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  • to uncannygunman
    June 30, 2008 5:40 p.m.

    since this state (or is it just SLC-metro area?) is so devisive on the religious majority #'s, perhaps the better solution for a 4th seat is to split state into ratios equivalent to the dreaded influence of LDSInc; 4th seat would then be for non-LDS only.

  • For the People
    June 29, 2008 11:32 p.m.

    In the town of Siena, Italy is this inscription below a fresco of the Madonna: You have to govern for the people, not ourselves if you want my protection. I can't think it applys to the political leaders in America. Listen up, or the people will and should vote you out of office.

  • Great Scott!
    June 29, 2008 11:27 p.m.

    Oh, and I forgot to add one little thing of great importance to winning. The candidate also needs to be right on the issues. And right on the issues means having taken the time to find out what Utahn's believe is right and want for them and their families. If you're on the wrong side of the issues, you don't stand a chance.

  • Great Scott!
    June 29, 2008 11:23 p.m.

    Those of you who are hoping for the impending ouster of Bennett and Hatch are likely to be sorely disappointed. We need to learn all the lessons of Chis Cannon's defeat. None of Cannon's previous opponents could defeat him because they lacked the charisma, work ethic, ability to articulate, and grass roots appeal that Chaffetz possesses. Unless we have candidates equal or greater to Chaffetz's abilities, the odds of a successful coup against the current GOP delegation from Utah are slim to none. And quite frankly, that also goes for elections across the US where incumbents are allegedly at risk (Chaffetz's win supposedly being the bellweather for those contests).

    We need to find, groom and support top notch candidates who have what it takes to win and win big against incumbents. We can take nothing for granted. Chaffetz's win only proves that HE had what it took to win, not that now Bennett, Hatch, and Bishop are automatically at risk. Let's do it right!

  • Campaign mom
    June 29, 2008 8:08 p.m.

    I SO agree with the author - Cannon was and is totally out of touch with his constituency. If he would have tried even a little to touch base, he #1, would have seen the storm coming and #2 maybe he would have decided he should do some grassroots work. But he didn't and now he knows what discontented, ignored, talked-down-to voters were feeling.
    Don't know about Bishop, but I totally agree that Hatch and Bennett should take Cannon's loss VERY seriously.

  • WIlkey
    June 29, 2008 1:52 p.m.

    *** "Hatch, Bennett and BISHOP are out of touch. Matheson is the only decent representative this state can claim." ***

    Why is Bishop out of touch? Give a reason.

    I can point to why Matheson's out of touch: because of his bald-faced lies on immigration. He claims to support the Heath Shuler immigration enforcement bill, and has even cosponsored it - but he refuses to sign the discharge petition to actually bring it to the floor for a vote. That's called "lying to your voters."

  • Park City voting
    June 29, 2008 10:16 a.m.

    I was very interested and surprised in 2006 to see that Park City voted overall Republican by a larger margin than Utah County. I wish I could find the report because it made me rethink buying a home there and relocating my business to Kimball Junction. My thought was that they just like to socialize in a more liberal fashion.

  • re: Author
    June 29, 2008 9:42 a.m.

    On the contrary sir. Cannon lost because he abandoned the same conservative principles that the Republican party has also betrayed. That is why he lost and that is why the Republicans lost control in Washington, and why they will lose more seats come November.

    They still don't get it and they never will until we send them all home. The Republican platform by definition is conservative. Thats what was supposed to separate them from the Democrats. But instead of initiating real leadership through the power of persuasion of conservative principles like Reagan did, they chose the easy road of compromise while adopting the same big tent strategy as the Democrats. In other words they are looking out for their jobs, not you or I or this countries best interest. Traitor comes to mind!

    The foundation of America is built upon conservative principles and the vast majority of it's people (even the uninformed) tend to lean conservative.

    Or as Jefferson said, That government exists at all but to protect and defend inalienable rights. Which federal, state, or local government do you see today that resembles the government spoken of by this great founder who epitomizes the spirit of the America.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 9:41 a.m.

    Why is Matheson the only decent representative this state can claim? Because he's a Democrat? That certainly is fair and balanced thinking.

  • uncannygunman
    June 29, 2008 9:14 a.m.

    Not much to be done about the statewide races, but it seems like the representatives could be a lot more, well, representative, if the more liberal voters of SLC and Park City got their own district, with the rest of Utah split into reliably conservative districts. Perhaps this can be remedied when Utah gets a fourth seat in the near future?

  • Good Luck
    June 29, 2008 8:47 a.m.

    Hatch and Bennett are bought and paid for. They would have to get caught playing footsie or something. Wait a minute, we could make everyone listen to one of Hatches musical CD's!

  • Actually, Wilkey
    June 29, 2008 7:11 a.m.

    Hatch, Bennett and BISHOP are out of touch. Matheson is the only decent representative this state can claim.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 3:43 a.m.

    Lets get Hunstman out.

  • Bishop does well
    June 29, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    If you look at Rob Bishops record he does a good job. He voted AGAINST No child Left Behind, he also opposed Cannon's immigration Bills, such as instate tuition for illegals and Cannon's Amnesties. Give Rep. credit, he seems to be listening to his constituents more than most.

  • WIlkey
    June 29, 2008 12:59 a.m.

    Which 4 would that be?

    I'll agree that Hatch, Bennett and Matheson are all out of touch, but Rob Bishop by all accounts is a good representative.