mia wants to cut those (even though she used them herself.) Don't just sit there when you start reading stories about how the poor children in Utah (we are 4th in the nation!) can't afford school lunches and Utah children are going to bed hungry, because Mia wants to cut programs that help our most vulnerable citizens. Don't complain when you can't afford to put your Mom in a decent nursing home because Mia wants to cut the programs that make that possible for most American families. Everyone wants to cut programs in principle, but not when the reality means your college-aged kids suddenly have no health insurance, or you lose your Social Security because the stock market crashes. Be careful what you wish for, because when it takes too long for an underfunded police or fire department to respond to your emergency, and you start seeing disabled veterans sitting on street corners begging for money because Mia cut their benefits, this will be your fault.

Red Smith
American Fork, UT

Jim Matheson = Nancy Pelosi What more needs to be said.

Jim Matheson votes the Obama line which is not representative of Utah.

It's time for a change.

We need a new fresh lovely female voice for Utah's 4th District.

Please Vote For MIA LOVE! - The First Black, Female Republican Congresswoman

Whatever
Springville, UT

Yeah, Mia Love is great. Says she's against raising taxes and then votes to raise them 3 separate times. Claims the same old tea party line of being fiscally responsible and then gives herself a 25 percent pay raise. Takes student loans but believes no one else should. She simply repeats all the same tired tea party mantras and then uses Obama and Pelosi's names as boogeymen in her ads and gets all the faux news/am radio automatons in a tizzy and that's all it takes.
Yeah, shes great. People on these boards are filled with such glowing praise for her, and it's only painfully obvious from her performance in the debates that she's not smart enough or qualified enough to represent this district. She's Utah's Sarah Palin, nothing more.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

Mia Love was flat out embarrassing in the debates. When Matheson brought up the fact that she wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy and pointed out how a big majority of the budget is for storing and managing Nuclear material, she just got upset and said, "You are being condescending."

Uh, no he's not. How do you propose to keep the nuclear materiel guarded--or do you think we shouldn't guard it? As an afterthought, Mia said the DoD could take over that function--the one that is facing huge cutbacks in funding and personnel. Gee whiz Mia, outside of latching on to Rick Perry's idea for the sake of a talking point, what were you thinking?

Ignorance like that is frightening. Congratulations Utah, you will get you're all GOP seats--heavy on rhetoric, light on intelligence. To have the capital city divided into fourths to get all GOP in Utah is a disgrace. Shame on you GOP!

I guess we will have to have volunteers to guard the Nukes if Mia has here way! YEAH! Don't drop the warhead butterfingers...LOL.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Mia Love can speak in complete sentences.

To Utah conservatives, that makes her an intellectual.

But when you listen to what she's saying, it's cotton candy for the brain. When she's pressed about plans to improve health care financing or deficit reduction or addressing crumbling infrastructure she delivers stock right wing word salad and bumper sticker slogans. She's Sarah Palin all over again.

First Mike Lee, now Mia Love. Good grief. Utah politics have become downright surreal.

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