Lee sporting significant lead over Granato in Senate race

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  • geewiz Logan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    Re: 17th Amendment
    At first, it seemed weird to me to, the idea of state legislatures electing the senators. That was the way it was originally done. The 17th amendment changed that to make senators directly elected by the people.
    However well-intentioned that amendment was, has it really accomplished a truer representation of the peoples' interest?
    The argument is that Senators now represent the federal government to the people of their state, instead of representing their state to the federal government. When elected by legislators, senators represented states' interests. They were directly answerable to the legislators.
    It's an interesting idea, and one that I am honestly still thinking about.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    To "MenaceToSociety | 2:46 p.m." Up until April 8, 1913 the founding fathers of this nation thought it was a good idea for Senators to be picked by the states. The idea was for the Represenatives to represent the will of the people, and the Senate to represent the interests of the state.

    What the 17th ammendment set up was a double representative government of the people.

    What is wrong with removing an ammendment that was a mistake in the first place? They did it with Prohibition, why not with this one too?

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    Mike Lee has stated he wants to take away American citizen's Constitutional right to vote for our US Senators and give this right to the state legislators.

    Does anyone support that? How is that a good idea, Republican or Democrat?

    Here we have our brave men and women in the middle east defending our country and trying to bring democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have Mike Lee saying he wants to get rid of a portion of our direct representative democracy here in America.

    Extremist. Un-American. Anti-democracy.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    Here is what I find funny about the comments here. Most of those complaining about Lee's connections to business would also be the same complaining if he had been in government all his life. The only way that he could have no connections to business or government would be if he was independantly wealthy. If that was the case, the complaint would be that he has never had a job.

    What it comes down to is this. Stop your whining about the trivial. You should be asking yourself if you agree with Lee's positions or not.

  • stanard Saint George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    RE: Mike Lee and Energy Solutions

    I find all these claims of the "Heavy Ties" between Lee and Energy Solutions interesting. Do these people have no clue of the actual facts in the case?

    Mike Lee has never been employed by Energy Solutions. He has never been their general council. His law firm (Howrey I believe), of which he is an employee, was hired to represent them in ONE case. Mike Lee was the attorney appointed to that case from his employer, the law firm. That one case was about who has the rights to regulate international trade, the State or the Federal Government.

    End of story.

  • dferg Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    "The consequences of my running as an independent, in terms of dividing the party, dividing the state, adding to the bitterness of the current political dialogue, were such that I decided I don't need to hold office that badly," Bennett said.

    Say what you will about Bennett (and I'm one of the State Delegates who worked to oust him), at least he has the common sense - unlike Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to know when something like a write-in campaign will only do more damage. I applaud him for his committment to not run a write-in or independent campaign.

    Christine | 9:06 a.m. is correct; Lee will win regardless. This is Utah, not Vermont or Connecticut; a Third Party candidate cannot at present get elected in this State to a federal post. We Utahns are a stubborn lot; over 100 years of voting demographics won't be swept away by a mere 1 1/2 years of anti-incumbent fervor, as badly needed and as welcome as it has been. Perhaps in the future, but not this time around. Lee won't win with my vote, but he'll still win. Unfortunately. Oust Hatch 2012.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    Mike Lee doesn't believe we the people should elect our senators. He's exactly the person we don't need in Washington, D.C.

  • open minded Lehi, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    The reason he is leading is because people don't think- they react emotionally. Too many people these days let talk radio (right and left wing) convince them of their version of truth by using emotion. Lee has no real plans of how to fix our country, he just uses sound bites that people react to. Even Bennett pointed out that Lee talking about the constitution doesn't mean he understands anything about being a senator.
    Dallin H. Oaks just said Friday, that many people who claim things are unconstitutional are wrong. Lee is one of those people claiming everything the Federal Gov. is doing is unconstitutional. He will not be the best Utah can send to D.C.
    Granato at least admits he will go to D.C. to learn and try to help Utah not just his political party.

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    The heavy Energy Solutions ties really bug me, we need less corporate control of government, not more.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    Lee is a welcome fiscal conservative to the Senate. Hopefully, with his and others help, we can start to LOWER the budget deficit that is so out of control.

    The REALLY interesting race may be between Philpot and Matheson for Congress.

  • geewiz Logan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    Mike Lee is exactly the person we need in Washington, D.C. He is right on when he says we MUST cut spending and that the federal government is too big and out of control. And 68% of Americans agree with that, according to a Rasumussen Poll last week. I'm glad to see in this story that more Utahns are catching on!
    Mike Lee understands how government is supposed to work. Mike Lee has impressive and practical expertise defending the Constitution as a Constitutional attorney.
    As a Republican state delegate, I have been impressed with him from the start, and I have to say ditto to the comments from oldpro about what Mike Lee is like as a person. And I will add that he's not going to cave in to the pressure in Washington.
    Vote for Mike Lee!

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    Mike Lee is not an extremist. Democrats and liberal progressives are the extremists. Most of the so-called "mainstream" media is either liberal/progressive in their reporting or merely repeat ad naseum what liberals say and only challenge or disparage what those say who oppose the elitist establishment. The point is GOVERNMENT IS TOO LARGE AND HAS ENCROACHED UPON OUR LIVES BIG TIME. We need a complete overhaul at all levels of government. They are overtaxing us and overbonding us and OVERSPENDING.

  • oldpro Provo, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    Anyone who has doubts about Mike Lee simply needs to meet him, talk to him, ask him questions. There is no way he could be considered "too extreme". His ideas are sound, his reasoning is logical, and his approach to the problems we now face as a nation are directly in lock step with the Founding Fathers. He knows the law, understands how Washington works, and has an uncanny ability to make friends wherever he goes. He is deeply honest, and what you see is what you get. There is not a disingenuous bone in his body. I urge you to get to know Mike Lee, and see him for what he is, a young energetic statesman.Count on him for what he can do for us as a State and a Nation. Vote for Mike Lee and watch things start to get better!

  • Reggie Centerville, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Most people who comment on how much they like Mike Lee haven't studied the issues, nor do they know Granotos platform. They are simply too red, and too blind to consider what our state and country really need. Do your homework voters. There are more than two candidates. Know the issues.
    Heaven help us.

  • TruthBfound Logan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    Mike Lee is who I will be voting for. Mike Lee wants to bring the discourse in the Senate to the constitutionality of all bills, and won't vote on a bill he hasn't read. Being a Constitutional attorney he understands the language and tricks used to undermine our freedoms and rights in the text of bills and knows how to overcome them. He wants to stop the insane spending in Washington and require them to not spend beyond their revenues and at the same time reform the tax code with either a flat tax or fair tax, so the Feds would be restrained and have to live within a budget. He will be joining other Republican "Young Guns" in congress to help restore the party to its conservative roots. Senator Jim DeMint is building a coalition of constitutional conservatives in the Senate to Repeal and Restore'. If we want to stop the Progressives and Obama's agenda we need to send Mike Lee to the Senate come November 2010.

  • Furry1993 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 9:30 a.m.

    It sounds like it's time to start a grass-roots write-in campaign for Bob Bennett. Even HE would be better than Lee (the Energy Solutions shill). Lee is not mainstream, and he's owned by a company (Energy Solutions) whose purpose is directly opposite from what Utah residents want. Lee is the LAST thing that Utah or the United States needs.

  • navymom4 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    I am glad to know that there are many people who can see what Mike Lee will do for Utah states rights! As for being extreme - the Oxford distionary says 'extreme' is "not usual," "exceptional." The mainstream and the same old, usual stuff is what got us in this mess! We NEED someone exceptional! I will vote for Mike Lee!

  • leer Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Don't count Scott Bradley out yet...he is the constitutional balance between both opponents running. Recent online polls showed him leading by 22 percent over both mainstream party opponents and, while also a straw poll just like the Dan Jones poll, this online poll was actually open to the people...we will see.

  • Christine Orem, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    A Republican will win the senate in Utah no matter who the candidate is. Lee is too extreme but will win anyway.

  • stanard Saint George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    I'm glad to see that many others in the state are beginning to see what I saw at the beginning of the year. Mike Lee is exactly who we need to help reign in the out of control federal government. Mike Lee's views are in line with the mainstream voters of the state, and even some liberal democrats are looking to him to help get Washington D.C. under control.

    Mike Lee is exactly who we need in washington D.C. to control federal spending, balance the budget, return the balance of federal and state government powers, and help us create a sane and sustainable energy policy.

  • Digger West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    I am just a bit curious but, would the second part of this poll be the Deseret News' nefarious way of trying to coax Senator Bennett back into a race that he really needs to stay out of?

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    The polls may be right but Lee won't be getting my vote. His extreme views won't serve Utah or our nation.

  • RShackleford Saint George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    ""some commentators said he was too much of an extremist."":
    Commentators= Journalists that are mostly left leaning. And this poll shows the left way of thinking is once again, wrong.

    "They perceive the federal government as having overreached, as being excessively inefficient,"

    This is like saying, We (citizen/taxpayers and voters) "Perceive" the sky to be Blue.