Herbert accused of pressuring lawmakers on redistricting to avoid race against Matheson

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  • geggett Orem, UT
    Oct. 2, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    "...the governor reportedly had threatened to veto legislation that didn't put enough Democrats in the 2nd District to make it winnable for Matheson."

    That sure sounds like Herbert is trying his best to favor Matheson. What's all the fuss?

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    Philpot is a loose cannon. I was glad when he moved out-of-state, but now he's back and even republicans will be sorry if he is elected again to any office. Just look at his record in the state legislature.

  • Thomas Paine South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    Personally, I don't trust Philpot. I'm glad he lost to Matheson; we are much better off. Now, if Philpot is accusing Herbert, then I suspect that his accusations are politically motivated. Herbert isn't perfect but I would trust him against Philpot any time.

  • representmeutah Salt Lake City, ut
    Oct. 1, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    Are we more concerned with what these maps will do to Gov. Herbert than we are about what they will do to voters? Utah has the lowest voter turnout in the country. There is no point, because these districts are drawn in such a way as to ensure the party/incumbents in power stay in power and reward extremism.

    If you value your rights as a voter, please attend the rally at the capitol Monday at 11:30 during the special session. Don't forget what we were able to do to HB477.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Until an Independent Redistricting Commission is created, the public, and especially elected officials, have not real grounds to complain about how redistricting occurs because most any other approach is by its very nature about political advantage whether its Democrats against Republicans or Republicans against Republicans. Gov. Gary Herbert, if he really is attempting to influence next year's candidate field, is doing what is available to him and what many elected officials would have a personal and public interest in doing. If there really is a influence problem, then there is another solution by changing the system, not by complaining and using the same system.

  • DrGroovey Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    The same thing could be said that Philpot is pushing for a realignment that encourages Matheson to run for governor. That way he could have a much easier time running for congress. Philpot is a self serving politician that desperately wants to be in congress. I for one don't trust him.

    But then again, when Utah chooses to be a one party state, this is what we get.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    As much as we do not like gerrymandering -- creating arms instead of enclosing the district in a compact area -- it is a worse thing to draw the lines with political careers in mind. Politics should be the last consideration. We do not elect people to serve themselves, to further their own interests, but we elect them to serve us, the people. I hope when our legislators open the special session this coming week, they will reject the notion of making any district more Republican or Democratic, either just to make it so a particular candidate has a better shot or to make it so that party, in general, can elect more of its candidates.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Memo to Morgan Philpot: nobody who has a say in redistricting seems concerned about fairness or due process. But speaking of fairness, I'd love to see the Philpot congressional map.

  • gogogoff Orem, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    I must agree with Philpot on this one, I don't like Gary.