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Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 11:30 p.m. MST

Updated: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 11:30 p.m. MST

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Another home run by Florez! He's the one writer on the Dnews that isn't afraid to speak the truth! Thank you for your honesty and courage. Mr Florez is a great American.

Providence, UT

Florez has spotted a problem that exists in legislatures everywhere, including at the federal level. Our fine Republic is ever jeopardized. Don't be deluded into thinking otherwise.

Jesus said that when the blind lead the blind, they both end up in a ditch (Matthew and Thomas). Voters who are uninformed or, as bad, misinformed, are one part of the problem. Another part is those who don't vote. Whatever their reasons, they're unhelpful. Still another part is the legislators themselves, too many of whom have been given voice before wisdom.

salt lake city, UT

Excellent article and kudos to the DN for publishing it!

Kearns, UT

The Utah Legislature has stopped caring about protecting the rights of the people a long time ago. They are simply about preserving their own self interests. We need to let them suffer the consequences of their actions and get rid to them all--well, most of them.

Saint George, UT

I agree with mr. Florez on this, accept in everything else I read from him, he wants to replace what we have with what he wants, which is worse, giving the federal government Carte Blanch power, including our current dictatorial version of a leader, to "fix" things, regardless of whether it is Constitutional or not. I am certain he would have our current president break any law if it accomplished his aims. The best government is one that governs least, something that is lost on both the Republican and Democratic leaders. Both of these parties are destroying what is good about America! Any leader proposing anything but a return to constitutionally limited government is only in it to serve their own vanity and pride!

The Reader
Layton, UT

Well written. The fact that thee legislature are trying to stop 'Count My Vote' shows their utter disregard for the voters of the state of Utah. their actions should say to every citizen off Utah - Sign and vote for the 'Count My Vote' initiative. The legislature is afraid we the people might be catching on to their desire to use their power to keep the citizens of Utah in their power and dominion. We the people need to upset their little power base!!

Hayden, ID

It is always better for congress to do nothing than to always do the wrong things, like Obamacare for example!

CPA Howard
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Great comments on what is wrong, but nothing to say on how to fix the problem. if Utah thinks they have it bad, look at California.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Another excellent -- and truthful -- essay from Mr. Florez. Thank you.

Salt Lake City, Utah


I agree and I would like to see the Utah legislature meet every other year to minimize the damage that they do.

Salt Lake City, UT

If you find any merit in Mr. Florez's excellent article, yet you vote to reelect any legislator in favor of moving the state prison, then you are yourself endorsing the legislature's myopic greed and cynical disdain for Utah taxpayers and voting to write a billion dollar check, signed by you, to contractors and land developers.

Kim Burningham
Bountiful, UT

Absolutely right on. As a keen observer of the legislative process in Utah for nearly half a century, and as one who served in the House of Representatives for 15 years, I have to endorse Florez's courageous statement. I only hasten to add that it is not true of every single legislator thank heavens, but if one lumps the entire group into a whole it appears so frequently to be true. I, for one, encourage those legislators of independent mind and courageous spirit, to continue to assert themselves.

Brer Rabbit
Spanish Fork, UT

I pretty much agree with John, but I would say exactly the same thing about the Congress and the President now occupying the White House. However, it is much easier for us in Utah to get rid of someone in the Utah Legislature and even our share of Congress, but Utah has zero effect on the election of a president.

Centerville, UT

Huh? Utah's legislators pass laws consistent with the values of the majority of Utah voters. I and most of my neighbors are very content with Utah's legislators. For example, Utah is one of the only states that unequivocally allows teachers to be armed if they have concealed weapon permits. This has been true since 2001 and we've had no injuries to students or teachers. In fact, every state employee is allowed to be armed with a CCW. This is VERY progressive and protective of individual rights. Our state operates in the black, not the red, consistently. We have neighborhoods like mine which are virtually crime free. Many of our communities are consistently voted the best places to live in the U.S. My state senator and state representative couldn't be more in line with my politics. I love our Legislature and apparently so do most of the people that vote them in year after year, many winning by political landslides of over 60%. Apparently Mr. Florez and those who applaud him are in the minority; that's the way our political system was intended to operate.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Deseret News, KSL, and other Utah media sources --
sight - the Citizens of Utah top legislative concerns:

Air Quality,
Intergenerational poverty,
Medicaid Expansion,
Immigration Reform.

Utah State Legislature's addressed issues:

Moving the Prison [for land developers],
Increasing the Speed Limit [see citizens top concern],
Changing the State Tree,
and trying to kill "Count My Vote".

a GOP House,
a GOP Senate,
and a GOP Govenor.
ZERO road blocks.

And this is the best we expect?!

John Florez should get an A+ for this article.

Mapleton, UT

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Utah Spring and free ourselves of the forbidding extremist ideology in our politics of the dominant Utah Republican Brotherhood?

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