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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 3:54 p.m. MST

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dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

Hope he does veto. The Legislature is always playing shenanigans to destroy the citizens right to iniative petition.

ODannyBoy
Sandy, Utah

Thank you Governor! Let's allow the Count the Vote Petition to play out without the Legislature blocking the effort before it starts.

jean22
Bountiful, UT

Thank you, Governor Herbert, for supporting the Citizens' Initiative Process!

The legislators seem a little too eager to short-circuit the initiative process. Let the people vote rather than cutting them out of the loop.

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

It seems like the Republican Party in Utah is determined to drive out anyone that isn't to right of Gengis Khan.

As a registered Republican, I want to see a primary system so that the far right folks are not so easily elected. Time to vote most of these people out of office.

Dr. G
Bountiful, UT

We have a liberal democrat in our town collecting signatures for Count My Vote. She tells everyone that their vote should count. What she doesn't tell unsuspecting conservatives is that changing the caucus system will poison our elections with out of state lobbyists and big money.

No longer will a stay at home mom with some good ideas, an education, and talent be able to afford running for state office via the caucus system. Only the politically connected, with huge out of state money backers will be able to afford a made for television election.

And I have to ask myself why is this liberal democrat in our town so energized about changing the way republicans select their candidates? Its simple. A liberal democrat candidate will likely fail. But a liberal republican, her positions hidden behind millions in out of state money, can win.

Liberal democrats are foaming at the mouth to get this on the ballot. Its the only chance for a liberal progressive agenda in Utah. Count My Vote will do the same thing to Utah elections that the Trojan horse did to Troy. It will destroy conservatism from the inside.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

A good move by Herbert.

The good ol' boys club think they are above the simple citizens that don't know what is good for them.

#1 Champ
Salt Lake City, UT

HUGE brownie points to Gov. Herbert. Power to the people folks, power to the people.

itsjustme
Vernal, UT

It would appear to me that Mr. Bramble wants to have an almost guarantee that incumbents will always get reelected.

The way our caucus system works, you need to convince a small number of people that you are worthy to continue to serve. That small number stays informed as to what you are doing. It is very difficult to put something over on those people.

All you need to do is look at former Senator Bennett. He went to the left of what people thought he needed to do to adequately represent the people of Utah. The caucus delegates chose Mike Lee to be on the ballot. Senator Hatch almost met the same fate, but he was able to convince enough people that he deserved to be on the ballot as the representative of the Republican party.

Keep it the way it is to insure that we continue to have good candidates chosen to represent the people of the State of Utah.

Maudine
SLC, UT

Does anyone else see the sad irony off the same people that clamer on about letting the voice of the people stand when it comes to amendment 3 trying to silence the peoples voice before they have a chance to speak on this issue?

JLH
PROVO, UT

Thank you Governor Herbert! The only way we can have elections that reflect the will of the majority is to have primary elections. The caucus system is outdated and is supported by vested interests that have no desire to reflect the will of the majority in their legislation. Why should anyone be elected by a small minority of the population (i.e. a few delegates) It is time to change!

David
Centerville, UT

Dr. G,

I disagree that going to a direct primary will eliminate "common" citizens from running for office any more than the current financial requirements winnow candidates down. It is expensive to run a campaign. Candidates must either fund their own, or seek financial help from friends, neighbors, and businesses. Outside groups also play into campaigns.

How does a direct primary change what is currently happening?

A direct primary would simply open up the voting process to all voters, rather than to the relatively few who bother to go to their caucus meetings.

The elites and party executives criticize those who don't go to caucus meetings and demean them, charging that they are ignorant and ill-informed to vote anyway.

I disagree.

Make the vote as easy as possible for as many as possible.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Is the Governor willing to spend the money for "run off" elections? In a primary with more than two candidates, there is a very real possibility that no one would have a majority of the votes cast. It seems only fair that the person representing the Republican Party should be required to have a majority of the votes cast. In a hotly contested race with a bunch of equally liked candidates and one "weirdo", the "weirdo" could easily receive the most votes cast for any of the candidates simply because the other candidates did not have "fringe" support. Would that "weirdo" represent the mind and will of the voters if he received 17% of the votes and no other candidate received more than 15%? A "run off" election (or several run off elections) would ensure that the candidate appearing on the ballot in the general election had the support from a majority of Republicans.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

The winner of a direct primary would be the candidate with the most money behind him, and the most support from the elites in the party, (who by the way, directs big campaign donors to the candidate of THEIR choice).

Results of a direct primary are determined solely and almost completely on television ads (that say absolutely nothing of substance) oh, I forgot all the banners and signs that they stick on everything that doesn't move and some things that do.

In a caucus primary even I (a nobody)COULD mount a campaign. I only need a few hundred bucks and have good communication skills and a marketable platform. I am allowed to try to convince people to vote for me, not based on the amount of money that I have, but the skills I possess.

Whats' wrong with that? The incumbent, whoever they are, have the same capability that I do. However his "incumbency" CAN (and sometimes is)a deterent to him being re-nominated based on how well he represented his constituency.

Sometimes incumbents don't like those rules. Thats' because they feel "entitled" to the nomination.
Thats' really what this argument is all about.

Dr. Coach
Bountiful, UT

Somehow we've forgotten that there are thousands of citizens in this wonderful state who would all do an admirable job representing us in the state and national legislatures. Maybe we haven't forgotten, as much as we've been programmed to believe that only the big money candidates can do the job and that the little guy somehow lacks the polish, refinement, education, or clout to be successful.

My how far we've fallen since our founding!

Count My Vote is another step in the wrong (big money, keep the little guy out, get the candidate who can be influenced by large donors) direction. Count My Vote is a hail marry by liberal democrats to get their liberal "republican" candidates elected in the republican nomination process and leave Utah voters with two liberal choices.

Count My Vote is a terrible idea.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

If you felt that tremor it was another fracture in the Utah Republican Party. This is another great moment for a Utah Republican who is not on the extreme far right. It looks like Governor Herbert is going to align himself with the moderate republicans and allow Becky Lockhart to align with the far right. Go Governor Herbert!

open minded
Lehi, UT

Primary elections would fix Utah in so many ways- by putting power in the hands of the people. Those in power due to the Caucus system want to make sure it stays around- no matter what the people want- big shock. After all, many of our legislators in Utah don't believe they are representatives, but our leaders who know better than we do- I've personally heard several of them say this exact thing. They believe a Republic means they are elected leaders and don't have to do the will of the people.

chase SL
Salt Lake City, UT

There are plenty of examples where candidates with less money emerge victorious in primaries (e.x. Chris Cannon vs. Jason Chaffetz). However, it's just a fact of life that no matter what system we have moving forward, money WILL ALWAYS follow the candidate who has the likest chance to win. This isn't about money = opportunity. This is about broadening the voice of the people and having their CONCERNS addressed in the election process.

I don't want to list all the delegates' bizarre 'most important issues', BUT I can't help myself, so I will only mention this one fact. The #7 most important issue for delegates last year was, 'ascending from the Union', o yeah, #11 'education'. Priorities are out of line... It would be comical if it weren't so sad.

Our legislators are trying to save their bacon. Power to the people folks, power to the people.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

To those who think that money is not a factor in the caucus system: go to a state nominating convention. Large amounts of $$ are spent there by the candidates. Same with a county nominating convention.

I support the concept of a primary system where each person can vote for the candidate of his choice. The caucus system diminishes political participation. It is great for delegates who then get to vote, but is nothing, no political activity until November, for the rest of us.

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

"Liberal democrats are foaming at the mouth to get this on the ballot."

For the most part, no. I'm a not-so-liberal democrat (a member of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party Central Committee, actually), and I can tell you first-hand that, for the most part, the democratic party executive officers don't want the CMV initiative to succeed any more than the republican party officers do. The activist liberal fringe likes the ability to control the candidate selection process afforded by the caucus/convention system just about as much as the tea party/Eagle Forum crowd does.

Personally, I favor broad enfranchisement.

chase SL
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. sherlock holmes,

I think you're barking up the wrong tree. What you should be advocating for is campaign finance reform. This is my problem with those who say this to being a MONEY issue. This is about balanced representation of those we select to our affiliated parties nomination. We need the people's voice to be heard in the selection process. I've been to too many caucus meetings to ignore the fact that only 25% of GOP delegates are women. Things like this drive me crazy about our current system.

This is not about money. Its about fair representation. Power to the people folks, power to the people.

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