Difficult decision between voting for Jim Matheson and Mia Love

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    re: Mike Richards 8:07 a.m. Aug. 30, 2012

    "Jim Matheson was elected to represent all of the people of Utah."

    Wrong! He represents what used to be the 2nd district.. the most *liberal* one in Utah where roughly 5 out of 8 votes still went to the GOP in 2000, 2004, & 2008.

    Make it simple.. vote Libertarian. Voting R or D is a vote for the status quo and we all know how well that is going.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    @Counter Intelligence
    "Matheson could and should have stayed in his old district"

    But what is his old district? In other words, what percentage of people in old District 2 are still in old District 2 and what percentage of them are in other districts? It's entirely possible that it's not even a majority of people in old District 2 that are even still in District 2. I don't know the answer to that, and you can't just point to a map and compare land because most of old and new District 2 is sparsely inhabited while I'm asking about people.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    "The entire point of redrawing our congressional districts was to ensure that Jim Matheson could not possibly win in the new District 2."

    Ummm; the entire point was to create four districts where three existed before, in a state that has over 80% urban population. Regardless of how you divide it - someone would have been unhappy. Utah was hardly any more partisan than California, et. al.

    Everyone got new boundaries: Matheson could and should have stayed in his old district

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Will someone please finish Love's resume? I have yet to see how she has handled the infarstructe issues of her community.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Matheson's district was torn up into pieces, he didn't have a choice but to lose some of them no matter which way he picked.

    "It is increasingly sad and disappointing for Utah that we can't send both Matheson and Mia Love to Congress. What a feather that would have been in Utah's bonnet and a huge boost to Utah's public image."

    That's the mention we get of Mia Love... being coupled with Matheson as a feather in Utah's bonnet and a boost to Utah's public image? For what? For Utah being able to say we have a democrat and a black woman as representatives? That's no basis for voting for people. I'm no fan of Mia Love but darn it, if she's going to win, let it be about her ideas being more popular, not her race or gender.

    @Mike Richards
    "She tells us of opportunity not of entitlement. She tells us to work, not to covet. "

    She thinks the poor and elderly need to shoulder the burden of deficit reduction while the rich get more tax cuts. What do the rich sacrifice? Nothing. That's entitlement.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    As a long time Matheson supporter, I am having second thoughts. Perhaps it is time for a change to someone with Mia Love's perspective. She was impressive.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    If you were to as any American for a truthful answer to whether or not they wanted to “work hard” to have the good life, only a few might answer yes, if any.

    The actual purpose of this conservative republican lie is to convince unthinking other people to work hard.

    The real truth is there to see. Hard work has nothing to do with success or the American dream. The success we most often see is the result of a persons ability to get others to do the work hard for him.

    Ask yourself, would you rather get your water that has to be purified from pumping from a hand dug well or just turn a tap. Would you rather walk to work each day from where you live or ride transportation. Would you rather work hard all day and night just to feed and clothe your family or would you like to have some time to enjoy freedom.

    Do you really think the conservatives have your welfare in mind?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    Why is it difficult to choose between an honest man who cares about other people and a person who demonstrated hypocrisy by increasing taxes in her city, accepting Federal money while decrying its spending, and one whose family used assistance programs to ensure her success?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    The saddest thing of all is that only the majority party, religion, race, people get to be represented in our national government.

    Gerrymandering is wrong. It is the invention of unscrupulous political forces to prevent the ordinary people from having any say in their government.

    A better way to obtain true representation in out state and national government is to have all candidates elected in an overall statewide election where the voters themselves decide the “district” in each and every election.

    What I mean is that every candidate would be self identified according to political philosophy, such as republican, democrat, conservative, liberal, business, labor etc. etc.

    Voters would also designate the political philosophy or even a current issue, as their voting “district”. In this way all the democrats in the state could have a say in government if their number of votes is enough to rate a portion of the representation. Also the “district” would not be cast in stone and could vary as the need occurs.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    It's not a difficult choice for me. Matherson is a vote for dem control of the house, meaning nancy would be speaker - a return to disaster.

    and then there was matheson's vote to require catholic hospitals to provide abortions if they wanted to treat the elderly. Unconscionable

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Congressional districts?

    Article 1 of the Constitution states: "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers,"

    No mention is made of "Congressional districts"? Each STATE is allowed at least one Representative. Utah now qualifies for four Representatives. Those Representatives represent ALL the people of Utah, not some subdivision within Utah.

    If his views represent the values of Utah, then the people of Utah will elect him, but don't hold your breath. He's encouraging Utah's college students to take out college loans. Utahns believe in self-reliance, but Jim Matheson tells our sons and daughters to rely on Washington. That's not a Utah value. It has never been a Utah value.

    Any college student can work his way through college so why does Jim Matheson encourage them to exit college owing tens of thousands in loans?

  • Whatever Springville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Yeah, Mia Love would fit perfectly. With such amazing representation like Hatch, Lee, Chaffetz and Bishop... What would one more tea party drone hurt?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    The entire point of redrawing our congressional districts was to ensure that Jim Matheson could not possibly win in the new District 2. You can thank our legislature that you now have to choose between Matheson and Love in District 4.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Why would it be "sad" to fire Jim Matheson? So what if his "family" has been involved in politics for decades? We don't have royalty in America. Jim Matheson was elected to represent all of the people of Utah. He chose to represent a small part of Utah and to vote against the Congressmen who represent the conservative values of Utah. We are not a house divided, but Jim Matheson has divided Utah's vote. He went to Washington to further his agenda, not to further Utah's.

    Now he's telling college students that America owes them a college education. He has joined Obama in telling students that all they have to do is pluck the American dream off the tree and that some "rich guy" will pay the bill.

    Mia Love tells the opposite. She tells us of opportunity not of entitlement. She tells us to work, not to covet.

    If you believe in government handouts and deficits, then vote for Jim Matheson.

    If you believe in working HARD to pursue your dreams, then vote for Mia Love.

    What's it going to be? Which America do YOU want.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Why send Love? All I've seen is an empty suit with a highly inadequate understanding of the issues. Could it be because she looks different on the outside? Inside she is tea party, and after the last election, we really don't need to do that again.