Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What will Utah's 2013 legislative session look like?

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  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    Open primaries. Nothing better. You still have to have a large amount of money to run a campaign. How many private individuals have $100K much less $2 million? They still get to have grass roots volunteers working the neighborhoods and letting all people know about their candidates. The caucus system only protects the few.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 12:46 a.m.

    The caucus system is a good one, even though LaVarr Webb wants to undermine its grassroots effectiveness. Now he's calling his misguided efforts to undermine it "structural reform." Different name, same bad idea. Keep the caucus system as it is.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 5, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    What will the coming year's legislative session look like?

    Easy to answer that question.

    It will be insanity as usual.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2012 12:53 a.m.

    The caucus system is the best way to make sure grass roots movements can work over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2,000,000 in election funds.

    There were about 60,000 republicans in Utah that went to the neighborhood caucus elections in 2010 to elect the 3500 delegates. Add to those numbers to democrats and the primary elections and certainly the municipal elections didn't do any better in voter representation. About twice that in 2012 to elect 4,000 state GOP delegates.

    Most people that want the caucus system changed, there are exceptions, are frustrated that they don't have as much power as people that show up to the neighborhood election caucus meetings. It doesn't take money, you just have to show up.

    What we need are more people getting involved earlier, not shutting down the system that protects us from power hungry people wanting to take over.

    Mr. Webb trying to kill the caucus system isn't the answer. It wasn't 10 years ago and isn't today or tomorrow.