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Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

The two party system is already dead in Utah.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

"Ultimately, that dependence will result in the Legislature becoming much more liberal."

Works for me.

Mamma C

Thank you, Senator Reid.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Oh, my word. Also, expect polar bears to migrate south and eat all our children. Sorry, chicken little, but the sky is not falling.

murray, UT

Senator Reid doesn't want to loose the voters that just hit the R in the ballot booth. The Republican Party is already warring with each other and he can't blame SB54 for that fact. One good thing that could happen is the voting public will have to pay better attention to who the candidate is. And if they do we may end up with legislators who represent the people of Utah and not the party. I plan to stay an unaffiliated voter because I have always voted for the person and not the party, more people should try it and get out and VOTE.


I hope you're wrong, but I fear you're right. In my estimation, the CMV messaging hides the true agenda and is filled with inaccuracies.

The SB54 compromise creates a means of exploitation and a lever to secure power without the vetting process that the caucus system provides.


Welcome to the future.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

If it really does mean the end of domination by right-wing ideologues like this writer, I'm all for it. Couldn't be happier. Thank you, SB54.

let's roll

Mr. Reid doesn't even make an attempt at explaining how SB54 will cause any of the results he lays out in detail.

I guess he can't be accused of using faulty logic, since he doesn't use any logic at all. Not trying to take a dig at him, just pointing out what should be obvious to anyone.

Ogden, UT

I have the misfortune to live in the district Reid purportedly represents. My husband and I, and a lot of our neighbors, do not appreciate his far-right extremist viewpoints. We will be doing our best to get him out of office. It won't be in the next election -- he has the district and its caucus system basically hog-tied -- but hopefully (and soon) we will be able to find a TRUE conservative (aka mainstream) Republican to replace him. He is a disaster who, unfortunately, has found a place to happen. Thanks to SB54 for finally loosening his hold on the district and giving us a way to get a GOOD representative in his place.


Wow, I have never read a more ranting and raving article from a member of our State Legislature than this one from Sen Reid! I am even more convinced that SB54 was the right thing to do. Give the vote back to the people? Sen Reid's points of view also should have all of us wishing we had term-limits so we can limit this kind of holier-than-thou attitude from our politicians. Maybe a little bit of ranting and raving is okay once in a while, but this went overboard and shows a politician that is bent on maintaining his self-serving points of view and ability to stay in power. Truly this State has enough good people that can also serve in the legislature and broaden our perspective of good government.

Bountiful, UT

Wow! Just Wow!

After reading this article, I am THRILLED that SB54 passed!

South Jordan, UT

Wow! Just, wow! I'm sorry, Senator Reid, but I only made it about half-way through your article. By that point I was laughing so hard I couldn't stay on my chair.

Thank you for showing us exactly WHY we need a second road to the primary. Not, of course, for what you said, but for what you meant.

Salt Lake City, UT

I think Stuart Reid has been drinking. He hit the alarmist talking points, mentioning abortion, religion, drinking and gays. I am surprised he didn't find a way to work "moral majority" and "liberal Media" in there.

Sugar City, ID

And thus ends our last defense against the ignorant, lazy, incompetent masses of mediocre citizenry.

Saratoga, UT

Looking at politics from a Utah County perspective; this is an attempt to end the Republican party and values we have held for many years. Those involved in the push (the liberal leaning Republicans by name only which you reference as "moderate") to make a sweeping change as they don't like being booed, or even voted out. Yet they know that, as you point out, that a candidate with a "D" is not readily electable out side of Salt Lake.

Their solution was to coerce the legislative changes to a private political party. Does the state serve the people? I would much rather seen the Republican Party stand up and say no - this is our private party and we will select our candidates how we choose.

Trey J
Sandy, UT

I have never heard of this Senator before and know nothing about him. My first impression of him after reading this article is that he was elected by the caucus system, expects to have a harder time keeping his seat under the new system, and seems a little bitter about the whole thing. In my view, he isn't doing himself any favors by writing this article. His strategy must be to make an appeal to the far right in hope that it somehow keeps him in office.

The Reader
Layton, UT

I expect Senator Reid is wrong. I believe the caucus system will die. I believe the two parties will thrive with the Republican party becoming more liberal and the Democratic party becoming stronger. The democrats will be the more liberal of the two and the republican party being a more liberal, more normal republican party. The ultra-radical republicans will try to hang on, but the majority of Utahans will leave the ultra-republicans behind. Senator Lee will find that his base is gone. There will be few tears at his leaving.

Saratoga, UT

So how about a Utah History Lesson, back in the early 90's a reporter found the UEA playbook to take over the caucus system and load it with supporters. The story resulted in Utahans getting involved and protecting their votes.

That system lead to the election of people like Norm Bangater, Robert Bennett, Orin Hatch, Michael Leavitt and even Jon Huntsman. I would hardly consider any of them ultra-conservative, and could make arguments (based on their records) that many are more liberal than conservative.

I also recall people having a real interest and having hundreds on Caucus night in a single precinct. With that involvement, the liberals, the unions, the environmentalists are left with a choice - to either go back to being a Democrat in Utah or to use a coercive threat of the CMV to undermine those that are involved.

SB54 does only one thing: makes it easy for uninformed voters to elect political opportunists within the only viable party. And that was because the Democratic Party became so disconnected with most everyone in Utah, Salt Lake City excepted.

Quit whining and show up if you really care!

murray, UT

Sorry JJ in Saratoga, but an election is not your private party. Whether you want to believe it or not there are many valid opinions besides politics in Utah County.

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