Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 1:17 p.m. MDT
The two party system is already dead in Utah.
"Ultimately, that dependence will result in the Legislature becoming much
more liberal."Works for me.
Thank you, Senator Reid.
Oh, my word. Also, expect polar bears to migrate south and eat all our children.
Sorry, chicken little, but the sky is not falling.
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.
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.
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.
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
Wow! Just Wow! After reading this article, I am THRILLED that SB54
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.
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
And thus ends our last defense against the ignorant, lazy, incompetent masses of
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.
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
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.
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
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
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