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Richard Davis: Legislators— Model the Constitution and trust the voters

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  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    The election of all representative should be by the citizens. This is just a ploy to keep the GOP in power in this district for yet another two years. The voters be darned.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Aug. 20, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    That makes perfect sense! Trust the voters.

  • Karl (not Marx) WVC, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Utefan60

    Actually, this article is just the opposite of what you are implying. Mr. Davis is seeking to have the election placed back in the hands of the people and not the party. I agree with his assertion and think you do also -- but just misunderstand.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    @Utefan60
    What I don't get is why the GOP is worried about losing that seat. It's Taylorsville, you're getting a republican, even if there is an election. I guess it's not a republican that's beholden to the party and has to toe line because they put him/her(hahaha, just kidding, it'll be a man) in power. And before I get yelled at, i'm well aware that the Democrats do the exact same thing in the few spots in the legislator they hold.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    The GOP doesn't believe in the rights of the people. Democracy is only a campaign slogan for them.

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Richard, expecting John Valentine to do the honorable thing and let the voters decide is quite a stretch. Valentine has always been and always will be a little arrogant in his dealings with the voters and those who do think the same way. Besides, God chose him, not the voters.

  • Davycrewcut Sandy, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    Let's remember that Republican legislators and the fringe don't believe in democracy. After all, they passed a bill a couple of years ago that requires schools to teach that we live in a compound constitutional republic. That same fringe wanted the Alpine School District to remove the word "democracy" from their mission statement. Merriam-Webster, though, defines democracy as "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections." Sound familiar? No, the Republican leadership does not believe in a government where the power is vested in the people and they elect people to represent them. Situations like this one make that perfectly clear.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    @VST
    Ha, ya. I always get him and Waddoups confused. But in Orem the Republican is going to win no matter who is on the ballot.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    Karl (not Marx, oh yes you are right. I agree with the article. It's just sad that even though there is no chance of any other party winning at least people would "feel" like they got a vote.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    I agree with Davis – let the dems spend money on an election they have no chance of winning. Of course, I remember liberals chastising me because I said harry reid won’t allow votes in the senate. They say the votes won’t matter and cost money. I guess it’s OK for the state to spend money on an election where the outcome is not in doubt, but it’s not OK for the senate to do so?

    Esquire, cavetroll, Davycrewcut,
    The GOP doesn’t believe in democracy? Well, we are in a republic, and not a democracy.

    But remember, it was Blago (DEMOCRAT) that SOLD BO’s US senate seat after BO was elected POTUS. Who really has room to talk about which party believes in trusting the voters and which sells out to the highest bidder?

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 3:44 a.m.

    OK. Why do self described enemies of big government leave the legislature to work for big government? I would cite the examples of Valentine, Lockhart and others.