New poll says most Utahns want all voters to choose candidates, not party delegates
Aren't you also worried by the President Trump's behavior? Aren't
you disappointed that Utah Republicans like Representative Chaffetz abandoned
Utah principles to ride his coattails to power? Let's replace
our spineless representatives with Democrats. Here's Utah's first real
chance to end the Republican stranglehold on Utah.
:Here's how this would work if we had representative government. There
would be a multi-stage runoff, with anyone in any party or no party being able
I guess the replacement has to be a Republican?If so, it's load
When the going gets tough the weak start running. Thank you Jason, I always
thought you where weak.
Chaffetz can't resign quickly enough in my opinion. His aimless pandering
to the GOP continues to baffle me. I'm glad he's considering
resignation as we need more representatives who are willing to stand for what is
right and fewer political puppets. It's also disheartening to
read that our Utah representatives don't trust our ability to make informed
decisions. I'm my opinion, any politician who seeks to disenfranchise the
people who brought them to power should be removed from that power. That
disenfranchisement is already largely in place through legislation which
prevents any common person of any political affiliation from running for office.
Yes, a primary will be more costly and time consuming. Yes, there is
a possibility that the people would choose differently than the delegates, but
heaven forbid we should let the people choose for themselves.
@Utah County Republican,With respect, I disagree with my fellow Utah
County Republican. Political parties exist primarily to win and hold office, not
to keep elected officials accountable or to assure a candidate's
transparency. Determining a candidate's merit is the sole
privilege and responsibility of the voters. Party delegates must always play a
subordinate role to that of the people in determining who should hold office.
I'm not trying to reopen the SB 54 debate. My point is simply
that we need a real and robust election to choose a new representative in
Congress, not an insider process. I hope we never have to vote for a
candidate based on whether she or he is "beholden to the party
platform." Shouldn't we, rather, as citizens, choose candidates based
on whether they are beholden to the rule of law, the Constitution, integrity,
virtue, and common sense? Parties have their place. I just
don't want them to take mine.
I hope they do this in a bipartisan way. I'm so sick of all the bickering.
Just enact the fairest, most transparent method and be done.
Utah House GOP says it wants to set rules for replacing Chaffetz======== No!How about the STATE - Republicans AND
Democrats - set the rules.Then let the PEOPLE of the 3rd district elect
the person THEY want - not the House GOP.
UfanI don't appreciate your rudeness. The article doesn't
answer my question. Why did he run last year if he wasn't committed to
serving the term? So what if a job in the private sector turns up. Doesn't
mean he has to take it. I'm disappointed in Chaffetz.
Demos. can look forward to the time in Utah (never)when they can do the same
thing.Or, they COULD move to Kalifornia right now where demos. do
the same thing.
Because legislators don't listen to their constituents, the caucus system
will choose. And why not, we keep re-electing them. This is so tiresome.
@RufusThe use of political parties is how the people keep their
elected officials accountable. The purpose of a candidate
affiliating with a party's political platform is to provide the voters
guidance in how they will make decisions when in office. The party delegates
(neighborhood representatives) vet the candidates each election cycle to make
sure they are holding true to the party platform. The
caucus-convention system requires transparency from candidates and empowers
voters through neighborhood participation. The Utah state house wants the
delegates to keep the candidates beholden to the party platform and not to who
ever will fund their expensive signature/primary race for them.
@Rufus,You are 100% correct. Well said.
Haven't they gotten the memo? As Trump's ship sinks, Chaffetz can get
back in front of the cameras (his natural habitat) without having to do any hard
work or cross his own party. So he might be here to stay.
It is time for the people to take back the election process from the parties.
The House of Representatives is supposed to be the Vox Populi or "voice of
the people." Too many times it seems to be more like the "voice of the
party." Let's have a real election and not let party insiders make our
decision for us.
Bloodhound"Why is Chaffetz retiring? He just got re-elected 6
months ago."Why don't you try reading the article instead
of expecting others to do it for you?
Why is Chaffetz retiring? He just got re-elected 6 months ago.
Bradley Edward Manning Manning was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding
the enemy, which was the most serious charge and which could have resulted in a
death sentence. President Ronald Reagan would never have commuted his sentence.