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  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    April 1, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    Mike Lee is not great> He is a pompus ,,, .

  • Mike in Texas Cedar City, Utah
    April 1, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Senator Lee is "great"? That declaration is emblematic of what is really wrong with the Republican Party in Utah.

  • Mr. Bean Pheonix, AZ
    March 31, 2013 10:06 p.m.

    Opening the primary to other than Republicans will invite Democrats to infiltrate (like a wolf in sheep's clothing) giving them an opportunity to put forth a losing 'Republican' candidate so their Democrat candidate will have a better chance.

    In other words, never let the enemy into your camp where they can wreck havoc.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2013 1:06 a.m.

    In 2010 there were 3 other good candidates. Sen. Bennett was the 3rd choice out of the convention. The first was Tim Bridgewater. The 2nd was Mike Lee. Sen. Bennett in my opinion had been back in DC too long. He took ideas from voters such as a substitute cap and trade bill like a dead fish. Bob Bennett is a good man, but we shouldn't send them to Washington for a lifetime. I spent 90 min. in his conference room as a delegate with a handful of others for the purpose of asking him questions. I only had a few that I brought and didn't get to ask more than one or two. The delegates, who are just regular people elected by their neighbors to vet the candidates could see through that. He wasn't the best we had anymore. Spending $3 M wasn't going to cut looking past you when you were shaking his hand, not answering your questions, or knowing that there were better choices to help the country and not making them so the GOP would win in 2 years. The system did what it was supposed to do. Not protect the incumbent, wealthy or famous.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2013 1:08 a.m.

    I like the 60/40, but would be willing to go to 2/3 and 1/3. It would make it harder to boot out an incumbent at convention and but give someone new a little better chance of making to a primary. I would rather go 65%/35%, but it is harder to argue the 1-2/3%. Gov. Gary Herbert would have most likely faced Morgan Philpot this year and Rep. Chris Stewart would have faced Dave Clark. Moving it back to 70/30 makes it almost impossible to kick out an incumbent at convention. That violates their 4th principle.

    "Fair. A system that provides inherent advantages to those who are incumbent, wealthy or famous is not acceptable." I agree and their proposals up to now are rubbish and don't follow their own goal.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    March 30, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    Here you have it folks! Great evidence of the disdain right wing fringe Republicans have for the voting public.

    "dwayne" from Provo airs his views for us "lazy no for goods" to read. How dare we "bums," who don't lift a finger except to vote, elevate ourselves to his royal status as a political activist?

    And Mike Richards says we live in a Republic (that's code for "kiss democracy good-bye"). And he thinks candidates elected by the majority are royalty?

    If you want an inside look at this "royal Republican" hubris, check out the March 23rd meeting of the Republican Central Committee on the subject of reforming the caucus/primary system. You'll hear a few of the insiders, fully aware that they are on camera, admit they don't really want broader participation in the process. It's a long video, but after the first hour you'll start to find snide comments scattered throughout about themselves being the ones who "really care."

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    March 30, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    When people start to understand that we live in a Republic and that in a Republic, we choose delegates to represent us, they may get over the mob rule that happens in direct elections.

    In Utah, under our primary system, the vote of someone living in the smallest precinct in Utah is just as important as the vote of the largest precinct, because each of those voters helps elect someone who proportionately represents the precinct.

    We've seen what happens when well-entrenched and well-funded candidates get to Washington. They stay there, seemingly until they die. We don't have a "royal class" in America and we shouldn't have an "open primary" system that keeps "royalty" in office.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 30, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    The Republican Party does need to be "fixed."

    Any veterinarian can do it.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    March 30, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    I won't donate to the Utah Republican Party until they allow direct voting of our primary candidates. The same goes for the national party. The national primary system is disgraceful and divisive; definitely not representative of all Republicans.

    March 30, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    If most Republicans preferred that Bob Bennet had remained in the Senate, having a closed primary would not have made a difference; the only change that made a difference was lowering the threshold above which a primary is not allowed.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2013 12:49 a.m.

    Mike Lee gets c time on Fox standing behind congressman Chaffetz and the Senator from Texas trying to be the next Sarah Palin.